Computer maker Dell is breathing new life into its premium XPS notebook line, introducing a series of new XPS notebooks available with 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch displays. The systems all ship with Nvidia’s 3DTV Play software that enables users to watch 3D Blu-ray movies and play 3D games (at least on an separate Nvidia-compatible 3DTV) and sport Nvidia Optimus technology for transparent switching between dedicated and power-sipping integrated graphics. The systems also feature JBL speakers with integrated Waves MaxxAudio technology, and claim to have the first integrated webcams that can handle high-definition video streaming, making them the first notebooks to be “Skype-certified.”
“The XPS brand has always been the standard-bearer for outstanding performance from Dell, and the new line of laptops is no exception,” said Dell consumer VP Sam Burd, in a statement. “No laptop PCs have ever sounded or looked so great.”
The new multimedia-focused Dell XPS systems feature Nvidia GeForce 400M graphics (with aforementioned 3DTV Play and Optimus support plus 1 GB to 3 GB of video memory), options for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and a wide variety of configuration options, including integrated Blu-ray drives, up to 640 GB hard drives, a 9-in-1 media card reader, 802.11a/b/n or a/b/g/n Wi-Fi options, Bluetooth and GPS options, gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI 1.4 output, and a TV tuner option. The 14- and 15-inch models max out at 8 GB of RAM but tha 17-inch unit can be cranked all the way to 16 GB. Music fans will appreciate that the 15-inch and 17-inch models sport 12-watt subwoofers, and folks who need to make their computers more individualized will want to check out more than 200 original cover designs available through Dell’s Design Studio.
The new XPS notebooks are available today through Dell’s Web site, with various configurations rolling out to retailers in different regions. Base prices for systems with Core i5 processors and 4 GB of RAM start at $899 for the 15-inch model, $849 for the 15-inch model, and $949 for the 17-inch system.