1,920 x 1,200 on a 15.4in notebook. Brilliant!
If you already own a Dell XPS M1530 then look away now. The already pretty darned good notebook has just seen an update, at least in the US, adding to the display options: an LED backlit 1,440 x 900 panel, a 1,680 x 1,050 option and a Full HD-supporting 1,920 x 1,200 offering.
Given that the system also has a Blu-ray drive option available, the option to have a display capable of showing off that format’s content in its native form seems just about ideal. It’s also good to see LED backlighting appear on this model, since it was missing from the M1530 at launch despite it’s smaller sibling, the XPS M1330, boasting it as a key feature.
Of course you do have to pay for these improvements, but the pricing is surprisingly reasonable. From the base US model, $50 (£25) will take you up to 1,680 x 1,050, while $100 (£50) will net you the 1,920 x 1,200 panel and finally the 1,440 x 900 LED backlit option costs $150 (£75). In the UK the starting resolution drops to 1,280 x 800 and moving to 1,440 x 900 costs £17.02 and the 1,920 x 1,200 panel upgrade is available for £119.15 – no LEDs for us.
While on small notebooks we’d definitely recommend an LED backlight, on a larger system like this the battery life saving and improved brightness are unlikely to be as much of a benefit as the extra desktop real estate offered by the 1,920 x 1,200 panel. As that option is also cheaper it would certainly be my choice of the available options were I a US citizen. As it is, we UK residents don’t have to make the choice and though the Full HD option may come at a high premium, less than £20 for the superior pixel pitch of 1,440 x 900 is an option no sane person should refuse. It’s only a shame that these options, in the UK at least, are only available through the business section of Dell’s website and we hope Dell remedies this soon.
Update (18/04/2008): You can now specify the 1,920 x 1,200 display option in the consumer section of Dell’s website as well.
Dell XPS M1530