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Dell’s new wireless notebook, Latitude C600, uses the TrueMobile 1150 wireless LAN solution to give you wireless connectivity to your local network. This can be activated on your notebook by purchasing and installing the TrueMobile
Mini-PCI 802.11b wireless LAN card (costs Rs 8,400). This upgrades the integrated antenna to a wireless network and is operational within an area of about 30 meters.

The notebook has a PIII processor, and you can choose between speeds of 750 MHz, 850 MHz or 1 GHz, with a 100 MHz front side bus. In battery-optimized mode, the 750 MHz and 850 MHz processors will perform at about 600 MHz and 700 MHz respectively. C600 comes with 128 MB RAM that is upgradeable to 512 MB. You can also choose a hard disk size of 10 GB, 20 GB or 40 GB. Other specifications are 24x CD-ROM drive, a floppy disk drive (with a parallel cable to attach the same to the notebook), besides a 56 K V. 90 integrated modem and Ethernet card. An LS-120 diskette drive (that supports both floppy disks and Zip disks), an 8x/4x/20x CD-R or
CD-RW, an 8x DVD drive, a Zip 250 drive and even a second hard drive are available optionally. An optional upgrade to a combo Xircom 56 K V.90 and 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet mini PCI card is also available. 

The notebook comes with one Lithium ion battery that provides about four hours of backup, and you can buy another one to increase backup time. Five LEDs on each battery indicate battery charge. All five LEDs glowing at the same time will mean that the battery is fully charged. The batteries are also hot-swappable with any of the bays.

The C600 has all standard ports like serial, parallel, one PS/2,
USB, a USB-compliant connector, and the regular audio ports for mike and headphones. The S-Video out port allows you to connect to high-end monitors, televisions, and projectors for
presen- tations. The infrared port can be used for wireless data transfer between wireless devices like the Palm and the notebook. It has a 14.1” XGA TFT display capable of a refresh rate of up to 85 Hz and a maximum resolution of 1,024×768 dpi. 

The notebook’s DualPoint integrated pointing device incorporates both a touch pad and a track stick. You could use either or both of these at the same time. An access-direct button on the keypad can run a desired application for you. As for the operating system, the C600 is available with either Windows 98, 2000 or Linux. Weighing about 2.2 kg, it comes with an option for Kensington hardware lock for securing the notebook against theft. 

The notebook is compatible with two docking solutions. The C-port docking station costs about
Rs 8,000 and is like an extension board, where you can plug in various cables and devices, like the power cable or parallel-port cable, and connect the C-port to your notebook. Available for Rs 15,000, the C/Dock 2 solution comes with two PCI and 
two USB ports to plug in add-on cards and devices. It is priced at Rs 1,40,000. 

Contact: A S Rajgopal Dell Computers, Bangalore E-mail: as_rajgopal@dell.com
Website: www.dell.co.in Toll-free number
1-600-338044 Tel: 080-5586110 Fax: 5586107

Vini Goel in Bangalore

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