Dell XPS 730 gaming desktop gets ceramic cooling option

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 1st, 2008

Dell XPS 730When it comes to PC gaming the hobby is far from cheap. This is one of the main points console gamers like to harp on when lauding the supposed superiority of consoles over PCs for gaming. However, PC gamers can all agree that with the right PC, graphics on the same game are typically much better on PC than on a console.

Dell announced its latest XPS gaming desktop today and we can just get this out of the way up front, it’s not cheap. Base models start at $3,999 and if you want the slick and high tech liquid ceramic cooling you are looking at a starting price of $4,999. For that amount of money you get some nice components.

Dell unveils tiny eco-computer concept

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2008

Dell unveils tiny eco-computer concept
This strange bamboo-encased eco-PC concept was unveiled at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green conference today. They’re saying it’s Dell’s smallest-ever computer. For comparison, it’s 81 percent smaller than a standard desktop and more importantly it uses 70 percent less power.

No info yet on what’s inside or an official name for that matter, but according to Dell the machine is scheduled to be released later this year, with a price between $500 and $700. I suppose if anyone can make people buy bamboo computers, it’s dell. Maybe they can bring the Dell dude back and instead of saying, “Dude I’m getting a Dell”, maybe he can say, “Dude, I’m getting wood”.

Dell listens to customers with the Vostro 1310 & 1510

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on April 15th, 2008

Dell Vostro 1310Business users are typically more demanding of their notebooks than normal consumers. Business users tend to want portability, power and pretty much everything else. The boss approving the orders wants all that stuff too, but at a cheap price.

Dell says it has listened to its business customers and delivered everything they want with its new Vostro 1310 and 1510 notebooks. The 1310 notebook has a 13.3-inch screen and the 1510 is a 15.4-inch notebook. Dell says that the 13.3-inch Vostro has 94% of the viewing area of the 14.1-inch Vostro, but weighs 20% less.

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook gets Blu-ray for under $1000

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on March 28th, 2008

Dell Inspiron 1525With the end of the format wars it’s time for those out there who have been waiting to buy a HD format DVD player to jump in with Blu-ray. The players are still expensive for the most part, but they are expected to begin dropping in cost soon.

Dell announced that its Inspiron 1525 now features a Blu-ray player and HDMI out at well under $1000. Dell says that a Blu-ray equipped 1525 will start at $879. If you have needed a new notebook and have an HDTV this is the way to go. $825 is reasonable for most notebooks and the addition of the Blu-ray and HDMI out will have you watching on your big screen in no time.

Dell offers $599 off on XPS M1330 and M1530 notebooks

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on March 28th, 2008

Dell XPS M1330If you have been holding out for a new notebook Dell has a deal for you. Right now Dell is offering the XPS M1530 with $599 instant savings and the XPS M1330 with $599 instant savings and free shipping.

That means you can get the 15-inch M1530 starting at $1199 with a Core 2 Duo T7250 CPU, 3GB RAM NVIDIA 8600M GT, Bluetooth, 802.11n, and a finger print reader. The normal price for the rig is $1898. If you want something a little more portable you can check out the M1330.

Dell drops new 20-inch widescreen LCD

Posted in Displays by Reuben Drake on March 16th, 2008

Dell 20-inch UltraSharp 2009W LCDDell really does make some nice LCDs and they just put out another new on that fits into that “nice” category with the UltraSharp 2009W. This is a 20-inch, 16:10 widescreen monitor that will support up to a 1680 x 1050 resolution.

Other notable features include a 5ms response time, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 102% color gamut and a 170º horizontal viewing angle. It also has 4USB ports and DVI with HDCP and VGA which will let you get in on the protected movies. The stand even telescopes up and down, pivots, tilts and rotates 90 degrees. Dell has the UltraSharp 2009W available on its website now for $289.

Dell gets rough and tumble with new rugged notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on March 4th, 2008

Dell Latitude XFR D630Dell is putting its own spin on the rugged laptop design as the top tier computer manufacturer today unveiled its first fully ruggedized notebook computer. It is called the Dell Latitude XFR D630 and pricing starts at around $3,900.

The Dell Latitude XFR D630 is designed to meet military standards in areas of extreme temperatures, moisture and altitudes. It has many common components found in Dell’s regular Latitude laptops while also offering “a patent-pending thermal management system” to deliver better graphics performance.

Dell hangs for rent signs in U.S. retail kiosks

Posted in News by Nino Marchetti on January 30th, 2008

dell-store.jpgDell is getting out of the “we own a brand name location” business, the computer company announced today. It said it plans to close its 140 kiosks in the United States.

Dell began its “Direct Store” model in 2002, but has since expanded to a retail model which puts its laptop and desktop computers in more than 10,000 retail outlets worldwide. The company feels its retail shifts fit “with how our broad global retail strategy is evolving.”

Dell & Microsoft launch RED products fighting AIDS

Posted in Dell,Microsoft,News by Darrin Olson on January 25th, 2008

Product RED to help eliminate AIDS in Africa by Dell and MicrosoftDell and Microsoft partnered on a program called (RED) in conjunction with (RED) co-founder Bono to help fight AIDS in Africa. The program offers special (RED) branded PCs and printer in which part of the proceeds will go to help people in places like Rwanda, Swaziland and Ghana.

For each purchased (PRODUCT) RED branded PC from Dell loaded with a RED branded Windows Vista Ultimate, Dell and Microsoft will contribute between $50 and $80 to the Global Fund of the program. $80 will bring as much as six months of life-saving antiretroviral treatment for a person living with AIDS in Africa. A RED branded printer will generate a $5 contribution.

Dell reveals new World of Warcraft themed laptops

Posted in Dell,Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on December 4th, 2007

Dell XPS M1730Alliance or Horde? That’s the question Dell and Bizzard Entertainment are asking you to consider as you choose which new World of Warcraft themed gaming laptop you want. The new Dell XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition notebook PC has a starting price of around $4,500.

The XPS M1730 World of Warcraft Edition notebook PC seems to be fully geared towards the World of Warcraft diehards. You can pick from one of two laptops emblazoned with the Alliance or Horde logos in addition to other WoW artwork. The computers in this line can be outfitted with an pptional over-clockable Intel Extreme Edition Core 2 Duo processor, up to 3.4GHz as well as NVIDIA SLI graphics power and 512MB of dedicated video RAM with DirectX 10 support. The M1730′s monitor is 17-inches of high definition viewing fun.