Dell is breaking into new ground by releasing three new XPS computers: a laptop, a mobile computer, and a desktop. The one that will really catch your eye is the “mobile computer” because it is a mix between a laptop and a desktop. Okay, we’ll dig a little deeper into these now.




Dell Unveils A New Line Of XPS Machines

Dell’s new XPS M1210 is an ultraportable laptop that starts at $1300. While the XPS computers are designed to be the gaming notebooks you might want to think twice before purchasing a laptop over a desktop if you are a gamer. The 12.1-inch screen could become tedious when trying to play those full-screen games, despite it having a nice WXGA resolution of 1,280×800. Overall, the specs do seem impressive with the optional 256MB Nvidia GeForce graphics card, but don’t be fooled by the low starting price.

Dell Unveils A New Line Of XPS Machines

Ahhh, probably the most interesting computer that Dell has ever released is the XPS M2010. It is a cross between a desktop and a laptop. All of the specs make it sound like a desktop like the 20.1 inch monitor and a max of 4GB ram, but then you see the interesting 12-cell battery that is included. Dell has released this machine to allow users to easily transport the computer from place to place, but who will want to lug around a 20-inch display? I could see this being useful in a school that wishes to share one PC between multiple classrooms for presentations and such. That way it has a battery so you don’t always have to be near an outlet, but I wonder how long the battery would really last.
UPDATE: Make sure to watch CNet’s video on this cool computer.

Dell Unveils A New Line Of XPS Machines

Lastly is the almighty desktop. The XPS 700 sports the Pentium Extreme Edition Dual Core processor and has a variety of graphics options that you can choose. The most notable change is the computer case. It looks like they are trying to move towards the Alienware look. This machine will start off costing you $2,410 but by the time you get done configuring it you will probably break $3K.

Here are some of the specifications for each of the new XPS machines as CNet reports them:

Dell XPS M1210 Laptop:

  • 12.1-inch wide-screen display with TrueLife for crisp and vivid images (WXGA 1,280×800)
  • Choice of high-performance 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache graphics or battery-saving Intel 950 Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator
  • Optional A/V communications package with integrated 1.3-megapixel Webcam with directional microphone, noise-isolation earbuds and Skype software
  • Choice of optional embedded mobile broadband wireless connectivity with either Cingular or Verizon Wireless (available only on systems configured with A/V communications package)
  • Dell MediaDirect technology for fast, one-button access to videos, music, or photos
  • Integrated 5-in-1 media card reader to enable easy transfer of content from digital devices
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and optional TV tuner
  • Up to 2GB 533/667MHz dual-channel DDR2 memory
  • ExpressCard slot supports next-generation devices
  • Other ports include four USB ports and IEEE 1394 dual headphone out
  • Optional 9-cell lithium-ion battery
  • Base one-year XPS limited warranty with optional Dell On Call “how-to” value-added services.

Dell XPS M2010 Mobile Computer:

  • 20.1-inch high-definition display with TrueLife for crisp and vivid images (WSXGA+ 1,680×1,050)
  • Full-size Bluetooth wireless keyboard with integrated touch pad and 10-key numeric pad– detachable and rechargeable
  • Bluetooth remote control with gyroscopic mouse control, featuring integrated LCD screen for navigation and playback of audio files
  • Choice of 802.11a/g Wi-Fi
  • Dell MediaDirect technology for fast, one-button access to videos, music, or photos without having to start Windows
  • Integrated 13-in-2 media card reader for easy transfer of content from digital devices
  • Eight integrated 4-ohm speakers and a 12-ohm subwoofer for premium audio experience
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and optional TV tuner
  • Up to 4GB 667MHz dual-channel DDR2 memory
  • Optional dual hard drive configuration for improved performance or data security
  • ExpressCard slot supports next-generation devices
  • Other ports include four USB ports, IEEE 1394, S/PDIF, analog 7.1./5.1 audio, DVI-I
  • 12-cell lithium-ion battery
  • Expected starting weight of 18.3 pounds
  • Base one-year XPS limited warranty with optional Dell On Call “how-to” value-added services.

Dell XPS 700 Desktop:

  • Pentium D and 965 Extreme Edition Dual Core processor options at 800MHz FSB
  • Up to 4GB DDR2 667MHz memory
  • The forward-slanting profile enables gamers to place the chassis against a wall without crimping the power and other cables in the back
  • A removable side wall, exposed I/O ports, up to four hard drives and optical drives with self-tending doors make it easy to upgrade and maintain the computer
  • Power supply options include 750-watt (black model) or 1-kilowatt (formula red)
  • Seven expansion slots including one x1, one x8 and two x16 PCI Express slots
  • Graphics options include the Nvidia SLI and Quad SLI and ATI Radeon X1900
  • Ageia PhysX accelerator option controls dynamic motion in real time for intense realism in supported games and applications
  • Ports include eight USB 2.0, one 1394, and one DVI
  • Base one-year XPS limited warranty with optional Dell On Call “how-to” value-added services.

News Source: CNet