Excerpt: We wondered if Dell was making a passive-aggressive statement when it shipped us its new XPS M1530 in flamingo pink. Perhaps the boys in Austin think the MacBook Pro is a bit effete, so the pink is fitting. Or perhaps someone on the reviews team just finished watching Reservoir Dogs and was channeling Steve Buscemi’s Mr. Pink. Whatever the reason, the XPS M1530—be it pink, blue, or brown—is a worthy contender to Apple’s vaunted MacBook Pro.
Pros: Feature-packed and full of muscle; beautiful screen; built-in EVDO.
Cons: We don't really like the finish, aesthetically; some weird usability choices; some bloatware remains.
Excerpt: The system comes preinstalled with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Works 8, Dell Media Direct 3.3, the Dell Connect remote diagnostic and repair service, 10GB of Dell DataSafe online backup, and Absolute Software's CompuTrace Lojack Theft Protection (free for one year) for tracking down the notebook should it be lost or stolen.
Excerpt: The Dell XPS M1530 picks up from the popular portable XPS M1330 notebook and carries on the tradition of a nicely designed and excellent performing notebook. The one main difference being that the M1530 is a 15.4″ screen notebook while the M1330 is a smaller 13.3″ screen notebook.
Excerpt: Dell’s new Dell XPS M-1530 laptop is powered by 1.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450 with 2-MB L2 Cache, 677 MHz FSB featuring Mobile Intel 965GM Express Santa Rosa chipset motherboard, 2-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (max 4-GB in 2 slots), 160-GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive and a 8X DVD Super Multi Double layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer.
Excerpt: Dell's XPS brand is associated with gaming laptops, but the M1530 excels in a wide variety of tasks. This model has been generously upgraded over the M1530 we reviewed in Shopper 243 but costs just £20 more. The chassis is in a class of its own. The brushed-aluminium palm rest, slot-loading DVD drive and touch-sensitive multimedia buttons exude style, and there's a choice of black, blue, pink or red lids.