Battery Life Improvement

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-08-12 Print this article Print


One of the other significant improvements Dell worked on was battery life. With the Latitude E6400 notebooks, Dell is including a 9-cell extended battery that offers up to 10 hours of battery life and a new piece of technology called a "slice," which weighs about 1.8 pound and uses lithium-ion prismatic cell technology that boosts the battery life up to 19 hours.

While this long-lasting battery life does require some optimal conditions, Phelps said Dell is confident that it can deliver longer battery life than any laptop from the competition.

The new Dell Latitude "E" lineup includes:

??Ç The ultraportable Dell Latitude E4200, which weighs 2.2 pounds and has a 12.1-inch display, and the Latitude E4300, which has a slightly larger 13.3-inch screen and weighs 3.3 pounds. These two laptops will also use SSDs (solid state drives).

??Ç Two mainstream notebooks, the Dell Latitude E6400 with a 14.1-inch display and the Latitude E6500 with a 15.4-inch screen. There are also two "essential" notebooks in the lineup, which include the Latitude E5400 with a 14.1-inch display and the E500 with a 15.4-inch display.

??Ç The Dell Latitude E6400 ATG, which is a semi-rugged laptop that offers a 14.1-inch display and meets military standards for absorbing shock and repelling dust and humidity.

Dell also rolled out three new mobile workstations, including the Dell Precision M4400, which has a 15.4-inch display, and the M2400 with a slightly smaller 14.1-inch screen. Dell also rolled out a high-end workstation-the Precision M6400-with a 17-inch display and 16GB of RAM, which will compete against the recently released Lenovo W700 mobile workstation.

Finally, Dell, previewed an upcoming combination of hardware and software technologies called Dell Latitude On, which will give a user access to e-mail, calendars and other personal materials without booting from the notebook's main operating system. Dell executives did not give details about the new product, but it will be available later in 2008.



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