$500 off Dell XPS 17 Laptop from LogicBuy


By: Lindsay Cutler

To some extent, we’re all gear snobs. We want the latest chip, the fastest computer, the most horsepower — we just don’t want to pay the premium. Thankfully, LogicBuy has stumbled across a deal on a top-tier configuration that won’t saddle your wallet. It’s Dell‘s 17-inch XPS 17 desktop replacement and it’s marked down by $500.

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Dell XPS 17

Buyers can upgrade/downgrade the specs as they see fit, but right now we’re pretty pleased with the Dell XPS 17 configuration as follows. Get a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor (with TurboBoost up to 3.1GHz), 4GB RAM, Nvidia’s 1GB GeForce GT 550M graphics, and a 256GB solid state drive all for $1,114.99. That’s solid value on the Dell XPS 17 which PC Mag gave a respectable 3.5 out of 5 stars, albeit with a lesser build.

Seventeen different video graphics cards in stock!

This versatile consumer PC is equipped with an LED-backlit 17.3-inch screen, 2.0MP webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a backlit keyboard. It usually goes for $1,614.99, but you can buy it today for $1,114.99 when you redeem two stackable coupons for $150 and $350 respectively. That’s $500 in savings, math whiz.

It’s worth mentioning that what the Dell lacks in slickness (it tips the scales at a bit over 8 pounds), it makes up for in power. That said, it has a some top-notch components, and, combined with a 256GB SSD, it’s one formidable system.

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Alienware X51 Review


The Alienware X51 ($999.99 direct) fits everything a serious gamer needs into a compact chassis. The desktop has a full-size hard drive, desktop-class quad-core processor, and, best of all, a 150-watt  discrete graphics card with multimonitor support. PC gaming is arguably “better” than console gaming because systems like the X51 can easily drive more than one monitor, and PC games can be modified by the gaming public to enhance or even radically change game play elements. Want to mash up the Star Trek and Star Wars universes on a console? You’re out of luck. On a PC, it’s almost a sure bet that there’s a universe-bending mod for your space opera game of choice. The Alienware X51 is an excellent portal to any fictional universe, and our latest Editors’ Choice for entry-level gaming desktop PCs.

Alienware X51

Design and Features
The X51 marks the start of a new design philosophy for Alienware gaming rigs: small form factor (SFF). While there have been plenty of SFF media PCs in the past, SFF gaming PCs are relatively rare. That’s because the half-height graphics cards that fit in budget SFF PCs are unimpressive performers, highlighted by the fact that integrated graphics have caught up to the cheap $25-50 graphics cards on the game benchmark tests. The X51 turns the design paradigm (literally) on its ear by shifting the PCIe x16 connector so that a dual-slot wide graphics card can fit in the SFF chassis. The last system to try this method that we looked at was the AVADirect GT3 Core i7($1,367.26 direct, 3.5 stars). The result is virtually everything you need in a gaming PC is in the system. But doing so means that there really is no internal expansion room whatsoever, so if you want better components, you’ll have to swap something out rather than just add on. Though the interior is full, getting to components is easy. Undoing three screws is all it takes to pop out the graphics card, and the hard drive is mounted right beneath the graphics card. The power supply is an external one, which helps keep the chassis interior uncluttered, but make sure you have some room on your floor for the 330-watt brick.

Inside the chassis, you’ll find a quad-core Intel Core i5-2320 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi card, and a slot-loading DVD burner. You really don’t need too much else, since the system supports multiple monitors out of the box. Like the Alienware Aurora ($2,598.99 direct, 3.5 stars), the X51 comes with user-customizable lighting effects. There are three lighting zones on the X51, so you can make them all the same color, all different colors, or any combination of the three. Alienware’s Command Center software controls the lighting effects and power usage, and you can even tailor each to correspond to what game you’re playing. For example, you can turn the fans down and put red lights on for viewing DVDs, or turn the fans up and set the lights to Jedi green when playing Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The front of the system has the usual backlit alien head Alienware logo, flanked by the lit color panels. Next to the slot-loading DVD drive on the front are two USB 2.0 ports and two audio jacks for a headset. On the back, you’ll find a Kensington lock port, TOSlink and RCA jack for digital audio out, an HDMI port for the internal Intel HD Graphics 2000, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, analog audio ports, and two DVI-I ports and mini HDMI on the graphics card. Using a combination of the DVI ports, the motherboard HDMI port, and the mini HMDI port, you can use up to three monitors with the X51. Two connected to the graphics card and one to the HDMI port on the motherboard. Obviously, you’d want your game play on the monitor(s) connected to the graphics card, but the extra HDMI port is useful for keeping a browser window, IM window, or even watching a movie on the second (or third) monitor. Having multiple monitors running off the same PC will save you the hassle of balancing a tablet or notebook on your lap while storming the Hutt stronghold on your main screen.

