Good Enough Dell XPS M1210 computer

The Dell XPS M1210 notebook PC is powered by latest 1.66 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core Cpu T2300 and it holds 2-MB L2 Cache,laptop Battery, 667 MHz FSB, Intel Alviso 915GM / ICH6-M Chipset, 512-MB DDR2-533 SDRAM (667 MHz), 60 GB SATA 5400 rpm hard drive and a popular 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Optical Drive.

The Core Duo central processor family has tested itself as a hot performer in many past reviews on this site, Dell XPS M1530 Battery and Dell is offering the higher end Core Duo central processor options in the M1210.  Core Solo is not even an option for the M1210 — it’s leading octane gas only for this machine.  The hard drive offerings are impressive, with the option of a 100GB 7200RPM hard drive available — that’s right at the cutting edge of notebook hard drives on the market today.  If you’re a fan of lots of system RAM, the max RAM of 4.0GB should make you smile.  The system under review has 1.0GB of memory, which should be ample for most users, but if you consider you need more then there’s plenty of room to add it.

dell xps m1210 Made of extremely durable magnesium alloy frame, Dell XPS M1330 Battery the new Dell XPS M1210 notebook computer sports a small 12.1 inch (30.7 cm) Widescreen WXGA TFT display with TrueLife technology for crisp and vivid images powered by Intel GMA950 graphics chipset with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory offering upto 1280 x 768 pixels native resolution.

The GMA950 graphics hardware also supports Microsoft’s Direct X9, Pixelshader 2.0, and DualView monitor.

Preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP professional, the Dell XPS M1210 computer comes with integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 a/b/g (802.11a/b/g) connection, internal 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connection, Dell XPS M1210 Battery and 56kbps V.92 fax/modem from Connexant.

Dell XPS M1210 computer pc also offers 1.3 megapixel webcam internal, Omni directional microphone, integrated 5-in-1 media card reader, built-in AC97 Stereo Sound & Two speaker, 4 USB v2.0 ports, ExpressCard slot supports next-generation devices, S-Video TV-out and IEEE 1394 integrated port.

Dell XPS M1210 notebook Specs :

* Intel Pentium Dual-Core Cpu T2300, 1.66 GHz
* 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB
* Intel Alviso 915GM / ICH6-M Chipset
* 512-MB DDR PC2700 (Upto 2GB in 2 slot)
* 60-GB Ultra DMA 66/100 5400rpm Hard Drive
* 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive and Dell Inspiron 6400 Battery.

Display & Graphic

* 12.1 inch (30.7 cm) Widescreen WXGA TFT display with TrueLife technology for crisp and vivid images.
* Intel GMA950 graphics chipset with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
* 1280 x 800 pixels resolution

Network & Communication

* Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 Network 802.11a/g connection
* Embedded 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
* 56Kbps V.92 Data/Fax Modem

Other features

* Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
* 1.3 megapixel webcam
* Omni directional mike
* Integrated 5-in-1 media card reader
* Inbuilt AC97 Stereo Sound & Two speaker
* Dimensions: W x D x H – 15.5 x 11.3 x 1.6 inch
* Weight: 3.6 kgs with power Dell Inspiron 6000 Battery pack

I/O Ports

* 4 x USB v2.0
* ExpressCard slot supports next-generation devices
  IEEE 1394 integrated port
  VGA port
  RJ-45, Ethernet
  RJ-11, fax/modem
* S-Video TV-out


Instead of running battery benchmark tests I used a real world battery drain test.  At 100% charge I set the screen to half-brightness and pulled the plug on the XPS M1210.  I then performed various tasks such as downloading and setting up Half Life 2 and playing it for a bit, surfboarding the web,Dell Latitude D830 Battery downloading and installing 3DMark05, watching 10 minutes of a DVD, changed some photos for this review and also put off wireless and just let the M1210 idle for many time.  In doing all of this the 9-cell battery ran down to 5% charge and Windows shut the notebook down at 2h 58 mins of usage.  Since the M1210 here is configured with a dedicated graphics card and faster central processing unit and I left wi-fi on, that time isn’t bad.  If you had integrated graphics, wi-fi off and set your screen luminousness lower you could easily reach 4.5 hours.  My test was pretty abusive in terms of using demanding programs while on battery power.

Price and Availability

Our test unit, equipped with a 2-GHz Core 2 Duo T7200 central processing unit and 1GB of DDR2-667 SDRAM, produced a WorldBench 5 score of 102, a Dell Latitude D820 Battery result that’s 5 percent better than the mark of 97 earned by the average XP Media Center Edition notebook computer with the same-speed equivalent of the former generation Core Duo CPU. And our test machine’s solid battery life should present you ample time to spend an afternoon telecommuting at the local coffee shop or watching an in-flight DVD: The M1210 lasted 4 hours, 23 minutes on a nine-cell battery.

I get to play with a lot of computer with the work I do, and believe it or not that can actually get tedious when you see one laptop after the other that’s just kind of the same.  The M1210 is various though, it’s a 12.1″ laptop that’s designed to be powerful and fun.  You can game on it, comfortably watch and listen to movies on it, use it to record video,Dell Latitude D630 Battery be highly mobile and connected with the EVDO option and to top it all off the look is genuinely special.  I love the black lid and blue accent lights.  It’s surely one of the thicker 12.1″ notebooks out there, but the goal was not to be the slightest and lightest in the category, but rather the most functional and well equipped.  I consider Dell accomplished that, the XPS M1210 offerings the most fun and most possibilities in a 12.1″ screen form factor of any such notebook computer on the market.

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