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Dell Introduces Laptop With WUXGA

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the so-dense-it's-unpronounceable dept.

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Cutie Pi writes "Dell has just released the Inspiron 8500, a new 15.4" widescreen notebook with a WUXGA screen--thats 1920x1200, high enough resolution to watch HDTV quality movies. Couple that with the new nVidia 64MB GeForce4 4200 Go (much faster than the ATI Radeon 9000), and you've got quite a notebook!! Can't wait to get my hands on one!"

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Dude, you're getting a Dell! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441715)

Does this look like a Dell ad on Slashdot to anyone else?

Re:Dude, you're getting a Dell! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441837)

In needing a little break from work... I figured I would come to slashdot.org and play a little game.

It's called the fp game. :)

Okay... I've had my break, now back to work.

Suggested Moderation: -1, Flamebait?

Can you buy this today? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441716)

If so, Apple's "vaporware" Mini-Me 17" is in trouble!

Waiting... (1)

moz25 (262020) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441717)

I was thinking of buying an Inspiron 8200, but now I'd rather wait for a bit longer ;-) The monthly price is a funny number, btw.

fost pirts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441720)

BOOBIES

fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441721)

fp fp fp fp fp

*splrt*

First post! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441724)

:PPP Drooooolll!!

Oh great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441725)

Now your eyes can go bad from glare AND squinting all at the same time. With accelerated 3D.

Just for movies? (5, Funny)

lightspawn (155347) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441726)

You realize some geeks are going to use this resolution to view more text on the screen at once and lose their eyesight that much faster, don't you?

Re:Just for movies? (4, Informative)

jmv (93421) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441788)

You realize some geeks are going to use this resolution to view more text on the screen at once and lose their eyesight that much faster, don't you? ...or just to have the same amount of text, but much sharper due the the increased resolution.

Re:Just for movies? (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441929)

Just imagine what this could do for Nethack... larger maps!

Higher resolution pornography. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441942)

Yay! Porn!

Yarr! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441729)

It's drivin' me nuts!

Neat... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441730)

...but I just wish they weren't SO DAMNED UGLY. What the hell is wrong with those retards anyway?

No, YOU'RE ugly (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441848)

What's wrong with you, fuckwit? Do you want one of those pink panty girly ass notebooks from Apple?

Re:No, YOU'RE ugly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441966)

no, I want that super-masculine antlerbone laptop with mudflaps and chrome! And I want a super-masculine PDA, MP3 player, headset, and computer! Because technology is SO FUCKIN' MASCULINE IT MAKES MY DICK EXPLODE WITH RAGE!!!

But can you buy it without paying the Windows tax? (0, Flamebait)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441731)

... or must we wait until Asus releases a similar Laptop?

Re:But can you buy it without paying the Windows t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441889)

ASUS got out of their laptop manufacturing. They will build OEM units to some smaller guys now.

Aspect ratio of a brick... (2, Funny)

critic666 (317551) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441732)

and weighs as much, too! 6.9 lbs w/o a media drive!! and 1.5" thick. I'll keep my TiBook (or even a new 17" AlBook), thank you very much. :)

Re:Aspect ratio of a brick... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441753)

why would you want that deformed oversized laptop

or a VPR 200A5 for that matter (1, Informative)

sporkboy (22212) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441867)

if you're not into the whole mac thing

A great display (2, Funny)

flikx (191915) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441740)

With a screen at that resolution, I just might be able to view an entire slashdot advertisement at once. Wow, no scrolling for me.

15.4" (0, Redundant)

Visaris (553352) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441741)

Wow, with it's 15.4" display, that's going to look REALLY crisp. It sounds like a great laptop display wise to me. 1600x1200 on a 15.4"? wow...

Neat monitor, ugly notebook... (2, Informative)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441754)

... What is with Dell and their ugly-ass notebooks? Fucking BODY CLADDING, ala Landau roofs on Lincolns.. They're not fooling anybody..

Apple's got the prettiest notebooks by far, with Sony and IBM the only credible alternatives IMHO.. Dell stuff just looks like Taiwanese junk..

Re:Neat monitor, ugly notebook... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441864)

Taiwanese junk..
Whuh you say 'bout my gurlfriend?!

