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Dell Latitude E4000 to chase Air, X300

updated 11:55 am EDT, Fri March 21, 2008

Dell Latitude E4000 Detail

Dell's Latitude E4000 series will more explicitly target the same very thin, advanced technology field covered by Apple's MacBook Air and Lenovo's ThinkPad X300, according to leaks continued today by Engadget. While both the E4200 and E4300 will offer thinner LED-backlit, 12-inch displays, the E4200 will be far thinner than earlier Latitudes and will measure between 0.6 and 0.8 inches thick and will optimally weigh just 2.2 versus the 3 of its challengers. This will in part come from its storage: the E4200 will require either a 32GB or 64GB solid-state drive instead of a conventional hard disk.

The E4300 will be considered more of a full system with an average thickness slightly over one inch but will have the option of a regular hard disk as well as a sharper, 1440x900 display and a bay to fit either an optical drive or extended battery. Faster processors will also be optional and are likely to involve regular low-voltage Core 2 Duos versus ultra-low voltage chips for the E4200.

Both models will use the new DisplayPort standard for video output and should support DDR3 memory, the updated version of Intel's 1GB Turbo Memory flash cache, external SATA, and an ExpressCard/34 slot. Both are due in September and are believed to be launching in time with the Centrino 2 platform.

By Electronista Staff


  1. jhawk95

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    Chase the Macbook Air?

    It cannot "chase" the Macbook Air unless it is running Mac OSX. People who want Mac OSX are not going to buy a Dell no matter how much it looks like a MacBook Air.

    When are you guys going to get this right and stop comparing c*** like Dell computers to Macs?

  1. scottnichol

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    me too!

    look at us, we've got a really thin laptop too!!

  1. danviento

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    Joined: Dec 2005


    oh boy! more 'news'

    Dell is a box maker. Plain and simple (in more ways that one). These recent attempts to make "comparable" PCs to Mac specs always come up short on the design side, and always end up costing more.

    You can attempt to compare dell attempts like these to the "originals," but they never measure up, even if you don't consider the OSX-Windoze gulf.

    No, we all know that MacNN (electronista, whatev) puts up the inflamatory headlines like these to garner eyeballs. As far as a dell attempt, they seem to have put more effort into it this time 'round.

  1. manleycreative

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    Thanks Apple

    So, I wonder when Dell was think about releasing this kind of computer? That's been the problem with the PC world-they never release anything when they can. They milk the market for several years after they could release a new technology then charge out the butt. It's taken Apple to release a technology earlier or take one that is not being utilized and make it mainstream and affordable. Before AirPort WiFi was very expensive. Now of course Apple is going to be critized for being more expensive than the competition yet it was Apple who helped bring those prices down in the first place AND introducing a technology people didn't know was an even a possible option before.

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