Dell XPS M1530 review: Dell XPS M1530

The XPS M1530 is available with two battery options, and we tested both the 6-cell and 9-cell versions. While the 6-cell fits flush with the system and ran for 2 hours and 9 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, the 9-cell battery ran for 3 hours and 22 minutes on the same test. The catch is that the 9-cell battery is positively gigantic, raising the rear of the laptop from 1.5 inches to 2.2 inches, although it fortunately doesn't extend past the back of the system. The weight goes from 5.9 to 6.4 pounds when you switch to the larger battery. Notably, the default slim battery in Apple's 13-inch MacBook runs even longer than the extended Dell battery.

Dell includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, including in-home service, a perk for customers of the higher-end XPS line. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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3D gaming performance (in frames per second)
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DVD battery drain test (in minutes)
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Dell XPS M1530
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
OS X 10.4.8; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 ; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Micro Express IFL90
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT; 80GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dv6500t
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB Nvidia 8400M GS; 200GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

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    Dell XPS M1530

    Part Number: DYCWHN1_7 Released: Nov 27, 2007
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    • Release date Nov 27, 2007
    • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color tuxedo black
    • Weight 5.7 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD±RW - fixed
    • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS - 128 MB
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 / 2.6 GHz