Dell rounds out their Latitude line with budget D520

It might not be as snazzy as its older brothers, the D620 and D820, but Dell's new Latitude D520 manages to squeeze a 1.83GHz Core Duo processor into a $699 laptop (after $200 instant savings), for what looks to be one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on that processor short of a five finger discount. The laptop is even fairly svelte for a budget unit, measuring 1.4-inches thick and weighing 5.24 pounds. Otherwise, the base configuration is pretty weak, with a 14.1-inch XGA display, 512MB of RAM, a 40GB HDD, and a 24X CD-ROM, along with the WiFi trimmings of the Centrino spec. For $120 more you can upgrade to a 15-inch SXGA LCD, and it shouldn't be that hard to bump the ram and HDD with a little bit of part hunting, so there's still hope for making a decent system out of this thing without breaking the bank.

[Via MobileWhack]