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XPS 700

XPS M2010
Dell has two more XPS offerings up its sleeve

Dell's XPS 700 desktop was launched in Europe last week, and today we see that it's available in the United States. The uniquely styled BTX case has a slightly forward leaning design, features self-tending drive doors and LED lighting which allows you to choose seven programmable colors (red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue and purple). Cooling duties are handled by two 120mm temperature-controlled fans and a sealed short-travel thermal system.

The XPS 700 comes loaded with up to a 3.73GHz Extreme Edition dual-core processor, NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP core logic, up to 4GB of DDR 667MHz memory, up to 1.5TB of storage, AGEIA PhysX physics accelerator and variety of graphics options ranging from a 512MB Radeon X1900 XTX to dual 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX graphics cards.

Prices start at $1,940 for the XPS 700 and quickly escalate from there.

Also launched today is the XPS M2010 "mobile" PC. It's not quite a desktop and it's not quite a notebook. It's mobile enough that you could easily pack it up and take it along with you, but heavy enough as to make you think twice about doing so often. It also features a wireless keyboard with an integrated touchpad -- nice touch, Dell.

The 20.1" XPS M2010 folds up and features an integrated handle to make transport an easy affair -- that's if you consider its 18 pound weight to be a non-issue. It's powered by your choice of a Core Duo T2400, T2500 or T2600 processor and supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory. A 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics cards powers the 1680x1050 display while up to 240GB of storage is supported (via RAID-0) and an 8x DVD burner is included. Other features include four USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port, an ExpressCard slot, DVI, S-Video, S/PDIF digital and analog 7.1/5.1 audio out, integrated 1.3MP webcam, eight integrated speakers and subwoofer and a 13-in-1 removable media reader.

For those of you brave enough to venture into new territory, the XPS M2010 starts at $4,000.

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Cool Concept
By phisrow on 5/31/2006 10:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see further exploration of the M2010 concept. The current model seems a trifle silly in certain respects(8 speakers, in a body with less than 20 inches of stereo seperation, WTF?) and is certainly terribly expensive; but the form factor has promise. Assuming a lower spec, lower price model, from Dell or otherwise, I'd take it over an iMac, for design.

RE: Cool Concept
By londonlad on 5/31/2006 11:29:28 AM , Rating: 1
I'd take it over an iMac, for design.

Let's see, Dell XPS2010, starts at $4,000 (according to article)
Apple 20" iMac 2Ghz Core Duo starts at $1,699.

That's quite a price premium for Dell "design" don't you think?

RE: Cool Concept
By phisrow on 5/31/2006 12:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Note that I said: "Assuming a lower spec, lower price model, from Dell or otherwise". Obviously, you'd be a fool to take it at its current price. What I'm hoping for is the development of the "Designed to be transportable and based around energy efficient parts; but without the pretentions of being a laptop" segment to become another flavour of commodity PC.

What I am hoping for is something like: The guts of one of the various 500-600 dollar laptops + a 17 to 20 inch screen replacing the current "just a cheap box for email" segment. Cheap laptops are generally fast enough; but the build quality is ghastly, and they tend to be noisy and heavy. Give up on making them laptop shaped, give them a larger desktop panel, and you'll have a machine weighing less than 15 pounds, less than 750 dollars, and easier than a cheap desktop to cart around. That is what I hope for. The current product is just a step towards that end.

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