R U Apple's bitch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441885)

Apple could take a shit on a piece of shit and you'd probably think it looks great. Go pimp your apple crap somewhere else...

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441755)

First Post!
1337
Masters of Orion 3 - THE AI WONT ATTACK YOU!!!!!

Re:First Post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441764)

play it on hard loser

Looks like a Powerbook (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441760)

This looks too much like Apple's Powerbook. And what's with that blue trimming around the keyboard? I liked the 8000-8200 Inspirons better. Why can't companies be more innovative?

This is perfect.... (1)

CoyoteGuy (524946) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441761)

Now I can put this puppy on my visa, divorce, and get my Nissan 350Z... Of course you realize that would be waaay too easy... :)

Re:This is perfect.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441846)

I'm happy with my old Inspiron 7500 - the screen looks GREAT at a mere 1400 x 1050.

I also enjoy my Silverstone Nissan 350Z touring model. :)

Nice laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441767)

Too bad I still can't order it without windows.

Sorry Dell, you're not getting my money.

Oh yeah. (3, Interesting)

Trelane (16124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441961)

That was exactly my response, too.

FWIW, an IBM salesdroid I talked with a few months ago said they might ship linux on their laptops this year. We'll see. Nobody's getting my money if I have to send a portion to Redmond, too.

Just gimme a friggin' laptop without Windows on it! [OK, at a reasonable price, Apple-boy.

New Laptop from Dell? (1, Funny)

IcyHotStuntazerlicio (639936) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441769)

Was it put together by "The Customizer"?

Re:New Laptop from Dell? (1)

dead_sell (653640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441875)

Was it put together by "The Customizer"?
I don't know about that, but it looks like Steven was doing a little of thw whacky weed when he designed it. Those laptops are the ugliest damn things on the face of the planet. I'll keep my iBook.

No, they don't call him that (0)

green pizza (159161) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441922)

No, they don't.

Apple.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441771)

Apple Called... They want their laptop design from 2 years ago back.

Slashvertisement (2, Funny)

macshune (628296) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441772)

Ads for nerds. Shit that we can't afford.

DVI connector (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441774)

When is someone besides Apple going to release a laptop with a DVI connector?

specs (1)

asv108 (141455) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441778)

As light as 6.9 pounds according to the specs, but hey it does come with some ugly facades you can stick on the back of your LCD panel. Seriously, as an owner of two dell laptops previously, they need to loose the weight fast. There is no excuse for a 7 pound 15in notebook.

Re:specs (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441825)

There is no excuse for a 7 pound 15in notebook.

I once beat a man to death in Reno* using nothing but a Dell laptop.

*just to watch him die

ok, but (0)

ptrangerv8 (644515) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441782)

It's still a Dell....

I'm wondering when Laptop Manafacturers will make laptops that people can put together themselves - much like we do now with desktops and servers... I would think that you buy a specific 'case' that includes a screen and keyboard, and everything else would be standardized, so you can get a mobo that you want, a proc that you want, ad nauseum... WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED???

>>

Re:ok, but (0)

binarie (636351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441900)

barebone notebooks [slashdot.org]

copy (1)

stankyho (172180) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441783)

Looks like a bad copy of a 15" TiBook with some blue trim added.

i own an 8200 (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441785)

...and the NVIDIA video drivers cause the machine to blue screen once/week. Dell says that this is "an ongoing issue between Dell and Microsoft". There is no driver update available.

Dell sells a lot of stuff that's not ready for prime time - is the 8500 yet another example?

Notebook != Laptop (5, Insightful)

PseudoThink (576121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441792)

Despite the headline, one can't really call it a "laptop", since using it on one's lap would create safety (and fertility) issues. Dell's official term is "notebook", but I believe "mobile computer", "traytop", and "portable space heater" are also acceptable. I challenge anyone to actually sit through a two-hour HD movie with this on their lap.

Re:Notebook != Laptop (1)

tomzyk (158497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441904)

I challenge anyone to actually sit through a two-hour HD movie with this on their lap.

Yay! More candidates for Darwin Awards!

X/Win not Vector-based (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441795)

That resolution is barely usable because windows and X are not vector-based. With that I mean everything will scale nicely from low res to hi res. No more pixel frenzy!

Laptop with WUXGA? (0, Offtopic)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441796)

Penicillin used to clean up a bad case of WUXGA. Nowadays, who can say?

OR

You're soaking in it!

Ram Prices (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441801)

Gotta love this gouging, under the customization look at what they charge for extra ram:

512MB,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms
512MB,DDR,266MHz 1 Dimm [add $200.00]
640MB,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms [add $300.00]
768BM,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms [add $400.00]
1GB,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms [add $650.00]
1.5GB,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms [add $1,800.00]
2GB,DDR,266MHz 2 Dimms [add $3,300.00]

Re:Ram Prices (1)

spanky1 (635767) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441928)

Yep, we never buy extra RAM with Dell computers. Just get it with the minimum and go to Crucial [crucial.com] to buy more. Dell often uses Crucial RAM in their systems anyway. Might as well buy it from the source without the huge markup.

Not buying another one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441802)

I have an Inspiron 7500. The 15" display went out on it 3 times with the same problem. A hugh vertical stripe through the middle. Not to mention the video card went out, and so did the keyboard.

...you got quite a notebook. (1)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441811)

...for one hell of a price; From $2,299

It may be me, but I would rather have a cheaper, lighter notebook with a long (8 hours or there abouts) batterylife than a HDTV+DVD-player combo with a computer attaced. But hey, each to his or her own.

Re:...you got quite a notebook. (3, Interesting)

praetorian_x (610780) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441873)

"It may be me, but I would rather have a cheaper, lighter notebook with a long (8 hours or there abouts) batterylife than a HDTV+DVD-player combo with a computer attaced. But hey, each to his or her own."

Ditto

check out http://www.dynamism.com. Japanese laptops with a US warranty.

The sharp MM1 looks sweet, and it doubles as a USB2 hard drive.

Cheers,
prat

And the back breaking news (-1, Redundant)

MojoRilla (591502) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441816)

From dell.com [dell.com] :

Weight: 6.9 lbs. (2.96 kg) with travel module, battery and Harddrive.

Heavier that the 17" wide Apple G4 powerbook (see apple.com [apple.com] ).

Better be a short movie... (4, Interesting)

Chief Typist (110285) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441821)

And what are the chances of actually being able to see the end of that HDTV movie before the battery runs down?

Not good, I'd say...

GeForce4 Go, faster than what? (4, Informative)

thesolo (131008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441828)

much faster than the ATI Radeon 9000

What's that? The poster must have meant the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 [ati.com] , which is much different from the Radeon 9000 Pro [ati.com] AGP card.

my dell.. (5, Informative)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441830)

I bought an Inspiron 7500 when the PIII 500 chips were first made available in laptops. It has been a few years now and this machine has been all over the US, banged up, dropped, kicked, etc. at jobsites, conventions & seminars. The only thing that has gone wrong with it have been the CD burning out playing CTP and the 'm' key jumping off. I hope the new line can stand up to the kind of abuse this one has because this machine is still kickin and I would certainly consider buying another one in the future.

Agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441911)

I have an Inspiron 7500 as well, and it has been bulletproof for the 3 years I've owned it.

What I still can't believe is how my 3 year old laptop has a 1400 x 1050 15" screen, but even brand new regular flat panel 15" monitors still only support 1024 x 768. How lame!

If I had to do it all over again... (5, Insightful)

ilsie (227381) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441833)

I would definitely go thin and light. I bought the most powerful, largest screened laptop I could find (at the time). However, it's so unweildy, and drains battery power like nothing else. If I'm lucky (with two batteries in it) I'll be able to surf for 1 hour before it goes dead. Plus, by the amount of heat it generates, I know I'm going to have lap cancer by age 35.

In other words, I cant do a whole lot with it, and it's really heavy and awkward. My dad on the other hand, has a super small Sony Vaio that can go about 6 hours on a battery and still do everything I do, even though it's more underpowered.

the big question... (-1, Flamebait)

siliconwafer (446697) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441834)

how big of a brick will Steve Jobs be shitting?

Re:the big question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441887)

You mean if he notices and after he stops laughing?

Alienware (1)

suhit (171059) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441838)

I still prefer the Area-51 laptops [alienware.com] by Alienware [alienware.com] . A little more pricey, but damn, they put a lot of horsepower in there; perfect for LAN parties. And they are colorful as hell :).

Review [alienware.com] is also very nice, though it is off of their own site. Customize your own here [alienware.com] .

Suhit

Re:Alienware doesn't offer wuxga (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441923)

I think you missed the point about the aspect ratio being the attractive thing here.

Seems heavy (1, Flamebait)

I_am_Rambi (536614) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441841)

I know from carrying around my laptop that weight matters alot. This laptop seems somewhat heavy for its size

Inspirotion 15.4-inch Wide-Aspect SXGA+ and 15.4-inch Wide-Aspect UXGA display
Height: 1.52-inch (38.6 mm)
Width: 14.22-inch (361.2 mm)
Depth: 10.87-inch (276.1 mm)
Weight: 6.9 lbs. (2.96 kg) with travel module, battery and Harddrive. (Specs [dell.com] )

Compared to the PowerBook G4 (17" model)
Height: 1.0 inch (2.6 cm)
Width: 15.4 inches (39.2 cm)
Depth: 10.2 inches (25.9 cm)
Weight: 6.8 pounds (3.1 kg) with battery and optical drive installed.

It seems that if Apple can make a laptop with a 17" screen that is 6.8lbs, Dell should be at least be able to get one that is lighter. (Specs [apple.com] )

Re:Seems heavy (1)

ostiguy (63618) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441916)

The Apple screen is much much lower resolution -1440x900, so it is less complex, and probably weighs less. Still, you say that the apple is only a tenth of a pound lighter. So whats the problem?

ostiguy

Re:Seems heavy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441932)

Yeah ! But the it is not going to be cheaper.

Re:Seems heavy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441944)

Great, cept your metric conversion isn't correct:

6.9 lbs = 3.13 kg
6.8 lbs = 3.08 kg

Damn! 0.1 pounds heavier! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441955)

Can't you apple bitches find something worth complaining about?

The news is the screen... (1)

ites (600337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441843)

Where notebooks go, desktop screens follow. This indicates that within a year, WXSXGA (or whatever that excessive i've-got-yet-a-longer-TLA word was) LCD screens will be priced to sell, and this is the final nail in the coffin of those 21" monsters sitting around our offices.
If this notebook sounds heavy, just consider the weight of the alternatives. Personally, though, I'm happier than a bishop in amsterdam with my ASUS. Three thumbs up.

1900x1200 @ 15.4" screen (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441847)

geez, I've got a 16.1" screen on my Sony Vaio laptop, and the native resolution on that is 1600x1200. I couldn't imagine a _smaller_ screen with a higher resolution. Would make reading anything with a font size below 16pt impossible I'd assume. I can barely cope with 12pt on the 1600x1200 16.1" screen.

Too many pixels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441849)

I wish someone would make a 1600x1200 laptop.
That way I could run it at 800x600 without losing screen realestate or getting bad jaggies.

Re:Too many pixels (1)

jantheman (113125) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441946)

Been around a long time:

IBM A21(p) - which was nice - & now A31(p) which is nicer tyvm.

Going to look darned silly (2, Funny)

LiftOp (637065) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441861)

...with the wire going to my HDTV antenna.

Maybe I can get a headband-mount for it, that'll get the chicks to come a-runnin'.

Re:Going to look darned silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441957)

that'll get the chicks to come a-runnin'

They'll be runnin', dude, but they won't be coming...

Dell accessories (5, Funny)

Virtex (2914) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441866)

Sweet, a new computer from Dell. Does it come with a free sample of Marijuana? Dude, you're gettin' some weed!

Ok, that's just cruel.

Re:Dell accessories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441953)

The Dell kid used to say "Dude, you're gettin' a Dell!", and then in real life he got busted for having marijuana and what you did here was COMBINE the two into something positively outrageously funny! Or lame, I think I mean lame.

Resolution in Games (4, Insightful)

Kaypro (35263) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441868)

Having never used a widescreen aspect ratio screen I was curious as to how games handle these odd resolutions. Do they actually recognize and adjust for the aspect ratio or simply default to the highest available 3:4 setting which means the graphics start to blur? Anyone know?

Re:Resolution in Games (1)

Exitthree (646294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441948)

It depends on the game. Some games (like Quake3) allow you to set custom widescreen resolutions. Others just stick the largest 4:3 ratio box in the middle of the screen and have black bars on the sides.

