Designed to replace desktops in schools, Dell’s new Latitude 100L is a laptop computer starting at just $899. The Latitude 100L easily can handle essential computing tasks such as word processing, eMail, and internet access, Dell said, and is ideal for customers who value the flexibility and productivity that comes with mobile computing.

Weighing slightly more than seven pounds, the 100L can be custom-configured with an Intel Celeron or Mobile Pentium 4 processor, a 14.1-inch or 15-inch display, a hard drive ranging from 20 gigabytes (GB) to 60 GB, and a variety of fixed optical drives. Optional integrated wireless capability is available for $29 (802.11b/g) or $49 (802.11a/b/g). A USB port replicator is available for an additional $119.

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