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Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC/Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC On Desk

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC

Linda A. Epstein ~ May 2008


Sleek and thin with a beautiful display the Latitude XT Tablet PC is packed with features and small details that make the Dell Latitude Table PC experience stand out from the crowd.  The Latitude XT Tablet PC was the most anticipated Tablet PC since the product launch and for those who waited, it was worth the wait.

With so may Tablet PCs available today what makes the Latitude standout? 

It's all in the details.....ease of use, an exceptional screen, there is no question that Dell paid careful attention to detail when designing the Latitude XT Tablet PC and its accessories.    Its sleek, sturdy and powerful, has a great pen and ink experience and the largest selection of connectivity options to date. Those are just some of the features that made the Dell Tablet PC stand out from the crowd.

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC/Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC In Dining Room

The Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC Tablet PC has an exceptionally good indoor /outdoor display

Living in sunny Southern California and traveling back and forth across the country Its nice to be able to travel with one Tablet PC rather than several.  The flexibility of the Screen on the Dell allows me to demo it in a variety of conditions so I can travel with a single machine and not worry about clients being able to view the screen where ever we are.

If a meeting suddenly gets moved poolside or I find myself in a home with walls of glass overlooking the ocean I can still see what I'm doing.  I can still do a demo and I don't risk being embarrassed when I try to demo a machine that can not be seen in bright light.

Weighing in at 3.5 pounds the new Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC is housed in a black case with a simple circular Dell logo on the Top.  The case is Fingerprint resistant which is nice.


What's in The Box:

  • Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC  
  • Tablet PC Pen
  • Getting Started Guide
  • 6 cell Battery
  • Optional Secondary Battery Slice
  • Media Base with DVD -/+RW
  • Power supply & Power cord
  • Super Small 45 Watt AC Adapter
  • External DVD RW with wrap around cord
  • Dell reinstall CD
  • Microsoft office 2007 CD
  • Set Up Guide
  • Quick Reference Card
  • Quick reference guide
  • Dell Product information Guide


The screen on the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC looks great in my office

The Pen and Ink Experience:  Two-button Battery-less Pen - The "Pen Feel" when your writing on the 12.1" WXGA display is is excellent, the right click button on the pen works nicely and writing flows easily.   Rather than an eraser on the end there is an eraser button below the right click button which take getting used to but actually works very well.  Pen storage compartment gives you easy access to the pen which makes it fingernail friendly for the female executives and students out there. 

There is a pen light that blinks if your pen is missing from the holder and the you can chose how the XT reacts when the pen is removed from the pen slot

Battery: 2 hours 16 minutes of battery life with the 6 cell battery - brightness turned all the way up, the wireless and blue tooth on, no standby, sleep disabled and the screen and hard drive set to always on. 

Dell claims up to 9.3 hours of battery life with the optional battery slice, and i can tell you that i saw people using the Dell for hours on end up at microsoft during the MVP summit.

There is no question that the setting I use for my battery test are going to give you the shortest amount of battery life.  this is done intentionally -I need to know the absolute minimum battery life I can expect, that is why I run the battery test this way.



Display: 12.1" WXGA (1280 X 800 resolution) LED-back-lit display is sharp, bright, crisp and clear - This is an exceptional screen which is something I find to be very valuable.  

Speaker: . While the sound is clear, because it comes from a single speaker located on the left side of the machine, without a head set the sound is unbalanced and annoying.      (Two-channel high definition audio, Internal high definition audio one 4-ohm speaker Internal speaker amplifier 2-W channel into 4 ohms)

Who is it For:   While the Latitude XT was designed with the business user in mind, its will be a good choice for home users and students as well. 

Heat: the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC can get warm

Weight: starting at 3.57 pounds


Most Notable Features:

Screen Quality:  First and foremost the Dell Latitude has a Exceptional Screen.  Clear, crisp and bright this screen is a pleasure to look at and easy to watch movies on in your spare time or on a flight.

Blue WiFi & Bluetooth lights on the right front bezel below the screen let you know at a glance if the wifi and bluetooth are on -this is a major improvement over a hunting for a tiny button on the side of a machine and switching it back and forth to see if the wifi is on or off.

Dell Super Small 45 Watt AC AdapterSuper Small 45 Watt AC Adapter

Super Small 45 Watt AC Adapter: 45% lighter than the 65W Adapter

One of the many little details that Dell paid close attention to is the size and weight of the power supply.  Now that I know "battery bricks" don't have to be big and bulky I hope that every OEM will take the initiative to do the same.    This is a "little feature" that made big points with me.


Optional Battery Slice  - that gives you up to 9.3 hours of battery life

Optional Media Base with built in DVD -/+RW

External DVD with built in cord keeper - another little detail that makes using and storing neat and easy. ( shown at right)


Dell XT Tablet PC  Hollywood Bowl

Fred Vogler checks out the Dell Latitude Tablet PC at the Hollywood Bowl


Dell Latitude XT specifications:


  • Intel Core 2 Solo ULV processor U2100 (1.06GHz) or
  • Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor U7600 (1.20GHz)

12.1" WXGA (1280 x 800) display:

  • Optional LED-backlit display
  • LCD Outdoor viewing display for increased brightness in outdoor use

Graphics: Integrated ATI Radeon X1250 UMA adapter


  • All configurations include 1GB of integrated 533MHz memory
  • optional 2GB or 3GB configurations available

Power/Battery Options:

  • 4-cell 28W/Hr I-Ion primary or secondary
  • 6-cell 42W/Hr I-Ion primary or secondary
  • 45W/Hr I-Ion High Capacity Battery Slice
  • 45W (small form factor), 65W, Combo Auto/Air (90W test only)
  • 3-foot power cord standard, 6-foot optional

