Furthermore, the heat caused a number of malfunctions on the notebook. 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 The built in brightness sensor is a nice novelty but hardly useful. 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. To some the lack of an internal optical drive is a deal breaker, however it lowers the weight and size of the system significantly. The D was purchased from Dell Outlet.

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This offered a number of advantages. Nor is it as fast processor sohnd as the Core Duo processor in the ultraportable ThinkPad X60 series laptop that uses a 1. What is an annoyance is the placement of the vent.

Dell Latitude D420 with Core Duo and Windows Vista Review

It is very useful for chatting over Skype or similar services. Back side view of ports on the D They carry the same warranty as new and do not take forever to build. It provides decent sound through headphones. Expansion Slot, Battery hard drive accessible underneathMemory Upgrade Slot under panel view large image. Like the X1, the D only has one speaker. The 90w charger should offer faster charging time though the 65w that came with my D worked quite well.


Dell Latitude D420 Review (pics, specs)

Jeff Kaufman 5. Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the market.

Which means it has gone through various testing requirements as set by Dell.

The touchpad is good and the pointing stick a nice bonus. Despite some design flaws, notably the location of the vent and the useless brightness sensor, this notebook excels in its primary function as a business ultraportable.

The battery life with a 6 cell battery is good. Minimal light leakage found on the D AU X420 screen view large image. While the D is no where near perfect in this area, the X1 was a lot worse.

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Once again though, the fact that the fan rarely runs means that this issue is not souhd problematic as it could be. The D offers a reasonable selection of ports in the limited space available, although more USB ports and perhaps an S-Video and DVI port would have been certainly been nice although these are available via various expansion and dock options.

It is a nifty feature for finding WiFi hotspots while the computer is off. The Dell Latitude D is a great notebook for those who want an ultraportable design without sacrificing computing power.

There is zero flex to the keyboard and it is indeed very easy to type on. I can easily run a virus scan and watch a HD movie p at the same time.


The build quality and sheer usability and form factor of the D make it great. The steel screen hinges provide firm movement, and the magnesium-alloy casing provides resilient protection while avoiding unnecessary creaking.

While this is rather slow it is not a huge drag on the system. Showing no signs of flex and providing solid travel with minimal noise, the D has proven sund have soubd best keyboard I have ever had the pleasure of using.

Dell Latitude D with Core Duo and Windows Vista Review

In brief, Dell does not skimp on providing up-to-date security solutions for those users who require them. The U is a sweet spot for those looking to have a Core Duo system yet also wants the lowest power usage and heat output.

It features a matte finish and offers good brightness and contrast. As a sounnd 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.

Power adapter for D Dell Latitude D view large image In practice, the D has far more in common with the X1 than soynd direct predecessor, the D There are options for either a 65w or 90w charger. When the notebook is doing intensive work, the right side of the notebook gets much hotter than the left.