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Dell Inspiron designed for DVDs

High-resolution screen suited for flim watching

Dell has released a notebook that will give you a good alternative to plane movies: the Inspiron 5000e sports a superhigh-resolution Ultra XGA LCD, suitable for high-quality graphics and playing DVDs.

The Inspiron 5000e is a traveler's notebook measuring measures a slim 38 mm, weighs from 3.06 kg, and comes with an integrated floppy disk drive, internal modem, hard disk drive1 and media options bay.

Prices start from £1349 for an Inspiron 5000e equipped with a 600-MHz Intel Mobile Celeron, a 14.1-inch XGA display, 64Mb of memory, and a 6Gb hard drive. Models can be configured with larger hard drives and additional system memory.

The screen is available in several configurations, including 14.1-inch and 15-inch SXGA screens, 14.1- and 15-inch XGA screens, and what Dell touts as the highest-resolution display available: a 15-inch UXGA screen.

All units also have an ATI Rage Mobility 128 video card with full AGP support and 16MB of video memory, and an S-Video out port for connecting to large-screen TVs or multimedia projectors.

Dell claims its Ultra XGA display is a first for
notebooks. It's aimed at people "looking for high performance and superb graphics in a notebook PC," according to Brad Blietz, Inspiron marketing director.

Built into the Inpsiron 5000e are wireless networking functions that support connectivity at speeds up to 11 megabits per second over distances up to 150 feet.

The units come with a floppy drive, and a modular media bay can support a second battery, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, and Zip drive modules.

Dell's Inspiron line is intended to offer notebooks for consumers and small-business professionals. All units have customer configuration options. They come with an on-site repair warranty.

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