Dell XPS M1330 Laptop

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Dell XPS M1330 Laptop

The sub-5-pound Dell XPS laptop came with an extra-cost red lid, an optional LED-backlit display and integrated mobile broadband. All of those trimmings add up, however: A tricked-out XPS M1330 laptop is expensive (models with high-end features start at $1,800).

This complete overhaul of the 12-inch XPS M1210 has a bigger screen yet weighs less, and it's no taller than its predecessor because of new dropped hinges. One of the nicest features is its edge-to-edge keyboard; though the keys don't depress far, their large size makes typing comfortable. One heads-up: The M1330 lacks a modem port. While such an omission is not surprising on a notebook of this size, it's still something to be aware of.

Performance, though, was superior. Equipped with a 2.2-GHz Core Duo T7500 chip and 2GB of RAM, our review machine produced a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 82. We saw very good results upgrading from the standard four-cell battery to a nine-cell unit. Though it accounts for half a pound of the laptop's weight, the better battery lasted seven minutes shy of five hours -- 90 minutes longer than the category average.

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