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Dell XPS M170 for Home review: Dell XPS M170 for Home

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Though Dell has moved to a 90-day warranty on its less expensive models, the company covers the XPS M170 with an industry-standard one-year warranty, which provides free parts and labor with mail-in service. For a $3,642 notebook, we believe that Dell should offer a longer support contract; and the upgrades are fairly pricey: a four-year warranty with at-home service, which Dell recommends, costs about $340. You can get help through Dell's 24/7, toll-free telephone line for as long as you own the laptop. Dell offers a special tech-support number exclusively for XPS owners, staffed by reps who can provide help with the latest games and technologies. The company also has a support Web site with downloads, FAQs, and hardware-specific user forums.

SysMark 2004 performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet content creation  
SysMark 2004 office productivity  
Voodoo Envy m760
188 
230 
154 
Dell XPS M170
170 
209 
138 
Toshiba Qosmio G25
161 
189 
138 
Dell XPS Gen 2
153 
192 
122 

Doom 3, High Quality, 10x7, 4XAA
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Id software/Activision's Doom 3  
Dell XPS M170
87.5 
Voodoo Envy m760
39 

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System configurations:
Dell XPS Gen 2
Windows XP Professional; 2.13GHz Intel Pentium M 770; 1GB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6800 Go 256MB; Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 80GB 5,400rpm (SysMark 2004), Fujitsu MHT2080AT 80GB 4,200rpm (Doom 3)

Dell XPS M170
Windows XP Media Center Edition; 2.26GHz Pentium M-780; 1GB PC 4200 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 GTX 256MB; Fujitsu MHV2100AH 100GB 5,400rpm

Toshiba Qosmio G25
Windows XP Professional; 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760; 1GB PC 3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 128MB; (2) Fujitsu MHT2060BH 5,400rpm

Voodoo Envy m760
Windows XP Professional; 3.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 560; 1GB PC4300 DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Nvidia GeForce 6800 Go 256MB; (2)Fujitsu MHT2080BH 80GB 5,400rpm

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