Dell Latitude X1
Design and Ergonomics
The Dell Latitude X1 looks stylish and elegant. The silvery color of the small, thin, smoothly outlined case creates the image of a truly ultra-portable device. The letters “DELL” in the center of the lid declare that the notebook comes from a world-famous brand. The material of the case confirms the targeting of the model at mobile use: it is all made of a robust and light metal alloy. This is actually the lightest of the devices with a 12” screen in our comparative test, weighing a mere 1.14kg.
The Dell X1 looks elegant inside, too. You have just what you need: a screen, a keyboard, and a touchpad. The color scheme conforms to the overall design of the device: the bezels are of a darker silvery color to better match the black matte surface of the screen and the black buttons of the keyboard. Unfortunately, the quality of the screen is not as good as its looks, the main drawbacks being a narrow vertical viewing angle and a darkening of the image in the corners. The screen has a big brightness range, however, and is free from obvious color distortions. The matrix is fast enough for a majority of tasks this sub-notebook is expected to perform. Rubber pads are placed along the bezel to prevent the screen from hitting against the keyboard.
Despite the small size of the case, the keyboard is very convenient. Most of its keys are full size and their placement is traditional. The only inconvenience is that the Ctrl and Page Down keys are placed immediately next to the arrow keys. Otherwise, this is the example of a good keyboard for a sub-notebook.
The touchpad is good, too. It is sensitive, but seldom reacts falsely. It occupies its usual position on the front panel – near the front panel of the case, along the center of the keyboard’s alphabetic part.
A block of LED indicators is on the left of the touchpad:
- Num Lock
- Caps Lock
- Scroll Lock
- HDD activity
- Bluetooth On
- Battery charge
- Power On
The LEDs are placed under the bevel cut of the front panel of the case, so they are visible irrespective of the position of the notebook’s lid.