Dell does multimedia double

Dell is going all-out to woo fun seekers with its launch this week of both a new high-end entertainment notebook and its largest flat-panel monitor to date.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  January 26, 2006

Dell is going all-out to woo fun seekers with its launch this week of both a new high-end entertainment notebook and its largest flat-panel monitor to date. With the rollout of its Inspiron 9400 notebook and its UltraSharp 3007WFP 30-inch widescreen LCD, the company claims to be offering users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the chance to enjoy true cinema-like entertainment and to create their own design studio. The Inspiron 9400 qualifies as a multimedia performance machine through its employment of dual-core (Intel Core Duo) processors, a 17-inch Dell TrueLife display, a nVidia 256MB GeForce Go 7800 graphics solution and Dell’s own ‘MediaDirect’ function. With this latter feature owners owners can hit one button to play videos, listen to music and view photo slideshows stored on the notebook's hard drive, an optical disk or a media memory card. Dell’s biggest ever flat-panel monitor meanwhile provides 30 inches of viewable image size. Tailored to suit gamers, workstation users and design professionals, it offers up 77% more screen real estate than Dell’s 24-inch 2405FPW1 model, meaning users can view web pages and documents side by side or run multiple applications simultaneously. Featuring a vendor-quoted 11 millisecond response time, this display can also manage a a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (a.k.a. WQXGA) and even includes a built-in 9-in-2 media card reader and four USB 2.0 ports with which to connect devices such as digital cameras and printers. The Inspiron 9400 is set to retail at US $1907 in this region, while the 3007WFP monitor range will be priced between $1635 and $1771.

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