Dell's Latitude: Who Needs Bells And Whistles?

The new models from Dell may look stodgy, but they deliver solid performance

This is shaping up as a year of radical redesign for notebook computers. The new models will feature all the comforts of the desktop--from big, bright displays to massive disk drives. Modular designs will allow you to mix and match disk drives, CD-ROMs, and extra batteries. And a completely new "thin, wide" shape, big enough to support a 12-in. screen but barely an inch thick, should prove popular.

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