Pros

  • Stereoscopic 3D capability works well
  • Audio quality is transparent and pleasing

Cons

  • GPU a little limited for stereoscopic 3D gaming
  • Bulky and heavy

At A Glance

Dell updates the XPS 17 with Intel's spiffy new Sandy Bridge CPU and stereoscopic 3D capability, but the latter is better for 3D Blu-ray than for gaming.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DNDOCF51
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2300.0 MHz
Cache size 8192.0 KB
Processor count 4
Display
Display size 17.3 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 2.0
Drive size 1000.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
General Information
UPC Code 885116061042
Ports and Connections
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • eSATA
Firewire 0
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • Mini DisplayPort
Audio Interfaces RCA Digital Coax (S/PDIF)
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 16000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 17.3 inches
Depth 11.3 inches
Height 2.3 inches
Weight 8.3 pounds
Weight with Accessories 9.7 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software CyberLink PowerDVD 9.6; Roxio Creator Starter;
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard (backlit)
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 151.0
Battery
Battery Life 3:30   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 211.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 332.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 162.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 307.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 295.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 223.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 157.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 126.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 168.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 30.0   Watts
Sleep power usage 2.2   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.7   Watt hours
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 193.91   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 160.28   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 88.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 136.58   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 119.65   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 74.69   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 63.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 53.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 30.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 95.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 83.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 53.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 75.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 60.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 32.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 149.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 130.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 65.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 32.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 27.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 239.0