Dell has launched a new high-end gaming laptop apart of its XPS range today. The new model, called the XPS M1710 promises to be Dell's fastest gaming laptop todate.

Aimed at serious gamers, the new laptop will feature Intel Core Duo processors, NVIDIA 512MB GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics technology and up to 4GB of memory.

Dell says the specs of the new XPS M1710 means it can deliver up to 35 per cent better performance than its predecessor and also means that customers can play 3D games at high settings while simultaneously performing intensive tasks such as encoding music or running a virus scan without zapping performance.

The new laptop will be available in either a Special Edition Formula Red or Metallic Black. To further customize the look, each XPS M1710 notebook features an illuminated XPS touchpad and adjustable 16-color perimeter lighting.

Weighing in at 3.9kg, the XPS M1710, with its magnesium-alloy reinforced RoadReady chassis, is rugged enough to withstand punishment but unlikely to be something that you're keen to carry around with you everyday.

The top-of-the-line XPS M1710 also incorporates multimedia features to entertain. Dell increased the brightness of its TrueLife 17-inch widescreen UXGA display by 30 per cent to enhance detail and clarity for games, photos and movies.

The Dell notebook also comes with MediaDirect buttons and a 5-in-1 media card reader to save time and enable fast access to digital content. The laptop also comes with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

The XPS M1710 Metallic Black model is available immediately worldwide starting at $2600 with an Intel Duo Core T2400 processor, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics, 1GB DDR2 memory, nine-cell battery, 60GB hard drive, and 1-year limited warranty.

The Special Edition Formula Red model is available in the United States and Canada only priced at $3400 with an Intel Core Duo T2500 processor, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics and 80GB hard drive.