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Dell's New "Wireless Eco-System"

submitted on September 30, 2009 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
Dell is releasing a new laptop for business customers that charges wirelessly. It's a very thin notebook (14 mm at its most narrow point) with a soft-touch finish in black cherry; it measures 16 inches across and weighs about 4.5 lbs. The inductive charging is a $395 option over the standard 240V power brick. The charging is handled by a $199 inductive pad built into a laptop stand. This is similar to the wireless charging system for the Palm Pre phone, but is a first for laptop charging. This is part of Dell's new "wireless eco-system" and the Lattitude Z can also dock without wires, using a small separate ($199) adapter to hook up with any monitor, whether in a cubicle or a conference room.

There are sliding touch controls (Dell calls this EdgeTouch) along the right side of the bezel (not visible to the naked eye) that appear when contact is made, and they can be customized for any control such as brightness, volume or application commands. The webcam doubles as a security lock, as Dell includes software that supports facial recognition algorithms to be used at passwords and logon prompts. The instant-on feature uses a second smaller motherboard to access email, contacts, calendars, and a Firefox-based web browser through a non-Windows interface. It's a Linux OS loading from a flash memory chip. This secondary processor draws much less power and doesn't drain the battery as fast. So using this instant-on mode will provide up to 2 days of battery life; when using Windows and the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, it will get 4 hours.

The Latitude Z packs only solid state drives in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities mounted directly on the motherboard to save space. Pricing for the Latitude Z models starts at $1799-$2159 with instant savings and free shipping, and includes an external DVD burner.
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