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Dell Latitude XT Convertible Ultraportable PC

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Dell Latitude XT

Dell Latitude XT

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The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a Tablet PC that can also be used as a standard laptop PC, then the Dell Latitude XT is one of the best available on the market. The key thing to remember is that this system makes a lot of compromises in order to function as a Tablet PC, so it is not as well suited to the strict ultraportable role.
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Pros

  • Usable as Notebook PC or Tablet PC
  • Very High Quality Construction

Cons

  • Very Expensive
  • Limited Storage Space
  • Software Packages Extra

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 Ultra Low Voltage Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 40GB 4200rpm 1.8-inch ATA Hard Drive
  • 24x External USB Combo Drive
  • 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) Wide Touchscreen LED Backlit Display
  • ATI Radeon X1250 Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Scanner, 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 11.7" x 8.6" x 1" @ 3.6 lbs.
  • Windows XP Tablet

Guide Review - Dell Latitude XT Convertible Ultraportable PC

2/28/08 – Dell's Latitude XT is certainly a very expensive ultraportable system. This comes from the high quality of components that are used for its features. The problem is that it makes it a very strong Tablet PC, but in the role of a ultraportable it falls well behind less expensive models.

Powering the Latitude XT is the ultra low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 dual core processor. This provides the system with very high performance while using very little power. It only comes with a single gigabyte of a DDR2 memory which is well below the average, but it works fine with the Windows XP Tablet operating system rather than the Vista Business. If going with Vista, be sure to upgrade the memory.

Storage is very limited on the Latitude XT. In order to get the small dimensions, Dell had to make some sacrifices in components. Rather than a standard sized notebook hard drive, it uses a smaller 1.8-inch drive that only features 40GB of storage space. This is very limited in the amount of data the system can store. The primary chassis also does not contain any optical drive. Instead an external combo drive is offered to handle playback of DVDs and recording of CDs.

Most tablet PCs use a resistive form of touchscreen. While this is inexpensive and functional, they don't react as well as capactive versions. Dell uses a 12.1-inch wide screen capacitive model that allows both the use of a pen input or even your finger if required. The ATI integrated graphics are typical of a system of this size and means it can handle basic 3D without problems.

One thing that Dell did really well with the Latitude XT is the build quality. The magnesium shell and screen hinge are solid and should stand up to heavy use without issue.

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