Configuration and Accessories
The accessories to this notebook aren’t numerous. You receive a compact universal power adapter with a LED indicator that supports 100-240V, 50-60 AC input. The adapter’s connector isn’t so universal, however, so you’ll have to buy a new and not-very-cheap adapter if you lose or damage that one.
The default battery has a reduced capacity (11.1V x 2400mAh) and is equipped with a LED indicator of the charge level. You have to purchase a full-size battery optionally and it is going to protrude from the case, spoiling the notebook’s appearance somewhat. This model can last for a very long time on its battery, however, because it uses an Intel Pentium M ULV 733 processor whose power consumption is very low.
The performance results of this notebook are somewhere in the middle of the tournament table. They are comparable with the results of other systems based around the Pentium M ULV processor. The time of autonomous work is quite good for a battery of that size and capacity, but is hardly impressive in itself. The main advantage of this machine is not in performance or configuration, though. It gives you compactness and low weight along with an easy-to-use keyboard and a normal touchpad (rather than a pointing stick). Thanks to the robust metal case, you can take this computer with you anywhere without worrying to break it. The fully passive cooling eliminates the common problem with actively cooled devices when their fan fails because the vent openings in the case have been blocked for too long. This also affects positively the noise characteristics of the notebook. The only source of acoustic noise that remains in this computer is the hard disk drive (you just can’t do without one today). Thus, the Dell Latitude X1 is a good example of an ultra-portable notebook, quiet, light and small.