The Dell X1 is the company’s lightest notebook to date. It tips the scales at a malnourished 1.14Kg and measures 286mm x 196.8mm x 25mm meaning it leaps into the slim and light category with oodles to spare. Don’t think that this makes it “Dell-icate” though (sorry I’m on a roll with these Dell puns), the LCD back is reinforced to counter the pressure of “an over stuffed bag placed under a seat or in an overhead bin”. The keyboard is also sealed to protect against spills and other clumsiness-related activities.
Looking at the specs it reminds me of Samsung’s similarly weighted Q30. They both have 12.1in widescreen displays capable of a 1280 x 768 maximum resolution and Pentium M 1.1GHz ULV processors. The memory used is DDR 400MHz and up to 1.28GB of it can be stuffed inside.
Connectivity is good for such a small machine with integrated wireless 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, 56K modem, Firewire, 2x USB2.0 ports, VGA, headphone and microphone outputs and a slot for SD/CompactFlash. A range of hard drives from 30GB to 60GB are available and while the size of the X1 means an optical drive cannot be fitted inside the notebook, a choice of optical drives (including an 8x DVD+/-RW) are optional extras.
If battery life is highly important to you then a six cell 53WHr extended Lithium Ion battery can be purchased which adds just 0.145Kg and Dell reports it should be good for up to six hours. Incidentally, many times thin and light notebooks have been ruined by unwieldy power adaptors, but Dell seems to have this covered as the one supplied with the X1 is just 0.3Kg.
Unlike the Q30 which hit bank accounts hard to the tune of £1,775 (incl. VAT), the X1 begins for as little as £1,220.83 (incl. VAT). The cost is sure to jump as you add on those goodies, but pricing has always been one of Dell’s strong points.
If the X1 grabs you in a particularly agreeable way, you’ll be glad to know this little bundle of tricks is out now.
There is rumour going around the web right now that the Dell X1 is actually based on the Samsung Q30 (due to a deal between the two firms). That wouldn't surprise me in the slightest because colour and Bluetooth aside the two look pretty much separated at birth.
We've had this firmed up now. The X1 is an adaptation of the Q30 and given Samsung's recent history of chucking out quality products we can hardly blame Dell for taking advantage.