Short Presentation Dell Latitude X1
With a weight of 1.2 kg and a 12.1" Wide Aspect WXGA display the Subnotebook Latitude X1 is the easiest Notebook of Dell at present and offers mobility for a price of at least 1450 Euro.
This is not a test report, but a small presentation of the this laptop type.
At the moment Pentium M by far is the most frequently used processor in laptops. Compared with other processor types it is very fast per megahertz and does not need much energy (see our Processor comparison). An Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) version of the Pentium M 733 with very small current consumption is inserted to extend the usage duration for an enhanced mobility.
The same processor Pentium M 733 also with same clock frequency (1.1 MHz) is inserted in the Twinhead Stylebook 10D, which we tested (likewise a Subnotebook and with Ultra Low Voltage version, too).
The video card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is positioned in the performance class 5 (1=best, 6=worst) of our comparison of video cards.
Properties of this grafics solution: 333 Mhz Core, 4 Pixelpipelines, Shared Memory, Direct X 9 hardware support;
Bench mark: about 4000 / 900 3DMark 01 / 03;
These cards only can represent older games fluently, current games in most cases with substantially reduced details.
Compared with the (up to now by us) 40 tested laptops the video card performance of this laptop is to be positioned at the low end.
We tested the Notebooks MSI Megabook S260 (German) and Nexoc Osiris S607 (German), which contain Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, too.
Display and Weight
The 12.1 inch Widescreen display is a rather rare format for laptops and is used only for small easily portable notebooks.
Here a few of our tested models with the same display size format:
DTK-Book 12W-223 (German)
MSI Megabook S270 (English)
MSI Megabook S260 (German)
The weight of 1,2 kg of the Dell Latitude X1 is unusual low. None of the 40 tested Notebooks is so light-weight. The Twinhead Stylebook F10D, above mentioned because of the same processor, is with 1,5 kg the lightest mobile computer tested by us.
It must be considered, that the subnotebook with external DVD Multiformat burner and power pack weighs 2.1 kg.
Keyboard and USB
The enter key is smaller than in a normal keyboard, but at the edge of the keyboard. The arrow keys are not separated from the remainder of the keyboard and small (unfavorably for players).
The 2 USB connections on the left side are a small amount and are positioned on top of each other very closely, so that plugs could obstruct themselves. In addition left-handed people with mouse are obstructed by cables.
Dell Latitude X1
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Latitude X1
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/04/2006
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 75% performance: 48% features: 81% display: 64% mobility: 82% ergonomy: 86%
Source: Guter Rat! DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 64% features: 91% display: 72% mobility: 82% ergonomy: 86%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Plus DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Review Type Unknown, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/15/2005
Rating: workmanship: 85%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 82% ergonomy: 100%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip with shared memory on Mobile Intel 915GM chipset. It is the predecessor of Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The performance can be compared with the Mobile Radeon 9000 (with a 64 bit memory bus).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Pentium M: With Intel chip set (855 or 915) and Intel WLAN also available with the name Centrino (name for the package).
In the comparison very fast per megahertz and very modest with weaknesses in floating point operations.
It is also available as a low voltage version with very small current consumption.
733: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
74.43%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.