Dell goes color crazy

  • Round Rock (TX) – Dell has refreshed some of its consumer notebooks and desktops for the second half of the year: Pink, green and yellow Dell computers are coming your way – even with Linux.

    Dell’s notebooks are getting much more colorful with eight different finishes now being available for the firm’s mainstream Inspiron 1420, 1520, 1720, 1521 and 1721 notebooks. Customers can choose between colors that sound like they have been taken right out of a car brochure: “Jet Black” matte finish, “Alpine White” gloss finish, “Espresso Brown”, “Flamingo Pink”, “Midnight Blue”, “Ruby Red”, “Spring Green”, “Sunshine Yellow” with “soft touch finish”.  

    On the technology side, the notebooks can be configured with AMD Turion X2 CPUs (available from $750) or Core 2 Duo processors (from $850), up to 250 GB hard drive space, Blu-ray drives (notebooks with Core 2 Duo CPUs only), optional webcams, optional wireless broadband (EV-DO or HSDPA) and screen sizes ranging from 14” to 17”.

    Operating system choices include Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux (Core 2 Duo-based model 1420 only).  

    Also new is the XPS M1330 notebook, which Dell calls the thinnest 13.3” notebook currently available. The system, priced from $1300 is just about 0.9” thick and weighs about four pounds. The new member of the XPS series can also be ordered in new colors, including “Crimson Red”, “Tuxedo Black” or “Pearl White”.

    The Inspiron brand, which has been limited to notebooks in the past, now spills over to the desktop space as well: Dell announced a series of Inspiron desktop which are positioned as entry level systems that can be configured to serve as basic entertainment center PCs. Prices start at about $350 and go up quickly with available options such as graphics cards, a widescreen display, TV tuner cards and a sound system.