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Dell Latitude X200 (Pentium III-M 800MHz review: Dell Latitude X200 (Pentium III-M 800MHz

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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
Overall rating
Internet content creation
Office productivity
Gateway 200
101
107
95
Dell Latitude X200
98
100
97
Toshiba Portégé 2000
74
80
68

Battery life test
Time is measured in minutes; longer bars indicate better performance
Gateway 200
161
Dell Latitude X200
114
Toshiba Portégé 2000
92

Dell Latitude X200
Windows XP Pro; Pentium III-800MHz; 248MB SDRAM; Intel 82830M Graphics Controller 32MB; IBM Travelstar 30GN 30GB 4,200rpm

Gateway 200
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.

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