- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I know enough about computer gaming to leave it to the experts, but I also like to think that I know a cool machine when I see one. Thus this news from Dell, released Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., caught my eye. (I also saw the photos and the machine looks very slick.):

Mobile gamers now can bring the firepower of dual-core processors and 512 MB graphics to their next tournament thanks to Dell’s fastest consumer notebook, the XPS M1710, introduced today. For serious gamers looking for an edge on their next opponent, the XPS M1710 notebook offers blazing performance to match its bold looks. With Intel Core Duo processors, a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics processor with 512 MB and up to 4 GB of memory, the XPS M1710 can deliver up to 35 percent better performance than its predecessor. Customers can play 3-D games at high settings for stunning realism while simultaneously performing intensive tasks such as encoding music or running a virus scan without zapping performance. Dell offers unique design choices of Special Edition Formula Red or Metallic Black displays so gamers can play in high style. To further customize the look, each XPS M1710 notebook features an illuminated XPS touchpad and adjustable 16-color perimeter lighting.

OK, there’s a fair amount of marketing hype in all that, but I like the specs and the customization features, of which a full list can be found here.

Such power and glitz doesn’t come cheap, however:

The XPS M1710 Metallic Black model is available immediately worldwide starting at $2,600 with an Intel Duo Core T2400 processor, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics, 1 GB DDR2 memory, nine-cell battery, 60 GB hard drive, and one-year limited warranty. The Special Edition Formula Red model is available in the United States and Canada only priced at $3,400 with an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics and 80 GB hard drive.

Fire up those credit cards, and then fire up your games!

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