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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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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.

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