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New Dell Comes With Sideshow

Dell has unveiled a new PC, the XPS 420, which comes with an integrated Windows SideShow display. SideShow, the exciting technology that allows PCs to have external screens with certain vital data, hasn’t gotten a lot of traction since Vista was released, but Dell’s endorsement may help turn things around. The display is on the top of a desktop tower, which may make it difficult to access if the computer is on a desk next to the monitor (and thus positioning the display above your head), but it should work nicely if your PC is on the floor.

The specs of this PC:

  • Intel processors, up to Core 2 Extreme 3 GHz
  • Vista Home Premium or Ultimate
  • Up to 4 GB RAM
  • Up to 2 terabyte RAID hard drives
  • Up to a Blu-Ray drive and dual layer DVD R/W drives
  • Up to 768MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX
  • Available AGEIA® PhysX® physics accelerator
  • Up to Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music audio (cannot order advanced audio and the PhysX card, presumably due to a lack of expansion slots)
  • Available ATI Theater 650 PRO Combo TV Tuner with up to Gyroscopic Remote and Xcelerator
  • Comes with Dell Bluetooth Wireless Media Hub + Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
  • 802.11b/g wifi card (but no available 802.11n)
  • Up to Bose Companion 3 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
  • Free 10GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1 Year

As maximum configured by me, with a 4-year warranty and no PhysX card (audio is more important to me), the system is $5,835. At base, you could get it for $1,499 with a 20 inch flat-panel monitor, 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, dual layer 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) drive, a 1-year warranty and no Office suite.
(via the SideShow team blog)

October 25th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Sideshow, Vista, Windows | no comments

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