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UPS did not lose it the second time around. There is zero flex to the keyboard and it is indeed very easy to type on. Left side view of ports on the D 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 documents, surfing the web, and listening to music. The magnesium alloy casing is very rigid and protects the notebook well. Expansion Slot, Battery hard drive accessible underneath , Memory Upgrade Slot under panel view large image.

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Full size keyboard with touchpad and pointing stick Battery: Dell fulfilled their part of the order, UPS somehow lost or enabled the theft of the D after it was placed on the delivery truck. My best suggestion is to look at other While the DV itself was relatively compact and portable, the extra weight from its accompanying AC adapter as well as a messenger bag resulted in a burdensome carry-weight of at least 10 lbs a manageable sum, but nevertheless a tiresome burden at the end of the day.

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. The steel screen hinges provide firm movement, and the magnesium-alloy casing provides resilient protection while avoiding unnecessary creaking.

Finally, it should be noted that the D uses a matte screen instead of the increasingly popular glossy option. Finally, rather than using a standard 2.

Heat and Noise Despite initial reports of the D being fanless like the Latitude X1, the D does actually have a fan-based cooling solution. Nor is it as fast processor wise as the Core Duo processor in fell ultraportable ThinkPad X60 series laptop that uses a 1.


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The result is a low-key and industrial look that draws attention without d402 glitz or flash. Pros Light-weight design starting at 3. The charcoal grey and silver accent look really is great. In the below results of Super Pi calculated to 2 million digits of accuracy you can see the D performs better than the old Latitude X1, but is not nearly as fast as the old D Which means it has gone through various testing requirements as set by Dell.

All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site viceo a part of the community. Wi-Fi Catcher, Fan Vent view large image view large image.

Dell Latitude D420 Review (pics, specs)

Screen The D comes standard with a Having been less than satisfied with a thin-and-light, I decided my next notebook would have to be an ultra-portable, preferably weighing no more than 3 lbs.

Left side view of ports on the D Visit our network of sites: The D can be equipped with a 4-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell battery. Finally, I initially encountered an issue with the PC speaker that would result in an irritatingly loud ddell being played when first vell to Wi-Fi networks or receiving emails; this could only be corrected by disabling the hidden Beep device in the System Control Panel for anyone who encounters the same issue. Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the de,l.


In air-conditioned rooms the fan almost never comes on at all unless performing CPU-intensive work over extended periods of time. Fortunately, however, the fan is generally whisper quiet and rarely noticeable. Moreover, the lack of hardware-accelerated H.

Conclusion Having used the Dell Latitude D for some time now, my impressions have mostly been overwhelmingly positive. In hotter environments, I have noticed that the fan come on more frequently, although the noise is still only moderate even when the fan ramps up to higher speeds. The build quality and sheer usability and vvideo factor of the D make it great.

Dell Latitude D Review (pics, specs)

Expansion Slot, Battery hard drive accessible underneathMemory Upgrade Slot under panel view large image Personally I found the location of most every port on the back of the D slightly annoying. 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.

Additionally, all three batteries feature a Battery Meter that can display the remaining charge via LED indicators even when the notebook is turned off.

Nevertheless, for those who value weight and battery life more on this later over performance, the compromise may still be acceptable. The only quibble I have with the cooling solution then is the placement of the vent:

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