The SSD Update: Vertex Gets Faster, New Indilinx Drives and Intel/MacBook Problems Resolved
30 March 2009
Conclusion: My recommendation still stands: the Intel X25-M is by far the cream of the crop of the desktop SSD world. The Indilinx based drives have the potential to be good, lower cost alternatives to the Intel drive but you still have to approach them with caution. While the OCZ Vertex drive worked fine in my tests and on my testbed, this is a brand new drive with a controller from a company without a proven track record.
Excerpt: Almost one year ago we reviewed the Dell XPS M1710 gaming notebook. The model we reviewed back then was a great example of good design, features, and price. While you can certainly buy more expensive and faster performing mobile Windows game systems out there, the XPS M1710 struck a nice balance.
Excerpt: The XPS M1710 is still one of the best gaming laptops available, thanks to an ever-growing list of component options. But the overall design is starting to lag behind the high-end competition.
Pros: Top-notch application, gaming performance, Blu-ray optical drive, Great port selection
Cons: Expensive, Design starting to fall behind other gaming notebooks', No HDMI port
Conclusion: As a desktop-replacement heavyweight, the Dell is much more likely to be carried from one AC outlet to another than perched on an airplane tray table. Even so, its 9-cell lithium-ion battery performed adequately: Depending on how disk-intensive and multimedia-oriented they were, our combined office-productivity and playtime sessions lasted from two and a quarter to two and a half hours. A spare battery pack is a $99 option.
Excerpt: Gaming enthusiasts can certainly remember a time when the thought of fragging on a Dell system was somewhat comical. Granted, Dell built systems were solid and reliable and often came at an exceptionally good price. However, these systems lacked the aesthetics, upgradeability, and high-end hardware the gaming community craves. As a result, those gamers who opted to purchase a complete system rather than build their own often went elsewhere to the more boutique PC vendors...
Excerpt: Last year, we had the pleasure of taking a look at Dell's flagship Inspiron XPS M1710 notebook. Taking into account the top-notch components, excellent build quality, and best-of-class performance, we awarded the system our coveted Editor's Choice award. Dell has since returned to market with a minor refresh of the award-winning XPS M1710 and they're aiming to build upon their successes in the DTR (desktop replacement notebook) market.
Pros: Core 2 Duo with unlocked multiplier, Factory Overclocking, Desktop-caliber performance, Stunning customizable aesthetics, High Quality Accessory Bundle, Blu-Ray optical drive option
Cons: Still expensive, No DX10 GPU, 802.11n "draft" soon to be outdated, No SLI configuration
Excerpt: Dell has been trying to show the public that notebooks are no longer slow or boring with their XPS-series. Looking at the XPS M1710 the boring part is without question not an issue, and when viewing the specifications the slow part has been dealt with as well. The XPS M1710 sports a Core Duo T2600 and the mobile version of the nVidia Geforce 7900GTX.