Dell Delivers Next Generation Latitude Notebook Computers; D-Family Notebooks Feature New Intel Mobile Architecture and Dell's Solid Performance, Reliability, and Security

NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 1, 2005— Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), the world's leading notebook computer supplier(a), today announced three powerful, secure and reliable additions to its business notebook portfolio. The Latitude(TM) D410, D610 and D810 represent the next generation of D-Family notebooks incorporating the latest Intel(R) mobile architecture with enhancements based on Dell's direct customer feedback.

The additions are highlighted by the Latitude D410, an ultraportable system that weighs under 4 pounds(b) and can deliver nearly all-day computing(c) on a single battery charge when configured with an optional extended-life battery. Also available today are the thin and light Latitude D610 and the high-performance Latitude D810. New technology and enhancements found across all three systems include:

-- New Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processors with speeds up to 2.13GHz, a 533-MHz front-side bus and 2MB L2 cache;

-- PCI Express -- a new, industry-standard bus architecture that delivers powerful graphics, high performance memory and fast connections to peripherals like hard drives and DVD/CD burners;

-- More robust Tri-Metal(R) chassis and magnesium alloy LCD covers that increase durability;

-- Stiffer, sealed keyboards that provide better feel while protecting against spills;

-- Sturdier hinges built to last through Dell's test of 20,000 open/close cycles;

-- One-glance dashboard with separate Wi-Fi(R), Bluetooth(R) indicators;

-- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) security technology and integrated Smart Card readers help ensure only authorized systems access network data and resources;

-- Additional USB ports located for easier access;

-- Repositioned Wi-Fi antennas for improved wireless performance;

-- Optional Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) for fast transfer of large files and better multi-device connections.

The new notebooks are compatible with existing Latitude D-Family docks and accessories to preserve customers' investments in upgrades and peripherals.

"These Latitude notebooks reflect Dell's unique ability to incorporate direct customer feedback into every product. We have combined powerful new technologies such as PCI Express and DDR2 memory with outstanding performance, usability and reliability that our customers demand," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell's Product Group. "We continue to listen to our customers to build and deliver the best technology and value."

Taking Security Seriously

As more computer users transition to notebooks and access networks from remote locations and public wireless networks, user and system security have become a top priority. These new Latitude D-Family systems now include two industry-standard security technologies: smart card readers and Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.1). Smart cards, combining both physical and password authentication, are the most cost-effective two-factor authentication solution to help ensure only authorized users are accessing systems and data. Dell has been leading the market in integrating this technology.

TPM is integrated into the systems' hardware and can provide two facets of system security: platform authentication and file encryption on the local drive. TPM helps ensure authorized systems are accessing network resources and that the files stored on a specific system are "locked" to that system. More information about smart cards, TPM and Dell's security products and solutions can be found at www.dell.com/security.

About the Latitude D410

With a new black and silver chassis and a starting price of $1,677, the 3.83-pound(b) Latitude D410 continues to deliver uncompromising performance for an ultraportable notebook computer. With the addition of an optional nine-cell extended battery, users can experience nearly all-day computing without recharging(c).

About the Latitude D610

With a starting weight of 4.67 pounds(d) and starting price of $1,384, the Latitude D610 is designed for users who require flexibility and mobility in a durable, thin-and-light package. Customers can build configurations to fit their specific needs, whether it's robust 3D graphics performance, or extended battery life.

About the Latitude D810

The Latitude D810 delivers high-end performance for the power-hungry users and features an UltraSharp(TM) 15.4-inch wide-aspect display and leading-edge graphics with up to 128MB of dedicated memory. Slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Latitude D810 has a starting weight of 6.49 pounds(e) and a starting price of $1,549.

About Dell Mobile Platforms

Dell offers a comprehensive portfolio of mobile products that addresses the full spectrum of business customers' requirements and usage models. These systems, ranging from the sleek 3.83-pound(b) Latitude D410 to the muscular Dell Precision(TM) M70 mobile workstation, combine powerful new technologies such as PCI Express and DDR2 memory with outstanding performance, reliability, and security. Technical specifications and product information for Latitude notebook computers can be found at www.dell.com/latitude.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Company revenue for the past four quarters totaled $47.3 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

Pricing, specifications, availability, and terms of offers may change without notice. Taxes, fees, and shipping and handling charges are extra, and vary. Dell cannot be responsible for pricing or other errors, and reserves the right to cancel orders arising from such errors.

(a) Source: IDC WW Quarterly PC Tracker, Q3 2004

(b) D410 starting weight shown of 3.83 lbs (1.73 kg) is with 12.1" display, 6-cell (53WHr) battery. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

(c) Battery life of up to 7.0 hrs is based on Dell's preliminary testing of the D410 using the Mobile Mark 2002 battery life test. Actual battery life will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(d) D610 starting weight shown is as follows: 4.67lbs/2.12kg with 4-cell battery and travel module. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

(e) D810 starting weight shown of 6.49lbs/2.9kg is with travel module and 9-cell battery; with CD-ROM and 9-cell battery: 6.92lbs/3.1kg. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.

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