Dell Latitude D420

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Product Name: Dell Latitude D420
Official Page: D420 at
Announced: Fall 2006
Available: Fall 2006
Price: Starting at $1635 USD (see website for latest)

Related Laptops:
– Replaces Dell Latitude D410
– Replaced by Dell Latitude D430 – June 2007
Dell Inspiron 710M – Similar time frame

– Intel Core Solo/Core Duo Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPUs
– Optional 32GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive (SSD)
– Spill Resistant Keyboard

Manufacturer’s Description:
When you travel extensively for business, you need a reliable notebook that can keep up. Every ounce of weight makes a difference when you’re traveling light or running across the terminal to catch a plane. At the same time, you want a notebook that maintains a high standard of business performance. The Dell Latitude D420 is designed to deliver excellent computing performance in an extremely small and light notebook. Its top-level components, wireless options and battery life can help you stay fully productive on the road, in meetings and wherever you do business.

Comparison of Dell Latitude D410:
Dell Latitude D420 D10

CPU: Intel Core Solo U1300, U1400 (1.20GHz) Core Duo ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) U2400 (1.06GHz) and U2500 (1.20GHz) – all with 2MB L2 Cache
Chipset: Intel 945GMS
Front-side Bus: 533MHZ (U1300, U1400)
Memory: DDR2-533 SDRAM (667MHz memory drops to 533MHz)
Memory Capacity: 2 slots, 512MB – 2GB

Display: 12.1-inch
Resolution: WXGA 1280×800
Touchscreen: No
Widescreen: Yes
Graphics Chipset: Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Graphics Memory: Up to 224MB Shared
Other: VGA Out

Hard Drive: 1.8-inch 30GB, 60GB, 80GB (4200rpm), 1.8-inch 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Optical: External, multiple options in D-Bay (external add-on)

Wireless: Intel 3945 802.11a/g Dual-Band, Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g, Dell Wireless 1490 802.a/g Dual-Band
Modem: 56K v924
Ethernet: 10/100/1000 Gigabit
Bluetooth: Optional Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module
Mobile Broadband:
– Dell Wireless 5700 (CDMA EVDO) ExpressCard for Verizon
– Dell Wireless 5510 (3G HSDPA) ExpressCard for AT&T
– Verizon Wireless built-in mobile broadband (EV-DO Rev A)
– Sprint built-in mobile broadband (EV-DO Rev A)
– AT&T built-in mobile broadband (HSDPA 3.6)

Audio Chipset: High Definition
Audio I/O: Line out, Line in
USB: 3x USB 2.0
Firewire: 1x 1394 IEEE
PC Card: 1x Type I or Type II PC Card
Flash/Memory Card Reader: Secure Digital (SD)
Other: Docking Connector for D-Bay/Media Base, Infrared, 87-key spill-resistant keyboard, Touch Pad, Track Stick

Media Base:
Dell Latitude D420 Media Base

Biometric/Fingerprint: Optional UPEK Finger Print Reader
Other: Integrated Smart Card Reader, Trusted Platform Module 1.2

Software & Warranty:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2), Windows XP Home (SP2), Windows Vista Home Basic,
Vista Business, Vista Ultimate
Other Software:
Warranty: Possibly 3 years (see site for details)

Options: 4-cell 28WHr “Smart”, 6-cell 42WHr “Smart”, 9-cell 68WHr,
Battery Life:

Width: 11.6 inches (295mm)
Depth: 8.25 inches (209.8mm)
Height: 1.0 inch (25.4mm)
Weight: 3 pounds (1.36Kg)

CNET – September 2006 – 7.2 out of 10 – Dell’s smallest business laptop, the Latitude D420 manages to combine decent specs with a convenient form factor, even if it’s not all that configurable.

PC Magazine – September 2006 – 4 out of 5 – The Dell Latitude D420 is the convergence of the Latitude X1 and the D410, and with it, you get more battery life and an integrated cellular modem in a system that (unlike the X1) looks and feels like other Latitudes.