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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Dell XPS M1710 laptop is a ultimate portable gaming computer that has a stunning clamshell lid, available in metallic red or black, that is illuminated with slots emitting up to 16 colors of light. Dell XPS M1710 specification are Intel Core Duo processor, 17-inch widescreen WUXGA Truelife LCD display, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics, dual-layer DVD combo drive and also all type of connectivity ports such as USB 2.0, DVI-D, VGA video output, S-Video, IEEE 1394...
Excerpt: Dell Home Systems XPS M1710 notebook computer is a powerful gaming laptop. Dell XPS M1710 boosts Intel Core Duo T2600 with speed up to a 2.16GHz, 17-inch widescreen WUXGA Truelife LCD display, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, a 120GB SATA disk, dual-layer DVD combo drive, 6 USB 2.0 ports, DVI-D, VGA video output, S-Video, IEEE 1394 (Firewire), S/PDIF digital audio out, hi-def sound with integrated sub-woofer, and 5-in-1 memory card...
Is Dell's XPS M1710 The Fastest Graphics Notebook Ever? Part II
1 May 2006
Summary: So, bottom line, is the Dell XPS M1710 the fastest graphics notebook ever? It's certainly the fastest we've tested, but, we don't think it's the fastest ever. We're anxious to test notebooks with SLI-based graphics solutions, such as those from Widow PC and Eurocom. Based on our findings with desktop SLI cards, we would expect that SLI will add 30% to gaming performance and 60% higher resolutions, but that remains to be seen.
Is Dell's XPS M1710 The Fastest Graphics Notebook Ever? Part I
18 April 2006
Summary: Editor's Note: These are tentative conclusions. I will finalize my conclusions in Part II to be published on Thursday April 27th.
Dell's XPS M1710 is quite a computer. Its cool design points include a metallic red or black top, a lighted mouse touchpad and changeable lights at various places around the notebook. But, the XPS M1710 is not just another cool notebook.