Dell fills out XPS laptop line
Debuts 15in model
Dell has rolled out its latest XPS laptop, a model that builds on the m1330, launched last May, with a bigger, 15.4in widescreen display and available with an optional slot-load Blu-ray Disc drive.
Dell's XPS m1530: 15-incher
The XPS m1530 can be configured with a range of Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors, up to 4GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory and a number of hard drive options, including a 64GB solid-state disk. Graphics come courtesy of either an Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS with 128MB of video memory, or a 256MB GeForce 8600M GT.
Bu despite having a 15.4in diagonal size, the screen's resolution is just 1280 x 800 - a ratio more common with smaller displays.
Red casing, blu-ray optical drive
The laptop has the usual array of USB, Firewire, Ethernet (10/100Mb/s) and VGA ports, but it also features an HDMI connector to allow it to drive HD TVs. There's an eight-in-one memory card reader and an ExpressCard 54 slot too.
Other refinements include a two-megapixel webcam mounted above the display, Bluetooth 2.0 if you want it, a variety of Wi-Fi options, including 802.11n, and WAN cards too.
UK prices start at £699, US prices at $999. Available now, the m1530 comes in a choice of red, black and white colour schemes.
My Dell D420 has the same resolution and its got a 12.1" screen.
It doesnt have to make things harder the read, you can turn text sizes up. However, images and videos are displayed in higher definition with more pixels per inch.
1280 x 800 is absolutely appalling....
I miss the 1920 x 1200 i used to have on my Precision M60, i have 1440x900 on my Macbook Pro now.
1440 x 900 should be a minimum for something of that performance, 1680 x 1050 the norm at least!
Try video editing, or using Ableton on a low res screen, then say 1280 x 800 is fine Dell!
"big tellys are vulgar"
Upgrade your girlfriend as well as your laptop.
doesnt look widescreen
in that top pic, that isnt a widescreen display, look more 4:3 to me. im looking at it on my sony widescreen laptop, the aspect ratio is completely different. wrong model pic?
"Buy cheaper - don't buy in Europe"
"UK prices start at £699, US prices at $999"
Taking today's exchange rate, US$999 equates to about Stg£482.61. Stg£699 is some 45% higher than this currency conversion. I can see why a company would try to maximize it's gains by any means possible, but as a consumer I have taken to buying from non-EU markets in order not to fuel this rip-off. Even when adding shipping and insurance, buying directly from a US retailer is not going to set you back Stg£216: "Buy cheaper - don't buy in Europe".