Dell has launched a new range of Studio laptops, with new cases adding colour to a lineup that once sported a predominantly industrial look.

The desktop-replacement Studio 15 and Studio 17 laptops are available in seven colours, include dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo processors, support for up to 4GB of memory and up to 320GB of hard-drive storage.

Wireless 802.11 b/g networking is included in the laptops, with 802.11n available as an option. The laptops include a webcam and an 8-in-1 memory card reader.

The introduction of new software that mimics a tool popularised by the Mac OS is another notable inclusion.

The Dell Dock is a simplified menu system that groups files based on type, like video, productivity and audio files. That categorising of files helps maintain a more orderly desktop, according to Dell.

The tool is similar to the Mac OS X Dock featured on the latest Apple laptops, although Dell’s version resides a the top of the screen, rather than at the bottom.

After losing market share to rival HP, Dell has seen an upsurge in its market share this year as it moves from direct sales through its website to selling laptops through retail stores.

Dell gained ground on HP in the first quarter of 2008, growing shipments 21.6 percent year over year to 10.9 million units, according to IDC. HP shipped 13.3 million PCs worldwide, a 17.4 percent year-over-year increase.

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