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Dell offers GeForce Go 7400 option on its 12.1" ultraportable notebook

Dell has finally released for the North American market what we all have been talking about for the past month or so on DailyTech. The XPS M1210 was launched today and it packs quite a punch into a pint-sized package.

The 4.3 pound XPS M1210 can be equipped with a variety of Core Duo processors including the Core Duo T2300E (1.66GHz), T2400 (1.83GHz), T2500 (2GHz) and T2600 (2.16GHz). The standard graphics offering for the new laptop is the Intel GMA950 which we have all grown to love (or hate depending on your needs) with a 256MB GeForce Go 7400 appearing on the option sheet. Either one of those graphics chips will gladly power the 12.1" TruLife WXGA (1280x800) display. Other features rounding on the spec sheet include support for up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, four USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port, S/PDIF out, 5-in-1 media reader, two headphone jacks and 24x/10x/24x CD Burner/DVD combo drive (8x DVD burner optional).

If users spring for the optional A/V Communications Package, you'll receive an integrated 1.3MP webcam, a set of premium noise isolation ear buds, Skype VoIP, directional microphone and internal mobile broadband antenna. Mobile broadband options include the Dell 5700 (CDMA EVDO) and Dell 5500 (3G HSDPA).

Prices start at $1,300 for an XPS M1210 optioned up with a Core Duo T2300E processor, 1GB of memory, Intel graphics, 60GB 5400RPM hard drive and CD-RW/DVD combo drive. $1,862 will get you a Core Duo T2400 processor, 1GB of memory, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 graphics, A/V package, 80GB 5400RPM hard drive and 8x DVD burner. A fully decked out XPS M1210 with a Core Duo T2600 processor, 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 graphics, 100GB 5400RPM drive, Bluetooth 2.0, 8x DVD burner, Sound Blaster Audigy ADVANCED HD Audio and a Dell 5700 wireless card will set you back $2,750.

You can head over to Notebook Review to see some real life images of the XPS M1210 compared to the newly released Lenovo V100 along with an actual review of the unit here.

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ordered mine!
By irev210 on 5/31/2006 10:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully it will be a nice laptop. I got it with the video package, 80gb hdd, and 7400 graphics

Did you notice that you can build-it-yourself XPS 700 now.

Very interesting. Just order the mobo/CPU/case + 750watt or 1kw power supply.

RE: ordered mine!
By UNCjigga on 5/31/2006 4:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
Where do you see the barebones XPS 700 option? Do you have a link??

RE: ordered mine!
By irev210 on 5/31/2006 6:45:44 PM , Rating: 2


The XPS 700: BYO series is specifically for those computer enthusiasts who enjoy building and tweaking their computers. To cater to this customer, these bundles require hardware additions to build a complete system and include "parts only" limited warranties. These are NOT functioning systems. NO ooperating system other than FreeDOS is included.

For the first time, we're offering an XPS parts-only bundle option, giving you the power to build your onw system by purchasing just the core components of the XPS 700. Choose the 750W jet black or the 1KW special edition formula red chassis, equipped only with the BTY-standard motherboard, one tower 6-copper heat pipe heat sink, and your choice of memory and processor, all with a one-year parts warranty. You can also opt to have additional components such as graphics and audio cards installed by Dell. Click Build Your Own to get started. BYO not for you? No problem, just click the green Continue button to build a standard system.

I thought this was much bigger news then then new M1210 laptop.

Daily-Tech should post this.

RE: ordered mine!
By irev210 on 5/31/2006 6:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
RE: ordered mine!
By irev210 on 5/31/2006 6:48:36 PM , Rating: 2
i wish we had an edit feature...

NVIDIA's next Gen 7 series graphics, 2 dual-GPU cards, Quad SLI-enabled [add $1,300 or $39/month2]


How many of these can Dell expect to sell?
By Supa on 5/31/2006 9:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
Is there really a need for 12" gaming laptop weighting one pound too heavy? At these prices, even with the occationally moderate discount for XPS systems, it's still a lot of $$.

Wonder what customer base Dell is targeting at.


By Merry on 5/31/2006 10:10:37 AM , Rating: 3
People who want a genuinely portable laptop and want to play the odd game?

By Hokum on 5/31/2006 11:24:43 AM , Rating: 2
Me... i ended up having to get a 15" to get the graphics... :(

By newcastlenellie on 5/31/2006 4:13:16 PM , Rating: 3
anybody know when this will be coming to little ol' blighty?

RE: uk?
By Madzombie on 6/1/2006 1:02:24 PM , Rating: 2
Now it seems. Anyone up for £470 (no that is not a typo) to upgrade from GMA950 to Geforce 7400 graphics?

Not for gaming
By OrSin on 5/31/2006 10:38:57 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt the 7400 is really for gameing. My best guess use is HD video or someotther type of A/V that the the standard intel video will just process well. Personally I would prefer a lighter laptap with the crappy video myself.

RE: Not for gaming
By Johnmcl7 on 5/31/2006 10:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
It will be miles better than the Intel 945 and although not ideal for gaming it would be reasonable for some older games - I know I'd like to have the option of a dedicated card in my ultralight, even though it would be a basic one.


By Kishkumen on 5/31/2006 3:09:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad to see the option of some decent graphics finally on a portable laptop like this. After all, 3D acceleration isn't just for gamers these days. Quite a few application have the ability to render 2D applications using hardware acceleration. Java, for example which has DirectX and OpenGL 2D pipelines. In addition, Windows Vista should have some nice bling and for some crazy reason, I think it'd be nice to still be able to use a laptop purchased today with that operating system will all the visual eye candy available. Also quite a few Linux desktops use alot of OpenGL acceleration today such as Novell's Xgl and even the lightweight Xfce4.

4 GB RAM will cost you
By ubcz on 6/5/2006 8:36:22 AM , Rating: 2
Wow! Upgrading from 1 GB to 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz will add $3,000 to the system.

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