Dell makes a business thin-and-light: Latitude 13

Take a dash of Adamo and add massive corporate IT appeal, and you have a formula for a very attractive business ultrathin.


While optical drive-free larger-screened thin-and-light laptops are not always ideal for the average consumer , they could be the killer app for business travelers. Dell has formally announced the Latitude 13, described as "the world's thinnest 13-inch commercial client laptop," as a solution for businesses that might want to incorporate a device as thin as a Netbook, but with significantly more processing muscle.


With a look that's nearly identical to the recently-released Vostro 13 , the Latitude 13 has a look evolved somewhat from the Adamo school of thin-and-light design, with metallic angles and a clean profile. What the Latitude 13 should offer that the Vostro 13 doesn't is a preinstalled Citrix client, easier virtualization options, and an IT-friendly infrastructure for distributing system images for software updates.

Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and WWAN wireless options are available, as well as an optional Blu-ray external drive--not that we know of many businesses that would justify such an expense.

The Latitude 13 will be available for order in a few weeks from Dell's website, with pricing and CPU configurations to be determined--but we expect a similar ULV processor as the Vostro 13.


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