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).

Video Card

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


Dell Latitude X1Notebook: Dell Latitude X1
Processor: Intel Pentium M 733
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900 128 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x768 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 74.43% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 79%, performance: 56%, features: 86%, display: 68% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 91%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Dell Latitude X1

76% Subnotebooks
Source: German 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%
75% Trend-Notebooks im Taschenformat
Source: Guter Rat! German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 75%
82% Die besten Subnotebooks
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 64% features: 91% display: 72% mobility: 82% ergonomy: 86%
60% Ultraportabel und doch mobil?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 60%
68% Dell Latitude X1
Source: PC Go German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 68%
80% Dell takes a crack at the ultra-portable market.
Source: PC Plus German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2005
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell Inspiron X1
Source: c't German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2005
Dells leichtestes Notebook im Test
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Review Type Unknown, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/15/2005
Rating: workmanship: 85%
80% Dell Latitude X1
Source: PC Welt German 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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

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.

12.1": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.1 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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 %

Dell reviews

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.

Equipment (Data Sheet)

  • Processor: Intel Pentium M 733 ULV (1,10GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 400MHz)
  • Operating system: original Windows XP Home Edition, original Windows XP Professional
  • Memory: upgradeable to 1.28GB shared2 DDR2 SDRAM (1 slot open) 400 MHz bus frequency, 1 factory accessible memory socket on system board
  • Video Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
  • Display: 12,1" Wide Aspect-WXGA
  • Optical device: DVD-drive 8x DVD±RW in extern D-Bay
  • I/O-interfaces: 2 USB 2.0-compatible connection, one connection can be used as a Dell D/Bay-connection (USB 2.0-compatible port with power supply)
  • Video interface: 15-pole Monitor
  • port for Secure Digital-Card
  • port for CompactFlash-Card
  • Network: Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx (Ethernet 10/100/1000 MBit), Intel PRO Wireless 2200BG (WLAN 802.11b/g), Bluetooth
  • Modem: RJ-11-connection
  • Audio: Line-Out (external loudspeaker/headset) and external microphone
  • Sound: AC'97, integrated loudspeaker
  • IEEE 1394 4-pole connection
  • Dimensions: 286 mm x 196,8 mm x 25 mm
  • Weight: 1,14 kg with accu with 3 cells/27 Wh
  • 50 Watt-power supply (standard)
  • 27 Wh "Smart" Lithium-Ion-accu with 3 cells
  • 53 Wh "Smart" Lithium-Ion-accu with 6 cells – accu with longer life (optionally)
  • external LED for the loading and ExpressCharge-possibility for accus with 6 cells/27 Wh and 6 cells/53 Wh
  • Software: Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Warranty: 3 years international service

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Acer TravelMate 3002WTCI
Pentium M 740, 1.4 kg
» Panasonic Toughbook CF-T4
Pentium M 753, 1.5 kg
» Samsung Q30 Plus
Pentium M 753, 1 kg
» HP Compaq tc4200
Pentium M 750, 2.1 kg
» HP Compaq nc4200
Pentium M 740, 1.8 kg
» Asus W5
Pentium M 740, 1.8 kg
» Alienware Sentia m3200
Pentium M 760, 1.9 kg
» Acer TravelMate 3000
Pentium M 740, 1.4 kg
» Asus U5A
Pentium M 750, 1.5 kg
» LG LE1600
Pentium M 758, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Portégé R200
Pentium M 753, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X41
Pentium M 758, 1.5 kg
» Dell Latitude D410
Pentium M 750, 1.8 kg
» Acer TravelMate 3002WTMi
Pentium M 740, 1.4 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer Aspire One D260-23797
Atom Z540, 10.1", 1.4 kg
» Asus U43F
Core i5 450M, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Acer eMachines E525-901G1Mi
Celeron M 900, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Hi-Grade Notino R5500
Core 2 Duo T6500, 15.4", 3.1 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCW12S1E
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.2 kg
» Advent Roma 2000
Celeron M 900, 15.6", 2.9 kg
» Advent Verona
Celeron M 743, 13.3", 1.6 kg
» Gammatech Durabook D14RM
Celeron M 743, 14.1", 2.5 kg
» Zoostorm Fizzbook Bang
Atom N270, 8.9", 1.4 kg
» Hercules E-Café 900-H60G/IAW
Atom N270, 8.9", 1.2 kg
» Asus Eee PC 900A
Atom N270, 8.9", 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC 900
Celeron M 353, 8.9", 1 kg
» Asus Eee PC 701 4G
Celeron M 630 MHz, 7.0", 1 kg
» Toshiba Satellite L40-139
Celeron M 520, 15.4", 2.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro L40
Celeron M 520, 15.4", 2.7 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-06- 6)