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The benefits of sleek notebook computers are many. For one, they look great, with all that power squeezed into a thin package. Two, sleek computers weigh less than chunky ones, which makes your life easier when you have to bear the weight of whatever mobile computer you settle on. And three, sleek computers are better for the environment because, with less material required to build them, there’s less material that has to be produced and less material that has to be disposed of when your computer is finally ready for recycling.
Dell’s XPS Series notebook computers are powerful beauties packing second generation Intel Core processors in sleek aluminum housings. They’re loaded with the latest features and are ready to rumble, whether you’re at work or at play.
Dell’s XPS 15 is a 15.6-inch powerhouse sporting a 2.0 GHz quad core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor. It also houses 6GB of RAM, a 640GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M GPU with 1GB of video memory, an 8x DVD burner, a 2MP webcam, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Other features of the XPS 15 include an illuminated keyboard, a media card reader and a touchpad with multi-touch control. Ports include two USB 3.0 and one combination USB 2.0 / eSATA port with PowerShare. Video outputs include one HDMI and one Mini DisplayPort. The XPS 15’s display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and the system supports Intel's Wireless Display (Wi-Di) technology. The unit is 15 inches wide by 1.5 inches high by 10.4 inches deep and it weighs 5.96 pounds. It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Slimmer than the XPS 15, Dell’s XPS 15z is a 15.6-inch notebook computer with an anodized aluminum body that’s less than an inch thick when closed. The system is powered by a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core processor which can be over-clocked to 2.9 GHz. The system also contains 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, an 8x DVD burner and a 1.3MP webcam.
Other features of the XPS 15z include gigabit Ethernet802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, an illuminated keyboard, a media card reader and a touchpad with multi-touch control. Ports include two USB 3.0 and one combination USB 2.0 / eSATA port with PowerShare; PowerShare lets you charge USB devices without the computer needing to be turned on. Video outputs include one HDMI port for HDTV connectivity and one Mini DisplayPort for compatibility with Apple displays and other brands.
The XPS 15z’s LED-backlit display has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels so it handily supports 720p HD video. The display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M graphics accelerator with 1GB of video memory. The notebook supports Intel's Wireless Display (Wi-Di) technology, which lets you transmit video wirelessly to an HDTV. Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) is the installed operating system. The system is 15.15 inches wide by 0.97 inch high by 10.25 inches deep and it weighs 5.54 pounds.
If you like, you can also get the XPS 15z with a Core i7 processor. Other upgraded features include 8GB of memory, a 750GB hard drive and a higher resolution 15.6-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M graphics accelerator with 2GB of video memory.
If you’ve been spoiled working on larger screens in the past, or just feel that now is the right time to upgrade to a notebook with a larger screen, check out the Dell XPS 17. Similar to the XPS 15 and XPS 15z but larger, the XPS 17 is built around a 17.3-inch widescreen display with a native resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. The XPS 17 is powered by a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of memory. The display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M GPU with 1GB of video memory, and a huge amount of storage space is provided by the notebook’s 1TB hard drive.
Other features include an 8x DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 2MP webcam, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 and a media card reader. Of course it also has two USB 3.0 ports, one combination USB 2.0 / eSATA port with PowerShare, one HDMI output and one Mini DisplayPort. Like the smaller units, this model supports Intel's Wi-Di technology, making it an ideal notebook for entertainment purposes. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this notebook isn’t good for business, because it is.