The Dell XPS (model: X17-2178AAL) laptop features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 17.3″ display and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.
The processing power in this Dell XPS system is provided by the Intel Core i7-740QM processor. This is a quad-core processor with 8 operating threads. Each core runs at 1.73 GHz but can rev up to 2.93 GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology. This is a 64-bit processor with 6MB of Intel SmartCache. It’s built on a 45nm die and uses 45W. The notebook comes installed with 6GB of DDR3 memory, and can hold a maximum of 8GB.
The display is a 17.3″ HD+ WLED display with 1600×900 resolution. That gives you a 16:9 aspect ratio and enough resolution to support 900p HD content. The screen is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M graphics card. This card is a pretty nice card for a laptop and supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for gaming. The chip has a core speed of 590MHz and was build using a 40nm process.
For storage you get a 640GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive rotating at 7200rpm. That’s a huge and fast drive that should be perfect for a power user. The optical drive is a Blu-Ray Disc enabled DVD+/-RW/CD-RW drive. Blu-Ray movies should look great on this high resolution screen. The media reader is a 9-in-1 jobbie that supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital Input/Output, SDXC, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick XC and xD-Picture Card formats.
For networking you get a built-in Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 wireless LAN adapter for all your wireless networking needs. You also can use the integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet card for your wired networking needs. This laptop comes with a built-in 2.0 MP HD webcam for easy video chatting over those network connections.
External ports include 2 high-speed USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 VGA port, 1 headphone out and 1 microphone in. You also get Waves MaxxAudio sound and internal speakers.
This laptop comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.
The laptop measures 16.3″ x 11.3″ x 1.3″ and weighs 7.9 pounds.
You can find the Dell XPS X17-2178AAL laptop for around $1350.
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