Dell announced a couple of new personal computers with a home entertainment bent today, the XPS M140 notebook and the Dimension E310 desktop. The notebook weighs less than 5.5 lbs, is 1.5-inches thin, has a 14.1-inch high-definition widescreen, has a 5-in-1 media card reader and a Dell MediaDirect button for quick access to digital photos, music, and videos without starting up the OS. It comes standard with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
The desktop is an entry-level Media Center PC that has Windows XP Media Center 2005 and an optional TV tuner. The Dimension E310 features a DVD burner an all-in-one media card reader, up to 160GB storage, and has a silver and black chassis that's designed for noise-reduction. There's also an optional Dell DataSafe program that offers data protection and backup applications along with an additional hard drive. The base config has an Intel Pentium 4 processor 521, 256 MB DDR2 memory, 80 GB hard drive, a 16x DVD/CD-DRW drive, a 17-inch CRT monitor, and a year's warranty.
The XPS M140 notebook starts at $999 and will be available next month, while the base Dimension E310 desktop mentioned will go for $599.