Dell Latitude XT2 Review
Today I’ll be providing you with the long awaited Dell Latitude XT2 review. This touch screen laptop is “all business” and I mean that in the literal sense.
This powerful touch screen laptop is targeted mainly at business users. It has a very professional business like look to it. You wouldn’t make a very good first impression if you walked into a sales presentation with a bright pink laptop or a tricked out Alienware gaming laptop. The XT2 makes a good first impression and it looks like a businessman’s laptop and first impressions are very important in the cutthroat business world.
This touch screen laptop is fully convertible which means that it has a sturdy hinge that allows the user to rotate the screen 180 degrees and fold it flat. Folded flat it functions as a tablet computer. Opened up, the keyboard is accessible and you can use it like a regular laptop computer.
The touch screen on this powerhouse is a capacitive touch screen and it includes a built in digitizer for using the electronic stylus and taking notes. The XT2 supports multi-touch functionality so all the standard multi-touch gestures work on it like “pinch to shrink” images and “rotate two fingers” to rotate images. Many people have said that the touch screen is quite responsive which is an important feature to have on a touch screen device. The stylus even has a feature that allows you to turn it over to erase what you have written on the touch screen. It also comes with three tips to customize the users writing experience.
Battery life tests resulted in about 3.5 hours of run time but this could be improved by adding Dell’s optional slice battery. With the 9 cell 45wh slice battery installed, the Dell should run at least twice as long between charges.
The build quality off the XT2 is quite high. It feels like a well built and well engineered unit. The hinge is solid and the laptop feels quite sturdy.
Time to look under the hood of the Latitude XT2.
- Operating System – XP, Vista, or Windows 7
- CPU – Intel® Core™2 Duo ULV SU9300 or SU9400
- Display – 12.1″ WXGA (1280×800) LED or Daylight LED
- Memory – Form 1GB to 5GB
- Hard Drive 80GB or 120GB SATA or 64GB or 128GB Solid State Drive
- Graphics – Integrated Media Accelerator 4500MHD
- Communications – 802.11a/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
- Security – optional smart card reader, optional fingerprint reader
- Dimensions – 11.7″ x 8.7″ x 1.1″
- Weight – 3.78 lbs with 6 cell battery
- Ports – 3 USB 2.0 (one powered), VGA, RJ-45
- Battery – 3 or 6 cell lithium ion, optional 9 cell 45wh slice battery
This Dell touch screen laptop is a solid computer for business users but it doesn’t come cheap. When it was first released base models started at nearly $2300. If you are looking for a laptop that makes a good business impression, the XT2 may be perfect for you. Keep in mind that you won’t get a second chance to make a good first impression at your next sales presentation. Show up with a low quality laptop and you are putting yourself at an immediate disadvantage.