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Package and Accessories

The computer we actually tested was an engineering sample rather than an off-the-shelf product. The accessories described are those of our sample. The notebook’s package is painted a glossy black color and the letters XPS are cut out in one side of the box so that you could see the notebook’s case through them. This looks dangerous to us as the notebook is protected only by the packet it is wrapped into.

The intriguing appearance of the packaging raised our curiosity as to what might be contained within besides the Inspiron XPS M1210. Here is what we found in there: a 5200mAh battery (its capacity was not marked on itself, but this value was reported by Battery Eater Pro 2.60); a power adapter with a LED indicator and a strap to fasten the power cable (as you can see in the photograph below); a Quick Start Guide; a user manual with a list of authorized service centers around the world; a pouch with an unclear purpose (the name of the XPS series is marked on it, but the notebook won’t fit in – perhaps the pouch is intended for carrying some papers); an informational guide on the product; a CD case with the XPS logo for 10 discs; and a set of discs that included:


  • Disc with Microsoft Windows XP Professional, which is preinstalled on the notebook
  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Drivers and Utilities for Dell Inspiron and Dell XPS
  • Sonic CinePlayer backup disc
  • Roxio Creator
  • PC-cillin Internet Security
  • AOL Top Speed “Think Fast”

It’s quite possible that the actual set of accessories will differ from that, and we are sure about one thing at least – it will include a modem cable!

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