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Dell Intros New Gaming Notebook

Round Rock, Texas — Dell’s recent acquisition of gaming PC maker Alienware has not slowed down its own efforts in this category, as the company today announced a new gaming notebook computer in its XPS line.

The configure-to-order XPS M1710 is available with a variety of Intel Core Duo processors, a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 1900 GTX graphics processor, up to 4GB of memory, a 120GB ATA hard drive and a 17-inch screen. To attract the PC gamer’s eye, the M1710 comes with a choice of two magnesium alloy chassis, special edition formula red or metallic black; the touchpad is illuminated and it has 16-color adjustable perimeter lighting.

Dell is also rolling out two preconfigured models. One is based on the metallic black chassis. Priced at $2,400, it has an Intel Duo Core T2400 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 60GB hard drive. The one based on the special edition formula red chassis is priced at $3,400 and will only ship in the United States and Canada. It features a Duo T2500 processor, 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics and 80GB hard drive.

All the units come standard with Windows Media Center Edition, and there is an optional TV tuner.