Dell releases new lightweight notebook

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Dell this week introduced the Latitude X1, a lightweight notebook computer designed with traveling professionals in mind.
   
The Latitude X1 combines the latest mobile processors, a wide screen display, and has a keyboard that focuses on usability, said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell's Product Group.
   
With the rigors of traveling life in mind, the Latitude X1 has been designed with an LCD back that is reinforced to withstand any blows it might endure while being hauled through an airport, or airplane. Also, the keyboard is sealed to protect against spills.
   
Other features include a 12.1-inch, wide-aspect display with shorter height than traditional screens and fits easily in tight spaces, including tray tables pinched by fully reclined seats; a small power adapter that is almost 50 percent smaller than the typical Latitude power adapter; and is configurable with the optional six-cell battery ($129), with which users can expect up to six hours of battery life while adding only 0.3 pound.
   
Dell said the Latitude X1 has a starting price of $1,699.
   
Technical Features of the Latitude X1 include:

  • Intel Pentium M processor 733 (1.1GHz ULV) combined with the Intel 915GMS chipset
  • 12.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 768) display
  • 256MB to 1.28GB of DDR2 400MHz shared SDRAM
  • Choice of 30GB or 60GB hard drives
  • Standard internal Intel PRO wireless 2200 802.11b/g and Dell Wireless Bluetooth 350
  • Choice of optional 8X DVD-ROM, 24X CD-RW/DVD combination and 8X DVD+/-RW optical drives, floppy disk drive, and 40GB second hard drive
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet and 56K V92 modem
  • Ports include: two USB 2.0, VGA, headphone and microphone, SD/IO, CompactFlash, IEEE 1394
  • Optional 6-cell, 53WHr Smart Lithium Ion Battery
  • Choice of Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional Operating System
  • Three Years Next Business Day On-site Service
  • Dimensions: 0.98-inch high, 11.26-inches wide, 7.7-inches deep; 25.0mm high, 286mm wide, 196.8mm deep