Dell Brings Intel Core i7 Power to Studio and Alienware Laptops and Desktops

Intel's Core i7 processor kicks ass, as we already know. Dell (and its adopted sub-brand, Alienware) is busting out a new line of laptops and desktops to take advantage of the power and capabilities of the i7.

These aren't major revisions to the Studio 15, Studio 17 or Studio XPS 16, keeping the same styling and most of the same specs—but the Core i7 chip and (in the Studio 17 and Studio XPS 16) improved graphics card means the new laptops are likely to outperform the current line. Check out our Giz Explains Core i7 for more info.

First up is the Dell Studio 17, a multimedia-focused 17.3-incher that packs a 2.1 sound system, a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 and a 9-cell battery. This "desktop replacement" will start at $1100, and features a slightly slimmed-down body compared to the current design. We've also been informed by Dell that there will be a multi-touch touchscreen option available on the Studio 17 sometime before the end of the year.

The Studio 15 will also see a bump, featuring the same Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (1333 FSB/6MB L3 Cache) processor as the Studio 17, though it's only got a 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570. It'll start at $1000. Finally is the Studio XPS 16, which has the same specs as the Studio 17 but in a smaller, 15.6-inch package. It starts at $1250. Press release below. [Dell Laptops]

Dell has updated the new Studio 17, and the result is an entertainment powerhouse excelling at both creating and consuming multimedia content. New features a JBL-branded 2.1 audio solution with SRS Premium Sound – two 1.5-watt speakers in the palmrest and a 6-watt subwoofer in the base. The spacious 17.3-inch HD+ 16:9 display is great for watching HD content, and includes a 2.0MP webcam. A few other items of interest: this is the first Studio laptop to feature a 1GB graphic solution, and also supports dual hard drives. To complement the upgraded technology and features, the Studio 17 is actually slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor. With a starting price of $1,099, the Studio 17 includes

· Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (1333 FSB/6MB L3 Cache)

· Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) – eligible for Windows 7 upgrade

· 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650

· 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1067MHz

· 250GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

· Slot load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)

· 17.3-inch HD+ (1600x900) WLED display with built-in 2.0MP webcam

· JBL-branded 2.1 audio solution with subwoofer

· Full-size keyboard with separate keypad

· 9-cell Battery

· Black Chainlink exterior color

While the Studio 17 is primarily a desktop replacement than can be moved from room to room, there are those who need a laptop that balances performance with portability, and so the Studio 15 will also include a Core i7 option, with a starting price of $999 and includes:

· Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (1333 FSB/6MB L3 Cache)

· Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) – eligible for Windows 7 upgrade

· 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570

· 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz

· 250GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

· Slot load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)

· 15.6-inch HD (1366x768) WLED display with built-in 2.0MP webcam

· 6-cell Battery

· Black Chainlink exterior color

Finally, we are also offering a Core i7 option on the award-winning Studio XPS 16, with a starting price of $1,249 including:

· Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (1333 FSB/6MB L3 Cache)

· Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) – eligible for Windows 7 upgrade

· 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670

· 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1067MHz

· 250GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

· Slot load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)

· 15.6-inch HD+ (1600x900) edge-to-edge WLED display

· Built-in 2.0MP webcam and facial recognition security software

· 7W audio solution with subwoofer

· Full-size backlit keyboard

· 9-cell Battery

· Obsidian Black high gloss finish exterior