The first laptop we've seen with the GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics card, the Inspiron XPS M170 from Dell is aimed very much at the gaming market – but it can do much more than just play games.
The screen is a beauty: a 17in TFT with a maximum resolution of 1,920x1,200. UltraSharp and TrueLife technologies ensure picture quality is both sharp and resonant - the screen may be a little reflective, but the image is considerably better than your average LCD.
In our Doom3 tests the Dell achieved frame rates higher than we've ever seen in a notebook – 103fps (frames per second) at 1,024x768 dropping to 81.1fps at 1,600x1,200. In Halo, it managed 98.9fps and 78.3fps.
Overall Windows performance was impressive, too; but we expected that from a 2.13GHz Pentium M 770 and 1GB of DDR RAM. The WorldBench 5 score of 94 is one of the best we've seen in a laptop – only one system we've seen has beaten this.
The other specifications are top-notch – there's a 100GB hard drive and a dual-layer DVD writer – and the software bundle includes Media Center for XP, which gives you all the functionality of Media Center 2005 Edition and is a great addition.
But we're still not sure that the XPS justifies its price tag. Sure, it's a great-looking, well-put-together piece of kit with all the latest bells and whistles, but we'd have been much happier if it was £200 less.