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New Dell XPS L521X (Ivy Bridge)

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by htrex, Mar 10, 2012.

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  1. htrex

    htrex Newbie

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    Brabostaan Notebook Deity

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    Interesting. Waiting for the XPS 17 L721x?
     
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    beno619 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hopefully it comes with a Gt 640m and 1600 * 900 screen as standard 720p isn't really accepable for a high end multimedia machine.
     
  4. htrex

    htrex Newbie

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    I guess the look will be similar to the new XPS 13, slightly thicker (about 25mm ?) and using a gt640m as the entry level GPU (least powerfull Kepler GPU).

    About the screen think Dell will use a crappy standard one with a costly FHD RGB or IPS upgrade as usual.
     
  5. Botsu

    Botsu Notebook Evangelist

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    Tbh I think Dell screwed up the XPS 15/XPS 17 design because at that time they missed the opportunity to take a bold leap forward and come up with a thin and sexy design before it became a global trend at some point in 2011.

    Something closer to Samsung's series 7 would have been an epic win but they went for a bulky and rather uninspired case instead. They were definitely a better alternative to their Asus/Acer/Hp/... counterparts but they missed the premium feel of the previous XPS and now I wouldn't consider buying one even with a huge discount, not when Ivy Bridge is so close & even perfectly mainstream laptops are getting sexy designs with lighter and thinner form-factors.

    So to summarize I sincerely hope Dell can come up with something that lives up to the XPS brand this time around :) I definitely don't want an ultrabook, but seriously 6.5lbs / 1.6" thick 15" laptops were ok in 2009/2010. Give us something in-between with some horsepower and a broad range of ports.
     
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    beno619 Notebook Enthusiast

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    If the gt 640m is the entry level card and there's an ungraded card it's going to be hard to resist an upgrade :p
     
  7. htrex

    htrex Newbie

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    In a few months we are likely going to see much more thin laptops as the next generation of CPU and GPU are scaling from 32 to 22nm for Intel CPUs and from 40 to 28nm for GPUs.
    Intel is even introducing the first 35W TDP Quad core (i7-3612) that is 10W less from the prev gen, this leaves room for much more power in the same form factor, or equal/slightly more power in a thiner case.

    Looking at XPS 13 prices this is not coming cheap, I guess from 1100 to 1600$ for full specs.
     
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    bensmith0212 Notebook Consultant

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    I agree, the only thing that pushed me away from buying the XPS is the ugly design. I probably will buy the 17 inch samsung series 7 when it comes out.
     
  9. Risco

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    Fix the fan Dell!
     
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    NeoMesal Notebook Consultant

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    +1
     
  11. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops MY FRIENDS CALL ME JEFF!

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    I've been waiting since 2009 for Dell to get its premium consumer act together after the notorious Studio/Studio XPS Clarksdale i7 overheating/throttling fiasco, then a couple years of nothing but Inspiron-level junk, finally this year making decent machines but way overpriced with premium specs and, as said by others, bulky, heavy, ugly ducklings. I'm afraid that they see their bread buttered in the enterprise/workstation market and we consumers have to go "where the puck is going" (Wayne Gretsky) because fewer and fewer old line PC makers are finding any way to make money selling consumer laptops. I agree that Samsung, maybe Asus, maybe HP (yeah, I know, look great on paper, great prices, terrible QC:() have more focus on consumers and potential to offer jaw-dropping designs at decent prices than Dell at present.

    Lenovo may be the dark horse candidate. At CES 2012, while no one was really looking they unveiled, like, a dozen sexy looking non-Thinkpad models for the coming year. They probably have the greatest competitive positioning (outside of the fruit company :() to grab consumer market share: second fastest growing player in consumer segment (yes, after the fruits :p), low cost producer due to large enterprise sales/manufacturing/parts buying-power base, China native still connected to RTP, North Carolina/IBM technology roots, apparently having consumer design orgies these days with some impressive looking efforts (and some not so impressive looking results ;)) They also appear to be willing to buy market share with cut throat pricing which is fine by me.:D

    While the majority of former PC powerhouses rushing out to make tablets, ultrabooks and amazingly cheap laptops, the few who focus on premium consumer notebook space, with the talent and patience to get it right, may just stop the "orchard" from controlling the Earth!

    Just thinkin...
     
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    Jovica666 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I hope they`ll put some nice engine under the hood:)
     
  13. Gazzajagman

    Gazzajagman Notebook Geek

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    Yep, my L702X is a paving slab. It's a nice desktop replacement, but it looks like a right porker compared to an Apple MBP 17"....that said, my Dell XPS 17" spanks the Apple for spec and performance. Twin drives and a Blue Ray disc....plus all the crappy 3D stuff. The Apple gains substantially in a far lighter weight and size foot print. Plus the battery life is way way way better on the Apple. The Dell is a bit of a token gesture really.

    I used to like the Dell 1640 XPS Studio range, I thought Dell had a really unique and attractive design language going on there....and now they seem to be designing Apple clones....hell yesterday I was in a Costa coffee shop with my XPS 17 and some one asked me if it was "one of the new Apple MBP's"....for crying out loud!
     
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    yukinok25 Notebook Evangelist

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    I would have simply answered; "no, way much better" :D
     
  15. Ichinenjuu

    Ichinenjuu Triscuit

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    I wonder if the L521x is going to be more like a combination of the L502x and the L511z?
     
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    Dr.Ndre Notebook Geek

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    any news for ivy bridge xps 17. thx
     
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    beno619 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Unless dell come up with a radically new cooling system I doubt we will see a "slimmer" design.. Remember with a quad core i7 and turbo boost turned off these things only go up to 78° while gaming, we have to sacrifice a bit of sleekness for the added performance or go with ulv processors ? I really like the look of the current xps 15, it just looks bulkier than it actually is, its still quite attractive and easier to carry around than an alienware imo
    It would be nice tho if they changed the bezel and went with the edge-to-edge glass design like the xps z series and xps 13 and hopefully they go with gt 640m / 650m also..
     
  18. Botsu

    Botsu Notebook Evangelist

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    If Ivy Bridge 45W quad-CPUs are running cooler than Sandy, they could stick them in a sleeker notebook without necessarily needing a more carefully designed (and expensive) cooling system.

    Just like putting 45W Clarkdales in a relatively thin notebook was just asking for trouble while manufacturers were later able to stick 45W Sandy Bridge in many designs. Although some Ivy are still marked as 45W like Sandy, consumption should go down and the iGP represents a bigger part of the chip so I expect they'll be slightly better in that respect.

    Otherwise they could simply use the 35W Ivy quad-cores (i7-3612qm) which will obviously be significantly more manageable for a relatively small tradeoff in performance. I think these chips are already in very high demand from manufacturers and we'll see a lot of relatively cheap notebooks with quad-cores as a result.
     
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    Good point :L
     
  20. techtonic

    techtonic Notebook Consultant

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    With Ivy Bridge and Kepler, Dell should be able to make the 2012 edition lighter and thinner and hopefully cooler. Just don't sacrifice the great JBL sound. That and the screen are the two things that make this notebook stand out for many people.
     
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