Where has the innovation gone in Dell laptops?
As a consultant responsible for dozens of companies supply of PC's and notebook computers, I'm having a harder and harder time finding anything decent at Dell to recommend!
As Dell pares down their brands, getting rid of Studio, and Studio XPS, we're now left with the unappealing and plastic-ey consumer Inspiron brand, and the what-used-to-be-top-of-the-line-but-now-is-ho-hum, XPS.
Is it just me, or is the new Dell XPS portable line void of that classy, bleeding-edge technology that we used to know and love? Now, not only are they (IMHO) ugly, but they are now just cookie-cutter systems that really offer nothing that other vendors also have.
What I miss are the "middle brands", the Studio and Studio XPS. Those were innovative, beautiful, and something that when seen, were wanted! All glass screens, sleek designs, semi-bleeding-edge technology, and for just a bit more money than the classless consumer Best Buy junk.
Dell? Hire some design people. Listen to those of us that USE computers, that want the latest features, and incorporate those in your products. YES, an OPTION for Hi-res screens are REQUIRED. 1600x900 is nice on a 14" screen, not a 17.3". That is not what I want to spend my hard earned money on when I buy an XPS.
If you're going to have a high-end brand like XPS, make it count. Make people envious to want one. We're not all teen gamers, so running around with an Alienware design notebook is a bit embarrasing. Give us power, and package it in a classy, sophisticated design.
Build it, and they will come.
Status Update: Please see bill_b's comment for further details. Thanks for posting!