Dell has announced the UK release of the Inspiron 17 laptop. Claiming it blurs the lines between desktop and laptop functionality, the 17 gets a 17.3-inch display.

The 16:9 WLED screen is backed up by a full-size keyboard with number pad in a 3.1kg package.

The Inspiron 17 is offered with a choice of Intel Celeron, Dual Core and Core 2 Duo processor options, up to 500GB hard drive, up to 8GB RAM, Intel and ATI graphics options and a 6- or 9-cell battery.

Features include a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a 7-in-1 media card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and Windows Vista Home Premium.

As is Dell's usual MO, there are options galore available at extra cost including facial recognition tech, a Blu-ray disc drive and, from October, an HD display.

Ultimately due to be offered in seven "glossy" colours (black, red and blue available now) on, the Inspiron 17 starts at £369 including VAT and delivery.