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he Dell Latitude C-series notebooks ("C" is for "Corporate"?) accept the C/DockII docking station. These notebooks have been getting good reviews. For example, in August 1999 the Dell Latitude CPt C400GT was a PC Magazine "Editors' Choice" for Mainstream Notebooks. In January 1999, the Dell Latitude CPi A366XT was #2 on PC World's list of top five Power Notebooks (the Gateway Solo 9300LS was #1).

Fits two QM2000 boards

The photo below shows two QM2000 boards installed into the PCI slots in a C/Dock II. The two boards fit fine, with plenty of room. As you can see, there is about 9 cm (3.5") of empty space between the end of each QM2000, and the wall of the expansion card area.
        Incidentally, Dell originally sent us a C/Port II. Dell's order form clearly stated C/Dock II, so the error was in the picking/shipping process. Be sure you get the right system sent to you!

 Dell Latitude C/Dock II, with two QM2OOO boards

The C/Dock II is the smallest and lightest docking station we've seen that can take two PCI cards. The main part of the C/Dock II (left side in photo) is 35.5 cm (14") wide, 23.5 cm (9.25") deep and 10.9 cm (4.3") high. This is perhaps only 50% larger than the Gateway Solo 9300 single-card docking station.
        Unfortunately, there is a flat extension attached to the front (right side in photo). This holds the notebook's base. This extension measures 42 cm (16.5") wide by 24 cm (9.5") deep.
        The C/Dock II total size is therefore 42.0 cm (16.5") wide, 47.0 cm (18.5") deep and 10.9 cm (4.3"). This is roughly the same area as a large docking station such as the IBM SelectaDock III; and the SelectaDock III can take three PCI cards.
     The C/Dock II weight is 4.1 kg (9.0 lb).
     The price as of January 2000 is $650.

For more information

For more detailed information, Dell has the "Dell Latitude C/Dock II Expansion Station User's Guide" online. There is also a nice drawing of the PCI expansion card slot.
        The information below is Dell's specifications, taken from a page at their website as of January 11 2000. 


Make More Out of Your Notebook

Both Latitude docking products combine the flexibility and mobility of a notebook with the functionality and manageability of today's network desktop PC. Both the C/Dock II and C/Port II provide a choice of PCI-based docking solution with integrated high-speed EtherLink 10/100 Mbps.

Latitudeฎ C/Dock II Docking Station

Dell offers desktop capabilities with the new C/Dock II and provides additional security, support for systems management, and maintains forward and backward Latitude compatibility with all Latitude C-Family notebooks.

Desktop Capabilities

New integrated 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet connection with Wake-up On LAN and remote boot capabilities Two 3.3v and 5v PCI expansion slots for added desktop expansion Monitor stands adds flexibility and supports up to a 21"(V.I.S. 19.8") external monitor New user interface provides easy to access eject and locking mechanism.

Enhanced Security

One-step locking mechanism secures the security slot enabled Latitude notebook to the docking system.

Systems Management Support

PCI slots enables Wake-up On LAN (WuOL) support when utilizing a WuOL PCI card Integrated 10/100 Base-TX connection also enables pre-boot execution.

Latitude C-Family Compatibility

Forward and backward compatible with all Latitude C-Family notebooks Standard I/O ports - serial, parallel, video, PS/2 style mouse, PS/2 style keyboard, two USB, IrDA, SCSI-2, and audio ports The C/Dock II conveniently accepts the media bay devices of the Latitude C-Family notebook, including CD-ROM, FDD, DVD, 2nd HDD and LS-120 (click here for more information).

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