Product Notes: Dell Latitude E4200
September 22, 2008
After an August product announcement, Dell made its Latitude E4200 12-inch widescreen notebook available for ordering on September 16. The E4200 is based on Intel's Montevina notebook platform and supplants the Latitude D430 as Dell's smallest and lightest Latitude.
The Latitude E4200 weighs 2.2 pounds. Its enclosure is approximately the same size as the Latitude D430 it replaces. However, along with all of Dell's E-series Latitudes, the E4200 has a completely new brushed black and aluminum look and feel and include new ports such as eSATA and SmartCard. A backlit keyboard is optional, but is not yet available as of late September.
The Latitude E4200 has received a Gold rating from EPEAT and is also Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a Latitude E4200:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration advice. As of September 2008, configuring a Latitude E4200 to the lightweight notebook specification can be done for approximately $2,000.
With the E-series, Dell has moved to rationalize the naming conventions and marketing strategies of its Latitude line. In the case of the E4200, E is for the series, 4 for the model line, and 2 for the screen size (12 inches with the 1 truncated). It seems reasonable to expect that the model following the E4200 will be the E4210.
ISC sees the Latitude E4200 as being a competitive choice among lightweight notebooks available in late 2008, especially for the traditional thin and light customer (someone who is replacing an older lightweight Latitude or ThinkPad). ISC will follow up with a full review of this product as soon as it has completed testing.
Latitude E4200 graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (September 22, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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