Dell building 15 inch "Air" version...

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  1. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Well, it will probably have 1366x768 resolution which makes the 15" screen obsolete. Unless it has 1600x900 or 1920x1080 (assuming it's 16:9), it doesn't sound appealing. 15" screen with low res is useless extra weight and form factor. I rather take a small screen with high resolution and gain the every last bit of portability.

    Of course, I'm making assumptions but the screen size alone doesn't matter. Resolution is far more important IMO.
     
  3. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a bad idea. People looking for ultraportable laptops will look for smaller than 15 inches, even 13 inches is a bit too much imo. A 15 inch super thin machine will have reduced specs over a "regular thickness" machine.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Nice battery charge indicator....

    Can't these companies provide at least some level of innovation, rather than just copying Apple's design cues?
     
  5. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. Because Apple has never copied anything from anyone. :rolleyes:
     
  6. NurJahan macrumors member

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    My laugh of the day :D
     
  7. glen e macrumors 68030

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    I hope the competition pushes the he** out of apple - better for all of us...
     
  8. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    What happened to Dell's last attempt at an Air killer, the Adamo?
     
  9. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Why do people keep calling everything thats similar to an Apple product a "killer"? It really just makes people look dumb.

    The Dell is rumored to get a much better GPU(Nvidia 525), CPU and only be $999, Dell also states that is is full 1080 HD.
    The Adamo was killed off months ago so that they could make this. They are taking what they learned from that project into this one.
     
  10. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    again, a 15 inch is not ultraportable. One could buy a thicker&heavier alternative of this for $700 with much better specs.
     
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    I picked the 11 inch because I carry my MBA around, and I am sure most 11 users would agree that we didn't go for the 13 inch because we wanted to maximize portability. I have no idea why they think there is any need for a 15 inch ultra portable. If there is such a thing as having the number 15 and ultra portable in the same sentence.
     
  12. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Depends on the weight really. It's not like I have such a small laptop backpack that a 15" laptop wouldn't fit in there. If it weights around the same 3 lbs as my MBA, then it's ultra-portable in my book.
     
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    I'm not sure it's physically possible to have it weigh the same as a 13 MBA and be 15. Also are there even any specs on this thing anywhere?
     
  14. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Sure it is, use lighter materials and less of them over a bigger surface area.

    Not for weight. Hence why it's all speculation at this point.
     
  15. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    From Dell.com

    It's made to compete with the entry MBP, not the Air.

    Chipset
    Intel® HM67
    Audio and Speakers
    High Definition Audio +Waves MaxxAudio® 3
    5.1 Surround sound can be supported via HDMI
    Optical Drive
    Slot load 8x DVD+/-RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD) (9.5mm)
    Power
    AC Adapter
    90 Watt

    Battery
    8-Cell Lithium Polymer (64WHr, 2.2AHr)
    Up to 8 hours, 22 minutes1 of battery life
    Camera
    Webcam
    1.3MP HD with dual array digital microphones
    Wireless
    Connectivity Options2
    10/100/1000 Ethernet network standard, opt external USB Modem
    Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 802.11 agn (2x2)
    Bluetooth 3.0
    Intel® Wireless Display ready2
    Ports, Slots & Chassis
    Ports and Connectors
    HDMI 1.4 (1), Mini DisplayPort (1), RJ-45 (1), headphone (1), microphone (1)
    3 total USB ports; USB 3.0 (2); USB 2.0/eSATA combo with PowerShare (1)
    9-in-1 media card reader supporting SD, SDIO, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC, MSXC, xD

    Dimensions
    Height: 0.97" (24.68mm)
    Width: 15.15" (384.85mm)
    Depth 10.25" (260.37mm)

    Starting at Weights
    Starting at 5.54lbs (2.51 kg)3

    Keyboard / Touchpad
    Standard full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; spill-resistant
    Multi-Touchpad with Integrated Scrolling & Gestures and two mechanical buttons; 100 x 56 mm - centered on system
     
  16. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    So another Windows laptop with a nice casing?
     
  17. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    Seriously. I have two MacBook pros and even I get annoyed with the Windows bashing. Most Windows haters just don't know how to use it, and there for it's "terrible." It really shows off how immature this site can be.

    What do you expect it to be? What is a Mac? Just a nice PC with OS X. If all you care about is OS X, then why do you even look at what the PC competitors are?
     
  18. HelloPanda macrumors member

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    The XPS series is made to compete with the MBP line of laptops. Although the current XPS15 has a nice screen, people complained that it was too bulky. I think this is Dell's response to these complaints.

    If Dell manages to keep the gorgeous screens and high resolution on these laptops, while trimming the chassis, then this is a very interesting entry into the multimedia laptop market.
     
  19. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    The few pictures I've seen I'm not too impressed. Not sure of the specs, and really don't care. I guess I'm a minimalist, and don't care for the top of the lid, and that odd lip near the back? I actually think the Adamo, or Alamo, or whatever it was called, was better looking. I think that footprint, and whatever newer specs would have been better.

    Windows 7? I could care less. If it comes with it, I'll take it. If they had an option for nothing on it, I'd get that and use Linux.
     
  20. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Wow ok just jump the gun why don't you. Nothing in that one line post was bashing Windows. Also don't assume anything about people. My main is a home built Intel i7, dual nvidia 9800 GTS in SLI, 8 gigs of ram, and 500 gb hard drive in RAID 0 configuration PC. I know how to use PCs and I find both systems offer pros and cons. If you want me to elaborate on my post in hopes to keep the tread on topic:

    So this laptop is a typical PC that does not offer anything in terms of innovation besides industrial design? If it offered, say a discrete GPU while holding it's form then maybe...
     
  21. HelloPanda macrumors member

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    Just curious, why do you assume that XPS15z wont offer most of the optional features offered in the regular XPS15 series?
    (i.e. GT525M and 15.6 FHD B+RGLED, 1920x1080)
     
  22. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Considering that it is actually bigger than the 15" MBP, it doesn't seem to pack anything revolutionary in it. Discrete GPU would just make it on par with the other offerings.
     
  23. HelloPanda macrumors member

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    Just found this on Dell Malaysia (Time difference means they post their stuff earlier)

    http://www.dell.com/my/p/xps-15z/fs

    Offers:GT 525M 2GB AND 15.6" (39.6cm) FHD Widescreen, 300-nit (typical) (1920x1080) 1080p

    Now if the battery life is decent, this will be pretty sexy.

    EDIT: I can't believe neither Engadget nor Slashgear have noticed that the laptop is up on the Dell Malaysia website. They should hire me.
     
  24. altecXP, May 23, 2011
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    Not all dGPu are created equal.

    1080 FDH display
    In my book this is a win over the MBP

    525 GPU is better than the 15in Entry lv MBP (staying in the same price range)

    8Hrs 22min of battery, thats 80 more that the MBP

    Probably the same CPU options.

    It's only a bit bigger, but if it means better cooling and battery than the MBP then I'm all for it. For about $1,200 you can have what hardware with is better than the $1,700 MBP and almost as good as the 2k+ version (GPU aside).
     
  25. YMark macrumors 6502a

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    Laugh all you want. It doesn't change facts.
     

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