Dell has announced the newest members of its premium XPS notebook line: the XPS 14, XPS 15, and XPS 17. Key features include Intel Core i-series processors, Nvidia graphics with Optimus technology, JBL speakers, and HD webcams.
The new XPS notebooks are the first to be Skype certified; they can stream 720p HD video. Other common features include Core i5 dual-core and Core i7 quad-core processors, Nvidia 3DTV Play software for displaying 3D content on a 3D-enabled TV, optional built-in mobile broadband, and WiMAX. The 15 and 17 offer 12-watt subwoofers.
The smallest member of the lineup, the XPS 14 features a 14-inch display and starts at MSRP $899.99. There are two available graphics cards — an Nvidia GeForce GT 420M or an optional GT 425M with 2GB of dedicated memory.
Dell says the XPS 14 can get up to 5.5 hours of life with the standard six-cell battery and up to 8.5 hours with the optional nine-cell. The XPS 14 measures 13.9″ (W) x 9.7″ (D) x 1.2~1.4″ (H) and weighs 5.35 lbs with the six-cell battery and 5.72 lbs with the nine-cell. The Dell XPS 14 is available now; estimated ship dates are from Nov 19.
The XPS 15 features a 15.6″ display and starts at $849.99. It is similar to the 14 though offers better optional graphics: a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 435M. The XPS 15 has a starting weight of 6.14 lbs with the standard six-cell battery (up to 5.25 hours of life) and 6.51 lbs with the nine-cell (up to 9.1 hours).
The 15 is available with a base 720p screen (1366×768) or an optional upgraded 1080p (1920×1080) high-resolution display with RGB-LED backlighting. The XPS 15 is available now; estimated ship dates are from Nov. 11.
The flagship XPS 17 notebook is the largest with a 17.3″ display. Starting at $949.99, it offers more powerful graphics in the form of a GT 435M; a GT 445M is optional. It offers up to 16GB of RAM (4 slots) and two hard drives.
With the six-cell battery it weighs 7.57 lbs and gets up to 4.5 hours of life; with the nine-cell it weighs 7.94 lbs and gets up to 7.5 hours.
Additional features of the XPS 17 include an optional 1080p screen and a pair of USB 3.0 ports, which can transfer data up to 10x as fast as current-gen USB 2.0 ports. The XPS 17 is available now; estimated ship dates are from Nov. 11.