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    The case of the Dell XPS showed in the test a good torsion-resistance. But because the height of the base unit amounts 40mm and a lot of aluminum is used nothing else was expected. Even at selective pressure the case doesn't show any weak point, only the keyboard is an issue but about this later. The display cover creaks slightly at strong pressure, but it is very torsion-resistant. travelmate tm5760g original battery

    The hinges of the display make a solid impression and hold the display in its position. The angle at which the display can be positioned is limited by the hinges. The display disposes of a double hook lock system but for a less mobile console such as the XPS M1730 it is not really necessary. travelmate tm5760 original battery

    The provided ports of the gaming console are nearly all located on the back end of the sides. Provided are four USB 2.0 Ports, Firewire, S-Video (with S/PDIF support through dongle) and a Dual-Link DVI-D-I Port which allows the connection of a monitor via analog signals (with suitable dongle) and also supports 30 inch displays (for example QXGA, max.2560x1600 pixel). travelmate tm4750g battery

    Moreover a LAN port (10/100/1000 - Gigabit) is provided, 8in1 Cardreader, a ExpressCard slot (54mm) and a Consumer IR port to control the notebook with the provided remote control. Furthermore 2 head phone ports and a micro port as well as 5.1 audio support (6 channels) are provided. Hidden close to the battery the Sim-Card slot of the UMTS/HSDPA Module is located, which can be ordered optional for the Dell XPS M1730. As a whole the Dell XPS M1730 has suitable equipment for gaming purposes. travelmate tm4750 battery

    The keyboard of the test console is light-grey, clear in contrast to the rather dark case. The keyboard is clear and the layout has an arrangement in groups of single key groups. Moreover the keyboard provides a separate number block. The size of the keys is a standard size. travelmate 4750z original battery

    Typing for long periods on the Dell XPS M1730 can be tiring because the keyboard requires an unfamiliar position of the hands. But the hand rests have a pleasant form and give typing comfort. travelmate 4750tg battery

    When hitting individual keys we noted a clear deflection of the keyboard. Especially in the central area when hitting G, H,.. at strong pressure ugly deformations appeared. In respect to the typing feeling we have no criticism. The keys provide a clear action point with a pleasant resistance and also the typing sounds are quite pleasant. travelmate 4750g battery

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    A nice feauture is the provided Logitech Game Panel wich shows additional useful information. This can be the date and time, information about various games or the performance at the application of the tool FRAPS. Moreover, the frame rate in various games can be seen. Current games which support the game panel are Battlefield 2142, World of Warcraft and many more. A complete list is available here. TravelMate TM5742-X742PF battery

    Also the typical Dell additional keys for the control of the Media player are available at the XPS M1730. Moreover, keys for the volume control are available.On the right side of the console a hardware switch for the WLAN function and a key to enable the WiFi-Catcher tool are located. This shows all wireless networks in the area. TravelMate TM5742-X742OF battery

    Another nice feature is of course the illumination of the keyboard. With the Apple MacBook Pro notebooks the brightness changes automatically, but with the Dell XPS M1730 this needs to be done manually. FN+Cursor is here the correct combination. TravelMate TM5742-X742HBF original battery

    The maximum value of the brightness is 242.8 cd/m². A brightness drop on the edges and corner areas of the display is an average brightness of a good 213.1 cd/m². The illumination is 76.9%. TravelMate TM5742-X742F battery

    High class is the maximal contrast value of the WUXGA display. The minimal brightness is 0.3 cd/m², together with the maximal brightness it results in great 809:1.
    The speed of reaction is first class 7 milliseconds. Also in the practical game test we didn't find any negative aspects. TravelMate TM5742-X742DPF battery

    As you can see in the video about the viewing angle the weak point of the display is its reflecting surface. Even with moderate surrounding brightness and a rather dark display disruptive reflections in inner rooms occur. So it is recommended to check the position of the notebook to the source of light. The usage outside is bad because of the strongly reflecting surface. TravelMate TM5742-X742DOF battery

