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Dell pitches XPS laptops at the mainstream

Now with 13.3in screen, now no longer just for gamers

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Dell's anticipated 13.3in laptop did make an appearance yesterday - it was launched alongside the PC maker's new, coloured Inspiron notebooks under Dell's XPS gamer-oriented brand.

Dell XPS M1330
Dell's XPS M1330: wireless wonder?

Dubbed the M1330, the Core 2 Duo powered machine is offered with a choice of Intel's own integrated X3100 graphics core, or Nvidia's GeForce 8400M GS. Whichever GPU you choose, it drives the M1330's LED-backlit 1280 x 800 widescreen display. There's an HDMI port too.

The M1330's optical drive is a slot-loader, and the laptop also comes with remote control for media playback - the remote neatly docks into the machine's ExpressCard slot. The system also incorporates an eight-in-one memory card reader, a dual-microphone - for better noise cancellation, don't you know - and a webcam.

Dell XPS M1330
Dell's XPS M1330: under a blood red lid

Buyers can select either 802.11b/g, 802.11b/g or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and Dell is also offering an optional EvDO high-speed cellular module for the machine. Bluetooth is part of the standard package too.

Dell XPS M1330
Dell's M1330: I'm dreaming of a white XPS...

Like the new Inspirons, the M1330 comes with a coloured lid: choose from black, white or red. US prices start at $1299. In the UK, prices kick off at £699.

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