Dell Gives XPS M2010 Blu-ray

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

When computer maker Dell introduced its XPS M2010, many observers felt the system strained the definition of "notebook" computer. Sure, it offers an integrated keyboard, and it folds up into a transportable (or at least luggable) package when you want to move from place to place. And there was no denying the system packed some horsepower, with Core 2 Duo processors, ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 graphics, support for up to 4 GB of RAM, and up to 240 GB of storage on two hard drives, even serious PC enthusiasts could get behind the idea.

But with a massive 20.1-inch widescreen LCD display cantilevered upright on an industrial-strength hinge and and an 18.3 pound heft, the word "notebook" just didn’t seem to apply.

Now, Dell seems to have strained the definition a little further, amplifying XPS’s M2010 users tendency to park the unit in once place for long periods of time by adding an optional slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive. The drive only reads data at 2× (meaning, expect to spend an hour and a half reading a 50 GB Blu-ray disc) but the addition of the drive does convert the XPS M2010 into a 20.1-inch high-definition movie-watching machine. And if the built-in 1,680 by 1,050 pixel display isn’t good enough, you can pipe video out through DVI, S-Video, or component outputs and connect the system to a 7.1 or 5.1 surround system using S/PDIF digital and analog audio outputs. (Except, by that point, the system will be almost entirely integrated into your entertainment center, and not something you’re likely to tote around with you. But how much were you planning to tote it anyway?)

If you’re thinking the Blu-ray option on the XPS M2010 might save you some money on a separate Blu-ray player, think again: XPS M2010 configurations with the Blu-ray reader start at $4,388.

[Update: 19-Apr-07: Dell says the Blu-ray drive can both read and write BD media, although the company never mentions Blu-ray burning in the M2010 product specifications.]

Computing

This limited-time Dell deal cuts $330 off the price of the XPS 15

Dell is currently running a limited-time sale that is cutting the pricing on the XPS 15 down by $330, but only through Thursday, March 21, and with the use of a special coupon code. 
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in several genres for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Gaming

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Computing

Give your discs some extra life by watching DVDs and Blu-rays on Windows 10

Popped a disc into your Windows machine but feel lost without Media Center? You're not alone. But don't fret, with just a few tips you can learn how to watch DVDs and Blu-rays for free in Windows 10 in no time.
Computing

If you have $5,200, Apple has 256GB of RAM for your iMac Pro

Professionals looking to run intensive applications will be able to push their work a bit further with Apple's latest iMac Pro, which holds 256GB of DD4 ECC RAM for $5,200. Here's why it costs so much to upgrade your iMac Pro to the top.
Computing

Don’t be fooled! Study exposes most popular phishing email subject lines

Phishing emails are on the rise and a new study out by the cybersecurity company Barracuda has exposed some of the most common phishing email subject lines used to exploit businesses. 
Product Review

The Lenovo Legion Y740 brings RTX 2080 graphics power for under $2,500

Coming with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, the Legion Y740 one big beast. But priced at under $2,500 how does Lenovo’s Legion stand up against the crowd?
Deals

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for March 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Computing

Oculus shows off the Rift S, plans to phase out its original VR headset

Oculus plans to phase out its flagship Rift VR headset for its newly created Rift S. The Rift S made its debut this week at the 2019 Game Developers Conference and is expected to be released in spring 2019.
Computing

Secure your Excel documents with a password by following these quick steps

Excel documents are used by people and businesses all over the world. Given how often they contain sensitive information, it makes sense to keep them from the wrong eyes. Thankfully, it's easy to secure them with a password.
Computing

Get the best of both worlds by sharing your data on MacOS and Windows

Compatibility issues between Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS may have diminished sharply over the years, but that doesn't mean they've completely disappeared. Here's how to make an external drive work between both operating systems.
Computing

Give your MacBook Air some added style with one of these great cases or sleeves

Whether you’re looking for added protection or a stylish flourish, you’re in the right place for the best MacBook Air cases. We have form-hugging cases, luxurious covers, and padded sleeves priced from $10 to $130. Happy shopping!
Computing

Intel teases 9th-generation Core i9 mobile processors at GDC 2019

Intel teased its new 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processors at GDC 2019. The company offered few specifics about the hardware, but a leak from late February provides insight into what the new processors might offer.
Computing

Intel Command Center lays foundation for next year’s ‘Arctic Sound’ GPU

Intel revealed its new Command Center driver software at GDC 2019. The updated interface will control current Intel integrated graphics and also lays the groundwork for next year's Intel video card.