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Wednesday May 31, 2006

Dell XPS M2010 Hands On

During our last trip to Dell’s Austin, Texas campus, I had the opportunity to see both new XPS systems, the XPS 700 and XPS M2010, and play around with them a bit. While obviously the XPS 700 will speak to the gamer and hardware enthusiast in many of us, I honestly found the XPS M2010 to interest me more.

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While M2010 is a mobile product, it would fall more towards a “DTR” or desktop replacement function as it is not close to being something you would want to use for business travel. The M2010 does however has a James Bond-esque feel to as it can slickly fold down into its own carrying case complete with leather carrying handle. I saw the M2010 servicing two wide functions outside of “normal” computing most [H]’ers do. First I saw the ability to utilize Windows Media Center in a new environment. That environment being to easily take it with you and having a very suitable screen and audio configuration for all to enjoy. Taking it to grandma’s house and sharing pictures and videos of the kids just got super-easy and they are shown on a monitor big enough for everyone to see. Secondly, using it for personal movie and music entertainment functions would be very easy as well. The sound clarity and quality on the system was beyond anything I have every heard on a mobile device and the screen was just simply beautiful.

The keyboard is wireless and has a break-away magnet setup that is beyond cool. The only thing I saw come up short in my initial impression was a missing integrated wireless mouse, although there is of course a built in touch pad. The very large price point will certainly be a barrier to many, but considering it is a 20” HD monitor, DVD player, and full desktop computer, there is some worth here if you can take advantage of the form factor. The Dell XPS M2010 is something very new when it comes to the convergence of entertainment and computing.