It sure is hard to keep a secret in this industry. After leaks, leaks, and more leaks, Dell has officially announced the new Studio line of laptops, sitting somewhere between the budget Inspiron line and high-end XPS line.
The two new models are the Studio 15 and Studio 17, which as you might expect, are 15- and 17-inch laptops. They have a tapered design and big side hinge that is similar to the XPS M1530, although the Studio models curve the screen down at a sharper angle, while the XPS has a more rounded look.
You do give up the brushed metal look of the XPS M1530 for plastic, but, according to Dell, personalization is a big part of the Studio experience, and these systems are available with a variety of colors and lid imprint patterns, including trim colors for the sides of the lid. Also available are a series of optional color-coordinated accessories and peripherals, including backpacks, slipcovers, mice, and ear buds.
Dell's vice president of consumer sales and marketing, Michael Tatelman, said in a news release, "These products are built for today's digital nomad based on the millions of conversations we have every year on dell.com, Ideastorm and community forums. With Dell Studio we're answering the call for personalization, connectivity and simplicity." Part of that simplicity includes a software application, the Dell Dock, which, much like Apple's software dock, places commonly used application on a bar right on the desktop.
The Dell Studio 15 and 17 are available starting today from $799 and $999 respectively, and available upgrades include Blu-ray drives and mobile broadband from Verizon and Sprint.
Check out our review and video of the Dell Studio 15 here.