(Source: Notebook Review)

  (Source: Notebook Review)
WoW fans can now have their own branded notebook

DailyTech first brought you information on Dell's XPS M1730 back in early August. The 17" notebook uses Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, comes equipped with dual NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT graphics cards in SLI mode and features an AGEIA PhysX 100M physics processor.

Prices start at $2,699 for the base Core 2 Duo T7500 model and creep up to $4,431 for a Core 2 Extreme X7900 with Windows Vista Ultimate and 400GB of HDD space.

Starting December 11, Dell will make available another edition of its XPS M1730. Dell is catering to World of Warcraft (WoW) fans with a special XPS M1730 WoW Edition notebook.

According to Notebook Review, the WoW Edition comes with the following:

  • "Horde" or "Alliance" designs on the LCD lid
  • WoW packaging
  • Exclusive WoW original artwork on desktop backgrounds and screen savers
  • A WoW backpack
  • WoW & Burning Crusade
  • Strategy Guides
  • Behind the Scenes, "The Making of WoW" DVD
  • WoW and Burning Crusade Paperback Novels
  • WoW Audio Soundtrack
  • Blizzard beta key card with five keys used to access future WoW games
  • An upgrade certificate which allows access to a "Collectors Edition Account" to receive a special in-game pet
  • Golden Ticket to get a pre-paid special custom action figure based on their own in-game WoW character

While all of the goodies are likely to be welcomed by WoW fans, Dell still hasn't provided what standard specifications will be available with the system's $4,499 asking price. It's also doubtful that XPS M1730 WoW Edition will come with the top of the line Core 2 Duo Extreme X7900 processor given that there is only a $68 difference between the two and the abundance of WoW goodies included.

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