    In respect to the vantage point stability the used WUXGA display shows a sufficiently big stable working area, in the horizontal and vertical area. With a greater viewing angle a darkening or lightening of the display can appear in the vertical direction, in the horizontal direction reflections can appear. TravelMate TM5742-X742DHBF battery

    Expectations of a gaming notebook are of course high. With the provided hardware the Dell XPS M1730 is quite good. The test console provided an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor, with a clock of 2.2 GHz (4 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB, VT, DAT - 35 watt) this means good performance. TravelMate TM5742-X742D battery

    Alternatively, in the online configuration Dell offers currently a T7700 CPU (2.4 GHz) and a Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU with believe it or not 2.8 GHz. But this costs just a mere 990.- euro extra. Cheaper would be theT7700 CPU which cost "only" 100.- Euro (70 dollar/50 pound) more. TravelMate TM5742-X742DF original battery

    The graphic provide two nVIDIA Geforce 8700M GT video cards (SLI) with in total 512MB memory. This should provide the console first class graphic performance but who thinks 2x1=2, is mistaken. By means of the benchmark tests could be found only a moderate difference (+/- 10 to 20%) between enabled and deactivated SLI function. TravelMate TM5742-X742 battery

    The SLI system can only score if this function is provided by the software. It remains to be seen how useful this technology will be at the upcoming new games. But there is still one question: Will be the Dell XPS M1730 be available with the presented nVIDIA Geforce 8800M GTS/8800 GTX ? TravelMate TM5742-X732PF original battery

    There are already possible rivals: Alienware with the models mx17x and mx15x or the SR17 of Cyber-System. First benchmark tests showed that the 8800M GTX provides high class performance at current games like Crysis and allows fluid playing on the notebook, even with high resolutions. TravelMate TM5742-X732HBF battery

    But now back again to the provided hardware of the XPS M1730. Apart from T7500 CPU and 8700MGT Graphic there is another piece of hardware which is supposed to raise the performance of the XPS. A PhysiX-accelerating card of AGEIA. Like the name lets assume this PCI card is only intended to calculate the physical processes like explosions or the movements of detailed surfaces like water or grass. TravelMate TM5742-X732OF original battery

    Besides this the CPU discharged is and more details are possible in the game. But often the support of the game is necessary (current: Gears of War, Gothic 3, Ghost Recon,… - More about this on the official homepage of AGEIA.) TravelMate TM5742-X732F battery

    Apart from first class results of the 3D benchmark tests the Dell XPS M1730 reached good results also in the game tests. Doom 3 provides at ultra still excellent 141.5 fps and even FEAR could reach with maximal GPU and CPU configuration very good 55 fps. TravelMate TM5742-X732DPF original battery

    In the Crysis benchmark test with a resolution of 1280x800 with medium detail the limit was reached. An average of 19.13 fps and therefore unsuited to play. With lower resolution and details better results could be reached but really beautiful graphics? No. TravelMate TM5742-X732DOF original battery

    Apart from all benchmark tests we have the following conclusion: The provided hardware masters older games easily and gives first class performance but has its problems with the coming standards. TravelMate TM5742-X732DHBF battery

    Also in respect to the hard disc many options are available. These are fast 200GB hard discs with 7200r.p.m.s., a 320GB hard disc with 5400r.p.m.s. or RAID solutions with 2x160GB/7200 r.p.m.s., 2x200GB/7200 r.p.m.s. and 2x250GB/5400 r.p.m.s. With these good performance or maximal capacity is possible. TravelMate TM5742-X732DF battery

    Especially on this point Dell amazes, and the same goes for the XPS M1730. Although the tested notebook uses up to date and efficient technology the case temperatures and the sound emissions are quite good. TravelMate TM5742-X732D battery

    At the idle operation the fan was mostly deactivated and the notebook ran quiet (31.2 dB) and hardly audible. Even at some office actions and/or internet surfing the fan remained silent. When under load the fan starts and emits warm air on the back side. TravelMate TM5742-X732 battery

    Even after some hours of gaming action the fan was quite quiet and we were sure: 37.7 dB under load is the maximum of the Dell XPS. Other office notebooks are louder even at the idle operation than the XPS after some hours of gaming action. Dell did a fantastic job here. TravelMate TM5742 original battery

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