LAPTOP MAKER Dell has announced its XPS 15Z laptop that is set to rival Apple's Macbook Pro.
Dell claims the XPS 15Z is "one of the thinnest 15-in PCs on the planet" at 24.68mm or 0.97in. At this size it is almost, but not quite, as thin as Apple's equivalent Macbook Pro, which is 24.1mm thin. Both laptops weigh 2.5kg.
Dell hasn't said when the laptop will be available but it will start at £899, which is considerably less than the £1,549 price tag for a similar laptop with an Apple logo on it.
You can probably guess from its name that the XPS 15Z has a 15.6in display. It has a WLED screen with standard HD 1366x768 resolution but you can also opt for a full HD 1080p 1920x1080 display.
Sandy Bridge Intel 2.3GHz Core i5 or a 2.7GHz Core i7 chips are the two choices when it comes to the processor and it is coupled with an Nvidia Geforce GT 525M GPU with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM.
4GB of DDR3 RAM will be included, which can be doubled to 8GB and storage wise there is a 7200RPM hard drive of up to 750GB capacity. There's no Blu-ray drive but there is a standard optical DVD/CD drive along with USB 3.0, eSATA, HDMI and mini display ports.
Dell said that you'll get up to 8 hours battery life from the 8 cell battery, which is 1 hour more than Apple claims for the Macbook Pro. Dell has also thrown in a 9-in-1 card reader and a 1.3MP webcam for good measure.
The XPS 15Z certainly fits the bill of thin and powerful and the price is attractive too. It could be a good option if you're looking for a Windows alternative to the Apple Macbook Pro. Dell said the XPS 15Z is "the first in a series of new thin and powerful products from Dell to come this year". µ
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