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Dell XPS M140 review:

Dell XPS M140

The XPS M140's big nine-cell battery triumphed in our drain tests, lasting just a bit less than 6 hours. In contrast, the VAIO FS680 fizzled after only 2 hours, 14 minutes, while the Pavilion dv1000 and the ThinkPad Z60t each ran for slightly more than 4 hours.

Like most home and small-office laptops, the XPS M140 ships with a one-year warranty and mail-in service. You also get toll-free, 24/7 tech support for a year. The company's well-organized support Web site provides lots of useful help options, such as checkup and troubleshooting tools, driver downloads, user forums, and real-time chat with a Dell tech-support rep.

For more detailed information about warranties and service plans, check out Computer Shopper's overview of 37 major computer vendors.

Mobile application performance
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System configurations:
Dell XPS M140
Windows XP Media Center; 2.13GHz Intel Pentium M 770; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM PC3200 533MHz; Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express chipset 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 80GB 5,400rpm

HP Pavilion dv1000
Windows XP Home; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 512MB DDR SDRAM PC2100 266MHz; Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME up to 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2080AT PL 80GB 4,200rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-FS680
Windows XP Home; 1.86GHz Intel Pentium M 750; 1GB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 128MB; Fujitsu MHU2100AT 100GB 4,200rpm

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