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  (Source: ) unloads Latitude XT details

In late May, Dell announced to the world that it would bring a Tablet PC device to the market this fall. Dell showed a grainy video of its new Latitude XT in action, but failed to give any concrete details on the device. Some features were simply inferred from the video like the 12.1" display, built-in fingerprint reader and Windows Vista operating system.

Thankfully for us, has unloaded a wealth of information on the Latitude XT in addition to some high resolution imagery.

Consumers will be greeted with an ATI RS600ME northbridge and an SB600 southbridge. The GPU to be used will be an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 with 256MB of HyperMemory which can be paired with either a traditional CCFL or LED-backlit 12.1" WXGA display. says that the Latitude XT will come with an Ultra Low Voltage Core 2 Duo U7600 (1.2GHz) processor although other processor options are likely to be available. Up to 3GB of memory will be supported by the system.

Other features include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11n, docking port, three USB 2.0 ports and the option of 4, 6 or 9-cell batteries. One feature of the battery packs used on the Latitude XT is visible in the picture of the device’s underside – Dell has included a touch sensitive power meter into each battery pack. The meter should report battery status even when the device is turned off.

According to the site, Dell's first Tablet PC will launch on November 5.

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RE: m1330 fiasco...
By Souka on 10/12/2007 3:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Odd.. I"ve worked the college campuses before... IBM thinkpads held up to the abuse (600-T40 series my experience) much much better than the Dell, Toshiba, Hp ever did.

Been in the Corporate world for a few years now at different jobs... IBM/Lenovo thinkpads are just soo much more reliable which = less TCO compared to Dell and other laptop manufacturers.

My $.02 of personal professional experience.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By noirsoft on 10/12/2007 7:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
I admit to my sample populations being different. An IBM owned by a college freshman lives less long than a Dell owned by a grad student. Perhaps the deciding factor is not the brand but the age of the user and the abuse the laptop is put through. :)

Of course, my own IBM that I owned as a college freshman many many years ago broke several times (stupid screen hinges) plus my own subjective dislike of the Thinkpad ergonomics makes me shake my head when people champion the Lenovo laptops. Not that Dell is perfect, but having personally owned laptops from IBM, (1x) Sony (2x) and Dell (2x) the dells have been the best behaved out of all of them.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By otispunkmeyer on 10/14/2007 3:15:47 AM , Rating: 2
although i didnt work solely with computers during my last major job (ie no programming or maintanence or anything like that, just using them), it was quickly apparent that the HP/compaq laptops work would purchase for use out in the field (usually down the steel mills with a FARO arm, or else where outside with vibration testing equipment) were pretty rubbish

a colleague had to take a HP business laptop as replacement for the ageing pentium 2 powered IBM thinkpad that used to be used with the FARO arm. now they'd had it for some time and it'd been in and out of mills all over the UK... and apart from being a bit slow it still worked perfectly. it was grubby as hell though, covered in dirt, scale, grease the lot. it had deep gouges, scratches, dings and little chunks missing from the chassis but it was still solid.

the first HP machine he got lasted 2 weeks before being destroyed. the 2nd crashes without fail mid way through measurements. yeah the tech support guy at work is still trying to sort that one out.

happily, the HP Intel Vpro desktops we got werent half bad if im honest. nice KB, very qualms really.

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By nickpnz on 10/15/2007 5:25:54 AM , Rating: 2
I agree totally. I have brought and used Thinkpad's for business use over the last 5 years.

Hear are few important things to take into account when looking for a laptop

1. Does it do what I want or does it just look pretty? Dont over look this, otherwise you may end up with an Intel Macbook pro! 2 USB ports...interesting. Having said that they make a better windows laptop than alot of others.

2. Is it strong and does it have good hard drive protection?

3. Good range of accessories, long life batterys?

4. What is the support like? Toshiba are pretty bad from my experience. Dell are ok. HP and IBM (Lenovo) are very good most of the time.

From my experience Thinkpads are your best options end of story. Yes i know the little red pointer in the keyboard is gay but all models except the X series ultra portable models had trackpads as well. I believe the new X series will have a normal trackpad :) and optical drive.

You need to take into account everything, and not just choose what "looks" nice. You could say it's a bit like choosing a girl. The ones that look nice on the outside are not always the best long term choice!

RE: m1330 fiasco...
By athlonotaku on 10/18/2007 9:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
I also go to a university that gives students a thinkpad laptop(required). Ever since IBM handed the Thinkpad brand over to Lenovo, the laptops have had numerous problems... wireless failure/screen failure/ODD failures... ridiculous.

Quality control is horrid on these laptops. I'll personally never buy one from Lenovo because of these experiences.

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