Performance
As you’d expect, the X51 was a great performer on our standard benchmark tests. The butter-smooth 88 frames per second (fps) score on Crysis and 86fps score on Lost Planet 2 on Medium/Middle quality setting are the hallmarks of a good entry-level gaming system. Both are near the top of the list for systems in this price range, though the more media-oriented Dell XPS 8300 (X8300-7008NBK) ($999.99 direct, 3.5 stars) was a smidge faster on Crysis (111fps) and the previous entry-level gaming EC, the Velocity Micro Edge Z40 ($1,199 direct, 4 stars), was faster on Lost Planet 2 (130fps). You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference at these frame rates, though. At the higher quality settings on both games, all three were below playable frame rates, with the Velocity Z40 (33fps Crysis and 49fps Lost Planet 2) eking a win over the X51 (22fps Crysis and 35fps Lost Planet 2), with the XPS 8300 (20fps Crysis and 19fps Lost Planet 2) bringing up the rear. You should be able to find a happy medium with the Velocity Z40 and Alienware X51 systems, however. The X51 was the top dog on the 3DMark 11 tests (5,184 Entry and 1,059 Extreme), handily beating previously tested systems at both quality settings.

Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 14z 14-inch Intel 2nd Gen Core i7 2.8GHz Ultra-thin Laptop w/8GB RAM & 750GB HDD


This is one of the best deals we’ve seen on Core i7 configuration in XPS 14z (rarely discounted). Base configuration also includes 1GB GeForce GT 520M graphics, 8-cell battery, 36-months McAfee SecurityCenter, and more.

Dell Home – 14-inch Dell XPS 14z Ultra-thin Laptop with Core i7-2640M 2.8GHz Dual-core CPU, 8GB RAM & 750GB HDD starting at $1,588.99 – $489 off – $50 stackable coupon: MZM8M?N8VNTMM0 applied during checkout (Expires soon after limited uses) = $1,049.99 with FREE shipping.

Dell latitude D620 Palmrest with Touch Pad - DK036
Dell latitude D620 Palmrest with Touch Pad – DK036

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Review: Dell Alienware Aurora R4


Dell’s Alienware PCs have historically divided opinions, and perhaps they always will. For many a PC gamer, Alienware rigs are eye-catching, powerful machines that cost a pretty penny, but for those who’re well versed in self-building, they can be seen as overpriced and underpowered….read more

Dell Alienware Slim Multimedia USB Keyboard-H9Y23

Dell Alienware Slim Multimedia USB Keyboard-H9Y23
Dell Alienware Slim Multimedia USB Keyboard-H9Y23

40% Off Dell XPS 8300


CouponBuzz.com is pleased to announce an exciting Dell coupon, offering major savings on a new desktop computer. Now, for a limited time, consumers can find a 40% off coupon code for a fully customizable XPS 8300 on the new Dell coupon webpage, valid throughout the month of January.

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Dell XPS 14z is the World’s Thinnest Fully-Featured 14” Laptop


Product Specifications Overview:

Processor

  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ I5-2430M processor 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.00 GHz (1GB Gra
  • 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2640M processor 2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz (1GB Gra

Operating System

  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 BIT)
  • English Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate (64 BIT)

Memory

  • 4096MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2×2048]
  • 6144MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [1×4096 + 1×2048]
  • 8192MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2×4096]

Chipset

Video Card

  • 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M Graphics Card with Optimus

Display

  • 14.0″ (36cm) HD WLED True-Life W/ETE & Slim Bezel (1366×768) with 1.3 Mega Pixel HD Camera

