Dell Latitude 2100

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 May, 2009, 12:00am

Dell's new Latitude 2100 netbook is especially designed for anyone who's still at school and needs a PC that is both portable and tough enough to take the everyday wear and tear of the classroom.

Dell describes this reinforced feature as 'student-rugged', and promises that this netbook will survive the bumps and bruises of crowded playgrounds, and the banging around inside a student's backpack. The trick is its unique rubber casing, which also provides better grip.

Another appeal to students is the five colours you can choose from, which have been given names like School Bus Gold and Ball Field Green, meaning you can pair it with your school uniform.

The Latitude 2100 is powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor, Intel's GMA 950 graphics chip, and you get a choice of operating systems, including Windows Vista, XP Home and Linux Ubuntu, as well as a choice of either a standard hard drive (up to 250GB), or - for more durability - a solid state drive (up to 16GB).

The basic model comes with a 10.1-inch widescreen (1024x576) LED display, ethernet and wireless connectivity, 3-in-1 card reader, speakers and microphone.

For more ambitious users, there is a bunch of options to choose from to enhance the Latitude 2100. These include an optional webcam for video conferencing, touch-screen capability for the main display, and a six-cell battery for six hours of juice.

The Latitude 2100 costs HK$2,900 without the optional add-ons.

Pros: rugged design, rubber grip, choice of colours, option to go touchscreen, webcam

Cons: not as thin or sleek as some models on the market, adults may try to steal it