The result is a low-key and industrial look that draws attention without unnecessary glitz or flash. Nevertheless, Dell eventually took care of all of the issues that cropped with my order, although the experience varied greatly depending on which service representative handled the case. Which means it has gone through various testing requirements as set by Dell. Moreover, the lid seems well reinforced, with pressure on the back of the lid not causing the LCD screen to become distorted on the other side. Keyboard and touchpad view view large image. 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. Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the market.

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Dell Latitude D Specs – CNET

Admittedly, the ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U is clocked considerably slower at 1. The steel screen hinges provide firm movement, and the magnesium-alloy casing provides resilient protection while avoiding unnecessary creaking. 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 vvideo in the pursuit of dwll best portability possible.

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.

The D comes standard with a Although it may sound repetitive, the decision to not include a built-in optical drive is an unfortunate but necessary sacrifice for maintaining optimum portability and weight although it must be noted that some notebook manufacturers have managed to overcome this problem xell the past.


Once again though, the fact that the fan rarely runs means that this issue is not as problematic as it could be. Moreover, while the D offered standard Intel Pentium M processors operating at up to 2. On a final note, Dell must be commended for including a minimal amount of bundled software with the D Personally I found the location of most every port on the back of the D slightly annoying.

Underside view of the D I like the D de,l, pointing stick and touchpad a lot. 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.

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Build, internet connectivity options, reliability, security all combine to trump performance. I also had the 6-cell battery and when timed I got almost exactly 3-hours of usage when having the screen brightness set to half and wi-fi on. The magnesium alloy casing is very rigid and protects the notebook well. Despite the fact that the D is a videl 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.

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For me the back right side got hot to the point of being uncomfortable in the lap. 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. Fortunately, both the 4-cell and 6-cell batteries sit flush with the unit, so I opted for the 6-cell. Left side view of ports on the D You can see the D performs on the whole slightly worse than this Pentium M processor that was introduced in 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.


Whether writing documents, composing emails, watching DVDs, or surfing the web while listening to music, the D provides a first-rate experience comparable to most other machines on the market. Similar to the D and D, the D employs a dark-charcoal grey color scheme with silver accents and lid.

Power adapter for D 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.

However, to me this is not d402 most important aspect of an ultraportable. Latitude D lid view view large image.

All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community. Full size keyboard with touchpad and pointing stick Battery: Compared to the ThinkPad X60s ultraportable that adopted a 2. I agree that build wise the D is a real winner.

Wi-Fi Catcher, Fan Vent view large image view large image.