Dell refreshes XPS 15, 17 with Sandy Bridge, GT500M seriesBy Matthew DeCarlo 9 comments
Dell has revamped its XPS 15 and 17 notebooks, adding the latest silicon from Intel and Nvidia. The smaller machine can be outfitted with one of three Sandy Bridge Core i7 processors up to 2.7GHz, as well as a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT525M or 2GB GT540M.
The base offering is equipped with 4GB of DDR3 RAM which maxes out at 8GB, while storage peaks at 750GB for mechanical or 256GB for flash. For a premium, the 15.6-inch display can upgraded from 720p to 1080p, with or without facial recognition technology.
The larger system adds one Core i7 and two Core i5 chips to the mix and boosts the graphics to a 1GB GeForce GT550M or 3GB GT555M. It also comes with the Nvidia 3D Vision kit and a 3D-ready display, while max RAM and storage are increased to 16GB and 1.2TB.
Both the come with your choice of a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a six or nine-cell battery, as well as a 9-in-1 card reader, a 2MP webcam, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as optional WWAN and Wireless Display modules alongside the usual connectivity.
The XPS 15 starts at $1,050 while the XPS 17 kicks off at $900 and both currently have an estimated ship date of March 15. Dell has simultaneously discontinued the XPS 14 based on Intel's first-gen Core processors, though a new model hasn't been introduced yet.