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October 21, 2010

Dell Launches new 3D TV ready XPS laptops, just in time for the holidays

If you’re a regular reader of my posts, you know that I am a huge fan of my Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop. It’s one of the best constructed, most powerful laptops in my inventory and has served as my main demo box for the last several months. That’s why I’m so excited to see the next generation of XPS laptops launch today.

XPS 17 Notebook

Dell’s new XPS lineup comes in 14, 15 and 17 inch models, all of which are 3D TV ready. That means that when you connect them to a 3D capable TV using the included 3DTV software from NVIDIA, you can play hundreds of 3G games, watch 3D TV, and even play 3D Blu-Ray movies right out of the box.

To couple that awesome video, Dell is including JBL certified speakers with new Waves MaxxAudio 3 processing technology, which means those movies you’re watching and games you’re playing will sound as good as they look. Dell has really been investing in amping up the audio on their laptops – the Muse has speakers that can shake my office – and this is a welcome upgrade.

The new XPS lineup has one other feature that I’m really looking forward to trying out – the first ever built-in webcam that support HD Video Streaming. That means that you can use Windows Live Messenger to video chat in HD without connecting an external webcam. Pretty awesome, and something that I’ve been hoping I’d see in a laptop for a while.

Aside from the stuff I just mentioned, the new XPS lineup has specs that you’d expect to see from a laptop of this caliber –a nice selection of Core i5 and i7 processors to choose from, NVIDIA GeForce 400 GPU with Optimus, and massive hard drives. And, like most of their consumer laptops, you can personalize your XPS with Dell Design Studio.

Interested? You can get your XPS directly from today. Pricing starts at $899 for the XPS 14, $849 for the XPS 15, and $949 for the XPS 17.

I have a Dell XPS coming to me now direct from Dell, so keep an eye out for my hands on post.

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