updated 01:00 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2007
Dell M1330 vs MacBook
Dell's just-released XPS M1330 is likely built to counter the MacBook, according to sources within Taiwan's notebook building industry. The Texas-based Windows PC maker is said to have chosen the 13.3-inch widescreen format in part as a response to Apple's mainstream notebook, which has helped the latter's notebook sales climb well above the industry average. The introduction of more energy-efficient Core 2 Duo chips may also have simplified Dell's choice by allowing the same level of performance as a larger system without the power consumption issues, the reports say.
The same sources also indicate that the design and performance of the system are expected to draw share away from not just Apple but also some other Windows-based alternatives, particularly Sony's VAIO C- and SZ-series notebooks as they share the same size. Other manufacturers such as HP may potentially join in if they see Dell enjoy the same success as its Mac rival, the sources note.
The new XPS is notable for including options that the MacBook currently lacks, such as options for a thinner and more efficient LED-backlit display as well as dedicated GeForce 8400M graphics. Separate market insiders have suggested that Apple will follow suit with an LED option for its consumer MacBook in the fall. [via DigiTimes]