Dell XPS M1210 Home and Business - First Take

Though its higher-end (and high-performance) configurations are expensive, the Dell XPS M1210 should appeal to everyday users who want a relatively light but still full-featured Media Center computer.

Andrew Gruen
Andrew Gruen
Andrew Gruen
is an intern who reviews products for CNET.com and CNET News.com.
The Dell XPS M1210 (like the Lenovo 3000 V100) has a bit of an identity crisis: at 4.4 pounds with a 12.1-inch wide-screen display, it's not an ultraportable or a thin-and-light but something in between. Adding to the crisis is the vast array of configurations available, with prices ranging from $1,300 to a whopping $5,784. Choose from Intel Core Duo processors in speeds of 1.66GHz and 2.16GHz; anywhere from one to four gigabytes of 667MHz RAM; 60GB to 100GB hard drives spinning at either 5,400rpm or 7,200rpm; an integrated Intel GMA 950 or a discrete Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 graphics card with 256MB of dedicated VRAM; and either a CD-RW/DVD combo drive or DVD burner. All XPS M1210s are equipped with 802.11a/g wireless, four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, Ethernet, a 56Kbps modem, S-Video out, VGA out, component out, S/PDIF out, and a 5-in-1 memory card reader. WWAN from Verizon or Cingular, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, a 1.3-megapixel Webcam, and Windows XP Media Center Edition are all optional.

Our XPS M1210 review unit cost $2,687 for a mix of high-end components: a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor; 1GB of fast 667MHz RAM; a blazing, 7,200rpm hard drive with 80GB capacity; and an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 graphics card with 256MB of dedicated memory. Find out more in our full review of the Dell XPS M1210.

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