Dell XPS M1730 Video and Other Gaming Notebooks at DigitalLife Event

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Today is the kickoff for the DigitaLife event in New York. One focus of this event is gaming, so a lot of manufacturers have gaming rigs setup and many companies are showing off some of their latest game titles running on high-end machines. The Dell XPS M1730 and new Toshiba Satellite X205 with dual graphics cards are both getting a lot of exposure here.


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Dell at DigitalLife

In the video above you can see two XPS M1730 notebooks. Both were displaying game demos that have been tweaked to take advantage of the Ageia PhysX accelerator. A mod level of Unreal Tournament 3 and Warmonger, Operation: Downtown Destruction were the two games setup for the demo. Both ran incredibly smoothly at a high level of detail as you can at least somewhat see from the video.


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Dell was also touting the LightFX capability of the XPS M1730. The M1710 had some of these features, but they’ve been enhanced somewhat for the M1730. To read more about LightFX you can visit Dell’s site about it here. To sum it up though, it’s basically a feature that allows game developers to control lights based on what’s happening in the game. For instance, if you die the lights on the notebook go red. If you’re getting shot from the left side then the light behind the left speaker might flash orange.


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Toshiba at DigitalLife


Toshiba has a Gears of War tournament going on at DigitalLife (view large image)

Toshiba also had a very strong presence at the DigitalLife event. The company just announced an update to its Satellite X205 gaming notebook that puts two Nvidia 8600M graphics cards inside instead of the single it had when initially released (see X205 review here). Toshiba had a big tournament setup for playing Gears of War on the Satellite X205 notebook. The X205 is a 17" gaming rig that won’t be as powerful as the XPS M1730, but it’ll cost a bit less and the looks and build are certainly very good. Toshiba stuff an HD-DVD drive inside its Satellite X205 with HDMI output while Dell goes the route of BluRay and using DVI out.


Age of Empires III on the Satellite X205 (view large image)


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