When Dell brought the XPS brand back recently with the new XPS 14, 15 and 17-inch laptops, a small wrong was righted; Dell mentioned that users had been clamoring for them to bring back the XPS brand for years. In fact, the new XPS 8300 looks like the final nail in Dell’s Studio-branded coffin.
The great news? The XPS is back!
The less great news? It’s just the Studio XPS, with the Studio removed. In fact, if you look at the Dell Studio XPS 8100, you’ll find the two machines to be essentially identical. The only noticeable differences (based on the press images) is the XPS logo. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the Studio XPS desktops are extremely stylish machines with solid build quality.
With a starting price of $749, Dell is looking to be one of the cheapest possibilities for buying into Intel’s next-generation Sandy Bridge platform; cheapest, that is, until the dual-core chips hit their rumored March availability timeframe.
What does $749 get you?
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 quad-core CPU @ 2.8 GHz
- Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz
- Graphics: AMD ATI Radeon HD 5450 w/1GB DDR3
- Hard drive: 1TB HDD @ 7200RPM (SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB cache)
- Optical drive: 16X DVD+/-RW disc burner
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: none
- Warranty: One year limited parts and labor
- Dell DataSafe Online Backup with 2GB for 1 year
- Dimensions: 16.1 x 7.3 x 17.9 inches (HxWxD)
Current shipping estimates for the Dell XPS 8300 (it’s almost difficult not to type Studio XPS, as familiar as it’s become) show the unit heading out of the factory on January 21st, but since Dell hasn’t officially announced a time, take it with a grain of salt.
Optional upgrades include a Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.4 GHz ($220), up to 16 GB of RAM (up to $500), an AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 w/1 GB of GDDR5 memory ($130), a 2 TB hard drive ($100) and a Blu-ray disc burner ($230).