There is zero flex to the keyboard and it is indeed very easy to type on. Conclusion Having used the Dell Latitude D for some time now, my impressions have mostly been overwhelmingly positive. Power adapter for D The battery on the Dell D has a built-in chage indicator view large image. 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. Admittedly, the ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U is clocked considerably slower at 1.

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The viewing angles are so so, the d4200 angles being better than vertical. I also purchased the Dell D via Dell. Dell Latitude D with Samsung screen view large image.

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On a final note, Dell must be commended for including a minimal amount of bundled software with the D Nor is it as fast processor wise as the Core Duo processor in the ultraportable ThinkPad X60 series laptop that dwll a 1. The SD card slot is much appreciated, and no complaints on number of slots, just placement. The D can be equipped with a 4-cell, 6-cell, or 9-cell battery.

The Dell Latitude D is a Whether writing documents, composing emails, watching DVDs, vdeo surfing the web while listening to music, the D provides a first-rate experience comparable to most other machines on the market.

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. While some may find this maximum capacity restrictive, I have found the 1.

The battery on the Dell D has a built-in chage indicator view large image.

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. Personally I found the location of most every port on the back of the D slightly annoying.


This is definitely an acceptable amount for a battery that is flush with the notebook.

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. Moreover, the lack of hardware-accelerated H. Full size keyboard with touchpad and pointing stick Battery: After having carried around an HP DV over the course of a semester at college, I realized that while a Fortunately, light leakage is minimal, uniformity is generally acceptable, and brightness is more than satisfactory, although brighter screens are certainly available on the market.

Finally, I initially encountered an issue with the PC speaker that would result in an irritatingly loud beep being played when first connecting 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. Finally, the upper right side of the notebook seems to become substantially warmer than the rest of the unit over extended use, although based on my experiences the D has still been generally cool enough to be used on my lap.

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. 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.

Interestingly Dell offers a built-in ambient light sensor, although this feature has not proven useful or even accurate in limited testing. In terms of ivdeo angles they are generally reasonable, although vertical angles are noticeably more finicky and sometimes subject to the dreaded color inversion problem.


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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. But with an ultraportable designers have to make compromises on fitting things where they can.

However, to me this is not the most important aspect of an ultraportable. As a machine designed for business use, the D provides only a single speaker in the dwll left corner that provides expectedly underwhelming sound with poor overall clarity. Nevertheless, a headphone jack is provided, and when hooked up to either headphones or speakers, the sound reproduction was better than expected, with little-to-no hissing and rich sound that was far superior to that provided by my DV when playing back music.

Build, internet connectivity options, reliability, security all combine to trump performance. 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.

In practice, the D has far more in common with the X1 than its direct predecessor, the D Processor, Performance, and Storage Performance will likely be the key point of controversy for those considering the purchase of a D Although not included on my model, one dekl feature that stands out is the optional UPEK finger print reader that can be incorporated between the two lower mouse buttons.

As with David, the back right side tended to get much warmer than the rest of the laptop.