Guys, this "notebook" was showed on the XPS dell website few weeks back.
This "thing" is not the notebook that you carry around campus to type up some notes. This thing is for ppl to carry in car and possibly 1 minute walk to a place where ppl can enjoy the 20 inch screen on a desk or on a nice coffee table. Dell advertised this on the XPS website as a multimedia "thing" few weeks ago.
Did you guys read toms about the review of multimedua notebook and dell promised them something new is coming up to against those toms already tested. It's for multimedia with 8 speakers. They chose ATI because ATI has better multimedia technology for lower cost (that's what I heard). Although this is not mainly for games, 1800 is still able to handle some games as well.
For the price, yeah, it's insane. But that's what it's about. This thing is not for normal $15/hr ppl. It's for ppl that has too much money and wants to enjoy the coolness in front of other rich ppl. I do have a friend that just have too much money and need to find something to spend on after having 3 cars in the garage and 1 car on the drive way, but he only use one car. That's what this aims at and dell also wants to establish high end products image even though they probably are selling only 1000 of this worldwide.
For the next few weeks, we will see dell gets all the attentions about the high end cool products. But are they selling lots of those? probably not.
What they are probably doing is to tell people that Dell is not about CHEAP, or LOW Price. They want to capture high end market and to build trust in quality computers. So people will be even more confident about dell computers. It's like car company (Honda, Toyota, Ferrari, BMW, Benz, ...) dumps billions in F1 forumla race, and they only get recognition out of it. It's not like a honda civic has anything to do with it, maybe not even a S2000. That's marketing.