For many years before Dell bought Voodoo, its gaming line of computers was the XPS series. After the purchase of Voodoo PC, Dell migrated the XPS line of notebooks and desktops towards machines that were more focused on media than pure gaming. Dell has unveiled a few new notebooks for the XPS family this week that include some thin and well equipped machines that are aimed directly at the thin and sexy HP Envy line of notebooks.
Dell's new XPS notebooks include anodized and brushed aluminum finishes, backlit keyboards, and lots of media features. The new notebooks offer a variety of screen sizes with offerings in 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch categories. Even the base configuration of the notebooks has some nice hardware inside with Intel Core i5 460M CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce 420M GPUs with Optimus tech for power savings, and 500GB HDDs that spin at 7200 rpm.
The machines also have 4GB of RAM in the basic configurations. There are a number of options that will up the price and performance of the series though with things like a Core i7 840M CPU, better GPUs, and more RAM if you are so inclined. Other features include a 2MP webcam, USB 3.0, eSATA ports, HDMI 1.4a outputs, Intel Wireless Display, WiMax, Bluetooth 3.0, and internal TV tuners. The basic configuration for 14-inch version is $899, the 15-incher is $849 and the 17-incher is $949.