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Dell XPS 15z  (Source: Dell)
XPS 15z is thicker than 15-inch MacBook Pro

Dell pulled the wraps off a new notebook officially today called the XPS 15z. This machine is aimed right at the Apple MacBook Air and is going after the users wanting high style and a very thin profile in their notebook. The 15z features GeForce graphics and a slot-loading optical drive. An optical drive is something that some machines give up in an effort to be thin.

The XPS 15z notebook starts at $999 and can be ordered today. The notebook has Core i5 and Core i7 processors from the second generation of the Core line available. The computer weighs in at 5.54 pounds and is under an inch thick. Dell claims the 15z is the thinnest 15-inch PC on the planet -- it has a resolution of 1366 x 768 standard with a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen as an option. 

The notebook can be had with up to 8GB of RAM and uses the Intel HM67 chipset. Two GPUs are offered on the 15z with the GeForce GT 525M with Optimus technology and 1GB of RAM -- the same GPU is also offered with 2GB of RAM. Power comes from an 8-cell 64WHr polymer battery.

The notebook has a 1.3MP HD resolution webcam with digital array mic for video chat and recording. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/n is integrated along with Bluetooth 3.0 and Intel Wireless Display tech. The XPS 15z has HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet ports. It has three USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port. A 9-in-1 memory card reader is integrated as well. The chiclet keyboard is backlit and spill resistant. The trackpad supports multi-touch with gestures.

The dimensions of the notebook are 0.97" x 15.15" x 10.25".

Engadget got hands on the new XPS 15z for a review. The first thing Engadget reports is that the 15z is actually a bit thicker than the 15-inch MacBook Pro (remember Dell said thinnest PC). Engadget thinks the machine is decent enough and will win some shoppers, but it's not a game changer and corners were cut to get the low price.

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By StevoLincolnite on 5/24/2011 12:06:12 PM , Rating: 1
(remember Dell said thinnest PC).

Mac's ARE a PC.
PC = Personal Computer, nowhere in that acronym does it signify a Windows only platform.

Heck... Mac's use Intel x86 chips, Intel chipsets, AMD/nVidia graphics in some cases, Seagate/Fujitsu hard drives, Typical OEM Hynix/Micron RAM. - That typically makes up the major components in a "PC".

Heck even MacOS has roots in the *nix based world.

When they were using PowerPC based processors, then sure they weren't what I would call a "PC" due to the different instruction set and components that were not compatible with x86 in some cases.
But as time has gone on, they have pretty much evolved into another x86 OEM PC manufacturer with a different OS.

Heck, even the casings of the systems bore me.
Then again, I rather lots of cool looking LED's, side windows, UV water cooling loops and such, THAT looks cool and impressive.

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By FITCamaro on 5/24/2011 12:56:13 PM , Rating: 2
When the average person hears "PC" they think Windows based machine. Most people don't even know PC stands for personal computer. Macs are just that. Macs.

Even on the box for software it says supports PC and Mac.

RE: .
By vectorm12 on 5/24/2011 2:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
Considering we're probably two years away from Apple sticking ARM-chips in the mac computers and loading them with a tweaked version of their iOS this discussion will thankfully be over with.

Coming back to the issue of batterylife I'm left with mixed feelings concerning my 13" macbook pro. On one hand it usually outlasts my 12" HP elitebook during webbrowsing and documentation tasks however once it hits about 50% batterylife the OS throttles everything to the point where it becomes painful to do even the most basic of tasks other than what's currently being done. My HP does spend it's charge faster but never actually slows down even further to maximize batterylife for the sake of batterylife. This is something I'll bet even the most hardcore of mac-lovers will admit. Sure they run longer but as batterycharge is reduced everything take longer and longer to complete.

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By Hexus on 5/24/2011 1:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Apple's marketing department did that with their slew of crappy "I'm a Mac vs I'm a PC" commercials.

Nice rant though.

RE: .
By sviola on 5/24/2011 1:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Apple for years tried to (and managed to, it seems) create the image that a Mac wasn't a PC.

RE: .
By Motoman on 5/25/2011 11:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
Apple, for all intents and purposes, created the personal computer.

Then IBM made it appeal to business.

Shortly thereafter, Apple computers were irrelevant...and they are so to this day. 5% marketshare. Whee.

For the record, if anything I was predisposed to be a huge Apple fan. I took my first programming course in 5th grade on the IIe, and all through high school we had Apples in the lab. But it was pretty GD obvious by, oh, the mid 80s that Apple had completely lost the plot. And the market. And...well...everything.

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