Dell is taking its Inspiron notebook line into uncharted territory with the introduction of the Inspiron XPS, its first gaming notebook aimed at enthusiasts. At a product launch, Dell told reporters that serious gamers can expect ultimate performance, a customized XPS look, and for the first time on a Dell notebook, an onsite upgradeable graphics option for a future graphics engine update. The product will list at USD 2,849.00.
The Inspiron XPS will include Intel Pentium 4 (3.4 GHz) or Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (3.4 GHz) processors and the recently launched ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700 with 128MB of memory, giving the system enough muscle to play today's popular games. The Inspiron XPS will also feature subwoofer sound, an integrated DVI port, Gigabit Ethernet1, four USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394 and fast hard drives.
Upgradeable Graphics, Dedicated Support
Offered for the first time on Dell notebooks, the Inspiron XPS will feature a graphics upgrade option for enthusiasts who want to stay at the top of their game with leading edge technology. Dell claim to have found a way round the difficulties involved when upgrading a notebook.
The customer purchases the upgrade, available at a later date, and a Dell technician will be dispatched to install the graphics card at the customer's home. The service is based on the customer's schedule which eliminates the need to send the system back to Dell and experience unnecessary downtime.
Additionally, Inspiron XPS customers will have dedicated tech support manned by experienced technicians, oftentimes gamers themselves, who are knowledgeable and able to troubleshoot, diagnose and handle the most demanding inquiries. Dell will also work with hardware vendors and game developers so that specific issues can be resolved.
The Inspiron XPS is designed to look distinctly different than other systems in the line. The notebook will come with one of three exclusive personalization QuickSnap color kit options that customers can use to cover the entire back of the product including Cipher (green and purple), Skullz (black-and-white skull-and-bones) and Plasma (red and black). In addition, each system will come with an exclusive backpack designed for the XPS.
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Additional technical information for the Inspiron XPS
- Intel Pentium 4 and Pentium 4 Extreme Edition both at 3.4GHz
- 512MB to 2GB DDR RAM at 400MHz
- UXGA UltraSharp™ Wide Aspect Display (15.4-inch)
- ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700 128MB
- 10/100/1000 Ethernet1, integrated 56K2 v.92 capable modem
- Optional integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g) and BlueTooth capability
- Choice of Hard Drives: 60GB (7200 RPM), 80GB (5400 RPM)
- Integrated subwoofer
- Ports include four USB 2.0, one S-Video Out, one IEEE 1394 port, and integrated DVI port
- One PC Card slot
- 96-watt Hour Lithium Ion battery
- Optional second hard drive and floppy disk drive
- Included choice of 1 QuickSnap Color Kit cover
- Exclusive XPS backpack