Classic test with primary 6-cell, 48WHr battery: Pentium M 2. I always have a mouse attached, and often have the above mentioned USB audio device attached. Number of bids and bid amounts may be slightly out of date. Conditions All Without Battery. The fan seems to be always on at a low level, but it is very quiet.
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Follow this link to an Everest Report of the system details of the D Keyboard and Touchpad One of the most important parts of a notebook is of course the ease of input, aka how easy it is to type and move the cursor around the screen. The D keyboard is full size, it is nice and firm with no flex and overall a pleasure to use.
The dual mouse buttons have a nice feel and positioned so that if you use the pointing stick you would use the uppermost buttons and if you use the touchpad you would use the lowermost buttons.
Close in view of volume and power button view large image Notice that between the lower mouse button the fingerprint reader is installed for biometric security login. Ports The D has a good selection of ports.
The Smart Card reader and Serial connector are obviously not going to appeal to consumers, but could be valuable to some businesses that utilize such ports. As mentioned before, Dell is adopting the widescreen format with the thinking that it allows business users to more easily display side-by-side document windows.
The D has a built-in ambient light sensor built-in that will control the screen brightness when on battery. For example, in a dark room the screen will dim as less brightness is needed to see the screen, but in bright light the screen will crank up in brightness so it is easier to see. When on power the screen will automatically become brighter. You can override the ambient light sensor to control brightness yourself of course.
As far as screen quality, the brightness is decent, but certainly not the best on the market and nowhere near as vivid as some of the high-end screens for consumer notebooks. There is some backlight leakage from the bottom and the overall picture is slightly washed out. Below are some pictures of the screen in the dark, notice the light leakage from the bottom on the all black Windows XP screensaver background. The D screen does experience some light leakage at the bottom view large image Wireless Communications Dell has pulled out all of the stops in making the D wireless capable.
You can use this switch to turn off all wireless radios by putting it in the Off position, but far cooler than that, push it all the way forward and it will blink green as it searches for a Wi-Fi network and if one is present it glows solid green, if none is found it shows orange.
This Wi-Fi Catcher works whether the notebook is on, off or in standby mode. The good news is that the much complained about headphone hissing noise experienced with the D seems to be gone with the D I listened to music CDs while working on the D and experienced no odd background noises that distorted the music, it was a clean listening experience. Heat and Noise The D has been whisper quiet in my usage and it does a great job of staying cool. The main vent is on the back area and another vent is located on the left side.
I imagine with the nVidia graphics card option this notebook may get a bit warmer, but with the configuration I have that uses Intel integrated graphics this is not the case.
Cool and quiet running is the word here. Security Being a business notebook Dell has pulled out all the stops to make the D secure and provide as many options as possible to the end user for ways to keep their data secure. Pre boot Authentication: Enables user authentication prior to OS log in with Smart Card or fingerprint reader System Authentication System Primary Password: User password needed to boot system Administrator Password:Administrators or service technicians access to computers for service or repair.
Hard Disk Drive Password: Data cannot be accessed without the original hard disk drive password. TPM 1. The battery location is rather odd relative to other notebooks in that it is at the front and not the back of the laptop. If you get an extended life 9-cell battery it will stick out of the front a bit and create a sort of lip that extends 0.
I have the 6-cell type battery and it does not stick out at all. With wi-fi on and screen at mid-brightness and doing tasks such as web browsing and emailing I got 2h 36m of battery life. There are certainly thin-and-lights with better and I prefer to see 3 hours or a little more for a thin-and-light travel notebook. If you were to upgrade to the 9-cell you would certainly exceed 3 hours, but at the cost of extra weight and increased notebook size. The 9-cell extended life battery sticks out a bit at the front of the D view large image One thing I really like about this Dell battery is the Express Charge feature.
If you have a layover at an airport or limited time to plug-in a notebook before you have to be pulled away from a wall outlet again, this can be a life-saver. The D also has a nice 5 light LED display to show you how much battery charge is left without having to boot the notebook. Conclusion The Latitude D is a very welcome upgrade to the D offering many improvements, especially in terms of performance and security, and the look and build quality are also much improved.
The widescreen approach is interesting for a business notebook, I think it makes sense and probably will be well received.
Dell Latitude D610 Review (pics, specs)
In this review I will make most of my comparisons to the above-mentioned Presario TW. Relative portability is important to me as I frequently transport my machine back and forth between the lab and home. I would have loved a A dust-cover for the ports in back and for the docking port underneath would have been nice. Overall I give the D high marks for build quality. Alongside these buttons are indicator lights for num lock, scroll lock, and caps lock, as well as Wifi and Bluetooth indicator lights I assume it is Bluetooth — I opted not to get this feature. The Latitude D apparently overheated on the palm rest — this problem seems to have been fixed with the re-designed D
In this review I will make most of my comparisons to the above-mentioned Presario TW. Relative portability is important to me as I frequently transport my machine back and forth between the lab and home. I would have loved a A dust-cover for the ports in back and for the docking port underneath would have been nice. Overall I give the D high marks for build quality. Alongside these buttons are indicator lights for num lock, scroll lock, and caps lock, as well as Wifi and Bluetooth indicator lights I assume it is Bluetooth -- I opted not to get this feature.