Audio and Speakers

  • High Definition Audio +Waves MaxxAudio ®
    5.1 Surround sound can be supported via HDMI

Hard Drive

Optical Drive

  • Slot load 8x DVD +/- RW (reads & writes to CD/DVD) (9.5mm)

Power

  • 8-Cell Prismatic (58WHr, 2.0AHr) AC Adapter
    65 Watt AC adaptor for UMA graphics, 90 Watt AC adaptor for discrete graphics

Camera

  • 1.3MP HD with dual array digital microphones

Wireless

  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet network standard
    Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 802.11 agn (2×2)
    Bluetooth 3.0 (not available in Russia)
    Intel® Wireless Display ready*
  • Media Card Reader
    7-in-1 supporting MMC, SD, xD, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo

Ports, Slots & Chassis

HDMI 1.4 (1), Mini DisplayPort (1), RJ-45 (1), headphone (1), microphone (1)
2 total USB ports; USB 3.0 (1); USB 2.0 (1)

Starting at Weights
Starting at 4.36lbs (1.98 kg)
Starting at 4.12lbs (1.87 kg) with optional SSD

Dimensions (HxWxD)
Height: 0.9” (23mm) / Width: 13.9” (335mm) / Depth 9.21” (234mm)

Display
14” High Definition (720p) WLED with TrueLife™ with edge-to-edge glass (1366×768); 200-nit typical

Keyboard/Touchpad
Standard full size, backlit chiclet keyboard; spill-resistant
Multi-Touchpad with Integrated Scrolling & Gestures and two mechanical buttons; 100 x 53 mm – centered on system

Productivity & Entertainment Software
Dell Stage & WebCam Central, Skype, Cozi, Adobe® Acrobat Reader X, Adobe Photoshop Elements Trial 8, Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (reduced–functionality versions of Word and Excel with advertising), Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live, McAfee SecurityCenter trial, Dell DataSafe; Roxio Creator Starter

Dell Reports Strong Profitability in Third Quarter


Date : 11/15/2011
 

  • Earnings per share of $0.49 (GAAP) and $0.54 (non-GAAP) up 17 and 20 percent, respectively; Operating Income up 12 percent (GAAP); up 10 percent (non-GAAP)
  • Enterprise solutions and services revenue at all-time high of $4.7 billion
  • Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $851 million and $5.2 billion for the past four quarters

Dell’s continued strategic focus on higher-value opportunities, combined with an increased mix of enterprise solutions and services sales, resulted in increased profitability on revenue of $15.4 billion in its third quarter, flat compared with revenue a year ago.

“Our results this quarter and over the past year reflect a new Dell, one focused on providing our customers productivity-enhancing solutions either developed organically or acquired,” said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO. “We’re now investing in research and development activities at almost a billion-dollar annual run rate and our earnings per share is up 86 percent over the last 12 months.”

Revenue for Dell’s enterprise solutions and services business – including sales of servers, storage, networking, and services – increased 8 percent over the same quarter last year to $4.7 billion, an all-time high. As the revenue mix steadily shifts more to the higher-value enterprise portfolio, Dell is delivering on its commitment to improve profitability, with operating income up 12 percent for the quarter and at 7.6 percent of revenue for the fiscal year to date.

“We delivered strong third-quarter results, maintaining our focus on operating income and improving our mix of higher-value enterprise solutions,” said Brian Gladden, Dell chief financial officer. “Consistent with our strategy and the investments we have made, we continued to see excellent momentum in our enterprise business, with double-digit revenue growth in services, servers and networking, and in key growth countries, despite some macroeconomic uncertainty.”

Results:

  • Revenue in the quarter was $15.4 billion, flat compared with the same quarter last year.
  • GAAP earnings per share was 49 cents, up 17 percent; non-GAAP EPS was 54 cents, up 20 percent.
  • GAAP operating income was $1.1 billion, or 7.4 percent of revenue. Non-GAAP operating income was $1.3 billion, or 8.4 percent of revenue.
  • Cash flow from operations was $851 million for the quarter and $5.2 billion over the last four quarters. Dell ended the quarter with $16 billion in cash and investments and repurchased $600 million in stock in the quarter. For the year, Dell has spent $2.18 billion to purchase 142 million shares of Dell stock.

