Dell XPS M1710 Gaming Notebook Announced

Dell Announces XPS M1710 Gaming NotebookDell has released a beast of a notebook, with its dual-core processor, groovy glowing lights and ramped-up video RAM aiming the XPS M1710 squarely at mobile gamers.

Billed as Dell’s fastest notebook for the consumer market, the 8.75 pound XPS M1710 ships with a magnesium-alloy reinforced RoadReady chassis, TrueLife 17″ UXGA display (1920×1200 pixels), 5-in-1 card reader and an optional TV tuner.

Available in black and red flavours, the Special Edition Formula Red model comes with a hefty size premium, offering a faster processor and a frame-rate flying 512MB of graphics memory.

Dell Announces XPS M1710 Gaming NotebookThe Metallic Black M1710 weighs in at a wallet-draining $2,600 and comes with Intel’s Core Duo T2400 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics and a 60GB hard drive.

The top of the range Formula Red model – available in the U.S. and Canada only – offers an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 512MB GeForce Go 7900 GTX with an 80GB hard drive from $3,400 (with extras this price can soar up to $4400.)

Dell Announces XPS M1710 Gaming NotebookBoth notebooks feature Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition operating system, and system upgrades can expand storage to 120 of GB hard drive space and up to 4 GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory.

When it comes to pretty lights, the Dell comes with full Christmas tree-on-acid appeal, offering a red backlit touchpad and three user-controllable lighting areas with a choice of 16 colours.

Dell Announces XPS M1710 Gaming NotebookThere’s also built in Wi-Fi, high definition integrated stereo with two 2 watt per channel main speakers and a 5 watt, class D subwoofer with bass reflex port.

With a backbreaking 8.13lb / 4000g carrying weight, this clearly isn’t a laptop designed for carting into the office every day, but affluent gamers looking for a ton of graphics power – and some pretty glowing lights, natch -might find the Dell right up their boulevard.

Dell Announces XPS M1710 Gaming NotebookThe XPS M1710 is estimated to ship in the second week of May. EK/EU delivery and prices to be announced.

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