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Dell Studio 1557

Discussion in 'Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio' started by huntersvk, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. sab3awydaking

    sab3awydaking Notebook Enthusiast

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    Please I need to know where can I buy the 1557 online as retail i.e.trusty dell distributors.
     
  2. 1337brian

    1337brian Notebook Geek

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    Well everyone I am proud to say that I finally got my 1557 today!!! :D
    I have been messing with it for about and 3 hours and so far I'm loving it.. TF2 runs great and the screen (900p) and backlit keyboard are really nice! I can't tell if the sub is right or not, I did enable it and I guess it sounds ok?...:confused: This is my first notebook, so I'll let my friend be the judge when he sees it. Also I like the included "Dell Dock" it's pretty neat.. So thats it I guess, Oh yea, the lid is really nice as well, I got the tweeqim design and I think it was worth it! anyways I guess I'll report back if I have any issues or questions...
     
  3. smilepak

    smilepak Notebook Deity

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    any good review on this?
     
  4. ignitione

    ignitione Notebook Enthusiast

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    Features:

    - SCREEN: Great screen, best I've had. Lots of brightness available. Love it. The problem with full HD is font size is really small... and all the other things too. You can increase Windows font size but some things will continue to be small, such as java applications and installation dialogs. Increaseing the font size enough will make letters look oversized and out of their place. Going for a lower res screen is not such a bad idea. Anyway once you get used to 1080 you can live with it. Games and HD movies look just perfect, as well as pictures and TV. Windows 7 lets you adjust it very well.

    - GRAPHICS. I'm not a hard 3D gamer so I don't miss anything here. It's quite a good GPU if you are not going to play 3D games with big graphics. Even if you are it looks pretty decent.

    - KEYBOARD. It feels quite good to touch, the keys feel safe (not like you're making them jump, like in some HP laptops I've worked with). Functions keys alternate with media keys - you can select which are default. You don't have a numeric keypad, not even within letters (you can't expand folder fields with CTRL +). There is no pause key (so no WIN+PAUSE to display system properties). Theres a button to eject DVD'd in the keyboard, nowhere else. It seems QWERTY config has the problem that, once in the BIOS, some letters are placed under another sign: if you press "+" to change some setting, it won't work. You have to figure out which key really is "+". Not too serious once you've found it. At least it happens in my region.

    - TOUCHPAD: Feels good, the buttons are soft to push, they don't sound too much "click click".

    - SOUND: Pretty good for a laptop, however
    some users are reporting subwoofer not working.

    - DVD drive: no tray, very comfortable. The only problem is it is very close to a USB port so a big pendrive or similar may be dangerous when ejecting dvds.

    - POWER CORD: its long enough and it's safe to plug. I've had 2 Acers before which stopped working due to problems with the plug. However it's smells very much, like plastic.

    - GENERAL PERFORMANCE: really fast computer. The 7200 HD drive is very fast in general lines, programs run smoothly even with the hardest configuration.

    - NOISE: it's very quiet unless you are giving the processors a lot of work. The unit gets easily hot so it's a good idea to have a fan under it.

    - Connectivity: USB next to the DVD drive at the right and two more at the left, one over the other. The upper one is an e-SATA connector for external drives. You've got HDMI and 2 jacks for headphones or independent speakers.

    - Batterly life: nothing special, just like any other laptop. If you are aggresive it will last 1 hour and if you are browsing and use the "Dell extended battery life" option it will last 2,5 hours at the most. For me it doesn't make a big difference if you have a 6 or 9 cell battery.

    So far it's the best laptop I've ever had. Acers, HPs, Toshibas, VAIOS, none gave me this performance - they didn't have Core i7 and these high-end features either.
     
  5. 1337brian

    1337brian Notebook Geek

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    has anyone managed to use an iphone with their 1557? I can't get it to recognize whatsoever, and I have done everything possible?!>......:mad:
     
  6. noyb

    noyb Newbie

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  7. 1337brian

    1337brian Notebook Geek

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    I saw that but my issue is a bit different. Win. Won't recognize my phone at all, no charging nothing. I tried reinstalling iTunes and the drivers manually but no avail. I would love to know if I am the only one.
     
