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Studio colours twice as expensive in UK as US

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Dell has launched a new notebook line, the Studio series, in a bid to plug the gap between its XPS and increasingly low-cost Inspiron ranges.

The Studio 15 is based around a 15.4in 1280 x 800 panel and can be configured with a range of 2-2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Memory starts off at 2GB of dual-channel DDR 2, storage at a 160GB 5400rpm SATA drive.

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Dell's Studio 15: XPS alternative

There's a choice of integrated Intel GMA X3100 or AMD ATI Radeon Mobility HD 3450 with 256MB of dedicated video Ram - in the UK, the Radeon comes as standard. The machine has an 8x multi-format slot-load DVD writer as standard, but it can be upgraded to a Blu-ray player and DVD burner combo drive.

802.11g Wi-Fi comes as standard, upgradeable to 802.11n, and there are mobile broadband cards on offer in the US but not over here.

Dell Studio 15

Studio 17: colours more costly in the UK than the US

Prices kick off at $799/£429 for the Studio 15 and $999/£469 for the 17in version - the low UK Studio 17 base price is is predicated on customers picking a dual-core Pentium processor rather than a Core 2.

The Studios' standard colour is black, but for $25 (£12) or £29 more you can pick an alternative: blue, purple, red, pink, green or orange, or grey with a choice of blue, red, pink or black trim.

Why Dell's charging more than twice as much for colours in the UK than it is in the US, the PC giant didn't say.

We guess it has to pay for its Euro keyboard cock-ups somehow...

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