Dell’s unveils next-generation corporate notebooks

Dell Middle East yesterday unveiled its new Latitude D-family business notebooks, which it claims have been designed to perfectly meet customer demand.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 4, 2006

Dell Middle East yesterday unveiled its new Latitude D-family business notebooks, which it claims have been designed to perfectly meet customer demand. “Dell customers have played a significant role in designing these two new Latitude notebooks through their direct feedback to us,” explained Eric Greffier, Dell EMEA’s director of corporate client products. “Both of these models exemplify how the Dell direct model delivers what customers define as value.” Dell’s new Latitude D620 and D820 are based upon Intel’s new Core Duo (dual-core) CPUs and are designed to function as durable, dependable and secure PC workhorses for everyone from hot-deskers to mobile sales professionals. The Latitude D620 weighs from 2.00kg and packs in a wide-screen 14.1-inch WXGA display, 512Mbytes of DDR2 memory (upgradeable to 4Gbytes), a 40Gbyte SATA hard drive and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. A base configuration for the Latitude D820 meanwhile weighs from 2.54kg and features another wide aspect display, but this time one that measures 15.4-inches. More than base specs though, Dell’s team claims that where these new machines shine is in the customer-specific features it has added. For example, Dell worked with customers to develop the following two features: ‘Smart Security’. Designed to help IT managers provide appropriate system and network access while protecting sensitive data from illicit access, this includes an optional integrated biometric fingerprint reader, Smart Card and Trusted Platform Module (TPM1.2). Users can then enable and manage any or all of these security technologies with the Dell Embassy Trust Suite software application, which comes pre-loaded on the machines. The firm’s ‘RoadReady Quality Durability’ feature set meanwhile refers to the PCs’ durable design and the rigorous testing that has been done on each model. Both notebooks employ full magnesium alloy casing, sealed, spill-resistant keyboards, full-time hard drive protection with ‘StrikeZone’, and metal-reinforced security slots. In addition, Dell’s ‘Wi-Fi Catcher’ function helps Latitude users find wireless connections without turning on or booting up their machine, while ‘Location Profiler’ makes it easy to configure different connection and printer settings for a variety of networks and locations. On the graphics front, buyers of the Latitude D620 and D820 can configure their systems with either Intel’s battery-saving Graphics Media Accelerator 950 or nVidia’s high-end Quadro NVS TurboCache solution. Although Michael Collins, Dell Middle East’s general manager, was unable yesterday to give pricing information for the firm’s new models, he did predict that price points wouldn’t differ greatly from the prices of current Latitude machines. This stance ties into a recent Dell announcement, which outlined how the firm is striving to give customers more for their money by keeping the prices of new products and technologies down. Elaborating on this point yesterday, Collins told Windows Middle East: “It’s about offering our customers new technology at the same price. We try and focus on value, rather than just the price point. For instance, our Core Duo notebooks should be available at the same price as single-core models.”

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