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Dell Latitude Z: photos

Dell's latest Latitude is a premium notebook showcasing some cool new technology, including wireless docking and inductive charging.
By Kelvyn Taylor, Contributor on
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Dell has been working hard to dispel its stodgy image in recent times, and the ultra-thin Latitude Z certainly doesn't look much like a regular Dell Latitude. With a 16in., 1,600-by-900 resolution screen, the 2.5cm-thick, 2.04kg Latitude Z is intended as a premium platform to showcase Dell's innovative technology.

The chassis is a new dark 'Black Cherry' colour, with brushed aluminium panels giving it a hint of luxury.

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The Latitude Z's most notable feature is the touch-sensitive EdgeTouch area on the screen surround (top) that lets you control a number of features, including multimedia playback and the integrated 2-megapixel webcam. The latter is unusual in having an application that lets you scan business cards or entire documents to PDF (bottom).

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The Latitude Z's keyboard is optionally plastic, rubber or backlit, while the touchpad is multitouch-capable.

Other innovations include a Wireless USB docking station and a wireless inductive battery charger. There's also a novel LatitudeOn button that boots to a separate embedded Linux-based OS for email, internet and (eventually) VPN access.

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Inside, there's nothing too unusual about the Latitude Z. It's powered by either a 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz Intel ULV Core 2 Duo processor with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and integrated Intel X4500 graphics. Storage is SSD-only, with twin 128GB drives supported. I/O ports include USB, e-SATA and DisplayPort. The 4- or 6-cell batteries are removable (4-8 hours autonomy claimed), but stick out of the back a couple of centimetres.

Other standard features include a fingerprint reader, contactless (NFC) smartcard reader plus all the usual manageability features of the Latitude range.

The Latitude Z is available now starting at £1,319 (ex. VAT).

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