Dell has added a Blu-ray drive for the first time to one of its notebook computers, the XPS M1710.

Designed as one of its top-of-the-range machines, the XPS M1710 is a gamer's delight, and features top-end specs for graphics and power.

The drive now offered for it burns both 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray discs, and also plays back movie titles on Blu-ray.

"Blu-ray optical drive technology has gained broad industry support and we believe it will become the optical drive standard of the future", said Alex Gruzen, senior VP, Dell Product Group.

"We continue to see PCs - both desktops and notebooks - functioning as the entertainment and productivity hub in the home and on the road, with their versatility, power, connectivity, and vibrant high-definition displayer. We believe high-definition video powered by Blu-ray disc technology will be a significant part of that entertainment experience.”

The M1710 comes with a Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 2GHz, 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz, as well as up to 4GB of memory, 512MB of graphics memory, and 100GB hard drive.

The 17-inch notebook also boasts an Nvidia GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics card, and is available starting at $3700 with the Blu-ray drive.