New Dell XPS 15 and 17 laptops debut, add 3D, Sandy Bridge
Updated Dell XPS laptops offer improved processor and graphics options and add 3D Vision.
You can check out the prices for yourself, but they remain pretty affordable. While the XPS 17 with a new 1080p 3D display starts at $1,099, its specs are impressive: 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT550M graphics, that revamped 1,920x1,080-pixel display, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive. An entry-level non-3D XPS 17 starts at $899.
The new XPS 15 starts at a bit pricier $1,069, which is considerably more than the $849 bargain entry-level XPS 15 we reviewed in 2010. This model, however, includes a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT525M Optimus graphics to go with 4GB RAM/500GB hard drive. The XPS 15 can increase its RAM up to 8GB, whereas the XPS 17 can go up to 16GB.
We appreciate the spec bumps, but they're hardly surprising. Next time, we hope the XPS gets a much-needed design revamp, too.