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Dell unveils new XPS systems earlier than planned

Dell unveils new XPS systems earlier than planned

Dell's official announcement isn't until 2 p.m. ET today, but thanks to the company's Web site jumping the gun, we can now discuss the particulars of Dell's three new XPS systems. All three have been written about already in one form or another. The notebook-desktop hybrid Dell XPS M2010 was first unveiled at CES, information about the ultra-luxe ultraportable XPS M1210 gaming laptop was leaked in early May, and Dell began showing off pictures of the XPS 700 high-end desktop at E3. All three are on sale now.

The XPS M2010 is perhaps the most unique of the bunch. It's technically a portable computer, but at nearly 20 pounds (18.3, for the base config), and with a 20-inch LCD, it's not exactly airplane-friendly. Dell considers it more of a second PC that you might bring with you from place to place, although it does have a battery. Specs are as follows:

  • 20.1-inch high-definition display with TrueLife for crisp and vivid images (WSXGA+ 1,680x1,050)
  • 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.


  • The sub-5-pound XPS M1210 laptop brings ultraportability to Dell's gaming notebook line. It's got the same leathery covering as the XPS M2010 and looks and feels like an expensive piece of hardware (Dell gave us a preview of all three systems a few weeks back). It starts at $1,300, and its specs are as follows:

  • 12.1-inch wide-screen display with TrueLife for crisp and vivid images (WXGA 1,280x800)
  • 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.


  • Finally, the XPS 700 is the long overdue revamp to Dell's XPS gaming desktops. This high-end PC features a brand-new, Dell-designed chassis, as well as the latest gaming accessories, such as the PhysX physics accelerator card and Nvidia's Quad SLI graphics cards. It still uses Intel's chips, so Dell might continue to have a hard time swaying the hard-core gamers, but then Intel's CPUs are due for an overhaul soon, so that conventional wisdom could change as well. The XPS 700 starts at $2,410 and includes the following:

  • 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.