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I love the new XPS system's design, the lines. Why is it that the XPS sytems get to look so good, while the rest of the products (optiplex, dimension), look so---"not very cool"? It's as if Dell uses two different teams to design XPS vs. other lines.
Can you get ALL Dell products to start being aesthetically pleasing? Easy on the eyes. It may require you to put more artist than engineer behind the design...
I am waiting for DELL to fill a rather large hole in its XPS notebook product range - a 15" version of the m1210.
Let's call this missing notebook the m1510. Where the hell is it? I am currently entertaining the idea of purchasing an Acer 8210 series notebook just because DELL doesn't have a mid-spec notebook in the XPS line, and they have removed the ability to customise an Inspiron 6400 with a mid-spec video card like the Mobile Radeon X1600 or Go 7600.
DELL talks about providing options for us, the consumer, and they do. No other notebook manufacturer allows such easy and transparent configuration of their notebooks. But please give us the options that make sense and don't leave us wanting.
Not allowing an Inspiron 6400 to be optioned up with a mid-spec graphics card would make sense if the m1510 existed already. But it doesn't and there is no word on if it ever will.
Right now DELL's customisations for some products just don't make sense.
The m1210 is a really sweet product and is clearly the fruit of some inspired design work, as well as an aligned marketing division.
Now, if only that same design spawned an m1510 with the new X1700 Mobile Radeon or a mid-spec mobile version of the nVidia G80 chipset in time for a Vista release...
One design suggestion - how about a removable notebook mousepad that doubles as a rechargable wireless mouse? You could dock it in the keyboard deck and use it in place or pop it out to use as a wireless mouse.
It would have a touch pad or joystick control on top to use while docked, and an optical laser sensor on the bottom for use undocked.
It would recharge itself while docked so you wouldn't need to replace batteries like you do with other wireless mice. it would also be less likely to be lost than an aftermarket wireless mouse.
Send me the first one.