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Dell XPS M1330

The rainbow of colors available on Dell's new Inspirons
Customization is king with Dell's new line of Santa Rosa notebooks

Although Dell's XPS M1330 was leaked to the press earlier this month, today marks the official launch of the new 13.3" Santa Rosa-based notebook. Dell's follow-up to the XPS M1210 measures 12.5" x 9.4" x 1.43" and weighs in at under four pounds.

The XPS M1330 is powered by Core 2 Duo processors and backs its 13.3" TrueLife display (LED backlighting is optional) with a 1280x800 screen resolution. The standard graphics solution on the notebook is Intel's X3100 integrated GPU. Paying extra will get you an NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS dedicated graphics card.

When it comes to connectivity, Dell provides a wealth of options. There are no less than three WiFi solutions offered (802.11b/g, 802.11a/b/g and 802.11n). Dell also offers an optional broadband modem for Sprint/Verizon (EVDO Rev A) or AT&T (HSDPA). Hardwire connections include two USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire port and HDMI-out.

Other niceties include a slot-loading DVD burner, an 8-in-1 media reader, integrated webcam with dual microphones, consumer IR remote (stores within the ExpressCard slot), optional 32GB solid state disk (SSD) and an optional fingerprint reader.

The Dell XPS M1330 starts at $1,299 and will come with a one-year XPS limited warranty, one year of LoJack Theft Protection Service and 10GB of storage with Dell Online Backup. Customers will be able to choose from three lid colors as well with the XPS M1330 (Tuxedo Black, Pearl White or Crimson Red).

Dell has also revamped its popular Inspiron notebook family. 14", 15.4" and 17" notebooks now fall under the Inspiron 1420, 1520 and 1720 nomenclature for Intel Santa Rosa-based notebooks and Inspiron 1521 and 1721 for AMD Turion 64 X2-based notebooks.

The new range of Inspiron notebooks are available with a dizzying array of options including RAID 0,1 support (1721 only), 3G wireless, 2.0MP webcam and a Blu-ray drive (Intel models).

Dell once again plays up the customization bit with the new Inspirons. Each will be available in Jet Black (matte finish), Alpine White (gloss finish), Espresso Brown, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red, Spring Green or Sunshine Yellow.

Weight for the Inspirons range from 5.39 pounds for the 1420 to 7.67 pounds for the 1721. Starting prices begin at $799 for the 1420 and creep up to $999 for the 1720.

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more details?
By BillyBatson on 6/26/2007 7:58:15 AM , Rating: 2
I am at now building one that suits me since I have wanted a laptop like this for a while now and didn't want to pay $2600 for the Sony version.
My main question is about the screen, sure it says it is the thiniest 13.3 but that is obviously with the LED backlit display correct? I can't seem to find size info or images using the standard monitor
My other questions are... Video: how much more powerful is the nvidia 8400m over intels integrated x3100? Ram: I understand people recommend 2gb as ideal for vista but seeing as this is a laptop will 1gb do or is 2gb still ideal?! CPU: since I want this to be small and portable should i stick with the T5250 for battery life or will i actually see a big enough performance increase going to the T7100 with double the cache and faster FSB? how bad would the battery life be affected?

I think that is all I have (:

RE: more details?
By Duraz0rz on 6/26/2007 9:53:40 AM , Rating: 2
8400m is way better than the integrated video.

More ram in Laptop = better, but buy the least amount you can now, then just buy some SODIMMs later and install them yourself. It's cheaper, like the guy above said.

IIRC, the battery life isn't affected a whole lot between Santa Rosa and whatever platform was before (just remembering what I read from the AT Santa Rosa article). Just depends on how you use it. Just know that they all idle at the same speed and voltage.

At least, that's what I remember off the top of my head.

RE: more details?
By TomZ on 6/26/2007 2:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
I just ordered a 1720, and I did the Dell Kiosk thing (see ref below), and got them to give me an additional $150 off on top of the sales and discounts available at the Dell web site.

Hopefully others may find this handy.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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