Dell intros powerful new laptop

The Inspiron 8600, available today in the United States, offers features for those who play video games, enjoy digital entertainment and edit video. Starting at $1,699, the new notebook includes wide screen UltraSharpTM  displays, NVIDIA®  graphics with up to 128MB of video memory and Intel® CentrinoTM  Mobile Technology, built for mobile computing with integrated Wi-Fi®  802.11b.

“The Inspiron 8600 is a dream machine for multimedia enthusiasts,” said Jay Parker, director of notebook marketing, Dell product group. “This notebook is packed with enough power to handle demanding tasks previously relegated to desktop computers such as video editing and playing graphics-intensive games.”

The notebook features a 1.4-inch slim design and a Moonlight Silver and Venice Blue color scheme. It includes Intel’s latest Pentium M processors up to 1.7 GHz and NVIDIA GeForceTM  FX Go5650 graphics capability, which provide the same lifelike characters and game environments that enthusiasts expect from the most advanced desktop.

The Inspiron 8600’s UltraSharp wide aspect (15.4-inch) screen allows viewing of wide screen movies and enables increased productivity with side-by-side display of documents and Web content. Larger hard drives, up to 80GB, provide enough storage for plenty of large digital media files. All systems include two USB 2.0 ports and one IEEE 1394 port for fast data transfer.

Systems can be configured with optional integrated Wi-Fi®  802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g, as well as Bluetooth. The Inspiron 8600 also comes with QuickSet, a customizable software application that takes the guesswork out of power management settings, system status monitoring, enlarging icons for high-resolution displays and more.

The new notebook comes with Microsoft’s Windows®  XP Home Edition operating system, WordPerfectTM  Productivity Pack, Dell Juke Box powered by MUSICMATCHTM  for listening to digital music, Dell Picture StudioTM  for managing, sharing and printing digital photos, and RealOneTM  Player for watching streaming video. Six months of America Online or Earthlink membership (new members only) also is included. Dell’s SecurityCenter, powered by leading security vendors, is a collection of applications included with purchase designed to provide customers access to anti-virus, firewall and privacy protection such as parental controls, ad blocking and personal information control.

Spec Info:

  • Intel® CentrinoTM  Mobile Technology including integrated Wi-Fi® 802.11b, with choice of Intel Pentium®  M processors: 1.3GHz, 1.4GHz, 1.6GHz and 1.7GHz
  • 512MB to 2GB DDR RAM at 333MHz
  • UltraSharpTM  Wide Aspect Display (15.4-inch) with choice of resolution: WXGA (1280×800), WSXGA+ (1680×1050) or WUXGA (1920×1200)
  • Choice of NVIDIA® GeForceTM  FX Go5650 128MB, NVIDIA GeForce 4 4200 Go 64MB or ATI Mobility RADEON 9000 32MB
  • Integrated 56K v.92 capable modem, 10/100 Ethernet, optional integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g) and BlueTooth capability
  • Choice of modular optical Drives: CD-RW/DVD or DVD+RW/+R
  • Choice of Hard Drives: 40GB, 60GB or 80GB
  • Ports include two USB 2.0, one S-Video Out, one IEEE 1394 port, serial, parallel
  • One PC Card slot
  • 72-watt Hour Lithium Ion battery
  • Optional floppy disk drive
  • Optional QuickSnapTM  Color Kit personalization covers
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