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Dell has updated its XPS 17 laptop with a more recent set of components, including Intel Ivy Bridge processors. This 17.3-inch laptop is lined up to compete with the likes of the excellent Asus N75SF we reviewed last week. Will Dell be able to bag a five-star review too? . Although this laptop has an aluminium hood, the rest of the chassis is made from plastic. However, that doesn't stop it having a subtle, understated look that makes the XPS 17 a real all-rounder in terms of design. As with the 15.6-inch version, the edges of the keyboard dip in when you press down on them, which is a bit annoying, but it's not really a problem on a day-to-day basis. The and numeric keypad use chiclet keys. These are perfectly pleasant to use, and while the space bar can be a little bit noisy, all the other keys nice and quiet. The arrow keys are way too small, however, which is all the more disappointing since there's clearly plenty of room to fit them in without reducing their size quite so much. The large multitouch touchpad is excellent. Your fingers slide over its surface easily and it's big enough to navigate around the full screen without having to keep moving your fingers back to the top or bottom of the pad. The webcam (720p) gives decent results when used in well-lit rooms.
It's been quite a while since we've seen a new 17-inch laptop from Dell's XPS range, which is home to the company's multimedia machines. Dell hasn't been twiddling its thumbs, however, and this laptop boasts fantastic design, power (for the money) and a huge range of multimedia features. Intel's Core i5 2410M processor provides comprehensive performance for all, but the most avid multimedia users. You'll easily be able to multi-task resource-intensive applications, such as music and movie editing software, while everyday applications, such as your web browser and word processing program, run with real fluidity. A powerful Nvidia Optimus GeForce GTX 555M graphics card means that those looking to play the latest games and edit their home movies in high definition, will find plenty of power here. BenchmarksBattery life: 422 minutesMobileMark 2007: 2973DMark 2003: 24,029Storage seems a little stingy for the price, however, and we expected more than 320GB from a machine designed to hold large film, photo and music libraries. Dell has done a great job in terms of design, and the XPS 17 looks and feels high end. The metallic finish on the lid, brushed-aluminium palmrest and chrome accents give off a luxurious feel, while also contribute to the solid build of the laptop.
Dell's latest version of its long-running premium XPS 17 notebook features a revamped look, a quad-core CPU, and discrete Nvidia mobile graphics. The net result is a system that offers average performance in WorldBench 6, but surprisingly good gaming performance. The new model (L701X) features an understated, dark-gray chassis with a minimal number of glowing LEDs. While it has no dedicated transport buttons, media transport functionality is the default mode for function keys F7-F12. The keyboard itself is outstanding, with sculpted keys and an excellent feel when touch-typing. On the other hand, the trackpad's default settings are extremely sensitive, and sometimes a hovering palm will cause your cursor to jump across the screen. The newest XPS 17 now supports USB 3.0 (two ports), plus a USB 2.0 port and another USB 2.0/eSATA combo port. These connections are spread throughout the system, which should improve their overall utility. Two are on the back, the eSATA combo port is on the right, and the stand-alone USB 2.0 port is on the left. Dell also includes an SD/MMC card slot that supports the latest SDXC memory card standard. Dell takes advantage of the slightly thicker rear of the chassis to house other ports, too.
Media center laptops tend to leave other laptops in the dust in terms of performance, since their typically enormous size can take on heavy-duty components. I expected the Dell XPS 17 ($1,670 direct), a big-screen media center, to smash expectations, since the Dell XPS 15 ($1,115 direct, 4.5 stars) did nothing less than that. The quad-core Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTS 445M did indeed top our benchmark tests, and its feature set is every bit as impressive as that of the XPS 15. It would have been the media center to beat had it not been for the intense heat emanating from the Nvidia chip, and there's no way to downgrade it without giving up the quad-core processor. But there are ways to configure the XPS 17 so that it can be that near-perfect laptop. Big laptops are often synonymous with clunky, unattractive designs. Though the XPS 17 doesn't really excite with it color selection and decorative touches, the frame is made out of an elegant-looking metal - anodized aluminum. The design isn't over-top, so it can easily blend into a corporate environment. Aluminum is also used in the HP Pavilion dv7-4183cl ($999.99 list, 4 stars), which took design a bit further with patterns etched on the lid.
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