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Dell Studio XPS 1640 15.6-Inch Obsidian Black Laptop - Up to 3 Hours 8 Minutes of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

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  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.13GHz
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 320GB Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, Mobility Radeon HD
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), 3.8 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Product Description

Blending power with elegance, the Studio XPS 16 delivers the ultimate multimedia laptop experience, providing superb performance and design. Full 1080p HD support and premium ATI graphics. *Based on Dell Lab testing. Battery life varies by configuration, operating conditions and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use.


Blending power with elegance, the Dell Studio XPS 16 delivers superb multimedia performance and mobile design. The smooth contours of the high-gloss, Obsidian Black finish gives you the sense that you’re using something truly special. The 15.6-inch full 1080p Hi-def widescreen display has a fast 8ms response time for a crisp, clear resolution during fast-action video and gaming. Its backlit keyboard and touch pad buttons are easy to use, day or night. Keep an eye on your battery power by simply checking the color of the indicator on the hinge. Plus, capacitive multimedia buttons glow white when activated.

Learn more about Windows 7 Home Premium below.

The Dell Studio XPS 1640 in black.
Pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version), you'll be able to easily create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to. (Learn more about Windows 7 Home Premium below.)

It's powered by the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor--with Centrino 2 technology--which boosts speed, reduces power requirements, and saves on battery life. The 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 includes a quick 1066 MHz front-side bus and 3 MB of L2 cache, providing an optimized, multithreaded architecture for improved multimedia and multitasking performance. It also includes a Draft-N wireless LAN, which will connect to 802.11n routers and offers compatibility with 802.11b/g networks as well.

With the HDMI A/V output, you can connect the Studio 1555 to a compatible HDTV to display your creations to a larger audience. Other features include a 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB of installed RAM, 2-megapixel webcam, ExpressCard 54 slot, and pre-loaded Microsoft Works.

Key Features

  • 15.6-inch LED-backlit full HD widescreen display (1080p)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium. (Learn more)
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process.
  • 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 processor with Centrino 2 technology, 3 MB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front side bus (FSB) (Learn more)
  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB of installed RAM with 800 MHz speed (expandable to 8 GB)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon M96XT with 1 GB discrete graphics
  • 2.0 megapixel webcam with facial recognition software automatically secures your computer when you're away. This software adapts to your changing looks so you can expect faster login times. Also, there's no need to remember numerous passwords for password-protected Web sites.
  • 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM
  • Draft-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Fast Ethernet (10/100)
  • Built-in stereo speakers with integrated subwoofer
  • Dell Dock: Enjoy a cleaner desktop with this application organizer. Installed software applications on your PC are automatically sorted into user-friendly categories placing your most frequently used programs front and center.
  • Dell DataSafe Online backup service offers data protection by enabling customers to back up data to a safe, remote storage site using a broadband connection. Dell DataSafe Online is easy, flexible and secure. After setup, it will automatically back up data and help protect against software, hardware and catastrophic failure.
  • With Dell Remote Access you can easily access photos, music, movies and more on your home system using another Internet-connected computer.
  • Dell Support Center: This centrally located, easy-to-use application provides personalized support resources. Conveniently located on your PC's desktop with quick links to service, support and system resources. Helps keep your system up-to-date and running efficiently through automated fixes for common configuration issues.
  • Pre-loaded software includes Microsoft Works and McAfee SecurityCenter for anti-virus protection (with 30 days of updates)
  • 6-cell battery
  • Dimensions: 15.15 x 10.02 x 1.34 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Warranty: One-year with 24x7 technical support

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
Be ready for the next platform in wireless connectivity with an integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi chip. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found in home routers and Wi-Fi hotspots). It also includes a next-generation ExpressCard card slot (replacing the PCMCIA slot), which lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features. It comes with the following external connectors:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
    • Includes 1 eSATA/USB combo port
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 HDMI output (for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable)
  • Analog video output: 1 VGA
  • 1 ExpressCard/34 slot
  • 8-in-1 memory card reader compatible with Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and more
  • 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
  • RJ-45 port for Ethernet

What's in the Box
This package contains the Dell Studio XPS 1640 notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions

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Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, rewind, and record TV. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Simplify everyday tasks Work the way you want Make new things possible

  • Simplify your PC with new navigation features like Aero Shake, Jump Lists, and Snap.
  • Customize Windows to look and feel the way you like by changing themes and taskbar programs.
  • Setting up a home network and connecting to printers and devices is easier than ever.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium supports the latest hardware and software.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Takes full advantage of 64-bit PC hardware and memory.
  • Connecting to wireless networks is fast and easy.
  • Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV with Windows Media Center.
  • Watch your favorite DVD movies.
  • Includes integrated video and Dolby audio codecs.

