Dell Finally Makes Own Ultraportable Lappy

Stops rebadging the efforts of others.

After swiping Samsung’s excellent ultraportable Q30 and rebadging it as the X1 Dell has finally decided to do the spade work itself and has come up with the Latitude D420.


The results are highly impressive too for the re-labeller-turned-innovator since the D420 tips the scales at just 1.36Kg, yet has the purported ability to deliver more than seven hours of battery life. We’ll have to get the little blighter in the labs to confirm this for ourselves but even four to five hours would be mighty impressive come D-Day.

Much in the same way I struggled to understand how Kylie used to squeeze inside her hot pants I’m left equally baffled by how the D420 got its feature set inside its teeny frame. The optical drive may have been shorn but there’s still a 12.1in widescreen display with full sized keyboard and dual pointing ability, integrated 3G connectivity, a smart card reader, SD card slot, three USB2.0 ports, FireWire and it sports the company’s established Smart Security, Hyper Connect and RoadReady technology.

Dell also states that the D420 is ‘802.11n ready’ but gives no indication what on earth it means. It could be the lappy has a Draft N standard wireless chip onboard or simply a PC Card slot but the direct dealing multinational decided it would be more fun to make us guess (we’ll have a nose around). All early D420s will ship with Core Solo ULV processors but dual core configurations are scheduled before the end of summer (which in Scotland could mean now onwards).

Starting from just £739 ex VAT this diddy barnstormer is saying all the right things and will be backed up by a three year limited warranty with a next-business-day onsite International Travellers Warranty. See Dell, doing it yourself wasn’t so hard after all…


We know what ‘802.11n ready’ means *drum roll* that is has a PC Card slot and can take 802.11n wireless cards when they come out! :S Yes we know that’s kinda lame but on the other hand since 802.11n isn’t certified yet the only other alternative would’ve been to integrate Draft 802.11n but since that isn’t guarenteed with work with the final standard it may not be much of an improvement.

On a more positive front the screen res is a useful 1280 x 800 (a strange piece of info to leave off the initial announcement that).

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