Dell XPS M1730 Gaming Laptop Review

Laptops have emerged as respectable gaming machines over the last few years. In previous years, most laptops were frowned upon by PC gaming enthusiasts and their performance was considered laughable when compared to the monster machines that ruled the land performance enthusiast realm. A new day has dawned and thanks to the Law of Accelerating Returns, PC gamers are able to buy portability as well as performance when purchasing a new computer. Enter the Dell XPS M1730.

Alienware has been producing respectable gaming laptops for quite a few years now but in my opinion their price tags do not accommodate the average PC gamer’s budget. Dell, who oddly enough now owns Alienware, introduced their own line of gaming computers known as the XPS series a few years back. The Dell XPS M1730 series gaming laptops are simply one step below their Alienware line, which are Dell’s premium gaming machines. The Dell XPS M1730 model offers the flash and pizazz aesthetically while offering solid hardware performance with a modest price tag of $1,259.00 on the particular model/specs being reviewed.

Meet the Dell XPS M1730

Here’s an introductory image of the Dell XPS M1730 I received:

Here are the specs for the Dell XPS M1730 I received:

    *Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz, 800Mhz, 3M L2 Cache)
    *2GB, DDR2, 667MHz (PC2 5300) 2 Dimms
    *17 UltraSharp TrueLife Wide screen WUXGA
    *NVIDIA SLI Dual GeForce 8700MGT with 512MB GDDR3 Memory
    *160G 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Free Fall Sensor
    *8X DVD+/-RW Drive
    *Integrated High Definition Audio
    *Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card
    *Logitech Gaming LCD (Logitech G15 keyboard screen)
    *Built-in webcam and software manager
    *85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    *Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OS

The laptop is gorgeous and I couldn’t have been more impressed with it’s overall visual appeal. The XPS M1730 will definitely draw some attention at a LAN or other public gaming event. The laptop’s texture feels extremely smooth and has a nice polished finish while maintaining a more rugged pattern. The lid sports two red wings that are back-lit for that extra bit of glam even when the lid is closed.

In the pictures below you can see the various ports this XPS M1730 has for connecting to peripherals, storage devices, etc.
These are:

    *4 x USB 2.0
    *1 x Firewire
    *1 x Ethernet
    *1 x Microphone in (1/8”)
    *2 x Audio out (1/8”)
    *Built-in card reader
    *DVI out and S-Video

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  1. solid review.

    i thought it was interesting that on DoW2 the “medium” resolution increased the FPS across the board. any thoughts on why that is?

  2. As strange as it seems, sometimes using a lower resolution than your monitor’s native resolution can worsen performance.

    A lot of that relies on well your particular video drivers are optimized. I’m sure that the game’s coding can play a part in that as well but I’m gonna say in this particular case it’s a mix of SLI/drivers.


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