Dell intros new Latitude D400 notebook

“The D400 is the smallest member of our Latitude D-Family but it delivers big performance and investment protection required by today’s IT managers,” said John Medica, senior vice president and general manager of Dell’s product group. “We hear every day from customers who tell us they want lighter notebooks with no compromises. We designed this notebook and others in the D-Family, with them in mind.

Dell’s Latitude brand continues to deliver the highest customer satisfaction ratings for notebooks as scored by Technology Business Research in its quarterly Corporate IT Buying Behavior and Customer Satisfaction Study2. For the 19th consecutive quarter, Dell notebooks rank No. 1 in the study, with superior customer satisfaction ratings versus their competitors.

The D400 comes with Intel’s CentrinoTM  Mobile Technology, featuring Intel’s new Pentium®  M processor with lower power requirements that contribute to longer battery life, and Intel’s PRO/Wireless 2100 (802.11b) solution. Customers can also choose Dell’s TrueMobileTM  1300 (802.11b/g)3 or TrueMobile 1400 (802.11a/b/g)3 wireless solutions. The D400 weighs 3.7 lbs4 and is priced starting at $1,4995.

Innovations across the entire Latitude D-Family portfolio can be found in standard features and chassis design, Medica said. The D400 includes the new D/Bay, an external modular bay that connects optical and storage devices to the notebook via a powered USB 2.0 port. The D/Bay allows for an additional hard drive, floppy drive or optical drive, including the new DVD+RW6 drives, to be connected to the notebook. This creates a virtual 2nd spindle that can be carried as needed.

The D400 includes an integrated Smart Card reader, Gigabit1 Ethernet capability, USB 2.0 ports, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless antennas and optional Bluetooth connectivity. Another standard feature is Dell’s QuickSet program, a customizable software application that allows users to easily control power-management settings, monitor system status, enlarge icons for high-resolution displays, and more.

The D400 also is compatible with all the D-Family docking solutions, including the D/Dock, D/Port and D/View notebook stands.

Dell offers a single point of accountability for deployment services to support its latest portfolio of Latitude products, which can help save time and effort and allow customers to focus IT resources on more strategic projects. More information about the Latitude D400 and other members of the D-Family can be found at

Additional Technical Information includes:

  • Intel® CentrinoTM  Mobile Technology with Mobile Pentium®  M Processors running at 1.3GHz or 1.4GHz combined with Intel 855PM chipset featuring an integrated graphics solution with Intel’s Dynamic Video Memory (DVM) technology.
  • Standard Wi-Fi®  capability with choice of integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 802.11b (standard) or Dell TrueMobile 1300 (802.11b/g)3 or TrueMobile 1400 (802.11a/b/g)3 miniPCI cards
  • Integrated 10/100/10001 Ethernet, 56K7 V.92 modem
  • Up to 2.0GB 266MHz shared8 DDR SDRAM
  • 12.1-inch displays with XGA (1024 x 768 resolution)
  • Hard drives of 20GB, 30GB or 60GB, and a high-performance (5400 RPM) 40GB
  • D/Bay external module with standard 24X CD-ROM and multiple module options, including new 2x DVD+RW6, 8X DVD, 24X CD-RW, or 24X CD-RW/DVD combination drive, floppy disk drive, 40GB 2nd hard drive.
  • Integrated Smart Card reader
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (D/Bay connector is a powered USB 2.0 port), one 1394 “Firewire” port
  • Four-cell 28 WHr (standard) or six-cell 42 WHr “Smart” Lithium Ion battery
  • Three-Year limited warranty9 with next business day onsite10 service

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