The Bottom Line
- Full Gigabyte of Memory
- Expansion Ports Well Positioned
- Lacks Dedicated Graphics Processor
- Media Center OS Out of Place
- Productivity Software Extra
- Intel Pentium M 750 (1.86GHz) Processor
- 1GB DDR2 Memory
- 80GB Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Burner
- 14.1" WXGA (1280x800) LCD Screen
- Intel GMA 900 Integrated Graphics with 128MB
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, One FireWire, One ExpressCard/54 and 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 13" x 9.6" x 1.5" @ 5.5 lbs.
- Windows XP Media Center OS, McAfee Security Center and Word Perfect 12
Guide Review - Dell Inspiron XPS M140
11/14/05 One of the oddest things about the new Dell Inspiron XPS M140 is the marketing of it. They are positioning it as multimedia notebook and are even including the Windows XP Media Center operating system with it, but it lacks many of the integrated features one would expect with a media notebook such as a TV tuner or video inputs.
Powering the XPS M140 is the Intel Pentium M 750 (1.86GHz) processor that is standard for most thin and light notebook computers. It is matched up with 1GB of DDR2 memory that should let it run pretty much any application without any problems.
Storage is provided by an 80GB hard drive that should have plenty of space for digital media files and applications. A 8x DVD+/-RW burner is included for watching or recording music, movie or data CDs or DVDs. A 5-in-1 media card reader allows it to interface with digital peripheral flash cards.
While most thin and line notebooks use a 15.4 wide screen LCD, the XPS 140 uses a 14.1 LCD screen that is still quite functionality and provides a much more portable platform. A flaw is in integrated graphics processor that limits the 3D graphics capabilities. Previously all XPS notebooks from Dell were very well suited for 3D gaming something that the XPS M140 cannot do.
Overall the Dell Inspiron XPS M140 is a good thin and light notebook, it just fails to miss the mark as a powerhouse multimedia notebook that Dell is positioning it as.