A few Q's before I possibly buy a Studio 17

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  1. the_bay_mafia

    the_bay_mafia Notebook Consultant

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    Perhaps I was spoiled with my $600 toshiba laptop speaker quality/sound

    maybe I got faulty speakers....we'll see
     
  2. Stezzus

    Stezzus Notebook Consultant

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    No The Bay Mafia, I think you just whine a lot all over these forums and have an axe to grind with Dell.

    I have worked on so many computers and laptops for my job (managing an inventory for an entire military base). Alienware and Sager are about the only major brands I am not experienced with. Almost all of the laptops I have ever come across have the same laptop quality sound you would expect.

    There are instanced where if you do not install your drivers correctly for an item that shares the IRQ, the sound can be completely trashed. Maybe you messed around with your laptop and installed items in the wrong order? Hopefully it was just bad QC, that happens with every manufacturer. If I were you I would just leave everything with your new laptop that Dell is sending you at default to save yourself a lot of most likely misguided grief.
     
  3. the_bay_mafia

    the_bay_mafia Notebook Consultant

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    wow...I bet you feel better now that you got that off your chest... and FYI when I first turned the ******* piece of **** on the fingerprint reader wasn't even recognized... tell me how I screwed that up... same with the speakers... they were screwed before I even messed with drivers.
     
  4. MarkM307

    MarkM307 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have no "axe to grind" with anyone. Dell's been very good to me (though, unfortunately, I can't say the same for the quality of their laptops this year).

    Anyway, my very short-lived Studio 17's speaker sound quality was sadly in a league of its own. Think "Plan 9 From Outer Space" bad, then subtract a few points.

    Seriously, again, I appreciate Dell and their efforts to make their unhappy Customers happy. I can say nothing bad about that - but, I can safely, without any possibility of feeling guilty, say that the Studio 17's speakers were the worst I've ever, well, heard.
     
  5. Stezzus

    Stezzus Notebook Consultant

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    It should be interesting to try out my speakers if I hopefully get my laptop by this week. I will of course post back in here with my honest opinion.

    It does worry me that Dell has outsourced their manufacturing plants, but like you said, they are very easy to deal with once you get through the pain of talking to a human customer service rep.

    The Studio 17 that I looked at did not have any build quality issues that I could find and I hope that to be the case with mine as well.
     
  6. ninjatorpedo

    ninjatorpedo Notebook Guru

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    Since everybody is chiming in on how bad these speakers are, I feel like I must do the same. They suck. Period. I went from a e1705 to this (studio 17), and holy moly, these speakers are exponentially inferior. Unless you are in an environment with virtually zero ambient noise, these speakers are literally inaudible. They have zero mid range and absolutely no bass. I think the comparison to a cell phone speakerphone is right on. I think the person who claimed that the computer is "ok for listening to music in the background" or whatever is being generous in what these speakers can do. I dont really care about this speaker issue because a decent set of headphones or a big stereo setup is always within reach. Beyond that, the quality of this machine is right on par; awesome screen, passable GPU, good size, decent keyboard, weight, and simple design.
     
  7. bohman

    bohman Notebook Enthusiast

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    i have to agree, the speakers blow.

    but the rest of the computer is great.
     
  8. latino156

    latino156 Notebook Enthusiast

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    the speakers on the studio 17 are total crap!! And for those who say 'sound should not be your primary feature when choosing a laptop'. I totally disagree!

    I am (sorry, WAS) using my laptop in particular for watching downloaded tv-shows and for websurfing with some background music. With my Inspiron 9300 that went really well.
    The mini-subwoofer *did* work well and the sound was clear and loud enough to watch a tv-show. When we wanted to go to bed we picked it up and went to bed,
    putting the laptop on a shelf at the end of our bed, it worked great.
    Now with the Studio 17 the sound is so horrible that you don't want listen at any music at all! And watching a tv-show is really unbearable. The sound is so bad that attaching some earplugs and throwing them on the table before you probably produces better sound.
    The sound is *very* harsh and sounds like it's played inside a tin box. So I had to buy external
    speakers that I now have to bring from the kitchen to the livingroom to the bedroom and vice versa. Hell, I bought an extra AC-adapter just to not have to carry that **** thing
    around with me! So yes, if the soundquality is important for you (as far as it needing to be of a minimum quality) then stay away from the Studio's!
     
  9. mgh_a1

    mgh_a1 Notebook Evangelist

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    To be fair, there are not a lot of portables out there that have really GOOD speakers. I would start talking about acoustics, design, space and what not but it is pretty pointless. There are some laptops, like the Lenovo ideapad, that add a small subwoofer to round out the sound, but I doubt even that would really satisfy me (I have a touch of audiophile in me). Though I have heard that it makes a real improvement.

    I would either invest in a good pair of headphones, or a good set of speakers, not necessarily computer speakers (though a nice set of 2.1's would probably seem great), just a cord connecting to my receiver, amp, whatever. Maybe someday great sound will be standard. Today is not that time unfortunately.
     
  10. bohman

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    agreed, the speakers do not disturb me, whereas i have a set of speakers to plug in from my older laptop.
     
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