updated 02:05 pm EDT, Wed September 23, 2009
Dell Studio notebooks with Core i7
Dell today backed its Alienware updates with the addition of Intel's mobile Core i7 processor as an option to three of its self-labeled systems. The Studio XPS 16, Studio 15 and Studio 17 all have the choice of either the 1.6GHz or 1.73GHz quad-core processors as a build-to-order upgrade. The high speed choice boosts the price of a Studio 15 to $999, while the larger Studio 17 to $1,099 and the lone Studio XPS update to $1,249.
In addition to the Core i7 revamp, the Studio 17 is also being given subtler updates of its own, including a new default 2.1-channel JBL speaker system, room for a second hard drive and the choice of a 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 4650 for graphics.
All three should have the upgrade available through Dell's website later today.