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I just spoke with a customer service rep at Dell about the upcoming CableCard support for the XPS 410.  While I don't have pricing on the CableCard units themselves, she did tell me that current 410 models are upgradable.

Considering you can get an XPS 410 starting at $779 (that's the base $999 model minus monitor, speakers and a modem) we may have an affordable Vista CableCard PC brewing.  And by affordable I mean under $1000.

Update Dell recently lowered the price on this unit by $100.  You can now get the same computer for $679!

Here are the XPS 410 specs:

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6300 (2MB L2 Cache,1.86GHz,1066 FSB)
  • Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium
  • 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
  • 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
  • Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
  • No Monitor
  • 256MB nVidia Geforce 7300LE TurboCache
  • Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
  • No speakers
  • Dell USB Keyboard
  • Dell Optical USB Mouse
  • No Floppy Drive Included
  • No Modem
  • No Productivity software pre-installed
  • No Security software pre-installed
  • No Entertainment software pre-installed
  • 1Yr Ltd Warranty and At-Home Service
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:23 PM Hardware | Back to top

Comments on this post: Dell XPS 410 Upgrade to CableCard

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I own a xps 410 and i called to see if it would be upgradable to the CableCard system. Although one representative did say yes I am extremely doubtful that they know what they are talking about. When I questioned them further they really displayed a lack of knowledge about anything cablecard.

And if they suggested the above system, that is another reason to doubt their knowledge on the subject becasue the video card listed above will not work with cablecard. You need a HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) video card. I have the 7300 LE and this is not compliant with the above standard.

Most of the dell reps that i have spoken to think that you are talking about the Theatre 650 pro tuner which supports terrestrial hd (i think) but not cable hd/cablecard.

If you don't need a new system asap I would suggest waiting out the arrival of cablecard at dell to be safe or just go with Velocity Micro, they are already shipping cablecard ready tuners with their pcs. Otherwise if you don't wait you may regret it. I have this terrible feeling I will need to buy yet another PC in the near future if I want cablecard.
Left by Greg on Jul 18, 2007 2:19 PM

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