Dell Officially Announces Precision M4300 and Latitude D430

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Last week the Latitude D430 was leaked on a Dell Taiwan website, but today they have more officially announced this notebook along with a new workstation style laptop, the Dell Precision M4300.

Dell Precision M4300

The Dell Precision M4300 will replace the Precision M65 as the 15.4" screen style mobile workstation for engineering and design professionals. The M4300 is powered by the latest Intel Santa Rosa platform and is available with up to a T7700 2.40GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The M4300 can be configured with a beefy 250GB SATA hard drive, or if you prefer a small and fast hard drive a 32GB SSD drive is available.

Most importantly the M4300 comes with a very capable Nvidia Quadro FX 360M OpenGL graphics card designed for 2D and 3D applications and graphically demanding animation, video editing and CAD design. The card offers 256MB of dedicated memory and can borrow up to 256MB from main memory, it’s equivalent to the existing Nvidia 8400m graphics card.

The M4300 improves on the previous M65 with not only a better processor and graphics solution, but also adds in more screen options. You can get the M4300 with a WUXGA+ anti-glare display, WSXGA+ TrueLife (glossy) display, or WXGA anti-glare display.

Base configurations of the M4300 start at $1,399 with the Nvidia FX 360M and Core 2 Duo T7100 being standard starting options.

Dell Latitude D430

The ultraportable Dell Latitude D430 is now available from Dell.com as the upgrade to the previous 12.1" screen Latitude D420. The Latitude D430 brings Core 2 Duo, 802.11n and 1GB of fixed RAM on board, an improvement over the Core Duo , 802.11g and 512MB fixed RAM in the previous Latitude D420. Other than that, not much new is offered with the Latitude D430 over the D420. HP will be releasing their ultraportable 2510p soon that features LED backlighting and a Santa Rosa ULV processor. In addition to this Lenovo already released the Intel Santa Rosa powered ThinkPad X61s ultraportable so it seems that Dell is a bit lagging with this offering compared to the competition.

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