February 24, 2005 12:40 PM PST

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In an effort to beef up its portfolio of products for the home market, Dell on Thursday announced four new additions to its mobile-entertainment lineup.

The traditionally business-focused computer maker announced new game and entertainment notebooks, a music player with room to store up to 15,000 songs and a portable digital projector. The new products allow Dell to take advantage of major trends in the consumer technology market, specifically around digital-media players and video games, and combine them with the ever-popular theme of totability.

"We want to meet the consumer's needs," for playing digital media on the go, said Gretchen Miller, director of mobile marketing at Dell.

Dell's latest game notebook, the Inspiron XPS Gen 2, was made available Thursday for $2,749 and targets the high end of the game market. The Gen 2 comes with a 17-inch display, a 256MB Nvidia GeForce Go 6800 Ultra graphics card, Windows XP Home Edition and Intel's 2GHz Pentium M processor. The Gen 2 weighs 8.6 pounds, according to Dell.

The company also announced the 7.9-pound Inspiron 9300 notebook, which will be available in March. The $1,599 notebook focuses on entertainment and comes with a 17-inch screen, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Intel's 2.1GHz Pentium M chip, USB 2.0 TV tuner options and multiple ports for connecting video and audio devices.

Dell formally announced the $299 Dell Digital Jukebox 30GB, a digital audio player that has been previously reported. It comes with a 30GB hard drive and will support Microsoft's Media DRM 10 and PlaysForSure software starting in March. The device can connect to music subscription services such as Napster to Go.

The company's latest projector, the $849 Dell 1100MP, will also be available in March and will weigh 4.9 pounds. It will project images at up to 1,400 lumens and come with component HDTV, S-Video and composite video inputs.


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iPod is a fad eh...
I love this, Dell calls iPod a fad, but they to sell a portable music player. The guy who runs dell is an idiot. I suppose what he really meant was the "iPod" is a fad not portable music players. Of course it's hard to tell considering he call the Walkman a fad too.

Dell is a Fad as well. It's not true and my words don't carry much weight, but hey I can spread FUD just as good as anybody.

My only suggestion for people is "go with the Fads" since they hold out longer than non-fads. i.e. 25 year run of the walkman.
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While I wouldn't go so far as to call Michael Dell and friends idiots, I think that Dell is a fad. The company has become too big now and it doesn't do any remarkable work. Dell even boasts about this!
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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People complain about iTunes 128Kbps songs and yet...
Dell bases their 15,000 song claim on 64Kbps.
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What a bunch of hypocrites!
Apple iPod is just a "fad" that Dell's CEO dismissed on CNET, yet they are spending as much money as they can on their new promotions of the DULL-BJ MP3 player that's a total rip off of the iPod.
Next thing you know, Micheal Dell will start wearing a black mock turtleneck & blue jeans to his next "vision of the Dell" speech.

Sell all of your Dell stock NOW & buy Apple Stock today!
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