Dell Latitude XT Review

The Dell Latitude XT is the laptop maker’s first entry into the Tablet PC market. The Dell Latitude XT is meant for those who are looking for the technology and convenience of having both a mobile PC and a tablet.

A tablet is a terrific tool in making the inventory and we turn to a laptop when we need to accomplish computing tasks in a mobile package. The Dell Latitude XT gives both capabilities in one machine.

The Dell Latitude XT has the advantage of having both device’s technologies. One primary example is the pen and touch technology. When in laptop mode, the Dell Latitude XT can be accessed without requiring the use of a mouse or the touchpad. This can be done with just a finger or two to click, double-click or zoom an image with the use of the N-Trig touchscreen technology. The 12.1-inch screen can therefore respond to either a pen or a finger. Another nice feature about the Latitude XT is that the consumer can use the pen without being overly concerned about the palms interfering.

Dell Latitude XT Review

The Dell Latitude XT has a WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution screen that is quite high for a laptop this size. Being equipped with the LED backlight means that the battery life is longer.

Powering the Dell Latitude XT is the Intel’s Ultra Low Voltage processor in Core 2 Duo U7600, which runs at 1.2 GHz clock speed. As a result, it uses up a lesser amount of energy compared to other model types. Supporting this processor is a 2 GB of RAM and an integrated graphics in ATI Radeon Xpress X1250.

With regards to its appearance, the Dell Latitude XT has a professional look that comes in all black, with an aluminum finish on the lid. With a low weight of 3.12 pounds, this laptop is light enough to be carried around. At only one inch thick, it is also one of the thinnest laptops around.

Dell Latitude XT Specs
Central Processing Unit Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz ULV U7600 processor
Read Access Memory 1-2GB DDR2 SDRAM
Storage Space 120GB hard drive, 5400rpm
Display 12.1″ WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit
Dimensions 1 inch x 11.7 inches x 8.6 inches
Graphics Integrated ATI Radeon Xpress X1250
Operating System Windows Vista Business OS
Battery Six-cell standard (optional 9-cell slice battery)
Weight 3.12 lbs.

PROS

The Dell Latitude XT stands out due to its N-Trig touch technology, which other table PCs do not have. Since it is also a tablet, it has dual and capacitive touch. It also has a pleasant backlit display and a solidly built keyboard.

The pen can be adjusted to suit one’s writing preferences. The tips are also replaceable.

Due to the dual core technology brought by Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor, the Dell Latitude XT boots up quite quickly.

CONS

The Dell Latitude XT heats up even when in low power mode; however, it doesn’t heat up to the point that it discomforts the user.  At an estimated price of about $1,800, the Dell Latitude XT is on the pricey side. Rival brands offer tablet PCs at lower prices.

CONCLUSION

The Dell Latitude XT is a tablet PC that has a pleasing look and has an impressive processing power. It has a display screen and a set of features that are certainly useful. It is quite expensive though and since its competitors are priced lower, it would be difficult to market.

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