Dell XPS M1730 review: Dell XPS M1730
The Dell XPS M1730 is more than just a gaming notebook. This product pitches exceptional performance with its high-end tech specs and celebrates the user with its ensnaring aesthetics.
At first glance, the M1730 catches your eye with its striking design. The thick, robust laptop houses all the substantial components vital for optimized gaming experiences. Its body features the black brushed-aluminum skin contrasted with red sides for the enhanced appeal.
One of the notable aspects of this machine is its fantastic display that every gaming enthusiast would appreciate. The full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) 17-inch screen seamlessly merges with an exceptionally crisp picture quality and accurate colour reproduction.
Underneath this exterior lives an equally compelling interior. The M1730 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and carries Nvidia’s flagship mobile graphics card in SLI configuration – GeForce 8800M GTX – for ultimate performance. Moreover, it packs a punch with a total storage of 400GB (through two 200GB hard drives).
Regarding connectivity options, this model adorned plenty for its users. It incorporates a range of I/O ports including four USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, FireWire port as well as HDMI and DVI outputs. Additionally, it also provides options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Dell didn’t skim on the audio either – an integrated Subwoofer along with two channel Stereo Speakers promise an immersive auditory experience during gameplay or media consumption.
Dell has also realized that powerful hardware would produce substantial heat while in action forcing them to implement an advanced cooling solution. Several vents on the back and underside ensure effective thermal management keeping your gameplay smooth even during extended gaming sessions.
As for day-to-day usage goes, users can expect to see around 3 hours of battery life with regular use but like many high-performance gaming laptops, heavy usage would substantially reduce this metric.
Bundled with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition and equipped with a pleasing set of gaming-specific features like coloured LEDs within fans, speakers and beneath the display panel also impressed us by their utility in providing real-time system information (such as temperature and battery life).
A drawback worth mentioning involves the laptop’s weight; weighing at around 11 pounds, it’s not exactly portable or something you’d easily toss into a backpack.
In conclusion, Dell XPS M1730 manages to deliver blistering performance coupled with an astounding design. Despite minor drawbacks such as weight and reduced battery life during massive gaming sessions constrained by the massive screen and powerful internal components—the laptop still remains one of our top picks for mobile gamers looking for no compromise in their portable rig.