Dell has been trying to show the public that notebooks are no longer slow or boring with their XPS-series. Looking at the XPS M1710 the boring part is without question not an issue, and when viewing the specifications the slow part has been dealt with as well. The XPS M1710 sports a Core Duo T2600 and the mobile version of the nVidia Geforce 7900GTX.
Dell seems to have been watching the car manufacturers, that pimp up their sports models with bigger alloy wheels, spoilers and striping to distinguish these from the normal versions of the car. The XPS 1710 is a clear descendant of the Inspirion 9400, a 17 inch notebook with a very attractive pricetag and loaded with options and features.