Blu-ray finds its way into Dell's 17" XPS notebook
Dell has become the latest PC maker to adopt Blu-ray after it began to offer a Blu-ray drive
as an option in its high-end XPS M1710
notebook today. The laptop normally starts at $2,299, but Blu-ray is only available as part of configurations that cost at least $3,699. At that price, the XPS M1710 includes an 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 processor, 1GB of DDR2-667 memory, a GeForce Go 7950 graphics card with 512MB of RAM, an 80GB Serial ATA hard drive, and a 17" wide-screen display with a native resolution of 1920x1200—slightly higher than the 1920x1080 resolution of 1080p Blu-ray movies. The machine's included Blu-ray drive can not only play Blu-ray media, but also write double-layer Blu-ray discs as well as DVDs and CDs. According to company spokesman Marc Speier, Dell plans to include Blu-ray drives in more of its notebooks in the future.