When on power the screen will automatically become brighter. 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. Dell Latitude D 1. Results are very close except for the graphics tests where the T60 wins due to having a dedicated graphics solution:. You can override the ambient light sensor to control brightness yourself of course. One very noticeable thing that made for better performance out of the box with the D was the very clean Windows install this machine has. The D hinges also have a new barrel design to withstand vibration better than past Latitude notebooks.

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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 ppro are also much improved.

The D has a good selection of ports. Dell D screen view large image. The most important thing to protect in a notebook is in most cases the hard drive where all of your data is storeddata is irreplaceable and sometimes invaluable, while hardware not quite so.

My favorite part about the D is that it has dual navigation via a touchpad or pointing stick input. As such Dell has implemented StrikeZone technology that reduces the amount of shock experienced in the hard drive area during a drop situation.

Left side view of ports on the D Expansion slot at the backbattery at the frontmemory slot in the middle view large image. The D screen does experience some light leakage at the bottom view large image. Dell reckons that business-types will prefer this format too though.


The D keyboard is full size, it is nice and firm with no laatitude and overall a pleasure to use. Close in view of volume and power button view large image.

Dell Latitude D Review (pics, specs)

The D also has a nice 5 light LED display to show you how much battery charge is left without having to boot the delll. The D is most interesting in that it adopts a widescreen format, a feature that hereto date really has been pushed more in the consumer channel of notebooks. This Wi-Fi Catcher works whether the notebook is on, off or in prl mode. 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.

Results are very close except for the graphics tests where the T60 wins due to having a dedicated graphics solution:. The D has a built-in ambient light sensor built-in that will control the screen brightness when on battery. Follow this link to an Everest Report of the system details of the D Side-by-side comparison of documents, web pages or spreadsheets is an example of common business tasks more easily done on a widescreen.

Inusah June 1, at 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.

Laittude can also get Shock Resistant hard drives in 60GB and 80GB capacities that offer further physical protection to data.

Aesthetically the D looks nice and professional. With wi-fi on and screen at mid-brightness and ingel tasks such as web browsing and emailing I got 2h 36m of battery life.

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I dlel to music CDs while working on the D and experienced no odd background noises that distorted the music, it was a clean listening experience. The D weighs about 5. 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.

Underside view of the D 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.

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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 oro. The battery location is rather odd relative to other notebooks in that it is at the front and not the back of the laptop. This results in strong overall physical protection of the notebook, worry-free of case cracks appearing or problems with excessive flexing. You can see the D is slightly thicker than the competing thin-and-light ThinkPad T43, especially at the front where the T43 tapers to being thinner view large image.

Another moving part on the D is the screen latch, this is also constructed of metal to provide durability and a nice look to boot. I have the 6-cell type battery and it does not stick out at all.

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