Dell Latitude 13 Business Ultraportable Announced

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Dell announced today the Latitude 13 business ultraportable, “the world’s thinnest 13-inch commercial client laptop”.

The Dell Latitude 13 features various corporate-class technologies, such as remote manageability, desktop virtualization through certification from Citrix and VMware, full disk encryption, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM), as well as Dell ImageDirect service which “lets IT create, update and deploy system images 24/7 from a secure online location.”

Dell’s laptop supports mobile broadband connectivity and 802.11g/n WiFi, and features optional solid state drives, optional external Blu-ray drive, and built-in webcam and microphone.

Dell also announced addition of the Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors to the Precision M6500 17″ mobile workstation. The M6500 is currently available with the quad-core Core i7 CPUs.

The Latitude 13 and the dual-core Precision M6500 will be available for order in the coming weeks, the PC maker says.

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Dell Latitude Z600

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The Dell Latitude Z Series 16-inch ultra-thin business laptop, also known as the Latitude Z600, is now available for purchase in the US.

Starting at 4.5 pounds and measuring at “just over a half an inch thin”, the Latitude Z features the Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 or SU9400 ultra-low voltage processor, the GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 memory, one or two solid state drives with up to 256GB of storage per SSD, a 1600×900 LED backlight display, and a 4-cell or 8-cell battery. The notebook does not include a built-in optical drive.

Dell’s Latitude Z (Z600), advertised as “the world’s thinnest and lightest 16-inch laptop”, also sports a 2MP web camera with face recognition and business card reading functionality, 802.11n WiFi, optional WiMAX, optional mobile broadband connectivity, Bluetooth, an Ethernet LAN port, a Display Port, two USB ports (one is shared with eSATA port), optional wireless USB for a clutter-free connection to peripherals, a fingerprint reader, the TPM 1.2, and a contactless Smart Card reader.

Along with a backlit keyboard and a gesture-enabled touchpad, the notebook includes the Dell EdgeTouch LCD Sensor, enabling innovative controls at lower right corner of LCD for “quick, easy and customizable” laptop interaction.

Optionally, customers can purchase the Latitude Z with a wireless inductive charging stand. An internal charging module must be installed in the laptop in order to use inductive charging.

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Student Netbook: Dell Latitude 2100

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 Dell Latitude 2100

Dell has launched the Latitude 2100 educational netbook, featuring a 10.1-inch display, Intel’s Atom CPU and a ruggedized design.

The Dell Latitude 2100 is aimed at K-12 students, as we as “any business or public institution that needs affordable, durable, Internet-ready devices for e-mail and collaboration”.

Along with the 10.1″ 1024 x 576 display with optional touch-screen functionality, and the Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, the 2100 includes 512MB or 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16GB solid state drive or a traditional HDD with a capacity of up to 250GB, the GMA 950 integrated graphics, and a three- or six-cell battery.

The netbook also sports an optional web cam, stereo speakers, 802.11g or 802.11a/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, three USB ports, a 3-in-1 media card reader, and a VGA output.

The Latitude 2100 starts at 2.9 pounds with a 3-cell battery. The ruggedized and ‘rubberized’ netbook is able to absorb “daily bumps and bruises of a crowded playground or backpack” and comes in five colors – School Bus Gold, Chalkboard Black, Ball Field Green, Blue Ribbon and Schoolhouse Red. Its bottom is vent-free to avoid intrusion from spills.

The 2100 is available with a personalized window on the back of the battery pack where the school logo or name can be displayed, allowing schools to personalize or easily identify systems. In addition, there’s a Network Activity Light on the netbook’s lid to help teachers monitor network use and “identify students who may be surfing the Internet”.

Available operating system choices are Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows XP Home, and Ubuntu Linux.

The Latitude 2100 has a starting price of $369 at Dell.com.

Dell has announced that customers can also purchase a custom-built Mobile Computing Station, which equips classrooms with a cart to store, manage and network up to 24 netbooks.

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