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Dell gives new notebooks wide Latitude

Dell has announced a new notebook that can match most desktop features.

Dell Computer has announced a new line of notebook PCs that boast features and performance comparable to a full-fledged desktop.

Although Dell has lagged behind top-tier notebook vendors until recently in areas such as integrated sound, built-in CD-ROM drives, and large screens, the new Latitude LM notebooks offer all of those features: Intel Mobile Pentium processors ranging in speed from 100 MHz to 133 MHz, super VGA (800-by-600-pixel) active-matrix LCD screens as big as 12.1 inches diagonally, PCI bus technology, built-in quad-speed CD-ROM drives, and stereo sound.

With this release, Dell also becomes one of the first notebook vendors to offer high-end desktop graphics in a notebook with Latitude's super-high-performance 128-bit graphics subsystems.

The Dell Latitude LM P-133ST notebook PC with a 133-MHz Pentium processor, 8MB RAM, a 540MB hard drive, a 12.1-inch active-matrix screen, an integrated quad-speed CD-ROM drive and a lithium-ion battery costs $3,499. At $2,799, the Latitude LM P-100SD includes a 100-MHz Pentium processor, 8MB RAM, a 540MB hard drive, an 11.3-inch color VGA dual-scan LCD screen, an integrated quad-speed CD-ROM drive and a lithium-ion battery.