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The Dell XPS M1330

This time I’m writing about a Laptop. In fact a powerful media powerhouse!

The Dell XPS M1330

The media powerhouse..!

Media powerhouse..!

The Dell XPX M1330 is a powerful laptop from the Dell house. The Dell XPS M1330 is a notebook that combines performance, features and compactness in one package. It is designed for those who need a mix of both cutting edge technology and style. The look of this powerful notebook will help you to stand out in a crowd! This attention grabbing crimson red notebook [also available in "Tuxedo" black or "Pearl" white] is loaded with Windows Vista home premium; the specs of this machine are as below.

  • 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor [up to 2.4GHz available]
  • 2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM [expandable up to 4GB]
  • 160GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD
  • 128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS
  • 13.3-inch WXGA screen with LED backlight
  • Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
  • Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n (Intel 4965), Bluetooth option
  • HDMI, VGA, 1394, two USB 2.0 ports, integrated media reader (MS, SD, xD), fingerprint reader
  • Integrated VGA webcam
  • Weight starts at 4 pounds with 6-cell battery
  • Media Center remote located in ExpressCard slot

Once you opened the stunning lid the M1330 provides more eye candy in terms of design. The buttons along the top edge are touch sensitive and light up with a soft glow when pressed, but it’s a little hard to use these buttons if you have big fingers, and there’s no on screen feedback to tell you you’ve actually pressed the button. The bright blue LED backlight along with the silver colored keyboard gives a pleasant look. But will the silver keyboard last, and not start fading?

The brain of this notebook is obviously an Intel chip. One of the fastest mobile CPU from the Intel family, the core 2 Duo T7300 having a clock speed of 2.0GHz, with 4 MB shared L2 cache and 800MHz FSB. One of the highlights of this Dell is the LED backlight display that is available as an option. This significantly reduces the power consumption and provides better color reproduction. However this will cost you an extra 4800 and you get only a VGA web cam with the LED backlight option, but the standard WXGA display gives you an integrated 2MP camera.

When it comes to performance this power machine will never dishearten you. Thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 processor and the Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS video card with 128MB of dedicated graphics memory. I ran a gaming test with DOOM 3 with a resolution of 800×600 resolution with medium settings, and it gave me a decent game play experience.  Even though it won’t play the latest games, but will never disappoint you with older titles.

There are only two USB ports, but HDMI and FireWire are welcome additions. The HDMI output option will let you connect it to a LCD or Plasma TV that is HDMI capable. But you cannot connect this computer to your older analog TV models because of the lack of S-Video out port. The slot type DVD drive makes a loud noise when a disc is inserted and there is no eject button placed near the drive. 3 front port audio connectors along with memory card reader and 10/100 LAN are some of the other important features of this machine. The touchpad works well enough, the good news with the touchpad is that it’s responsive, has dedicated scroll areas and the textured feel is good.

The system fan and heat sink in the M1330 do a great job managing heat when the system is under load. The fan did pull out significant amount of heat. Battery has two options, default 4 cells and the 9 cell battery. If you’re watching a DVD on this notebook you’ll get somewhere just over 3 hours of battery life with the 9-cell. If you go for the smaller 4-cell battery the run life will be more than cut in half, but you’ll have a lighter overall notebook.

The Dell M1330 pleased me on all fronts except a noisy slot-loading drive, and somewhat heavy weight with the 9-cell battery. Overall a value for money buy!!

Regards,

Nikky