Excerpt: Gaming laptops are a peculiar breed. Due to their intensive hardware requirements, they are virtually outdated before they are released. So enthusiasts and wealthy shoppers tend to shy away from mainstream solutions, and instead opt for products from Alienware, VodooPC or other boutique manufacturers that offer hybrid SLI-enabled laptops with impressive specs and inflated price tags that often top Rs 3 lakh. What does this leave for the normal consumer?
Conclusion: As gamers and enthusiasts, we have to say the M1730 pushes all the right buttons. Its combination of performance, custom lighting and useful features make it a wholly impressive machine with very few faults. We can nitpick here and there but Dell has done a fantastic job with the M1730. The only feature that really bothered us was the small touchpad, but its accuracy is excellent.
Pros: Very good performance; lots of useful features; cool lights
Cons: Small touchpad; overclocking makes fans loud
Summary: Although you're paying a price nearing the Â£2,000 mark, you get a machine offering top performance in return. The Dell XPS M1730 is definitely for the more serious laptop users and gamers out there, and it would be a good desktop-replacement thanks to its cracking display. Although the Dell XPS M1730 is bulky and we are a little disheartened by the battery life we were wowed by the high games and WorldBench scores and impressive hard drive capacity.
Summary: If you're a gamer and you need more mobility, this machine is clearly a great option. The lights are crazy and fun, if not too garish for some, and there's a tonne of power at your fingertips, including SLI graphics and an AGEIA physics card.
Pros: AGEIA physics, SLI graphics, powerful CPU, speakers, additional display with performance monitor, high resolution screen, 2-megapixel webcam
Conclusion: If you're looking for a portable gaming rig, look no further. This is the machine you've been waiting for. Powerful and speedy, the Dell XPS M1730 will definitely take you places. As a desktop replacement, it has all the right components that will make a hardcore gamer's mouth water and it's definitely much easier to transport around than a desktop PC or even an SFF system, requiring no setup upon arrival (apart from the power adapter).
Excerpt: Dell’s new Dell XPS M-1530 laptop is powered by 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 with 3-MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB featuring Mobile Intel 965GM Express Santa Rosa chipset motherboard, 4-GB DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (max 4-GB in 2 slots), 160-GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive and a 8X DVD Super Multi Double layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer.