Fresh on the tail of last week's Evesham C720 GeForce Go 7800 GTX review
, Dell have announced their Go 7800 beast, the XPS M170.
Weighing in at 3.9KG, they don't call this class of notebook Desktop Replacement for nothing. Yet for most people, the lofty specification wouldn't just replace their desktop machine, it would send it running for the hills.
Using Dell's System Configurator, we put together an M170 costing a not insignificant £1727 including VAT and delivery. You might want to sit down before reading the key specs:<ul><li>2.13GHz Intel Pentium M 770 processor (supports up to 2.26GHz)</li><li>2GB of 533MHz DDR2 RAM</li><li> 17" UltraSharp Wide Screen WUXGA display running at 1920x1200,
and of course,</li><li>256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics.</li></ul>As we saw with the Evesham C720
, the Go 7800 GTX holds its own compared with the desktop King of Graphics of the same name, and eclipses everything else in the mobile market. Coupled with a quality USB mouse, the XPS M170 (or indeed any of the Go 7800 GTX-powered notebooks) would be the equal of almost any desktop system at a LAN party.
Naturally, you will want to customise your new toy, and Dell offers several off-the-shelf options that won't void their warranty. LED 'perimeter lighting' is available in 16 different colours and fully customisable through an exclusive interface of Dell's power management application, QuickSet.
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For an extra £41 you can add a clear snap-on cover for the back of the screen / lid of the notebook. With this option in place, you can print your own custom artwork or logo (up to 6"x 11") to decorate your new super notebook. You might choose your favourite game, or perhaps the team colours / logo for your clan. Those of us that would use such a notebook for work as well as play might choose to advertise the website we work for, as our good friend John "Moto" Chow of The Tech Zone
has done with his 6800 Ultra XPS notebook.
Now that gaming notebooks can match the performance of top desktop systems (7800 GTX-SLI excepted), and screen resolutions beaten only by a 30" Apple Cinema display
, is it time to embrace the size and noise benefits of a portable system? Have your say