That's the Dell XPS M1210, one of two new Dell XPS mobile systems (hey, don't call them "notebooks") that can be pre-configured with Skype software.Skype will be pre-loaded on the $3,500-$4,700 XPS 2010, which features a pre-bundled webcam, and be optional on the $1,300-$2,500 XPS 1210 which also has an elective webcam.
On these screens, I make it a rule to get beyond the "cool" and explore what this means.
I think this deal is more important for Skype than it is for Dell.
For Dell, I don't think the availability of Skype, a webcam and earbuds you can pick up at the Radio Shack for $15 or $20 bucks will convince folks who are considering whether to pay a small (maybe not so small) fortune for a notebook to go ahead and make the leap. Many of those folks are power users who probably have Skype already, as well as a webcam if indeed they have wanted one.
But as for Skype, I have to think the pre-load is an effective strategy against other IM-centric VoIP providers, as well as the broadband VoIP bundlers and pure-play VoIP providers such as Vonage. After all, it is easier to plug in your webcam, your buds, click on an icon, buy some credits and get ready to rock.