Dell Launches XPS Laptops with 3DTV Play and Optimus; Features Intel Core-i Processors, 2MP HD Webcam

Written By Sam on 22 October 2010

Dell has just launched a family of its XPS laptops that is going to be a multi-dimensional treat for serious gamers. Aimed at delivering a multifaceted upgrade to their entertainment quotient these XPS laptops are being offered in 3 sizes – 15, 16 and 17 inches.

The upgrades in this family of laptops set them apart in terms of prices as well. Starting at $899 for the 15-inch XPS upto $949 for the 17-inch one, they are almost twice as costly compared to the recently-introduced refreshed line of Inspiron R Models.

However, the 3D won’t be viewable directly on your laptop screens. Unlike other manufacturers like Toshiba, who are getting ready to release “glasses-free” laptops. Instead, you’ll need to use NVidia’s 3DTV Play to hook up to a 3D TV through HDMI. And you will need 3D goggles to really get the effect.

NVidia’s Optimus graphics automatically switch between Intel’s built-in UMA graphics and NVidia discrete graphics processing, depending on whether tasks need a “power saving” or “performance” mode. This feature is not unique to Dell laptops in the PC industry as Lenovo is already offering the Optimus on both its consumer  – geared IdeaPads as well as on its t Series business laptops.

However, these laptops come loaded with advanced features even in their standard models.

Let’s take a look at the features that make these XPS laptops worth their money:

  • Intel Core i-series processors
  • A 2-megapixel HD Webcam
  • JBL 2.0 speakers with a Waves MaxxAudio enhancement (for a total of 6 watts)
  • NVidia GeForce 420M graphics with 1GB integrated memory.
  • HD displays
  • USB 3.0 and hybrid USB 2.0 ports
  • 9-in-1 media card reader
  • Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • These notebooks also support wireless connectivity through Intel Centrino WiFi and WiMax, and through Dell Wireless 5540 HSPA and 5620 EVDO-HSPA mini cards.
  • Customizable options like the ones listed below are also offered by Dell to take these notebooks to the next level yet:
  • NVidia GeForce 460M with 2GB memory
  • Blu-ray disk burner drive
  • 9-cell battery (instead of the standard 6-cell)
  • Hard drive space of up to 750GB (in comparison to the 250GB base configuration)

The look of the laptop can be personalized as well, and you can choose from over 200 designs from the Dell Design Studio. They otherwise come in a standard issue with silver anodized aluminum display back and palmrest.

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