Jump Lists
New in Windows 7, Jump Lists take you right to the documents, pictures, songs, or websites you turn to each day. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program icon on the Windows 7 taskbar. (You'll also find them on the Start menu.) What you see in a Jump List depends entirely on the program. The Jump List for Internet Explorer 8 shows frequently-viewed websites. Windows Media Player 12 lists commonly-played tunes. Your Jump List missing a favorite? You can "pin" whatever files you like there. Jump Lists don't just show shortcuts to files. Sometimes they also provide quick access to commands for things like composing new e‑mail messages or playing music.

Improved Windows Taskbar
In Windows 7 you can "pin" favorite programs anywhere on the taskbar for easy access. Not crazy about the icon lineup? Now you can rearrange them any way you like by clicking and dragging. Finally, there are new ways to preview windows. Point to a taskbar icon to see a thumbnail preview of open files or programs. Then, move your mouse over a thumbnail to preview the window full-screen. You can even close windows from the thumbnail previews--a big time saver.

Ever need to cut through a cluttered desktop and quickly focus on a single window? Just click a pane and give your mouse a shake. Every open window except that one instantly disappears. Jiggle again--and your windows are back.

Which version of Windows 7 is Best for You?

Intel Core 2 Duo Processing Power with Centrino 2

Experience improved energy efficiency, expanded wireless connectivity, and amazing battery life with the 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 processor featuring Intel Centrino 2 technology--which also helps provide faster draft 802.11n wireless connectivity and new business-class manageability capabilities. This processor has a 2.13 GHz processor speed, super-sized 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and a extra-large 3 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

4-star Core 2 Duo Intel Core 2 Duo Processor: The Dual-Core that Delivers Impressive Power While Saving Energy
Featuring dual cores that power through the most intensive tasks, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor lets you surf the web, download content, connect with friends--and do it all with ease. Intel Advanced Smart Cache technology minimizes wait times by allocating more access to frequently used data to the processing core that needs it most. Intel's power-saving capabilities enable fast, cool-running performance even in a compact form factor.


4-star Centrino 2 Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology: Breakthrough Technology for Mobile Creativity
With dual-core processing, ultra-fast wireless and exclusive energy conservation features, Intel Centrino 2 processor technology lets you achieve more, aspire higher, and log many more miles between battery charges. Optimized wireless capabilities provide up to 2x greater range and up to 5x better Wi-Fi performance1. Intel Clear Video Technology combines hardware- and software-based video processing features to deliver sharper image quality, improved clarity and customizable color control.

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Processor2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive320 GB
Graphics CoprocessorMobility Radeon HD
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionMobility Radeon M96XT
Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3.8 hours
Brand NameDell
Item model numberx1640-513OBK
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Item Dimensions L x W x H17.13 x 4.63 x 19.25 inches
Color Obsidian Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Optical Drive TypeDVD±R/RW
Audio-out Ports (#)2
Battery Typelithium_ion
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #31,733 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableOctober 18, 2009
Warranty & Support
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Blake Mason on January 2, 2010
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Okay, so how many laptops can you find with a 15.6" screen, 1080p resolution, and a decent graphics chipset for under $1000? Not many! This laptop met all three of these needs for me. It came with enough RAM that I don't need to upgrade it until the 8GB of SODIMM modules become ridiculously cheap. The video chipset M96XT (AKA Radeon 4670) has pretty decent performance [...]. There are just way too many other laptops out there that have 1080p screens and an Intel GMA chipset, or low resolution 1280x800 screens with decent video chipsets. This laptop has both high resolution and a good chipset.

I recently took it to a LAN party to play Team Fortress 2 and it ran beautifully with all the settings turned up to high (60fps+). My last laptop died because the CFL backlight failed, with the LED backlight that should never be a problem. It's also super bright. I usually have it set to a quarter of the brightness and it's still pretty bright.

