Video calling is playing a bigger part in the day-to-day communication of people and companies, but I know from experience that sometimes the quality of the video stream just isn’t really up to scratch. Sometimes it’s down to limited bandwidth and perhaps more often than not it is down to a poor quality webcam, particularly when it comes to personal use. So, naturally, it is an issue that many are keen to rectify and Dell seems to have taken the first steps with their new range of XPS laptops, the first PC’s to be ‘Skype-certified’.
Essentially this means that they have integrated high-definition webcams and come preloaded with Skype software and the result is simple: full screen HD video calls. However for me, slapping a label on these machines is an unnecessary distraction from what is actually a pretty competitive lineup. I mean, each model features one or another Intel Core i processor alongside NVidia GeForce 400 series graphics, ranging from 1GB to 3GB, with Optimus switching technology to save battery and the relevant ports and software to output 3D Blu-Ray movies to your 3DTV from the built in Blu-Ray drive.
Alternatively, the machines do, on the face of it, provide a decent media experience in themselves with either a 15 or 17-inch LED backlit display at 1600×900 resolution. Of course, as is always the case with Dell, there are a host of options and you can in fact pack dual hard drives in there amounting to 1.5TB of internal storage, and for those of you prefer speed over space you can have solid state storage instead. Oh and if you are truly getting into the whole customising thing, you can have up to 16GB DDR3 memory in there too.
So, you may expect this to be a complete drain on not only your wallet but also your battery life. Not necessarily so; in fact pricing starts at £629, which seems pretty reasonable and in terms of battery life Dell claims that you won’t run out of juice for up to 7 and a half hours depending on the model. All in all it seems OK, nothing particularly above and beyond but provides ample power for your home entertainment needs and a lot, lot more.
Soit might be down to personal preference whether Dell may or may not satisfy your cravings for outstanding exterior design in a lot of cases, but internally these premium Dell XPS Skype-certified laptops are nothing to be sneezed at. Some nice features and supposedly exceptional speakers (relatively speaking, anyway) may even make this updated range stand out from the crowd just a little.
What do you think to the look of these new Dell XPS laptops compared to previous ones such as the Dell Studio laptop range? The specifications look good, but what do you think to the new designs? Are you someone that has experienced video conferencing problems, has it been an issue for you that requires Skype-certification? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Via – Direct2Dell