Dell Introduces Ultralight Latitude Notebook

Dell last week introduced its smallest, lightest notebook computer.

Dell last week introduced its smallest, lightest notebook computer.

Designed for business travelers, the Latitude X1 weighs only 2.52 pounds, although its weight will fluctuate slightly depending on configuration.

The Intel Centrino-based notebook was designed with the rigors of the road in mind, said Dell officials. The back of the screen is reinforced to counter the pressure of other items a user is likely to stuff into a laptop bag, and the keyboard is sealed to protect against spills.

The 12.1-inch display is shorter than traditional notebook screens so that it can fit comfortably on an airplane tray table even when the seat back is fully reclined.

When configured with an optional six-cell, 0.3-pound battery, the notebook can run up to 6 hours without recharging, officials said. The X1 comes with an unusually small power adapter. Pricing starts at $1,699.

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