Excerpt: Dell’s XPS 1730 is the company’s flagship gaming notebook, and is available in several configurations. Dell has sent us the “lottery winner” configuration, which has every high-end part, feature, and doodad imaginable. With its Intel Penryn CPU (that’s overclockable), two NVIDIA 8800M GTX cards in SLI and loads of bling, the M1730 has every next-gen part available and is tricked out with lights like no notebook we’ve ever seen before.
Pros: Very good performance; lots of useful features; cool lights
Cons: Small touchpad; overclocking makes fans loud
Excerpt: It's not the fastest gaming notebook we've ever tested, but the SLI-equipped Dell XPS M1730 is still a very worthy choice for forward-looking gamers who value design, features, component options, and DirectX compatibility.
Pros: Eye-catching case with LED lighting, Dual-SLI graphics support DirectX 10 games, Integrated Logitech GamePanel LCD, High-end component options, Excellent gaming frame rates, Highest productivity scores we've seen
Cons: Expensive, Very heavy, Gaming scores fell short of the top
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
Excerpt: Subtle and sleek are two adjectives that can't be used to describe Dell's latest gaming laptop. The XPS M1730 is not only a huge beast, but looks like it's had the same treatment that cars get on Pimp My Ride. The lid has two huge XPS logos which are brightly lit with white LEDs, while the speaker grills at the front and touch-pad buttons glow red (you can change the colours individually and their brightness in the BIOS). It really is a love or hate affair.