Dell Introduces AMD-Powered Inspiron M301z Ultraportable

AMD's latest CPU launches have just about everyone in the CPU world excited, even those that aren't generally fans of AMD. These new chips provide serious competition in a world owned by Intel, and that's exactly what we need if we want prices to sink and innovation to thrive. Dell has been known to include AMD options in their computers before, but lately, they've been hard to find. Now, a new ultraportable from the company is bringing the duo back in action, with the Inspiron M301z offering users the choice of an AMD "Nile" Dual-Core Athlon II Neo K325 (1.3GHz) or a Turion II Neo K625 (1.5GHz).

The 13.3" widescreen machine ships with an HD display panel (1366x768), an AMD RS880M chipset with SB820 south bridge, integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics,, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, Windows 7 Home Premium or Home Basic (64-bit), built-in speakers, a standard 320GB hard drive (7200RPM), 6-cell battery, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and a Kensington lock slot. There's also HDMI-out a 7-in-1 card reader, audio jacks, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, a mini-DisplayPort output and a starting weight of just 3.89lbs.

Right now, the machine is only listed on Dell's Singapore website, but it should be available in other markets shortly. Pricing is expected to start around the $1000 mark, which--for an ultraportable as well-equipped and striking as this--isn't that unreasonable.