Dell ups XPS memory, hard drive for free

Starting today, Dell is doubling the minimum amount of memory and hard-drive capacity in two of its high-end XPS desktop PCs with no change in price.

All XPS desktops now come with 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive as standard amounts. The XPS 600 desktop has always featured that much memory and storage space, but the XPS 200 and XPS 400 are now in the same class. Base configurations of the XPS 200 and XPS 400 systems cost $999 before and after the move, while the XPS 600 costs $1,699 with better graphics technology and other premium features.

Dell is hoping to attract more consumers to the XPS lineup, which also comes with some premium support features. The company makes more money on each XPS PC than it does on lower-end Dimension systems. Dell missed profit and revenue expectations twice last year when it sold more low-end PCs than it would have liked, prompting a renewed focus on high-end gaming and entertainment PCs.

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