Dell Xps M1710 - Laptop Information and Features

By: Corwin Brown

The Dell XPS M1710 is the latest premium gaming notebook from Dell that replaces the current XPS M170. The M1710 has a 17" widescreen and comes in a choice of two colors, "formula red" or "metallic black". On the inside it houses the 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM and the icing on the cake -- the latest and greatest nVidia Go 7900 GTX graphics card with 512MB of memory.

Dell has really put a lot of attention into the design, marketing, and support for this product and it shows! It has the best graphics performance of a laptop I've seen to date (and better than most desktops) and to think you can get your XPS M1710 configured with GPU that's faster. As if the performance weren't enough, the little visual tweaks and customizable LEDs really set it apart from everyone else. The dedicated XPS support line and the specially trained technician's means that your back is covered if you ever need help. The price tag may scare some of you away, but when you compare it to the competition in the market, it's actually very good value for the performance and functionality. The Dell XPS M1710 Metallic Black Armor laptop truly is the closest thing a performance user has to a desktop replacement.

The 17-inch TrueLife display has the same 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution as the XPS M170, but it's noticeably brighter. With the processing power available, that means incredibly detailed gaming performance with huge frame rates. The display is also excellent for viewing movies and TV. No built-in TV tuner is present, but an optional external TV tuner and remote costs $130. Dell has gone with an integrated subwoofer to complement the two front-mounted speakers. The result is a meatier sound than most notebooks offer.

The XPS M1710 includes a full-size keyboard, though it lacks a separate number pad, as found on some other desktop replacements, such as the Satellite P105-S921, the HP Pavilion dv8000, and the Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600. The XPS M1710's mouse buttons are very big, however, and the touch pad, which features a backlit XPS logo, is adequately sized. The touch pad also has arrows running along its right and bottom edges, outlining where to place your finger when using the software-enhanced pad to scroll through documents or Web pages.

For an operating system, the M1710 runs Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition, which boasts features to organize and play all your photos, videos, and music. Unfortunately, the system lacks a TV tuner. You can, however, purchase an external USB tuner separately. For a more AV-centric laptop, check out my review of the Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV600, which has an integrated TV tuner and a slew of ports.

Add to all that the XPS M1710's solid build and feel, the attractive lid and 16 multi-colored LEDs along the sides and you got yourself one very cool looking, quite running, high performing premium gaming notebook like no other.

Dell XPS M1710 Features:-

* System: Dell XPS M1710 (Red color lid)
* Processor: Intel Core Duo T2600 (2.16 GHz)
* Memory: 2GB @ 667MHz - 2 DIMM Slots (2 x 1GB) (Max Ram 4GB)
* Hard Drive: 100GB capacity at a speed of 7200 RPM
* Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX with 512MB DDR memory
* Screen: WUXGA TrueLife (1920 x 1200)
* Optical Drive: 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW/+R) with Dual-Layer
* OS: Microsoft MCE 2005
* Wireless Card: Intel 3945 (802.11b/g)
* Battery: 9-cell lithium ion rechargeable battery
* Ports / Slots: 5-in-1 Memory Card Reader, DVI-D, VGA video output, S-Video, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), 6 USB 2.0, Express Card slot, Modem, Ethernet/LAN, Microphone in, Headphone out
* Integrated Subwoofer

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