This laptop combines NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 5.1-channel surround sound support and a 17" widescreen to deliver brilliant visuals and sound for movies and games. Bluetooth technology lets you easily connect Bluetooth peripherals.
Intel® Core2 Quad processor Q9000
Features 4 processing cores, 1066MHz system bus, 6MB cache and 2.0GHz processor speed per core.
4 high-performance processing cores
To run multiple demanding applications simultaneously without hesitation.
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media.
17" WXGA+ LCD widescreen display
With 1440 x 900 resolution showcases movies, games and other images in impressive detail.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M graphics
Features 1GB dedicated video memory for intense detail. HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV or HD monitor. Built-in speakers with high-definition 5.1-channel surround sound audio support.
Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
8-in-1 digital media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital IO, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card, High Speed Secure Digital and Secure Digital High Capacity formats.
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port and 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. One eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port with PowerShare.
Dell 1510 Wireless-N mini card (802.11b/g/n)
Wirelessly connect to the Internet.
Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR interface
To easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as mobile phones or MP3 players.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
For a quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 11.7 lbs. and measures 2.1" thin
For portable power.
Good battery life
Of up to 3 hours and 26 minutes
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
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Tablets have grown immensely in popularity over the past several years. This has caused a variety of manufacturers to begin making them. At the same time, it has made buying one a more difficult task as there is more to choose from. With some simple tips for buying a tablet, however, you can feel more confident about your decision.
1. What will you use it for?
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2. What apps does it have?
Although the answer to this question is constantly changing, if you have certain apps or types of apps that you know you'll want to use, make sure they're offered on the operating system your tablet uses. More apps can mean more functionality from your tablet, so go with an operating system that has a wide selection. More isn't always the best, however, so you shouldn't simply choose the manufacturer with the most apps (Apple, right now) and go with them. Just make sure you have the variety you need in the type of apps you plan to use.
3. Price doesn't always predict quality
As is the case with most products, just because you pay more for a tablet doesn't mean it's of the highest quality. Some companies, like Amazon, have been able to offer tablets for a low price because they know they'll make money from additional purchases (e.g. books, apps, etc.). Yet their tablet is still a very high-quality product.
4. Size matters
It will matter to you in one way or another, whether it is that you want a tablet of a certain size or want to pay a certain price for your tablet. The smallest tablets are around 7 to 8 inches across. They are very portable and lower-priced than larger models. Medium tablets range from 9 to 10 inches; most tablets fall into this size category. They have higher resolutions screens than the smaller tablets and are better for watching movies or television. There aren't many tablets over 10 inches available now but they are becoming more popular. Many manufacturers call them hybrids because they offer the processing power of a PC but the touch screen of a tablet.
5. Screen resolution
The highest resolution available right now is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, but you don't need to go that high to have a clear picture. You should test your tablet out, however, and make sure the resolution is to your liking before you make the purchase.