Dell unveils new XPS systems

— 4:42 PM on May 31, 2006

Dell has taken the wraps off three new machines in its high-end XPS line. Among them is a new XPS M2010 wide-screen "entertainment PC," which looks like a cross between a notebook and a desktop. The machine features a 20.1" 1680x1050 display, an Intel Core Duo processor, and one of ATI's latest Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics chips. Interestingly, the XPS 2010 can be folded away and carried as a single unit, although it does weigh a good 18.3 lbs. Dell is selling this proto-notebook at $3,500, with top configurations surpassing the $4,500 mark.

In addition to the XPS M2010, Dell has unveiled a new high-end gaming desktop dubbed the XPS 700. This system starts at $2,310 and boasts an Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 CPU and either SLI or Quad SLI NVIDIA graphics. Dell says the XPS 700 sports an NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI chipset, too, suggesting that NVIDIA quietly introduced some new Intel chipsets during the nForce 500 launch. The XPS 700 also has a new aluminum chassis with red grates at the front and back, making it look like the PowerMac G5's evil twin.

To counterbalance the heavyweights, Dell also introduced an XPS M1210 thin and light notebook. This laptop has a 12.1" 1280x800 wide-screen display and weighs in at just 4.37 lbs. Despite its small size, the M1210 features a choice of Core Duo processors, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 graphics, up to 120 GB of storage, and a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. Dell is selling the XPS M1210 at a base price of $1300.

All three XPS systems are available worldwide today. Dell has also released a new 2407WFP wide-screen display, perhaps to accompany the new XPS 700 desktop. Sporting a similar design to the existing 2007WFP and 3007WFP, the 2407WFP offers a 24" screen with a 1920x1200 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and an impressively low 6 ms response time. Dell also tossed in a couple of media card slots to keep digital camera users happy. The 2407WFP is supposedly available worldwide at $949, but it seems to be absent from Dell's website at press time.

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