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Dell XPS M1730

alaTest has collected and analyzed 673 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and performance. The keyboard and design are also appreciated, but many are negative about the touchpad and size. Reviews are divided on the energy efficiency.

screen, design, keyboard, performance, sound

portability, value for money, battery, size, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell XPS M1730 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell XPS M1730

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Dell XPS M1730 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

build quality, value for money, usability, sound, screen

portability, size

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell XPS M1730 Laptop - Sapphire Blue)Dell Gaming Laptop 17" XPS M1730

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Dell XPS M1730

 

Gaming laptops are a peculiar breed. Due to their intensive hardware requirements, they are virtually outdated before they are released. So enthusiasts and wealthy shoppers tend to shy away from mainstream solutions, and instead opt for products from...

Our last test was Blizzard's latest Xpac, Wrath of the Lich King. This game has now introduced multiple new graphical options, which can be extremely demanding on the system, especially with shadows set to full. However, the 1730 was able to easily...

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Review Dell XPS M1730 with 8800M GTX SLI

 

Double Core. The XPS M1730 is now also available with two GeForce ...

Attractive design ; Individual outlook selectable ; Bright, high-resolution display ; Good performance for games and applications ; Only moderate temperature emissions ; Good sound ; Many useful features like an illuminated keyboard, WLAN, Catcher and...

High weight, big size ; Display reflects heavily ; Low battery runtime

Summarizing the above the XPS M1730 is to be recommended for gamers, who focus on performance and less on price. Due to LED effects it will also attract attention on LAN parties

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Review Dell XPS M1730 Gaming-Notebook

 

The Dell XPS M1730 got this high score not only because of the im ...

Design ; Individual styling possibilities ; High resolution display ; Good performance ; Low noise emissions ; Good speakers ; Nice goodies, like the illuminated keyboard, WLAN Catcher, Gaming Display

Weight and dimensions ; Glare type display ; Low battery runtime

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EDITORS' CHOICE

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Dell XPS M1730

 

Dell's XPS 1730 is the company's flagship gaming notebook, and is available in several configurations. Dell has sent us the “lottery winner” configuration, which has every high-end part, feature, and doodad imaginable. With its Intel Penryn CPU (that's...

Very good performance; lots of useful features; cool lights

Small touchpad; overclocking makes fans loud

As gamers and enthusiasts, we have to say the M1730 pushes all the right buttons.

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Dell XPS M1730 Review

 

Before I start this review I would like to thank Dell for sending us a test unit

Stunning exterior ; Impressive gaming performance ; Overclockable Extreme processor available ; Gorgeous screen ; LED backlit keyboard ; Customizable LED lights ; Runs cool and quiet

Some gaming performance issues ; Keyboard could feel more solid ; Vista Home Premium and bloatware on a machine starting at $2,700

Dell has respawned its flagship XPS gaming notebook into an even bigger and more powerful beast. The M1730 is one of the fastest gaming notebooks on the market and is certainly the flashiest. The M1730 is the most attention-grabbing notebook I have...

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Dell XPS M1730

 

Boasting a new PhysX card and plenty of other perks for gamers, Dell's latest rig is fast, fun, and ready for the next generation of eye candy.

SLI graphics and PhysX card provide lots of muscle ; 400GB storage space ; Customizable backlights ; Ultra-sharp 1080p display ; Strong gaming scores

DirectX 10 performance too dependent on driver support ; No HDMI port

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Winning Gaming Gear

 

Call it star alignment. Call it great timing. When Intel launched its mobile Extreme processor to coincide with nVidia's introduction of its mobile SLI GeForce 8700M GT graphics chipset, the stage was set for Dell to bring forth something sublime and...

Integrated Ageia PhysX Card. Frequency-adjustable Intel Extreme processor. SLI graphics from nVidia. Excellent performance numbers, even with Vista. LED fireworks coming from all fronts. Backlit keyboard. Numerous hard drive options. 1,920-by-1,200...

Two USB ports fewer than its predecessor.

Dell takes mobile gaming to new heights with the XPS 1730 and its list of firsts-the first with an Ageia physics card, the first with nVidia's latest SLI graphics, and the first with massive amounts of LED effects.

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Dell XPS M1730 (Penryn)

 

Nonetheless, the M1730 (Penryn) is a terrific example of where technology is heading. In the past, manufacturers outfitted gaming rigs with flashy paint jobs and decal stickers; now Dell and Alienware have started a new trend with LED light shows. The...

Intel Extreme processor. Best mobile nVidia graphics to date. 4GB RAM. Excellent LED accents with customizable themes and colors. SLI configuration. Dedicated Ageia PhysX card

Very pricey. Way too bulky

The Dell XPS M1730 (Penryn) may demolish all of our 3D benchmark tests, but it's a little too one-dimensional to recommend for anything other than gaming.

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Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Laptop: Gaming On The Move

 

Aimed for LAN party enthusiasts and gamers who want limited portability, Dell unveils the new XPS M1730. This 17-inch laptop shows amazing performance as far as gaming and high end graphics is concerned.

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Dell XPS M1730 Notebook Review - Intel Core 2 Duo X9000 Powered

 

Dell's XPS line of notebooks and PCs has been a fair success in the eyes of gamers as the brand continues to exist even in conjunction with the Alienware brand that Dell purchased a couple years back. We take their flagship M1730 notebook for a spin...

Product Specifications

Dell's XPS M1730 is a mobile gaming stud. The M1730 features an awe-inspiring design and cooler-than-thou features. To be the world's first notebook with the AGEIA PhysX physics processing unit, the M1730 offers the most powerful Dell notebook gaming experience ever, widescreen viewing, HD, blazing response times - it makes no compromises. Track your stats with the world's first built-in notebook Logitech GamePanel LCD, and then crow eye-to-eye and loud and clear with the built in 2MP CCD camera and the built-in, dual digital array microphones. Use the M1730's illuminated, full-size keyboard to play even when the lights are off. Easily navigate the twists and turns of even the most harrowing strafing attack with the 10-key number pad.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB/4MB/6MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.9in
Height:2in
Weight:10.6lbs
Width:16in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Dell
Model:M1730/M1730 World of Warcraft Edition
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell XPS

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Sapphire blue/Smoke gray

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11a/b/g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:BD-RE/DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.4GHz/2.5GHz/2.8GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T7700/T8300/T9300/X7900
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type:RAID/Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable/Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/200GB/400GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT
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