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The Dell XPS 17 3D with Sandy Bridge Has Arrived! Recommended Specs?

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by insidemanpoker, Feb 22, 2011.

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  1. dalingrin

    dalingrin Notebook Evangelist

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    That quote referencing 3D is not talking about a 3D display, just 3D style game rendering. The fact that it says Optimus is "(Optional)" is yet another pointer to the fact that the 3D display capable L702x will not have Optimus.
     
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    any one have an "insider" update on the production of these units? my current delivery date says the 25th of this month.
     
  3. elguapo

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    This makes a lot of sense to me (re Optimus real savings, GPU/CPU cooling and performance; 4 RAM slots v. 2 in the 900p). I have followed the L701x thread and now this one. i plan to order one: timing and configuration are questions.

    i will use the unit for work: document reading/drafting (lots of reading...), research (multiple simultaneous sites) MS Office stuff, maybe some graphic apps.

    as importantly, will use it for play: photo and (mostly) digital editing, and music recording and editing/mixing (native/live recording, mix tracks, edit with effects, etc) none of it too sophisticated.

    so, if i understand you, there are practical advantages to 3D that outweigh lack of Optimus/WiDi for my use, too. Correct?

    contemplating i7 quad; HD: seems that two 500Gb @7200 units is the best deal. from what i read it will be easy to swap in SSDs when prices come down. someone also mentioned storing content on a removable SATA HD. looks like the place to economize is RAM- easy and cheap upgrade. 4Gb would be sufficient?

    on the downside, one advantage of 900p screen (i think) is that the 900p offers better-quality NVIDIA graphics cards (555 and 455 available) and drivers: is this correct? and, in the end, for my uses, does it make a difference?

    last is timing. there will always be something better 'soon'. is the consensus that, in light of my contemplated uses, no advantage to waiting for non-3D, Optimus-enabling? my current machine is hanging on....more or less....

    Thanks for any remarks/guidance.
     
  4. Rebkos

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    Hey guys, if im gonna order new XPS with backlit keyboard, can i then turn the keyboard light off? Like when watching a movie or something..
     
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    I believe you can.
     
  6. compwiz0620

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    It will go off after a minute unless you set it otherwise, or you can hit the backlit keyboard key until it goes off, then it will stay off.
     
  7. ans04

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    There are 3 Backlit settings
    Off/Low/High
    which can be set by the backlit button, and as mentioned above, will go off after a min of no laptop usage (moving mouse/pressing a key).
     
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    Can you set it so that it will stay on?
     
  9. compwiz0620

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    Yes, through Windows Mobility Center.
     
  10. passat123

    passat123 Newbie

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    I've read a lot about the the not working nvidia Optimus technology in combination with the 1080p 3D screen in this topic. I regret this decision of Dell, and would rather have a 1080p NON-3D screen with Optimus. However, this choice unfortunately is (still) unavailable.

    The reason why Optimus is important for me is that I tend to irritate myself very quickly to whining fans in my laptop. Especially because there is little background noise in my house. I am afraid that with the Nvidia Geforce working all the time, the fan is always on even in office-use. (which would be a deal-breaker for me). Is there anyone who has this laptop already? If yes, how is the fan behavior? Is it spinning at an idle desktop? If not, I will definitely order the XPS 17 with 1080p screen, because the specs are really great!
     
  11. mavericke

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    Even if you are using a 900p screen, the fan will still be humming at the background but it will be at a slower speed than a 3D screen. Besides, the 3D 1080p without Optimus will definitely consume more power (3-4 hours on a single charge [9 cell battery] compared to 8 hours on a single charge [9 cell battery] with Optimus switched on).

    Having said that, I do feel that it will be best to stick with the configuration which I am on as I have the option to have 16GB of memory! It is a shame as a similar configuration on the Alienware would have cost around £300 more and it does not have 3D screen or 3D gpu card but it comes with 4 memory slots.
     
  12. mkj

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    passat123, I'm pretty sure the fan issue has come up a few times in the other XPS 17 (L702X) thread (link) and there's also a dedicated thread on controlling fan speed on that machine (link).

    As for non-3D 1080p screen, they popped up in Australia and in the US about two weeks ago, but they're still not available in Europe. Not sure where you're from, though.
     
  13. passat123

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    mkj, thanks for linking me to the other forums. Especially the forum regarding the fan speed is very interesting for me. (for some reason I didn't find it earlier) It seems that an optimus-machine definitely runs cooler & quieter that a non-optimus 3D-machine. The optimus-machine even seems to run very quiet when idling. So for me it will be the 900p screen or waiting for the non-3D 1080p screen. I guess I'll be doing the latter option :). Hopefully this screen will arrive soon in the Netherlands (where I live), but I couldn't find any information regarding this. Maybe calling Dell will be clarifying for me.

    mavericke, I did expect the difference in battery life was substantial, but I did not foresee that is was that substantial. For me another reason to choose a non 3D screen. Although four memory-slots are very nice too...

    Anyway, thanks for helping me out, guys!
     
  14. mkj

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    Don't count on Dell reps or at least don't worry, if they tell you something like: Nooo... We have no plans for a non-3D XPS with 1080p panel, the L702X has just come out... I believe that the same day, when new options (such as that panel available in the US) show up on the official website, they also show up in their sales system - and that's when they know, not any earlier :rolleyes:
     
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