If you don't like the disk I/O speed (I think it's fine) you can always put a SSD in this as it's a standard SATA disk drive. There are USB ports on the left AND one eSATA/USB on the right, so you can use either one.

My laptop actually did have a gigabit network adapter (not the 10/100 listed here) but no jumbo frames support :( Typical with Broadcom.

Oh, and Windows 7, 64bit is amazing. You have the full 4GB of system memory and 1GB of video.

No scroll lock button, no pause/break button. Not sure how if there is some hidden Fn shortcut to get these. But who uses these really? There's no Fn num-pad, but really, I never used that. The wireless enable/disable switch is a capacitive touch button right above the keyboard. It's easy to accidentally hit it and turn the wireless off and not realize it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2010
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Purchased this computer a few weeks ago for my son who is heading to college and we have been very happy with it. Sleek, responsive, and able to handle gaming and media applications with the well-above-average video card, memory, display and processor combination. All for under $1000.00? Impressive. A fingerprint magnet, which bothers some, but is not a big deal to me. Battery life is average compared to the other laptops I have owned, but acceptable, and I am confident, but admittedly have not looked, that an aftermarket upgrade at battery is available. I have seen complaints that it runs hot, but have not experienced that, at least not hotter than any other laptop with a dedicated video card running during intensive applications and certainly not uncomfortably so. The fan is partially blocked by the monitor, but does its job, and for long sessions of gaming I would recommend a secondary cooling device for any laptop. I have also seen at least one review indicate that the video card was not good for gaming, but other independent reviews of the specific card and pc configuration, and my own experiences, refute that, this pc was built with demanding gaming in mind, while not sacrificing portability or versatility.

I have only one beef with the purchase. Amazon no longer price guarantees its products. This machine dropped in price $35.00 shortly after I purchased it (within a week). I still had it, unopened, and contacted Amazon about a price credit, and was basically told to pound sand.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ana P. Costa Vera on December 12, 2009
This Dell Studio XPS 1640 was a very good buy. Its battery lasts a little less than three hours when browsing the web and some light work in Word with the help of Dell Extended Battery Life. All the newer games I've tried have very acceptable framerates with most settings at High. Om most older games such as Oblivion and The Sims 2 I can leave the options at Very High and I haven't found any noticeable slowdown.

I also do all my programming and college work in this computer and I'm very happy with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald R. Betz Jr. on March 29, 2010
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Very nice laptop. I shopped obsessively. I looked at many different laptops in this size/power class and ended up with this one. I'm very pleased with its looks and performance, especially for the price. The 1920 x 1080 screen is very nice. The keyboard has a nice feel. It gets warm but not excessively hot. My only complaint is with the optical drive, it is very noisy and it seems to spin up for no apparent reason sometimes. This is a desktop replacement for me and it also needed to run 3D games reasonably well. It runs Half Life 2 with everything cranked and runs my Realflight 4.5 Simulator very well also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on August 16, 2012
Although I do agree with some of the other reviews that the laptop performs well for gaming purposes (if you set it on a table and not in your lap!), and I have done some gaming on it that was beautiful, I do have a few complaints.

First and most importantly, to me, it is very hot. I have had this laptop for a few years now, and it has gradually gotten hotter and hotter, and for the last 12 months (give or take a couple) it has gotten to the point where it is uncomfortable to just have it in my lap. Now, I do not primarily use my laptop for gaming, I have only used it for that a few times. When I did, there was definitely no way I could have just put it in my lap, it would have burned me up. However, even with normal activities - browsing on the internet, listening to music, looking at photos - the laptop will get very hot after a while, and if I touch the edge of it, it burns!

I find it really silly to call something a "laptop" that you cannot comfortably use on your lap.

The next thing is that it's heavy. This isn't really all that big of a deal, but it is a bit cumbersome, and I'm pretty sure there are lighter more high-tech laptops available these days.

The third thing is - no key pad. :( That just makes me sad. I cannot make any fancy symbols on this laptop at all. Really inconvenient for trying to type in Spanish. I have been wishing for a cooler, lighter laptop with a keypad for a long time. Not to mention those neat fingerprint things!

(It's kind of ironic that I'm typing out my complaints about the laptop while using it.)

It's not a bad laptop overall though. It does have a nice big, high res screen and plenty of memory.
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