Dell touts connectivity capabilities of new notebooks

Dell Inc. launched two new notebook computers under its Latitude line in New York City last month, touting the machines’ dual-core processing power and mobility options courtesy of wireless broadband technology.

The Dell Latitude D620 and Latitude D820 are also billed as slim and light. The D620 weighs in at 4.4 pounds, while the D820 hits the scales at 5.6 pounds.

The Latitude D620 includes an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor and a 14.1-inch wide aspect XGA display. The $1,479 base configuration includes 512MB shared DDR2 memory, 40GB SATA hard drive and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi capability.

A base configuration for the Latitude D820 is $1,639 and includes an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor with a 15.4-inch wide aspect XGA display, 512MB DDR2 shared memory, 40GB3 SATA hard drive and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi capability. Advanced upgrade options for the D820 include the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 120M business graphics solution with 512MB, a high-resolution WUXGA display and 120GB hard drive.

In highlighting the units’ mobility features, Alex Gruzen, senior vice-president and general manager, Product Group for Dell, pointed out that everything has been internalized in their designs.

Gruzen also noted the inclusion of technology known as a “Wi-Fi Catcher”, which will identify for a user what wireless networks are operating within the area of the laptop, wherever it may be.

A location profiler is also part of the notebooks’ mobility capabilities. It allows for the switching of networks as a user moves from one location to another.

“We recognize that people are going to be moving from one environment to another to another,” Gruzen said.

One user attending the launch event was especially looking forward to the mobility features. Michael Haga is the regional network medical director for Care Level Management, a healthcare group based in Woodland Hills, Calif., that provides house calls for elderly patients.

“The broadband technology allows us to connect in [patients’] homes, at the point of care, and allows us to access our developing Web base of electronic medical records.” Haga said.

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