While Michael Dell is celebrating the impending acquisition of the company he co-founded, which he'll take private once the deal is complete, it's still business as usual for Dell, the world's third largest PC maker. On tap from Dell are more than half a dozen portables designed for Android or Windows 8.1, including four Venue tablet products and three XPS laptops of various sizes and configurations.
The second day of the ongoing Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) trade show in Berlin once again belonged to Windows 8. Among the Windows 8 devices showcased on Thursday was a disparate trio of Dell XPS PCs: the Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, the XPS Duo 12 convertible Ultrabook, and the XPS One 27 all-in-one PC.
The desktop isn't dead, not by a long shot, though hulking towers might not be as popular as they once were. All-in-one (AIO) desktops, on the other hand, are as vogue as they've ever been, and Dell claims to have "reimagined" the form factor with its new XPS One 27, the company's largest ever AIO and part of the premium XPS performance family with Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture sitting pretty on the inside.
Having begun the week with the launch of Ivy Bridge-powered Alienware gaming notebooks, Dell on Wednesday added four more Ivy Bridge systems to its portfolio. Among these new PCs are the vendor’s first desktops with 3rd generation Intel Core i processors. Hit the jump for more.
Boutique system builder Maingear on Thursday expanded its notebook line with its new Clutch series built for business professionals and students.
There are two models available, the first of which is the 13.3-inch Clutch 13. This one comes with an Intel 330UM processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to a 750GB SATA HDD or 512GB SSD, 802.11g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, eSATA, ExpressCard slot, and an optional docking station.
The larger 15.6-inch Clutch 15 comes configurable with an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 mobile processor, Intel HD integrated graphics or Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, and the same RAM, HDD, and dock options. Both systems ship with Windows 7.
Pricing starts at $899 for the Clutch 15 (no docking station) and $1,099 for the Clutch 13 (with docking station).
As you’d expect from a notebook range meant to entertain, there is no dearth of entertainment options: “pulsing audio from JBL and Waves, new high-definition screens driven by NVIDIA technology and the industry's first Skype-certified laptops with the first webcam allowing HD video streaming.”
The new models feature Intel Core i5 / i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 400 series graphics with Optimus technology. Support for NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play feature means that users can connect their XPS notebook to a 3D HDTV whenever they wish to play popular PC games in 3D or view 3D photos and videos on a large display.
“The new Dell XPS laptops are available beginning today directly from www.dell.com. Models, configuration and options may vary by global region and retailers. Starting prices for the new XPS laptops are: $899 for the XPS 14; $849 for the XPS 15; and $949 for the XPS 17,” the PC maker announced in a release.
Perhaps in the future, all notebooks will measure a mere 9.99 mm thick, rendering today's laptops laughably obese by comparison. And if we're to take Dell's upcoming Adamo XPS as a representative of things to come, you can kiss the "open" button goodbye.
According to a report in BusinessWeek, Dell's super-slim notebook will feature a "heat-sensing strip on the lip that, when swiped with a finger, glows white and automatically opens the aluminum lid."
The article wasn't focused on the Adamo, however, and unfortunately no other details were given, so we still don't know what kind of hardware Dell plans to cram inside the skinny frame.
It looks like Dell, keeping with their latest trend of sneaking machines onto their website, has added a graceful new addition to their line of Studio XPS desktops; the Studio XPS 435.
Under the hood of the 435 you’ll find a 3.2GHz Core i7 running on an X58 chipset, room for up to 24GB of DDR3 RAM, and 4.5TB of storage across three hard drive bays. To make it all show up on your monitor, they’ll include a Radeon HD4870. And, of course, to help sweeten the deal they’re tossing in a Blu-ray drive, a 15-in-1 card reader, and a whopping eight USB ports.
Currently there’s no word on pricing or availability, but we’re guessing that a machine packing stats like those will give one’s checking account plenty to worry about.
Dell, playing to the beat of their own drummer, has oh-so-secretly snuck some new Studio XPS laptops onto their online store.
The new machines, the Studio XPS 1340 and Studio XPS 1640 are upgraded versions of the previous Studio XPS 13. Both of the machines bear the exact same $1,199 price tag (seriously), pack Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and Vista Home Premium. The main discernable difference is that the smaller, 13-inch version is packing Nvidia GeForce 9400M G graphic while the slightly bigger, 16-inch version is rocking an ATI Mobility Radeon M86XT chip.
While both of these notebooks look like pretty solid additions to Dell’s lineup, the lack of a price difference is a bit confusing.
Dell, Intel's BFF in the OEM systems sector, has outfitted a couple of its desktops with the chip maker's new Core i7 processor, one of which represents a brand new product line in the Studio XPS.
A baseline configured Studio XPS desktop starts out at $950 and comes equipped with Intel's Core i7 920 clocked at 2.66GHz. The sub-$1000 configuration also includes a 3GB triple-channel DDR3-1066 memory kit and a 500GB hard drive. A 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 provides casual gaming chores, with the option to upgrade to a 512MB HD 4850 for $200 more.A 16X DVD burner and the standard assortment of ports complete the feature-set. For those with a little more jingle in their pocket, up to 1.28TB of storage can be configured in a RAID 0 array, along with a speedier CPU in the Core i7 940 clocked at 2.93GHz.
The other series getting a Core i7 infusion is Dell's XPS 730x Gaming Desktop. Starting out at $2000, the 730x comes standard with Intel's Core i7 940 and, like the Studio XPS, 3GB of tri-channel RAM. Pixel pushing power is provided by Nvidia's 512MB GeForce 9800GT. For $4850, Dell upgrades the processor to an Intel Core i7 965 Extreme factory overclocked to 3.73GHz, doubles up on the RAM to 6GB, tosses in an Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 videocard, and beefs up storage duties with a 750GB hard drive. If spending the entire holiday bonus, the XPS 730x offers options for Western Digital's Velociraptor drive and/or up to 2TB in a RAID 1+0 array, along with an option for dual GTX 280 videocards in an SLI configuration.
Studio XPS systems are available now, with most XPS 730x systems expected to start shipping by early or mid-December, according to Electronista.