Dell is throwing in the Xbox 360 Elite with the purchase of the top-of-the-line XPS entertainment notebook.
The package costs $2,999 and includes the 17-inch XPS M1730 powered by a 2.5-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor. The machine ships with Microsoft's Windows Vista Premium and includes 4 GB of memory, two 200-GB hard drives, and Nvidia's SLI Dual GeForce 8700MGT graphics card with 512 MB of memory. The notebook also comes with support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology.
The Xbox 360 Elite is Microsoft's premier video-game console. The device has a 120-GB detachable hard drive and a wireless controller. The system sells for $500.
No explanation was given for the unusual promotion. The Dell XPS is the computer maker's high-end entertainment/gaming notebook. On the desktop side, Dell offers the XPS One, an all-in-one computer launched in November 2007 that competes with the Apple iMac, Gateway's One, and Hewlett-Packard's TouchSmart. The latter has a differentiating touch screen, but falls within the same price range as the XPS One.
The top-of-the-line XPS notebook competes with Apple's MacBook Pro. The machines are aimed at people who do a lot of photo and video editing, and watch high-definition video.
Competition is fierce in the PC market, particularly notebooks. The latter remains a key contributor to worldwide market growth. Price drops along with product upgrades and fresh designs have been major drivers behind rising sales, analysts say.
Globally, PC shipments in the second quarter rose 15.3% over the same period last year to 70.6 million units, according to IDC. Dell was the top computer maker in the United States in terms of shipments, with a 32% market share. HP was second, with a 25% share. Worldwide, HP tops the list, followed by Dell.