The power and performance demanded from people’s PC’s is forever growing; it’s a concept that’s not particularly difficult to grasp, and it seems Dell are doing their best to keep up with the times with their new range of XPS desktops.
Dell Studio XPS 7100
The Dell Studio XPS 7100 is one of the first desktop on the market, which packs the latest in AMD Phenom II X6 six-core processors, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with a whole host of quality new machines being enlisted into Dell’s army of options.
Packing some incredible spec including the new AMD Phenom II X6 six core processors, which is set to take top end machines by storm. However, the selling point behind these beasts is the multi-tasking capabilities, which of course refers largely to the whopping 16Gb of DDR3 dual-channel RAM.
I highly doubt that many will feel it necessary to exceed that at this point. In addition to that, you can pack up to 3Tb of hard drive storage and the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card with 1Gb of memory. It certainly makes interesting reading and for anyone looking for a new premium ‘multimedia’ desktop, it’s definitely one worth considering as it starts (with the most basic of options, obviously) at £479 and therefore much cheaper than the likes of the top-end Dell XPS 730 Gaming Desktop PC.
Dell Inspiron M301z
There were other highlights from Dell’s latest roundup, particularly a super-lightweight Inspiron M301z, which weighs in at a remarkable 1.8kg and measures less than an inch thick. With a 13.3-inch widescreen display, it’s clearly aimed at the traveller, especially when you throw in the low-voltage AMD Turion II Neo K625 processor that allows for great battery life as well as enough power to support a great deal of mobile entertainment.
The M301z has been the subject of a great deal of design work from Dell. Obviously packing some serious spec into such a small and ultra-thin case is no easy task in itself, but the new ‘sleek, svelte and curvy’ design, which allows great comfort when watching movies and other media on the go. In addition to the low-voltage processor, the laptop boasts integrated Radeon HD 4225 graphics with a max. hard drive capacity of 500Gb and up to 8Gb of DDR3 memory. All in all, a perfectly sufficient machine, which is sure to whet the appetite of anybody looking at a new mobile computer.
Dell Inspiron M501R
The third and final addition to Dell’s latest lineup is the Inspiron M501R. Only to become available later this summer in Europe and the US, it’s definitely one to look forward to as it sports some seriously impressive internals. For starters there is a quad-core AMD Phenom II with integrated Mobility Radeon Graphics. However, you can optionally upgrade this to a discrete card if need be. Again, 8Gb of DDR3 RAM is an option and 500Gb of storage. With a 15.6” HD display it’s sufficiently equipped to become an extremely popular multimedia laptop.
Following the design of the M301z, it has curved edges, chrome accents and an all round pleasing design. Personally, the look of Dell Studio laptops has always been a bit of a downer for me, but the new designs are fresh and a little different so opinions can be swayed.
Overall, I find the latest range of laptops to be quite exciting (something I never predicted I would say about Dell). Not only because they feature some great spec and a fresh design, but it will also be interesting to see how AMD have reacted to the onslaught of Intel processors flooding the market at present.