'Dell goes full-throttle with its latest XPS notebook, the M1730, which packs an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor, dual Nvidia graphics processors in an SLI configuration, and Ageia's PhysX controller, which theoretically makes games look more realistic than before.'
'new 17-inch high-performance gaming notebook'
'It's the first laptop ever to use a dedicated Ageia PhysX processing unit alongside two separate high-end graphics cards.'
'Measuring 14.4 inches wide, 10.6 inches deep, and 1.5 inches high, the Sony VAIO N170G/T sits firmly in the mainstream category of laptops: big enough to work on comfortably for long stretches but small enough for occasional commutes.'
'its spacious, midsize build makes extended periods of use comfortable.'
'There is almost no flex, except at the rear where the whole notebook casing flexes in when pushed hard'
'wide array of configuration options'
'When the notebook is off, one touch of the Dell MediaDirect button permits quick access to music, pictures, movies, and videos, regardless of their location--optical drive, hard drive, USB key, or the five-in-one media-card reader--through an intuitive Media Center Edition-like 10-foot user interface that includes full mouse and keyboard control.'
'Benchmarks aside, the laptop did not feel at all sluggish during our anecdotal use, when we performed basic tasks, such as checking e-mail, listening to music, and performing a quick system scan with Windows Defender.'