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Dell Latitude CPiA Notebook

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Dell Latitude CPiA Notebook

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Bell Latitude CPiA notebook

Company: Dell Computer Corporation, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682; Sales: 800/WWW-DELL; Support: 888/560-8324; http://www. dell.com/.

Description: The Latitude CPiA notebook was designed for the education market, with a variety of available features and a range of education prices and discounts.

Specifications: The base model CPiA notebook features a 300 MHz Pentium II processor with 64 MB RAM, a 12inch SVGA screen, 4.8-GB hard drive, Windows 95, 98, or NT 4.0, 24x/lOx CD-ROM, and sound and video cards. Available configurations can boost the system to as much as 400 MHz, 512 MB RAM, and a 10 GB hard drive. The reviewed model was a CPiA 366XT with a 13.3-inch XGA active matrix display.

Price: Prices begin at $2100. Education discounts are available.

Warranty: The Latitude comes with a 3-year warranty with next business day, on-site service. A variety of additional customized service options are available. In August 1999, Dell launched CompleteCare for Education, an optional repair and replacement service for Dell notebooks that protects against "common damage caused by the rigors of mobile computing." Three-year CompleteCare service is available at the time of purchase for an additional $179 per covered unit.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: The Latitude comes out of the box ready for use with specified software installed. The basic installation includes one of three versions of Windows at no extra charge. With a touch of the power switch, the system is up and running. Installation Rating: A

Features: The notebook's slim profile (12.5" x 9.5" x 1.5") and light weight (varies from 5-6 pounds) are the first noticeable assets. The easy-gliding touchpad makes a delightful mouse. The Latitude's lithium-ion battery with its Express Charge feature can be fully recharged in about 1 hour, much faster than the industry average. The optional 13.3" and 14.1" active matrix displays are crisp and bright and can be seen easily from halfway across the room, a helpful feature when the notebook is hooked into a projection device. In general, it's a snappy system in a small package. Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Today's notebooks are engineered to take care of themselves, and this one is no exception. …

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