Dell Announces Value-Class Centrino Notebooks
Dell Computer announced a pair of Intel-based "Centrino"-class notebooks designed for the $1,200 value market. Bonus: You won't be locked into Intel's Wi-Fi implementation.Dell Computer announced a pair of Intel-based "Centrino"-class notebooks designed for the $1,200 value market. The Latitude D500 and the Inspiron 500m both feature Intels Pentium M processor, but also include several wireless options. Intel notebooks can only include the "Centrino" label if they include a processor, chipset, and wireless component from Intel. The $1,199 Inspiron 500m features either 1.3-, 1.4-, 1.5-, or 1.6-GHz Pentium-M processors, a 14.1-inch LCD XGA or SXGA+ (1,400 x 1,050-pixel) display, and up to a gigabyte of PC266 DDR SDRAM. Hard drive options range from 20 to 60 Gbytes.
The Inspiron 500m notebook includes a pair of USB ports, an S-video connection, and a PC Card slot. Wireless options include either an 802.11b, 802.11b/g, or 802.11a/b/g card. A 10/100 Ethernet port is included. Dell has included a six-cell 48 watt-hour lithium ion battery.