Dell rumored to bring out 17" powerbook competition...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by medea, Feb 9, 2003.

  1. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    According to a report we were given over this weekend is true, Dell will soon be launching its own 17-inch WXGA resolution notebook computer.
    Based only on one of those lone "should be credible" sources we have recently decided to treat with more caution, this report states that Dell has recently placed a large order for Samsung's new near-WXGA TFT panel, with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, and that the panels have actually begun shipping to Dell's assembly facility over this past week.
    We will be attempting to double source this report with someone from inside Samsung this week. But, in the meantime, we believe the idea has merit, as Samsung does indeed make such a panel now, and it has already been announced by Samsung as an available OEM item for "January 2003."
  2. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    hahaha, I can see it now , the first ever 17inch Pc laptop thats only 4inches thick :)
  3. yzedf macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2002
    seems unlike dell to have such a large screen with such a small/limited screen resolution.

    they already offer 1600*1200 screens. what is the point of going bigger, to only get a coarser resolution?
  4. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

    Jan 17, 2003
    Western Massachusetts

    I gotta agree on the resolution. Dell loves hi-res in the 15" and even the 15.4" Samsung panels (rumored to be in the next pb, although App. won't use the full res.) are capable of much higher resolution.

    The crack about the 4" notebook seems close to the mark. As it is, you have to buy the chunky fat-top series to get a 64mb card, there is no DVD-R for mobile (this week, anyway) and IEEE 1394 is often absent. How much of a artsy, head-to-head book could Dell really put together - and at say 1.9", 9+ lbs., and cloaked in sexy black plastic - the thought is even frightening. An LCD TV hinged onto a keyboard, perhaps? (ready for wall-mount) I'd love a Precision 650 any day, but the PC clone notebooks just aren't pretty.
  5. pantagruel macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2002
    here and there
    whatever resolution it has, it will still be ugly....
    one thing is for sure, the "dell dude" wont be promoting it! lol!:D
  6. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    naw it'll be more like 3 inches, but weighs 15+ pounds. ;)
    How Dell is gonna be able to sell computers to the average joe will be hard to understand...their really famous and STUPID spokesperson dude Steven the Dell Dude got busted for purchasing pot. :rolleyes: knew this would happen
  7. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Ha, and only have 1 1/2 hours of battery life, with 2 batteries! :eek:
  8. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    Naw. an hour tops while doing nothing on both batteries. :D
  9. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    That's a pretty low resolution to start off with. Second, the battery life will probably be horrible, unless they use those upcoming Intel chips that are slower, but more conservative with power.

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