Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 - Multimedia Performance Profile


Our previous coverage of the Inspiron XPS Gen 2 was mainly intended for prospective gaming and performance sensitive buyers. However, this perspective doesn't completely explore the multimedia possibilities of the XPS Gen 2, which can be configured with Microsoft's MCE 2005. So of course, we had an Inspiron XPS Gen 2 from Dell configured with that OS and all the necessary multimedia add-ons for those curious about its full audio/video possibities.

Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
_Supports 533MHz FSB

_Intel 915PM/ICH6-M
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR2 400/533 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

_256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra PCI Express x16

Intel ICH6-M South Bridge:
- 1 x ATA 100/66
- 2 x SATA 100/66
- 60GB/80GB/100GB Ultra ATA HDD (all 5400RPM or 7200RPM)
- Optical device (CD-RW/DVD-ROM, DVD+-RW/CD-RW)

_Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet
_Intel Wireless 2200BG (802.11 b/g) or Broadcom 802.11/b/g WiFi card
_Bluetooth (optional)
_56K v.92 Fax/modem

_17.0" WUXGA UltraSharp TFT LCD (native 1920 x 1200) with TrueLife

_Compatible with AC'97 2.3
_Built in dual speakers

Dimension and Weight
_~ 15.5" x 11.3" x 1.67" (our sample)
_Starts at 8.6 lbs.

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x Lock jack
_1 x PCMCIA slot (Type I or Type II)
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x microphone jack
_1 x headphone jack
_1 x VGA-out port
_1 x DVI-out port
_1 x S-video port
_1 x 4-pin mini1394 Firewire port
_1 x SD Card Reader
_6 x USB 2.0/1.1

Included Software - preloaded
_Norton Internet Security 2005 trial
_Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0
_Dell Media Experience
_Dell Jukebox



Measuring in at 15.5" x 11.3" x 1.67" and with a weight starting at 8.6 pounds (our XPS Gen 2 sample weighed in at about 8.8 lbs.), the XPS Gen 2 is currently the largest and heaviest notebook to come from the design team at Dell, and exceeds all historical size specifications for past Dell notebooks. Obviously, this is not the mainstream notebook you should be buying if you are just looking to do some word processing or emailing. This notebook has been explicitly designed for the hardcore gamer and multimedia enthusiast. Additionally, the option that Dell allows for this notebook to come with Microsoft's MCE 2005 OS may raise the eyebrows of a few looking for such a multimedia capable yet portable machine.

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