I was very interested to read about Dell's latest Latitude 2100 netbooks on the Direct2Dell blog this morning.
The tech spec is fairly nice, particularly like the 802.11n option, but the surprises for me were ther touchscreen option, and the bespoe charging trolley:
The touchscreen in particular surprised me not because it exists, but that it has arrived this soon. I gave a presentation just last month on future client systems and predicted then that touchscreen netbooks would become commonplace in the next few years. I was certainly not expecting to see them arrive this soon!
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 19th May 2009 at 09:01 AM. Reason: Note to self: learn to type
I like. Especially the 'Computing Station'
I was lucky enough to play with a demo model. It is really nice. The biggest selling points are that its in their business line of laptops. Which means a complete care warranty next day repair and a Windows Business OS. These were huge selling points for me. Many schools are buying netbooks because they're cheap without thinking how they are going to support them in the long run.
The colours are nice too.
Still only available with XP Home though. Would have hoped they would include Pro.
Charging Trolley is a very nice touch but at £464.00 for the full spec touchscreen + camera/ 6 cell / a/g/n / 3YNBD Warranty which only includes 1GB RAM and XP Pro, cheap it isn't.
Official Page here.
Direct2Dell Blog Post here
Lots of nice images here.
That's very true, they are by no means the cheapest, but I would expect that price to come down when you're buying a few of them on Public Sector pricing.
I've found anything that's been shrunk naturally has a flimsy feel to it like most netbooks. This one is definitely one of the more rugged ones I've picked up.
It was a little heavy with the extended battery installed. Which I didn't see as too much of a fault. We're not asking kids to walk and type. It's still better then them carrying a beastly D630 around.
wow nice find! Just recieved a Samsung NC20 yesterday but I want them to buy netbooks with N wireless cards in and have a decent warranty. Those 2100 allow us to do both and add accidental damage cover etc etc if we need to, plus they are rubberised! I think they are happy with a 10" screen anyhow and that trolley is a brilliant idea if its not overpriced!
Just priced up a Lattitude 2100 on the Dell Premier Website. With 512mb ram included as default (we intend to add an extra stick, and we can get 2gb sticks for around the same price as the upgrade to 1gb ram), win xp home, touch screen, camera, wifi n, 6 cell battery and the 3yr warranty it's coming in at the same sort of price we can get the Samsung NC10.
Great news for us as we're looking at buying 20 in the next few weeks . Ubuntu 8.10 is an option as well if you don't intend on upgrading to XP Pro, and saves you even more cash
EDIT: Much better in fact, I'm getting that spec for £259 ex VAT on our Premier Page
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 19th May 2009 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Premier pricing
Erm, can you all be aware that you shouldn't post prices from the Dell Premiere pages on a public forum, they are commercial in confidence.
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