Fiscal-Year 2012 Third Quarter and Year-To-Date Highlights

                                                                          Third Quarter              Fiscal Year-to-Date

(in millions) FY12 FY11 Change FY12 FY11 Change
Revenue $15,365 $15,394 0% $46,040 $45,802 1%
Operating Income (GAAP) $1,142 $1,024 12% $3,500 $2,288 53%
Net Income (GAAP) $893 $822 9% $2,728 $1,708 60%
EPS (GAAP) $0.49 $0.42 17% $1.46 $0.87 68%
Operating Income (non-GAAP) $1,288 $1,167 10% $3,992 $2,863 39%
Net Income (non-GAAP) $983 $875 12% $3,039 $2,088 46%
EPS (non-GAAP $0.54 $0.45 20% $1.62 $1.06 53%

Information about Dell’s use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. Non-GAAP financial information excludes costs related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, severance and facility-action costs, certain settlement costs and acquisition-related charges. All comparisons in this press release are year over year unless otherwise noted.

Strategic Highlights:

  • Enterprise solutions and services revenue was $4.7 billion in the quarter and represented 31 percent of Dell’s revenue.
  • Server and networking revenue increased 13 percent year over year, driven by continued momentum in server virtualization. Dell is working with customers to provide mission-critical services and solutions around the server, creating competitive differentiation, richer configurations and stronger profitability.
  • Dell-branded storage revenue grew 23 percent year over year, driven by demand for EqualLogic and Compellent technology.
  • Dell Services revenue grew 10 percent to $2.1 billion and now represents 14 percent of Dell’s business. Dell’s total value of new services contracts signed for the past 12 months is $1.9 billion. Services backlog is now $15.5 billion, up 11 percent from a year ago.

Business Units and Regions:

  • Large Enterprise had $4.5 billion of revenue, up 4 percent from a year ago on a 19 percent increase in revenue for servers and networking and a 14 percent increase in revenue for services. Enterprise solutions and services revenue was $1.9 billion. Operating income was $441 million, or 9.8 percent of revenue.
  • Public had $4.4 billion of revenue, down 2 percent from a year ago, and including an increase in services revenue of 7 percent. Operating income was $463 million or 10.6 percent of revenue. Enterprise solutions and services revenue was $1.6 billion. Spending was slow in U.S. federal and Western Europe. Customers continue to invest in our solutions to reduce spending and increase productivity.
  • Small and Medium Business had revenue of $3.7 billion, up 1 percent. Operating income was $386 million or 10.4 percent of revenue. Enterprise solutions and services revenue was $1.1 billion, an all-time high, and up 18 percent, driven by a gain in servers of 18 percent; services of 23 percent, and storage of 9 percent.
  • Consumer revenue was $2.8 billion, a 6 percent decline. Operating income was $76 million or 2.7 percent of revenue. The migration to higher-value products has proven to be effective, with overall company revenue for the high-end XPS consumer laptop growing 207 percent. XPS revenue now accounts for nearly 20 percent of Dell’s total consumer laptop business.
  • Internationally, revenue in growth countries – defined as those outside the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Japan – grew 11 percent in the third quarter and is up 14 percent for the fiscal year. These geographies account for 29 percent of Dell’s revenue. Regionally, Asia Pacific and Japan had the greatest revenue growth at 10 percent, led by China’s 23 percent growth and Australia/New Zealand’s 13 percent increase. EMEA revenue increased 4 percent. Revenue in European growth countries increased 12 percent, led by the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. Revenue in BRIC countries increased 14 percent.

Company Outlook:

Dell has delivered $5.3 billion in operating income on a trailing, 12-month basis, and a 44-percent increase year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis. The company remains committed to its strategy and is on track to exceed its guidance of 17 to 23 percent full fiscal-year operating income growth.

Given the uncertain macroeconomic environment and complexity in working through the industry-wide hard drive issue, the company is trending to the lower end of the range of its revenue outlook of 1 to 5-percent full fiscal-year growth.

Results through Q3 show that Dell is on track for another outstanding year. The company has made significant progress in building a more diversified and competitive set of enterprise and services-focused businesses that now represent almost 50 percent of its margin.