For workers who need to do a lot of travelling, a lightweight laptop can make life a lot easier and the latest addition to the Dell’s Latitude range is the lightest ever. Available in various configurations the Latitude X1 weighs as little as 1.14Kg and features a full size keyboard and 12.1 inch wide format screen. Designed for use on the road, the screen features extra bracing to cope with being stuffed into full bags and the keyboard is built to withstand spillages. The wide format screen is not as tall as conventional notebook screens and is therefore easier to use on the kind of fold down tray tables found on aircraft or trains.

The base specification for the machine includes the Intel Pentium M 733 processor, a 30Gb hard drive, 256Mb of memory and an 8X DVD-Rom drive. Wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity are included as standard. Larger hard drives, additional memory and alternative optical drives can be added to the machine on request. There are plenty of ports and connectors available, including two USB connectors, one Firewire and an SD/IO and Compact Flash memory card reader. The machine measures just 25mm by 286mm by 197mm. The external power supply weighs an additional .3Kg and an optional additional six cell battery pack is available which increases battery life from a couple of hours to approximately six with only .145Kg of extra weight. Pricing starts at £1039 for the base model with a choice of Windows XP Home or Professional operating systems

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