It's good to see Dell bucking the trends... (1)

ElGuapoGolf (600734) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441877)


It's nice to see that with everyone coming out with smaller and lighter laptops, Dell had decided to go bigger and heavier. Hey, it worked for SUVs... Personally I wouldn't give my (okay, my company's) Thinkpad X23 up for that.

Seriously, does the new fangled WUXGA screen make that much of a difference? Is it that much heavier? Or have Dells always been this porky?

And if you buy one of these, from the low cost of $2299, do you at least get a Windows XP CD? Or are they still foisting that recovery partition crap on people? (Altho that really is Microsoft's fault)...

Neat and cool, but . . . (4, Insightful)

Maxwell'sSilverLART (596756) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441882)

This is a neat laptop, and I'm sure it would make a great desktop replacement, or even a good gaming laptop. That said, though, I can't bring myself to buy another Dell machine until they re-earn my trust.

The short version of the story is that I bought a laptop from them and tried to get it fixed under warranty. They failed to fix all of the problems when I sent it back, and failed to note the problems as unfixed. When I got it back, outside of warranty, with the problems unfixed, I called Dell, and Dell refused to fix them, saying that it was out of warranty. They did, however, fix the problems they caused while it was being repaired. When I got it back from the second repair, there was an additional problem, a cracked access panel. It took a good half-hour of arguing to get them to replace the panel. I did finally get them to fix the original problem, but it took a sternly-worded letter to senior management [barefootclown.net] to make it happen. That letter details several of the problems I've had with Dell over the years; it also contains the full version of this story.

Short answer is that I have lost my faith in Dell, and until they prove themselves to me again, I won't buy their products, and I advise other people to do the same, no matter now nifty-cool they may be.

Re:Neat and cool, but . . . (1)

spicyjeff (6305) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441943)

It's not that they are "nifty-cool", in fact they actually kinda hick.

But they are cheap. That's why they are in business.

2000+ dpi resolutions (1)

wbtittle (456702) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441888)

My next door neighbor bought a dell laptop for his wife's boss. It had a 14" screen, but it also had a default resolution that was greater than 2000 horizontal. I have yet to see such a resolution on an lcd since.

The image quality was amazing.

Has anyone else seen this. My neighbor was amazed since he hadn't ordered the high end screen.

So were we dreaming, or has anyone else seen this?

brad

WUXGA = Wide Ultra eXtended Graphics Adapter (2, Informative)

blenderfish (156901) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441895)

WUXGA = Wide Ultra eXtended Graphics Adapter

That's a lot of adjectives, and a whole lot
of pixel lovin'.

Battery Life (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441901)

With a screen that big and a video card that powerful, imagine the battery life that you'l<Disconnected>

Please... (1)

SymLink-Dyn (122202) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441906)

Can someone spend more than 10 secs looking at story submissions to make sure that they're not just (very) thinly disguised ads? That'd be quite an improvement!! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

LATITUDE ? (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441909)



We just purchased 6 Dell Latitudes where I work for field work (architectural). We chose them after much research on durability, continuity, stability. So far they are doing a very good job. It would be nice to see this display adopted into the Latitude series. For someone who does graphics, animation, CAD, etc this would serve as excellent work at home or field systems. Funny enough the reason we didn't choose an I book. was because you said it lack of compatbility with existing apps. AutoCAD, 3D Studio, Revit, etc.

retarded resolution names (3, Insightful)

lysander (31017) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441912)

anyone else hate these resolution names? WUXGA? UXGA? SXGA? XGA? SVGA? VGA?

*bangs head against wall*

wouldn't you rather talk about 1600x1200 and the like?

Sometimes its the options you don't want! (1)

pr0c (604875) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441919)

Where can i deselect windows? Or better yet have another OS installed!^@&($ my god theres a thought.

Oh wait i wanna select the AMD Athlon Mobile chip. Oh they don't offer that either? i guess Dell still aint for me.

802.11g (1)

masonbrown (208074) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441920)

If you look closely at the BTO page, you'll see they offer an 802.11g card. I didn't know any WinTel manufacturers had offered those....

