SCREEN RESOLUTIONS for XPS Laptop Line Why on God's green earth would Dell throw in such a cheapy LCD screen into the XPS 1530 ? I've been waiting for this laptop religously since it was 'announced', in the hope of a 1680x1050 screen, or at LEAST 1440x900. What is this, Dell ? Are you trying to scare away your customers with blocky icons and low resolutions ? Ok, on a less rampaging note .. Is there any possibility this might change in the future ? Would i be foolish to order immediately, only to see a couple of LCD options pop up over the next few days ? Status Update We now offer 1440 x 900 and 1680 x 1050 panels as an option. Take a look at the Direct2Dell blog post on the idea.
It would eliminate the ugly locking system. Status Update Please see jackie_c's comment
Laptops should by default be more resistant to drops, shocks, falls, and water. In addition there should be a line of laptops, or a special option to get extra rugged laptops that could be used in situations where you normally wouldn't take your laptop.
Currently Dell charges $150 to upgrade a notebook to a LED backlit screen. A recent article shows the price difference between the two technologies is only about $8 now. http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4424 I know there are additional costs for Dell to build the thinner casing to hold the LED but I don't see plastic costing $100 (leaving $42 for profit). I expect that Dell could drop the cost by $50 to $75 easily which would drive sales and continue to drop the cost of the technology.
Maybe start with the new 17 inch model?
Dell should have a super portable laptop that is not so stripped down its a complete compromise. A minimum of a 14" screen, ultra thin, dvd burner, option for blue-ray, good memory, 80GB+ hdd, Intel duo and built in bluetooth and wireless. Now thats a laptop I would buy. Please!!! Status Update Please see this blog for more details
The 2GB maximum memory is too little to do any real work in MS Vista OS, we need minimum 8GB and up for the laptop. Status Update The M6500 supports 16GB RAM
I've always thought that the 13.3" screen was the ultimate laptop screen - it has a more eye-friendly dot pitch than the 12", isn't as ungainly or heavy as a 14.1" and it accommodates a wider keyboard quite easily. Sony has it in the SZ series and Apple has it in the MacBook pro, but I'm a Dell guy - can you hook a brother up? Status Update Check out the XPS M1330.
Solid State Drives (SSD) are the way to go. I am in the market to replace my old trusty 500m from 4 years ago. However, I have found few laptops that are really worth replacing my trusty 4.9lb laptop with. Newer laptops are no doubt better, but in the range of the portable non-desktop replacing market I have been disappointed. Until the Toshiba R500... Come on Dell, push the SSD technology and get a hold of this semi-ultraportable market!!! I mean why pay $500 (THAT'S RIGHT $500!!) for a 32Gb SSD in the 1330 when the R500 (although a little more $) is breathing down your Dell neck with a sub 2lb laptop with a 64Gb SSD? Oh yeah, I know why. B/c Toshiba is directly involved in the evolution of SSD technology. They just dont rely on others to make the drives and then buy them to put in their computers. IDEA: bring down the cost of the SSD thru aggressive ordering. Send the relatively hefty 13.3 1330 XPS into a truly competitive weight category with the advantage of cost and a nice 13.3 widescreen w LCD technology. Now that is a recipe I would use and buy right away. Until then, I will use my sub 5lb 500m until it dies. The cost of upgrading to a laptop with little advantage in weight is just not really worth it. We need a refreshing, appealing, non-black box, & AFFORDABLE portable product.
Dell needs to be the first to empliment quad core processors in there notebooks and not only in the xps models..3rd quarter '08 intel will release its first notebook quad core platform.. when new technology say sli, and core 2 dou chips xps seems to be the first to land it and you have to break the bank to get the latest xps notebook..I think the inspiron, latitude, vostro notebooks should have the option for the lower end up to quad core. Xps and precision models should have a little better scale of processors including when released quad core extreme chips. Status Update Dell now offers quad core laptops