Dell Latitude Z (Z) Top (s) Laptop for 2009, According to PC World

Sorry, just couldn’t help myself with that headline – just made me think of the boys from Texas, ZZ Top.

If you opened up your Web browser today and looked at PC World, you would have seen they published today their PC World 100: Best Products of 2009. This is one of the lists I look at each year to see what products have been launched and the perceived impact of them on the public. I was very pleased to see that Dell’s Latitude Z600 laptop was the top-ranked laptop coming in at No. 6. The Z, as we call it around here, comes in after No. 5 ranked Twitter (heard of that?) and before No. 7 ranked Bing from Microsoft — pretty good company for us, I’d say.

If you want to read the entire review by Darren Gladstone, click here, but I pulled a few of his comments out below:

  • “This superslim 16-inch laptop unites fashion-forward design and high-tech extras — with no cords.”
  • “You read car magazines for reviews of wheels you want to buy–and of the odd machine that you’d never be able to afford in a million years but can admire from afar. That’s the Dell Latitude Z600 ultraslim laptop.
  • “The backlit WLED panel does a great job reproducing the gamut of rich, dark tones like the ocean as well as those of bright, vibrant jungle scenes (think of the sample images in your computer’s Pictures folder), and it keeps looking sharp whether indoors or out.”
  • “Want to get a little more life out of the machine–or not go into Windows proper? Try Latitude ON, a quick-firing OS that boots in 4 seconds. Not bad considering it runs off a separate ARM CPU, 512MB of RAM, and Linux.”
  • “The Z600 is a classy-looking machine. So much so that a test flight near the Macworld office area brought a couple nods.” (I still remember Robert Scoble’s reaction to it when he got sneak-peak of it before the launch.)

Yes, this is one classy, sexy laptop – one that will turn heads in the boardroom or the dorm room, though the likely candidate for it typically sits in the former while the latter aspires to it.

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