Dell is quick to point out that neither of these new machines are affected by the Sandy Bridge snafu that hit a few weeks back, and those looking for a new XPS 15 or 17 today will have the option to pick one of the next-gen Core i3, i5 or i7 dual-core/quad-core CPUs, new GPU options and a 3D Full HD display on the 17" model. The XPS 15 can accommodate up to 8GB RAM, while the XPS 17 3D version can add up to 16GB RAM. There's also Dell's Stage software, which is designed to provide easier access to multi-media, but in our experience, these overlays just generally bog down an otherwise sleek system. We're willing to give 'em the benefit of the doubt here, though.
Here are some specs both XPS 15 and XPS 17 customers can look forward to:
- Support for a range of Sandy Bridge or Huron River CPU options: i3/i5/i7 Dual core and Quad core
- The i7 version now supports Optimus, unless configured with the optional 3D FHD panel on the XPS 17– this uses the discrete GPU full time
- Both support the full Stage experience on all panels
- Both offer a wide WLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution) option
- The i7 Quad core supports WiDi and can stream up to 1080p on both systems
- Both feature the chiclet keyboard design
- XPS 15: Starting weight with 6-cell battery = 5.96 pounds
- XPS 17: Starting weight with 6-cell battery = 7.41 pounds
- XPS 15: available with up to the NVIDIA GT 540M mobile graphics with 2GB RAM
- XPS 17: available with up to the NVIDIA 555M mobile graphics with 3GB RAM
- Both laptops offer all the other great enhancements the XPS line offers, like a Skype HD certified webcam, JBL speakers and Waves Maxx audio and USB 3.0
The new XPS 17 is available today in North America, Latin America and Europe. The XPS 15 is launching today in the United States, and will be rolled out in additional countries in the coming weeks.