  8. luizbaiao

    luizbaiao Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just got installed the iTunes 9.0.2 for Windows 64bits from Apple downloads....Though I'm not using an iPhone, I have an Ipod Touch which I would expect the same issue you are facing and I have to be honest, I'm just glad that it is working perfectly well with no problems at all :D :)

    I've read the article that was posted about Iphone and PM55 chipset but I can't totally agree since I haven't got this issue so far....:confused:


    By the way, I'm current using a Windows Vista SP2 64bits......:cool:
     
  9. 1337brian

    1337brian Notebook Geek

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    So if your on Vista then maybe that's why yours is working? I have tried everything, Other then this little issue I'm loving the machine, but this is kind of a big issue for me.. Anyone else who has windows 7 able to get it to even recognize?!
     
  10. Nifkin

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    Just saw this. It doesn't matter which one you enable first, SRS Premium Sound or 5.1 speaker set up, one always disables the other. They are mutually exclusive.
     
  11. ignitione

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    I don't think so. I first config SRS and THEN change to 5.1 in IDT. Just don't come back to SRS tab after that, if so it will disable SRS. My experience.

    I don't know what to expect from the subwoofer, it's true that if you test it with control panel/sounds it looks like it's not responding but that doesn't mean it's not really working. I notice a big difference when I have IDT drivers and things set-up as I said, to when I have no drivers installed. If I just uninstall IDT then it does become an all treble sound. Maybe you were expecting a super subwoofer but it's a laptop, not a hi-fi box.

    Windows:

    1. Control panel, sound. Headphones/speaker.

    a) Properties, Improvements tab, enable everything but room correction. Configure bass to entertainment center. Avanced tab, I change it to 24 bit 192000 Hz.

    b) Config, 5.1 Surround, Check every box, Ok.

    IDT

    1. click on SRS Premium, click on enabled and headphones. Select large size for speakers. I choose "Music" and "custom" and rise SRS True BASS, definition etc a little bit. I'm sorry my IDT panel is not in English so I don't know what the exact words for these things are in the original English application.

    2. Adjustments tab (just below SRS Premium tab), enable speakers/headphones and enable optimize bass up to 12.0 dB.

    3. Installation tab (below 2.) Change it to 5.1. And select big speakers here too. Sliding controls, increase low frequency to max.

    4. Adjust equalization the way you like. I recommend normal levels for bars at the left and increase each one to the right a little bit (one more than the other)

    5. DON'T go back to SRS Premium tab. Close the application.

    Just trying to help, hope it helps someone.
     
  12. Alemaker

    Alemaker Notebook Consultant

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    For those of you who have received your 1557, are there activity lights for HD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, on this laptop? :confused:
     
  13. luizbaiao

    luizbaiao Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't know how important it would be for you....:p ;) because I have to tell you that this laptod just have one light that is for the battery level....when is charging become white and when the battery is low become red....:rolleyes:

    Not a big issue at all for me....:p :D
     
  14. tech_p

    tech_p Notebook Enthusiast

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    ignitione i tried the settings you posted and it doesnt work for me. it actually makes the highs lower, and still no bass response, sorry. but i called dell last week and they are about to send me a new one, cause not only do my speaker not work but i cant use the hdmi with my 42 flat screen, tried everthing but it still doesnt work.
     
  15. 1337brian

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    Sorry to repeat the question but has anyone tried using iPhone with the win 7?I can't seem to find an Awnser anywhere...
     
  16. freeman

    freeman Notebook Deity

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    Can somebody tell me what state Dell ship the 1557 from?
     
  17. 1337brian

    1337brian Notebook Geek

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    Well after about 6 hours of trying different things, I finally fixed my issue!!! Now I'm not even 100% sure on what I did to fix it, the main thing I can figure is close all anti-virus software and uninstall/reinstall itunes... It worked for me...:D
     
  18. freeman

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    Even though I don't have my 1557 w/ me yet, after doing some research about the sub-woofer problem that could be cause directly by the IDT driver. I found that the driver Dell provide is version 6.10.0.6217 which was release on 7/3/2009. After digging throught IDT site, they provide a list of their OEM support page. Nifty, eh. Quick scan through the list, I remember HP just announced a new laptop also. Well I check that first and I found that they have the IDT Audio driver version which was build in 8/5/2009. I can't find a log of what the newer version does, but I'll post the link here if anyone wanna try it.
    HP IDT Audio driver page
    Direct download link
    I'm not encouraging anyone that don't know what they are doing to do, this is for people with experience and know their way around the system and know how to fix thing if it broke or crash your system.
    But if you do test it, please report back.
     
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  20. demon of dirt

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    @Nifkin or anyone

    I just got my 1557 (same spec as yours Nifkin) having some problems installing Photoshop CS4. Has anyone manged to install it on a 1557 with w7 pro 64bit
     

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