Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dell Home Laptop Line-up

We are starting a new series today where we take a look at the current line-up of laptops and notebooks of each major computer manufacturer.

We start with the hottest name brand at the moment, Dell!

Dell Home and Home Office

There are four lines of laptops, the Inspirons which are almost everywhere these days, the brand new Studio models, and the high-end XPS line. And of course the all-important these days gaming laptops!

The Inspirons
The Inspirons are the laptops for everyone. They are priced affordably, starting at $500 by Dell itself, and obviously increasing in price depending on what features you select.

The bread and butter is the Inspiron 1525, which as the name suggests, has a 15.4" widescreen display, and ranges from 4-cell to 9-cell batteries. The processors are Intel Core 2 Duos going as high as the T8300 which runs at 2.4 GHz with 800MHz FSB and 3MB cache. Even though the display is fixed, you have a choice in resolution from the typical 1280x800 to the more "resolute" 1440x900. Memory maxes out at 4gb.

For the more mobile crowd, they have the Inspiron 1420, which as the model name suggests again, it has a 14.1" display. Just like the I1525 you have a choice in processor, with the T8300 being the fastest available. You also have a choice in resolution, 1280x800 or 1440x900. They have 6-cell or 9-cell batteries.

The Studios
The Studio line is a new one and sits in-between the Inspirons and the XPS. Just like the Inspirons, you can have them in multiple colors.

Studio 15 is not a club, it's a 15.4" laptop :) It can go as high as the Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor which runs at 2.5GHz with 800Mhz FSB and 6MB cache. There are three screen resolution options, and apart from the usual two (1280x800, 1440x900) you acan also opt for the 1920x1200 - although a trip to the eye-doctor might be recommended ;-) Max memory is 4gb.

For fans of 17" widescreen displays, there is Studio 17. As you can expect, the prices are higher because of the larger display. The top choices in both processor and display resolution are the same as Studio 15 mentioned above. You can have a 6-cell or 9-cell battery.

The luxurious XPS
The XPS M1330 sports a 13.3" widescreen LED display, but don't let the small screen size fool you. You have a choice of powerful processors, you can get as high as the Intel Core2 Duo T9500, which burns at 2.6GHz, with a 800Mhz FSB and 6MB cache. Memory maxes out at 4gb.

The most common 15.4" display size is represented by the XPS M1530, which has a choice of processors and can get as high as the T9500 mentioned above. The choice of body colors is not as wide as the mass-market Inspirons and Studios, but this can be expected as these are more high-end laptops. As usual memory maxes out at 4gb and the display is at 1440x900.

And if you love 17" laptops, the XPS M1730 is waiting for you! This one allows you to go extreme, as the best processor available is the Intel Core2 Duo Extreme X9000(2.8GHz/800Mhz FSB/6M L2 Cache). You do have to pay an extra $600 over the default processor for this "extreme boost" in performance though :) Max memory is 4gb.

This line also included the all-important Product RED which donates a portion of its proceeds to help combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

The Gaming Laptops
This line includes both Dell's own XPS M1730 which also comes in a special "World of Warcraft" edition, and their recently purchased Alienware line, which features the Area51 m9750 and m15x.

The Alienware m15x has a 15.4" widescreen which gives you a choice of 1440x900 or 1920x1200 LCD (1200p). You also have a choice of T8xx or T9x00 or Extreme X9000 processors, choice of XP Professional or Vista, max 4gb of memory (Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – two 2gb sticks), and things like that.

The other featured Area 51 laptop is the m9750, which has a 17" widescreen with the same choice of resolutions as the m15x, along with Intel Core2 Duos ranging from the T5500 to the T7600, up to 4gb memory, choice of Windows OS, and things like that.

The End
This concludes our quick Dell laptop lineup overview. This is for Dell Home, stay tuned for our next update which will feature the Dell Small Business lineup.

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