updated 03:00 pm EST, Thu November 19, 2009
Dell Studio 17 Touch appears
Dell today quietly slipped the Studio 17 Touch into its lineup as its first touchscreen notebook. The 17-inch system adds multi-touch input and carries Dell's own suite of touch apps, such as its photo browser. Most of the design remains the same and is treated as a desktop replacement and media center hybrid with a 2.1-channel JBL speaker system and HDMI output.
Opting for the touchscreen edition puts the price at $899 and starts off with a 2.1GHz Pentium dual-core, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk and Intel graphics. Most upgrades available for the regular Studio 17 are available on its touch sibling, including up to a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo as well as 1TB of total storage, a Mobility Radeon HD 4650 for graphics and Blu-ray.
Orders placed now should ship in early December.