The Latitude X200 performed capably in CNET Labs' performance tests. Running Windows XP Professional, it closely trailed the Gateway 200, which had a faster 866MHz CPU. The Toshiba Portégé 2000's 750MHz mobile Pentium III CPU (which has a slower frontside bus and a smaller Level 2 cache than the mobile Pentium III-M's in the Dell and Gateway) kept it respectfully behind the Latitude X200.
Super service and support
Dell's impressive support package for the Latitude X200 includes a lengthy three-year warranty as well as an onsite, next-business-day repair plan. Toll-free phone support is available 24/7 for the life of the notebook.
As ultralights go, the Dell Latitude X200 is one of the better systems we've seen. Hard-traveling execs and office workers who want to switch between a well-configured ultralight and a desktop's worth of drives will like the flexibility of the Latitude X200's optional media slice. Competent in speed and features, it also has a great-feeling keyboard for such a tiny machine, and Dell's generous support program is the icing on the cake.
| Performance test|
100=performance of a test machine with a PIII-800, 128MB of PC133 CL2 SDRAM, Creative Labs GeForce Annihilator 2 32MB, and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 1)
Longer bars indicate better performance
| Battery life test |
Time is measured in minutes; longer bars indicate better performance
| Dell Latitude X200 |
Windows XP Pro; Pentium III-800MHz; 248MB SDRAM; Intel 82830M Graphics Controller 32MB; IBM Travelstar 30GN 30GB 4,200rpm
Windows XP Home; Pentium III-M-866MHz; 248MB SDRAM; Intel 830M Graphics Controller 0 32MB (8MB shared); Toshiba MK2018GAP 20GB 4,200rpm
Toshiba Portégé 2000
Windows XP Pro; mobile Pentium III-750MHz; 256MB SDRAM; Trident Video Accelerator Cyberblade XP Ai1 16MB; Toshiba Mk2003GAH 20GB 4,200rpm
The Latitude X200 performed capably in CNET Labs' performance tests. It closely trailed the Gateway 200, which had a faster 866MHz CPU. The Toshiba Portégé 2000, with just a 750MHz mobile Pentium III CPU, stayed respectfully behind the Latitude X200. The Latitude's standard six-cell battery conked out after just 114 minutes, which is average for an ultralight.