Dell and Alienware, partners in crime in the PC industry, are now offering a half terabyte of storage in their Dell XPS M2010 and Alienware Aurora m9700 giant sized notebook offerings. This is the first time 500GB of storage has been offered in a notebook form factor via the configuration of two 250GB hard drives.
The XPS M2010 is a 20" screen foldable notebook from Dell while the Alienware Aurora m9700 is a 17" screen dual graphics, dual hard drive offering from Alienware. Both notebooks are quite obviously desktop replacement style systems, with various gaming and multimedia features, that can be moved when necessary (do not use them in your lap).
The Alienware configuration page for the Aurora m9700 shows you can now select 2 x 250GB hard drives (view large image)
Both systems will be offered with a 250GB hard drive solution available in dual configurations where each hard drive has the following specs:
- 250GB capacity
- 5400 RPM spin
- 1.5Gb/s (SATA) transfer rate
The Dell XPS M2010 can now be configured with 500GB of storage space (view larger)
While some of us still have space on our 60GB hard drive (me), other people that deal with extremely large video files, photo files, or massive collections of MP3s and iTunes can hoard hard drive space and the idea of more internal storage rather than dealing with external drives can be hugely appealing. Here are some examples of what 500GB will translate to storing in real terms:
- 200 hours of DVD-quality video (2.25GB/hr)
- 60 hours of HD video (8.3GB/hr)
- 38 hours of digital MPEG video (13GB/hr)
- 120,000 songs (4MB for 4 minute average songs)
- 140,000 photo images (2.5MB / 6 Megapixel image)
Plus, how cool is it to say that your notebook has half a terabyte of storage?