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Dell intros Crystal LCD, Inspiron 1525 [U]

updated 08:35 am EST, Thu January 3, 2008

Dell Crystal and Inspiron

(Updated with DisplayPort info) Dell on Thursday jumpstarted its CES efforts with one of its most unique displays to date as well as a reworked version of its most popular notebook. The Crystal is Dell's first designer LCD and is designed to be as unintrusive as possible while offering a full media setup: built with a glass frame about 4mm (0.15 inches) thick, the touch controls, wiring, and speakers are all built into the frame surface and allow Dell to create the illusion of a "bare" LCD without the associated clutter. Only one cable typically needs to leave the back of the screen, Dell says. Quality is also evident in the panel itself; though most 22-inch LCDs offer poor color reproduction, the Crystal supplies about 98 percent of the NTSC color gamut and produces a 2,000:1 contrast ratio without sacrificing a 2ms gray-to-gray pixel response time.

The screen also boasts the DisplayPort technology featured on a concept display last year and will support future video cards that allow just a single cable to supply audio and video; it additionally finds room for HDMI input with audio as well as a standard DVI connector. A subtle, embedded 2-megapixel webcam is included along with a USB hub for attaching peripherals. The Texas PC company sees the Crystal as a premium design and is pricing it at $1,199. A release date is not yet available.

Dell has also formally launched the 15.4-inch Inspiron 1525: though already launched early in Australia, the system is more than just a speed upgrade, according to the PC maker. The new model is roughly 25 percent smaller and half a pound lighter than the 1520 it replaces, making it a better fit for travelers. It also extends Dell's personalized display lids to include four special art patterns.

The system upgrade is more than just cosmetic and includes options such as internal Wireless USB for the newest peripherals as well as a slight performance upgrade across the board; gone, however, are options for Blu-ray or dedicated video, which are now limited to the thicker Inspiron models and the XPS line. Price is the selling point with a base system launching at $499 with a 1.86GHZ Celeron M, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard disk, and a DVD/CD-RW drive; options boost it as far as a 2GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB of memory, a 250GB hard disk, and a DVD burner. The 1525 should ship in the last week of January.

By Electronista Staff


  1. milhouse

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001



    Both of these are actually quite nice looking. Dell's stuff isn't usually the slickest . Nice work, IMO

  1. Omek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2002


    not bad

    The design is rather pleasing especially for Dell. It's nice to see that they are doing a little more innovation. I'm not too sure about the main black part of LCD though. It almost looks like they glued an LCD to a pane of glass. That's the only real form/function thing I noticed.

  1. Rezzz

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    Joined: Jan 2006


    looks better straight on

    when viewed from the side or at an angle, it looks like a pane of glass glued to an LCD. cool how they did the speakers and buttons, though. tripod stand is not very pretty and seems like it would consume a fair bit of depth with the rear leg.

    $1200 for the monitor plus a vista laden pc would set you back about $2100. now yours at your local Best Buy.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002



    ...would seem in conflict with an apparently attempted minimalism ie the electrical tracks seem excessive as do the transparent 'flange' & speaker enclosures - dust will gather nicely - nice try but still a wannabe compared to apple ID 4 me...

  1. fritzair

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    Joined: Oct 2000


    I like it

    Too bad it only runs windows.

  1. kerryb

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    A for effort C for looks

    Dell is so trying to get some Apple styling you can smell it all the way from Texas. Sorry but those floating speakers are very distracting and that tripod base looks very "tippy" don't you think? Mr Dell here's a good tip, less is more.

  1. Unity Boy

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    Joined: Oct 2007



    That monitor is very attractive :>

    Dell has made quite a turnaround I especially like the XPS One.

  1. koolkid1976

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    Joined: May 2003


    re: i like it

    Last time I checked, monitors didn't run Windows. Are you referring to the Inspiron, perhaps?

  1. moldyapples

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    Joined: Jul 2006



    That's UGLY!

  1. Skanoza

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    Joined: Jun 2007



    DELL can design all they want, they'll never be anything but UGLY!

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