Hard Drive Options:

  • 40GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
  • 80GB 1.8" 4200RPM hard drive
  • 120GB 1.8" 5400RPM hard drive
  • 32 or 64GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drives

Input Devices:

  • Finger Touch - Capacitive Touch Screen ( optional)
  • Pen - EM Digitizer
    • Eraser functionality actuated via side switch
    • Optional tether
    • Interaction with display controlled by three different replaceable "tips" for user-selectable writing experiences
  • Full-size keyboard / full Latitude localization
  • Dual-pointing; rubber domes with leveling rods
  • Scroll Wheel with enter and back functionality (on display / slate)

Operating Systems:

  • Windows Vista Business (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
  • Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005

Connectivity Options:

  • Dell Wireless 1390 (802.11g)
  • Dell Wireless 1490 (802.11a/g)
  • Dell Wireless 1505 (802.11a/g/ Draft n)
  • Dell Wireless 360 Bluetooth Module
  • Dell Verizon Wireless 5720 Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
  • Dell Wireless 5720 Sprint Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO Rev A)
  • Dell Wireless 5720 Tel us Mobile Broadband3 (EV-DO
  • Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband for Vodafone3 (HSDPA 3.6)
  • Dell Wireless 5520 Mobile Broadband for TeliaSonera3 (HSDPA 3.6)
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000

Express Card:
One 54mm ExpressCard slot
I/O Ports:
3 USB 2.0 (1 powered), VGA, 1394, headphone/speaker out, RJ-45, SD I/O, AC power, integrated microphone
Optical Drive Options (via D/Bay):
DVD-ROM7, 24X CD-ROM, 8X DVD+/-RW8 , 24X CDRW/DVD, Floppy Disk Drive, Secondary 6-cell battery, 80GB3 Hard Drive or Travel Lite Module
Optional Media base
3 USB 2.0 ports (1 powered USB 2.0 port), VGA, 1394, DVI, RJ-45, Serial, power button, Security key lock, Optical Options: 8X DVD+/-RW8


Everything about the Latitude XT feels strong and sturdy.   Its very comfortable in your hand and the keyboard feel good under your fingers.  Having the option of using the track pointer or the the track pad means everyone will be happy.  Personally I'm a fan of the track pad which is smooth and responsive.

The Dell XT Tablet PC that I had here was the 1.2GHz, running Windows Vista Business with 2 gig of ram.  Users have three pre configured base options they can customize to best suit their individual needs.   I highly recomend the optional battery slice which can give up up to 9 hours of  battery time.

Outside in the Shade

As you can see from the photo above
the The Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC looks fabulous outdoors


From The Dell Site :

Dell Latitude XT

The Dell Latitude XT is one of the thinnest 12.1" convertible tablets in the market and is designed to give you a superb user and ownership experience. Its sleek, innovative design help make it ultra-portable and simple to use, and its reliability and comprehensive service and support help make it cost-effective and convenient to own. With extremely accurate groundbreaking touch technology, a light, comfortable to use pen and a full-sized keyboard, you can work comfortably in tablet mode or laptop mode. Take notes on the go or sit down for a full working session – the Latitude XT allows you to write naturally, simply pick up the pen and write as you would on a piece of paper.

Groundbreaking Touch Technology

The Dell Latitude XT is designed to offer an industry-leading tablet experience. Based directly on customer feedback, we’ve developed the Latitude XT with both high performance capacitive touch input and pen input to allow you to work how you want. The display boasts incredible accuracy and response time, so you won’t lose your thoughts on the way to the screen. Our customers are looking for the very best user experience on the market, and the Latitude XT delivers.


The Dell Latitude XT Windows Experience Index

The Pros

  • Exceptional screen quality
  • Thin and light but still feels sturdy in your hand
  • Pen light lets you know if the pen is missing from the holder
  • Super Small 45 Watt AC Adapter: 45% lighter than the 65W Adapter
  • Most extensive selection of connectivity options I've seen to date
  • Excellent battery life with the optional battery slice
  • Finger Nail Friendly

The Cons: 

  • pricey
  • short battery life with the
  • No eraser on end of the Pen - (eraser is a button on the side)
  • Unbalanced sound from a single side speaker - The detail that Dell missed-two speakers are always better than one.


The Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC is an excellent all around Tablet PC with an exceptional screen and well thought out features.   The Latitude XT has the power to get things done and the simple clean lines of the black case make it un obtrusive.   Also worth noting is that lack of "gloss" on this machine makes means your not disturbed by unwanted reflections.  

If you are in a position to order a Dell Latitude XT "Road Warrior Solution" configuration you wont be sorry or disappointed in your investment.

I will very much miss having this machine in my Tablet PC arsenal.

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Thunders Storm and the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC .....

Its no secret that my cat has developed a fondness for certain Tablets PCs, so what does Thunders Storm think of the Dell XT Tablet PC? 

The moment the box was opened, he climbed in, checked it out and claimed The Dell Latitude Tablet PC for his own!  I'm sure there are more photos here than you need to see but every picture tells a story...

  Thunders Storm with the Dell XT box Thunders Storm in the Dell XT box

There is a first time for everything and this is the first time he tried to get a Tablet PC out of the box himself

Thunders storm Dell Tablet PC Thunders Storm using the Dell XT Tablet PC

Success at last - Storm settles down and checks out the screen

Thunders Storm Protects his new Dell XT  Thunders Storm sleeping on the Dell Tablet PC

Thunders Storm believes that this is his Dell XT Tablet PC and he isn't interested in sharing

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