Dell XPS M1330 review:

Dell XPS M1330

The M1330 ran for 2 hours, 23 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. That's not bad, but nearly an hour less than the latest 13-inch MacBook, a testament to Apple's emphasis on battery life. Our DVD battery drain test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from casual Web surfing and office use. Dell offers a nine-cell battery option, but it's an exceptionally large battery for such a tiny system.

Though Dell has moved to a 90-day standard warranty on its less expensive models, the company covers the XPS line with a one-year warranty, which provides free parts and labor with on-site service. You can get help through Dell's 24-7, toll-free tech-support number, with special reps exclusively for XPS owners. Dell also offers a fairly robust set of support tools on the actual laptop, including 10GB of online backup space and the new Automated PC TuneUp utility, which can either show you how to perform basic performance optimization or take care of it automatically (for a small fee after the 30-day trial).

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Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

System configurations:
Dell XPS M1330
Windows Vista Home Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Nvidia 8400M GS; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook
OS X 10.4.8; 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2,048GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 64MB Intel GMA 950; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad X61s
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo L7500; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 358MB Intel Mobile Express 965GM; 100GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Fujitsu LifeBook S2210
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 x2 TL-52; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 638MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 1150; 100GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

What you'll pay

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