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by Jerry Jackson
Dell recently announced the XPS M1330 a 13.3" widescreen ultraportable and ultra sexy notebook that uses the Intel Santa Rosa platform. Equipped with an available dedicated Nvidia 8400m graphics, slot loading optical drive, LED backlit display with 300-nit brightness, and integrated web-camera, the M1330 is less than 1†thin at the front and weighs in at 4lbs. The following is a quick first take on the Dell M1330.

Build and Design
The Dell XPS M1330 (starting at $1,299) features what can only be described as one of the “sexiest†designs we’ve seen on a Dell notebook. A sleek combination of aluminum and plastic with a colorful paintjob on the back of the screen, this notebook is an ultraportable with style. Measuring as thin as 0.87-inches and weighing 4 pounds, the M1330 is a little heavier than some competing ultrportables but is still remarkably thin and light for a Santa Rosa- equipped notebook.
Our pre-production XPS M1330 as equipped:
  • 13.3-inch WXGA screen with LED backlight
  • "Crimson" red paint (also available in "Tuxedo" black or "Pearl" white)
  • 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7300 processor, Santa Rosa chipset (up to 2.4GHz available)
  • 2GB DDR2-667 SDRAM (up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM available)
  • 160GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD (32GB SSD drive available)
  • Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
  • 128MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS
  • WWAN option for Verizon
  • Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n (Intel 4965), Bluetooth option
  • Integrated VGA webcam
  • HDMI, VGA, 1394, two USB 2.0 ports, integrated media reader (MS, SD, xD), fingerprint reader
  • Media Center remote located in ExpressCard slot
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Dimensions 12.5" x 9.4" x 0.87" - 1.33"
  • Weight starts at 4 pounds with 6-cell battery
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