Today we announced that the XPS M1710 is available to order with a Blu-ray optical drive. It’s our first system that will ship with one of these drives.
In their article, Gizmodo shows a picture of the software app we’ll use for Blu-ray playback, Cyberlink’s PowerDVD 6.6 BD. I checked with members of the audio team to confirm that we'll support the following audio formats:
All formats above are supported via software codecs and can be processed by the system and passed from the PC via the S/PDIF interface to an external amplifier/receiver. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the XPS M1710 notebook, this vlog is a good overview.
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It's in my mind that the 1710 is simply losing it's uniqueness and excitement factor. Ever since Dell revamped (cloned, rather) it's Inspiron lines, I can't help but feel turned off by the XPS in general.
For example, the 1710 is simply an E1705 with the XPS logos, some better standard stuff, and a sky-high base pricetag. It always gets me asking, is it really worth it? For similar money, I can go to Voodoo PC or Alienware (despite the fact that Dell owns them) and get more unique and deadly looking stuff. Let's take that m9700 from Alienware which features many more impressive base features than the 1710, as well as a completely different casing than it's colleagues.
Now I'm an XPS owner, so I understand that even if the only difference was the XPS logo, I'd be proud. But I think that if you offered consumers more choices and more standard features (or a lower price, take your pick) more and more would be buying that 1710.
Then again, that's just my opinion.
Love that you guys are supporting new formats but i think BlueRay is going to be the new BetaMax. We can call the new format BetaRay, that actually sounds kind of cool.
Anyway, initial reports are saying HD is the way to go in picture quality so i would prefer it.
Just curious where you guys are going with it.
I like Dell. I have an XPS 700 and 2 Inspiron notebooks.
This Blu-ray in the m1710 thing is a nice thought for bragging rights I guess. I can see the benefits having of Blu-ray from a data storage standpoint, but I'm going for HD-DVD in the format wars (much better price and quality). I can see how Blu-ray would be nice to have in a notebook, because you can burn massive amounts of data to disk. The only problem is, what are you going to do with the data once you get it to disc. Its not like its convenient to use Blu-ray to transfer between computers, because hardly anyone has Blu-ray drives right now. I'm not planning one getting one any time soon. Dual layer DVD's and external hard drives will work for me as far as data transfer goes. And as for movies, I'm using my $200 HD DVD drive for my Xbox (totally sweet). It's not like I'm going to hook a laptop up to my home theatre system.
Hey here's an idea, since you guys are into the whole "Purely You" thing, how about offering a choice of Blu-ray or HD-DVD. You could be the first to actually listen to customers instead of listening to Sony's great ideas : )
So if the E1705 is pretty much a watered down version of the M1710, will the BD player work in an E1705? If so, the movies should look awesome on the 1200x1920 res (1080p) 17" screen.
A couple months ago, people were buying nvidia 7950 gtx go's for the M1710 and were putting them in their E1705. All you had to do was remove a little plastic wall to make room for the double heat pipe. Dell had to stop selling the cards online because of that. I wonder if they are not selling the BD drive online because of the video card incident? I also wonder how much they will cost? And when they will introduce laptop BD-RW drives?
i got question about the xps 1710 notebook development team. I wonder if the power supply shiped with the notebook will work in Europe, because they ave different voltrage over there, it is not 110 like in usa but it is 220 or something like that. For example on all of toshiba notebooks the power supply works in europe too, only the plug has to be changed.
thank you if somebody replies
i have recently purchased a xps m1210 in the US, but often go the uk for extended periods of time. I used to have an [antiquated] Inspiron 510M, which was bought in the uk. this works at all power points around the world.
however, i have heard a nasty rumour that US laptops dont come with the transformers. is this true.
when i go to the uk is my laptop going to bloe up on me?
do i need to get some sort of transformer?