Dell’s Tablet PC is finally here. After years of wild rumoring and enthusiastic anticipation, the Latitude XT is Dell’s first bet in the ever-bleak Tablet PC industry. Whilst Dell didn’t deliver what everyone have hoped for - the cheapest tablet PC - they did however design one featured packed notebook with numerous innovative ideas and engineering worthy of at least some credit.
I’m lucky enough to be one of the first to get their dirty hands on this very popular machine amongst journalists at least. Whilst I would have preferred to review this after university started, but it had to be an on-the-minute decision or I might have not had the chance again for a very long time. Sorry Mossberg, you’ll have to wait until I’m done.
This particular model has in it:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600 (1.2GHz)
- Memory: 2GB (2×1GB) DDR2-533Mhz
- Hard disk: 32GB SanDisk Solid State Drive UATA 5000
- Graphics: ATI Radeon X1250 UMA Graphics (integrated)
- Display: 12.1-inch WXGA LED back-lit display (1280×800)
- Optical: D-Bay plus 24X CD-RW/DVD
- Wireless: Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n
- WWAN: Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband (3G HSDPA)
- Ethernet: Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
- Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth Module
- Audio: SigmaTel HD Audio
- Battery: Primary 6-cell 42W/Hr Li-ion battery. Secondary 45W/Hr Li-ion slice
- Connectors: 3xUSB, Firewire IEEE01394, SD card slot, ExpressCard, VGA, RJ-45 ethernet, microphone, headphone
- Speakers: Integrated mono speaker
- Accessories: Integrated microphone array, UPEK fingerprint reader, leather portfolio carrying case
On Dell’s site, a similarly customized model would cost about US$3500. The SSD hard disk alone is a $600 extra. Dell insists Latitude is a business-oriented range of notebooks and so these prices reflect the quality of business-grade computers including support, security and customer care. Which means until Dell moves the tablet out of the Latitude range, don’t expect the prices to drop to any ‘consumer’ levels. Moving on.
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