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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 expensive than a MacBook
By sefsefsefsef on 6/26/2007 1:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
A Dell XPS M1330 is considerably more expensive than a MacBook if both are configured to have a 2GHz Core2Duo, 1GB RAM, integrated graphics and 120GB HDD. The difference is on the order of $300. Both come in a ~13" form factor. I realize that even the newly refreshed MacBooks don't use the Santa Rosa chipset, but can that really account for the difference in price? What else does the Dell have going for it that makes it so much more expensive?

RE: More expensive than a MacBook
By dosun on 6/26/2007 1:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
Apples to oranges, the m1330 is a full pound lighter than the macbook.

RE: More expensive than a MacBook
By ATC on 6/26/2007 3:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
I was kinda thinking the same thing. However, Dell will drop their prices in due time as usual; this thing just launched today.

I know you cannot compare the Macbook Pro to the m1330 but for someone on the fence, and if the size difference between 13.3 and 15.4 is not a big deal for them, the Macbook Pro does indeed look great now.

I configured the m1330, loaded, and it came to about the same price as a MBP that has superior components to the 1330 (better webcam with the LED screen, 8600GT vs 8400GS etc...). You can even run XP or Vista along side OSX as well.

I might be taking that route in the next few weeks.

RE: More expensive than a MacBook
By B166ER on 6/27/2007 2:50:05 AM , Rating: 2
@ ATC, he was reffering to the macbook, not the pro. Nonetheless, the Dell has many more options that the MacBook doesnt even offer, namely the integrated graphics. But add the roll-your-own-1330 ability, that sells the deal to me immediately. Its still apples to oranges, but ultimately if you approach it logically, the Dell wins out.

RE: More expensive than a MacBook
By phryguy on 6/30/2007 10:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, not only is the Macbook stuck w/Intel GMA 950 video, you can't get a 7200 rpm hard drive on any Macbook (non-Pro). There's s no 2nd button for the touchpad on Macbooks. The only clock speed choices on the Macbook is 2 ghz or 2.16 ghz vs. 1.5 to 2.2 ghz. The FSB is 667 mhz on the Macbook vs. 800 mhz on the Santa Rosa based ones >1.5 ghz. There's also no LED backlight available on the Macbooks (yet).

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