Dell releases 20-Inch Widescreen Entertainment Laptop
By Mike Hanlon
May 31, 2006
June 1, 2006 One of the most intriguing products of the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show was Dell’s BIG SCREEN mobile concept which caused some interesting comment due to its expected weight. Yesterday, Dell unveiled its portable 20-inch widescreen entertainment PC, the XPS M2010. The system's multimedia features include a 20.1-inch, high-definition widescreen monitor, eight speakers plus a subwoofer, a detachable, full-sized Bluetooth wireless keyboard and gyroscope-enabled remote, a webcam and a slot-load DVD drive. The articulating hinges supporting the display double as a system handle when the system is closed. The XPS M2010 starts at US$3,500, and is available immediately and weighs in at 18.3 pounds.
When it is closed, the system appears to be a black leather-like case with an anodized aluminum carrying handle. When opened, the XPS M2010 transforms into a mobile entertainment center with a 20.1-inch high-definition (WSXGA+ 1,680x1,050) display and a detachable and rechargeable wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad and 10-key numeric pad.
Powered by high-performance mobile technology, the M2010 features Intel Core Duo processors, optional dual hard drives, ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics and a slot-load DVD +/- RW drive.
The XPS M2010 also includes an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam and Skype software for video chat capability, and a gyroscopic-enabled remote to control the entertainment applications. The Bluetooth remote control has an integrated LCD screen for navigation and playback of audio files.
The machine really is a fully-optioned exercise, as it comes with an integrated 13-in-2 media card reader and eight integrated 4-ohm speakers plus a 12-ohm subwoofer for a premium audio experience, despite the fact it’s a portable. The 12-cell battery enables entertainment on the go for hours.
The XPS M2010 was among several products launched by Dell yesterday including the redesigned XPS 700 gaming desktop, the XPS M1210 ultramobile notebook computer and the 2407WFP widescreen flat panel monitor.
The Dell XPS 700 desktop represents Dell's latest in gaming design and performance. The new system supports NVIDIA Quad-SLI graphics, AGEIA PhysX physics accelerators and the latest Intel dual-core processors for an intensely realistic experience. The aluminum chassis, inspired by jet engine and muscle car designs, includes features such as customizable lighting to make it easy for gamers to connect devices or play in the dark. For the first time, do-it-yourself customers can purchase a kit including only the XPS 700 chassis, motherboard, memory and processor. They can install their own components and software for a truly personalized gaming experience.
The Dell XPS M1210 is the ultimate notebook for consumers desiring mobility and uncompromised performance. Starting at 4.37 pounds, it is light enough to go virtually anywhere, and its durable magnesium alloy frame makes it RoadReady. Users can play games or enjoy multimedia content with powerful dual-core processors and optional discrete graphics in a 12.1-inch widescreen body. Customers can configure the XPS M1210 with a communications-friendly audio-visual package that includes an integrated webcam, Skype Internet communication software and video chat software, noise-isolation ear buds and optional embedded mobile broadband.
Building on the company's award-winning line of display products, the 2407WFP widescreen flat panel monitor is optimized for multimedia performance and enhanced usability such as gaming and video editing. The 24-inch monitor features some of the latest technologies and advanced features, including 6-millisecond response time(2), 1,000:1 contrast ratio, integrated 9-in-2 media card slots, four USB 2.0 ports and connectors for s-video, composite, component and DVI (digital video interface) with HDCP (high-bandwidth digital copy protection). The 2407WFP delivers ease-of-use features such as slim flat panel design as well as Dell-designed enhancements for height adjustability, tilt and swivel and easy display detachment for wall mounting.
Pricing and Availability
The XPS 700 starts at US$2,310, and is available worldwide. It is available in special-edition formula red in the Americas, starting at US$2,410. A kit for build-your-own enthusiasts starts at US$1,120, including the chassis, an Intel 930 processor, 512 MB memory, motherboard and power supply.
XPS M1210 pricing starts at US$1,300 while the 2407WFP display goes on sale at US$949.
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