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Dell adds to Latitude range

Dell has added another model to its Latitude D-family of notebooks, the Latitude D505, which is shipping now to the Middle East.

Dell has added another model to its Latitude D-family of notebooks, the Latitude D505, which is shipping now to the Middle East.

The D505 is geared for the mobile market and is available with Intel’s Centrino mobile technology. However, like Dell’s other mobile offerings, it can also be ordered with the company’s own TrueMobile wireless technology. This is available for 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g networks. When Centrino was launched last year it only supported the slower 802.11b standard, although Intel has since added support for 802.11g networks.

The Latitude D505can also be ordered with Intel’s Pentium M processor, or its new “budget” mobile processor, the Celeron M. Intel is pitching this chip as technology for the “mobility value market segment”. The Celeron M is based on the same architecture as the Pentium but comes with half the cache memory, 512KB of level 2 cache as opposed to 1MB. Cache is the pool of memory integrated into the processor: larger cache size (roughly) equates to better performance.

The Dell Latitude D505 notebook starts at AED 5,750 for the 1.5 Intel Pentium M standard configuration, which comes with a 40GB hard drive, 15” XGA TFT display, integrated DVD/CDRW Combo drive, Wi-Fi capability.

Dell claims that the D-family notebook range has benefited from feedback from business and education customers on usability, features and form factors. “Working closely with customers and IT managers has been an integral part of Dell’s revamped D-family of notebooks. With the D505, Dell has produced a versatile, high permance notebook that offers business users the features they want and require at great value,” explained Michael Collins, General Manager, Dell Middle East Regional Business.

Specifications for the Latitude D505 include integrated 802.11 WiFi capability, 10/100 Ethernet, 56K Modem, USB 2.0 and optional Bluetooth support. The Latitude D505 shares the same intuitive and innovatively designed D/Port and D/View stand along with other products in the Latitude D-family notebook portfolio. Designed for budget-conscious business and education customers with a networked environment, it provides true mobility without sacrificing reliability, flexibility or performance, the company claims.

The Latitude D505 can be configured with an Intel Celeron M processor or a Pentium M processor, choice of 14.1-inch or 15-inch XGA displays and Intel’s PRO Wireless 2100 (802.11b). Customers can configure systems with Intel’s Centrino mobile technology, with an Intel Pentium M processor, 855GME chipset and Intel’s PRO Wireless 2100. They can also can choose Dell’s TrueMobile 1300 (802.11b/g) or TrueMobile 1400 (802.11a/b/g) wireless solutions.

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