Expansion Slot, Battery hard drive accessible underneath , Memory Upgrade Slot under panel view large image Personally I found the location of most every port on the back of the D slightly annoying. Dell Latitude D with Samsung screen view large image. Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the market. What makes this solution so interesting is that it can be used even when the notebook is powered off, making searching for networks that much easier when roaming about. I also purchased the Dell D via Dell.

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Dell Latitude D with Samsung screen view large image.

The D can be equipped with a 4-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell battery. The only quibble I have with the cooling solution then is the placement of dfll vent: The SD card slot is much appreciated, and no complaints on number of slots, just placement. I also had the 6-cell battery and when timed I got almost exactly 3-hours of usage when having the screen brightness set to half and wi-fi on.

The steel screen hinges provide firm movement, and the magnesium-alloy casing provides resilient protection while avoiding unnecessary creaking. The magnesium alloy casing is very rigid and protects the notebook well. Power adapter for D In terms of battery life with the 6-cell, in my limited testing I have averaged a bit over three hours with Wi-Fi on and maximum screen brightness while composing viedo, surfing the web, and listening to music.

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Performance will likely be the key point of controversy for those considering the purchase of a D The mouse buttons themselves offer firm feedback and emit very little noise with no signs of clickiness.


Wi-Fi Catcher for detecting wi-fi hot spots view large image Speakers and Headphones As a machine designed for business use, the D provides only a single speaker in the upper left corner that provides expectedly underwhelming sound with poor overall clarity.

Dell Latitude D view large image. Conclusion Having used the Dell Latitude D for some time now, my impressions have mostly been overwhelmingly positive. ULV processors drain less power and produce less heat, simultaneously reducing the need for bulkier cooling solutions and improving both weight and longevity.


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Admittedly, the ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U is clocked considerably slower at 1. Furthermore, for general business and home applications, the D has more than enough power and even some left to spare. Security As would be expected of a business notebook, Dell offers several key security features for those that would need them. In addition, the pointer stick can be tapped to perform a click for improved productivity, and the touchpad can be set up with both vertical and horizontal scrolling options if so desired.

Nevertheless, for those who value weight and battery life more on this later over performance, the compromise may still be acceptable.

Dell Latitude D Review (pics, specs)

Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the market. Finally, it should be noted that videi D uses a matte screen instead of the increasingly popular glossy option. Finally, the upper right side of the notebook seems to become substantially warmer than the rest of the unit over extended use, although based on my experiences the D has still been generally cool enough to be used on my lap.


Once again though, the fact that the fan rarely runs means that this issue is not as problematic as it could be.

Nevertheless, a headphone jack is provided, and when hooked up to either e420 or speakers, the sound reproduction was better than expected, with little-to-no hissing and rich sound that was far superior to that provided by my DV when playing back music.

Power adapter for D Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Ctrl key is appropriately placed on the far left with the Fn key to its right, avoiding the relearning required by models that oddly choose to reverse the standard order. While the usefulness of this feature is up for debate, it is certainly a welcome addition.

While a Core Duo 1. Latitude D lid view view large image. In air-conditioned rooms the fan almost never comes on at all unless performing CPU-intensive work over extended periods of time.

Two sets of mouse buttons are also included for added convenience when using each respective device.

UPS did not lose it the second time around. In terms of viewing angles they are generally reasonable, although vertical angles are noticeably more finicky and sometimes subject to the dreaded color inversion problem.

Moreover, the lack of hardware-accelerated H. The result is a low-key and industrial look that draws attention without unnecessary glitz or flash. Super Pi screenshot notice CPU speed was set to the max of 1.