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Conclusion

Michael Dell’s team has done a good job again, coming up with an exciting ultra-compact portable computer optimized for today’s life and travels. The only significant drawback in the configuration of the Dell Inspiron XPS M1210 that we tested is the lack of a discrete graphics card that would certainly make it even more appealing. Well, the model we actually tested is quite ready for the nomadic way of life many of us have to lead. We called the ASUS W5F with its Yonah-core CPU a mobile intellectual in our earlier review, but the Dell Inspiron XPS M1210, even with its integrated graphics, is much smarter without a doubt!

This year will show us the Merom from other aspects, too. This CPU core is going to have higher frequencies and to work within the framework of the Santa Rosa platform together with an improved integrated graphics core. This sounds to us like yet another performance leap!

Highs:

  • Superb ultramodern design
  • Excellent performance in office applications (and not limited to them if the configuration includes a discrete graphics card)
  • Abundance of wireless interfaces (including support for SIM cards)
  • Exclusive TrueLife technology for better image quality
  • Appealing and competitive price
  • High-resolution widescreen display
  • Relatively long battery life

Lows:

  • Mirror-like display
  • Low performance in games
  • Inconvenient placement of the multimedia buttons
  • Optical combo-drive
  • Rather too noisy
  • Dense placement of USB ports (but it’s good that there are as many as four of them here!)
 
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