We’ve long been fans of Dell’s XPS line of multimedia-friendly notebooks, because they offer incredible sound quality, along with bright, hi-res screen options and plenty of power. Today, the powerful Dell XPS 17 is on sale for a cool $692 in a configuration that features a 2.4-GHz Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB Optimus graphics, 4G of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a 1600 x 900 screen. An extra $100 gets you a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, which we strongly recommend.
With its powerful graphics chip, large screen, and superior sound, the Dell XPS 17 is definitely good enough for gaming or for multimedia. To learn more about this system stacks up, you can check out our review of a 3D version of the Dell XPS 17, which differs only in its 3D capability, specs, and pricing.