Dell extends Latitude notebook family

Dell has unveiled three new ‘Latitude’ business notebooks, including the ultra-portable Latitude D410, which weighs in at just 1.72kgs.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 7, 2005

Dell has unveiled three new ‘Latitude’ business notebooks, including the ultra-portable Latitude D410, which weighs in at just 1.72kgs. The new launch models also include Dell's mainstream model, the D610 and the high-performance Latitude D810. As each of the notebooks employs the new Sonoma version of Intel’s Centrino technology suite, this means they incorporate the latest Intel 915GM/PM chipset technology, Intel Pentium M processors with clock speeds of up to 2.13GHz, 533-MHz front-side buses and 2MB L2 cache. They also include PCI Express technology for more powerful graphics, higher performance memory and faster connections to peripherals such as hard drives and DVD burners. As for security, each new Latitude is housed inside an improved tri-metal chassis and uses a magnesium alloy LCD cover. Dell’s ‘Trusted Platform Module’ (TPM) security technology and integrated smart card readers also help ensure only authorised systems access network data and resources. TPM is integrated into the systems’ hardware and can provide two facets of system security: platform authentication and file encryption on the local drive. Communications wise, the new super-quick version of Bluetooth (version 2.0) is available as an option, while Bluetooth 1.1 and WiFi come as standard on all three models. “We have incorporated key enhancements to these new notebooks, providing better performance, usability and productivity,” said Michael Collins, general manager, Dell Middle East. “Many of these enhancements are innovative new features and many are incorporated through direct feedback from our customers. We continue to listen to our customers to build and deliver the best notebook solutions incorporating the latest technologies at great value.” The silver and black ultra-portable Latitude D410 costs from $1,905 and comes with an optional nine-cell extended battery, giving users what Dell reckons is, “close to all-day computing without recharging.” The Latitude D610 is available from $1,850 while the best performing new Latitude model, the D810, starts at $1,990.

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