Dell XPS Notebook Impresses with Big Design, Big Price

By Cisco Cheng  |  Posted 2006-06-08 Print this article Print

Review: The ambitious XPS M2010 laptop/desktop is designed to show that Dell, too, can think outside the box. (

Every once in a while I get a notebook that blows me away with its visionary concept and bold design. Grand in every sense of the word, the Dell XPS M2010 ($4,675 direct) is just such a system. On first inspection, the big machine resembles a full-fledged desktop, yet it closes gracefully and can be carried like a huge clamshell notebook (with a handle). The one caveat: Its too pricey for most mere mortals.
As a laptop expert, I applaud the genius it takes to fit a powerful PC into a small 3.5-pound chassis. So you can imagine my reaction when this 18.1-pound behemoth with a 20.1-inch widescreen landed on my bench.
Click here to read a review of the Dell XPS M1210. The closest thing that comes to mind is the old Acer Aspire 1712, a transportable that used a desktop LCD and weighed 14 pounds. Sadly, that system never really took off. The M2010 is far better designed and is more like an Apple iMac than a laptop. Size aside, the M2010 is a study in design. Its most astonishing feature is the 20.1-inch widescreen LCD panel, which can easily be mistaken for a stand-alone desktop LCD monitor. The display even has built-in speakers and an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera. As on a typical notebook, the M2010s display and keyboard are all connected. The wireless Bluetooth keyboard detaches smoothly from the base of the system, which also acts as a charging station. You will need batteries, though, for the systems Bluetooth mouse. A comfortable-to-use touch-pad is located on the keyboard and sits between that and a number pad. Annoyingly, the keyboard and mouse frequently go to sleep, creating a slight pause upon wake-up. Read the full story on Dell XPS M2010 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Cisco Cheng is PC Magazine's lead analyst for laptops and tablet PCs. He is responsible for benchmarking, reviewing, and evaluating all laptops and tablet PCs. Cisco started with PC Magazine in 1999 as a support technician, testing printers, PC components, networking equipment, and software. He became the lead analyst for the laptop team in 2003 and since has written numerous reviews, buyer guides, and feature stories for both and the print magazine.

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