Fortunately, however, the fan is generally whisper quiet and rarely noticeable. Although certain aspects such as the slow RPM hard drive, lack of internal optical drive, and merely satisfactory screen have proven less-than ideal, these are acceptable sacrifices in the pursuit of the best portability possible. Front view of latch view large image. Nor is it as fast processor wise as the Core Duo processor in the ultraportable ThinkPad X60 series laptop that uses a 1. Compared to the ThinkPad X60s ultraportable that adopted a 2. In practice, the D has far more in common with the X1 than its direct predecessor, the D As would be expected of a business notebook, Dell offers several key security features for those that would need them.
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Compared to the ThinkPad X60s ultraportable that adopted a 2. 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. ULV processors drain less power and produce less heat, simultaneously reducing the need for bulkier cooling solutions and improving both weight and longevity. Admittedly, the ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U is clocked considerably slower at 1.
Whether writing documents, composing emails, watching DVDs, or surfing the web while listening to music, the D provides a first-rate ddell comparable to most other machines on the market.
Fortunately, both the 4-cell and 6-cell batteries sit flush with the unit, so I opted for the 6-cell.
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Expansion Slot, Battery hard drive accessible underneathMemory Upgrade Slot under panel view large image. Similar to the D and D, the D employs a dark-charcoal grey color scheme with silver accents and lid. There is zero flex to the keyboard and it is indeed very easy to type on.
Whether this is a positive or negative is up to personal preference, but the screen certainly trades vividness of colors for reduced reflectivity.
Keyboard and touchpad view view large image. Compared to the DV this is a definite improvement, and with the brightness reduced, very respectable away-from-the-desk usage times are certainly within reason. 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 delk various expansion and dock options.
The mouse buttons themselves offer firm feedback and emit very little noise with no signs of clickiness.
Although it may sound repetitive, the decision to not include a built-in optical drive is an unfortunate but necessary sacrifice for maintaining optimum depl and weight although it must be noted that some notebook manufacturers have managed to overcome this problem in the past.
The SD card slot is much appreciated, and no complaints on number of slots, just placement.
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In terms of viewing angles they are generally reasonable, delk vertical angles are noticeably more finicky and sometimes subject to the dreaded color inversion problem. The results for the hard drive included with the Latitude D are less than stunning.
You can see the D performs on the whole slightly worse than this Pentium M processor that was introduced in dlel Conclusion Having used the Dell Latitude D for some time now, my impressions have mostly been overwhelmingly positive. Minimal light leakage found on the D AU Optronics screen view large image The particular panel used in this D was manufactured by AU Optronics, although Samsung and possibly other manufacturers are also known to provide screens.
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Ports 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. In air-conditioned rooms the fan almost never comes on at all unless performing CPU-intensive work over extended periods of time.
Moreover, the lack of hardware-accelerated H. Pros Light-weight design starting at 3. In this review the main author is David Dobolyi, comments by Andrew Baxter who owns the precisely same configured D are in blue. Moreover, while the D offered standard Intel Pentium M processors operating at up to 2.
Two sets of mouse buttons are also included for added convenience when using each respective device. 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.
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. 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. As would be expected of a business notebook, Dell offers several key security features for those that would need them.
Unlike most other laptops, the battery is situated at the front of the unit rather than in the rear, so using the 9-cell battery results in what looks like an additional palm rest extending out from the front of the unit. Although IBM, Toshiba, Acer, and several others offered competing ultra-portables, Dell seemed to provide the most competitive pricing thanks mostly to educational EPP discounts along with the most comprehensive warranty services, making the ultimate choice of the newer D a bit simpler.
Dell Latitude D view large image In practice, the D has far more in common with the X1 than its direct predecessor, 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.