Great for gaming, but not mobile gaming (4, Informative)

Drakino (10965) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441921)

From everything I have seen on the Geforce chip in the laptop, you definitly don't want to be away from an outlet while playing games. the chip pulls just about as much power as it's desktop equivelent when in 3D mode. This would make a decent LAN party notebook, for those with too much money.

For me, I gave up laptop gaming a while back. It's just too expensive in the long run for worse peformance. I much prefer a Shuttle case, and a bigger LCD that still keeps my trips from the car to the party down to one. It's a bit more hassle with additional cables and such, but it's well worth it for the smaller hit on my wallet. For a top of the line gaming system last August, I spent about $1800, including a nice 18.1 inch LCD with the lowest response time on the market. The LCD can be had for about $300 less now, and the 9700 Pro is also cheeper then the $400 I paid at release. I also got more storage then can be crammed into a laptop at 120gb.

Anyhow, I dpn't see myself ever buying one of these. The laptops I own go for ultimate portability and ease of surfing the net wirelessly. If I want desktop power, I sit at a desktop.

Yet another Slashdot (tm) Advertisement (0, Offtopic)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441936)

"WOW! A shiny new Dell with a cool monitor!! Where can I get one? Slashdot likes it, so I simply *MUST* have one!!"

(Thoughts running through the marketing droids' heads at Dell 2 weeks ago when they submitted this "News Story" to Slashdot)

Slashdot: News for nerds, free marketing for corporations.

Mod me down!! DO IT! I *dare* you.

Indeed. And what a lame demonstrat. of wealth -nt- (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441963)

sdsdsdsdsdssd

hmmm? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441937)

Well, as a Dell Inspiron 8100 user I would highly recommend waiting a little while prior to a purchase. Here's why:

My company loves Dell laptops (and they are very good)...however there seems to be a slight design flaw with the screens on the newer Inspiron body style...all of our keyboards are wearing through our monitors (when the laptop is closed and in the laptop bag)...The screen is too close. Now I cannot say if the newer ones will be the same, but all of ours have this problem. All of them. The tech supports guys say that it has something to do with the keyboards being screwed on too tight or something...I don't really care, what I do care is this, my screen will be broken way before this laptop needs replacing. Also I care that my screen looks really bad with all these scratches on the surface of it.

If you are considering purchasing a new Dell laptop for the clear crisp screen and all of it new real estate then I would try to determine that the new model doesn't have this same problem, otherwise your screen will look like crap in a couple of months.

"CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON ONE?" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441940)

what a rich bastard. at least don't show it publicly you moronic piece of shit.

I'd rather have a 17' PowerBook (1)

VUSE g-EE-k (586644) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441960)

For that much money and weight, I would rather have a 17" Power Book.

Hope you don't want it anytime soon.. (1)

kperrier (115199) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441962)

I went throught the customization/order process (I just accepted the default config) and the estimated ship date is April 10.

Kent

*insert Apple comparison here* (4, Interesting)

hexdcml (553714) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441964)

Crikey, at that price, I might as well save up to get either a 17" PowerBook or get the 15" now.. both are way thinner, lighter and better looking. I think no discussion about notebooks is complete without a comparison to Apple notebooks and the obligatory Mac Vs. PC debate. However, I'd just like to point out that their [Apple's] notebooks are just *that* much better (IMHO) than anything that's on the market. Dell and co should take Sony's stand and actually try to build a)Fully featured notebooks b)Pay attention to asthetics c)light and portable enough to be actually used as a mobile computer. *start rant* I take my iBook everywhere with me and much to PC notebook owners, I don't feel it a hassel to open it up just to check on a date on my iCal or catch up on work anywhere. OS X's instant on makes it as if I'm using a palm top.. unlike XP's startup from sleep. It's those 20 seconds or so that puts people off from starting their computer *end rant* I took a look at the "bottom" of the Dell on the website and noted all the fugly holes, ventelatiion, battery compartments, compulsory Windows stickers and other bloat. Why can't they just keep it simple??

1920x1200 or 1600x1200? (1)

david94133 (461088) | more than 11 years ago | (#5441970)

The display supports 1920x1200, but both graphics cards available only support 1600x1200, according to Dell's own pages.

What gives?

HDTV Resolutions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5441973)

...thats 1920x1200, high enough resolution to watch HDTV quality movies

Confused here... What "resolution" exactly does HDTV run at?
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