Dell Latitude D620
A cheap 14 inch laptop
There are a lot of laptops out there to choose from, meaning you’ll have a hard time and you’ll need a lot of time to find the right one for you. You have to know what you need from such a device, what you’ll use it for and how much money you’re willing to spend on it. We chose to review the new Dell Latitude D620 and here is what we have to say about it.
Not very comfortable
As we all know, Dell laptops are among the good-looking ones and the newest model is no exception. Manufacturers have added a new outer case, a shock-mounted hard drive and much more. The chassis is made of magnesium alloy and its sides are made of steel. The device comes with black with silver accents screen bezel, keyboard and keyboard tray. With measurements and weight such as 13.2″ x 10.75″ x 1.75″ and 3.22kg, the latest Dell Latitude D620 is a bit larger and heavier than its predecessor. When we tested the D620 laptop for our review, we couldn’t carry it around with us that easily and it certainly wasn’t as comfortable an experience as with others.
While parts of the product’s lid are padded out like a car bumper, the touchpad features two sets of mouse keys; one sits below the pad and the other sits above it. The keyboard also comes with a traditional pointing stick; these give you the possibility to choose whatever input styles you most like.
When we tested the new Dell D620 laptop we liked the fact that the keyboard tray was offered protection against dust, water and the like thanks to the fact that it was sealed. The device is also able to protect itself against humidity and vibration. Another thing we found great: whenever we found ourselves in situations with poor lighting, we could still type, due to the two small red task lights placed above the screen which illuminated the keyboard. When compared to other laptops, this light was less distracting.
The front houses a 14″ screen which offers a resolution of 1280 x 800, a brightness of 500 nits and an ambient light sensor. The latter helped the laptop automatically adjust screen brightness and gave us the possibility to read in any environment. While the resolution provided the device with good performance in outdoor daylight, the brightness helped us see the much less washed-out screen with ease.
Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor
The Dell D620 uses a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor with Intel 950 graphics. Both of these specs did a great job. The operating system the new laptop runs on is Windows XP Pro; but, according to the company, the product will soon also use Windows Vista and that current users would get a coupon for a free Vista upgrade.
In terms of memory, the device boasts 80GB hard drive (with 4200rpm) and 1GB of DDR2 RAM. In the connectivity department, the laptop features 1 VGA, 2 USB 2.0, 1 modem and 1 Ethernet ports; they are all protected with a plastic cover. On the downside, the PC card, 2 more USB 2.0 jacks and headphone mic weren’t protected.
In order to offer data protection, the Dell Latitude D620 uses a 1.8″ hard drive that is stuffed into a shock-mounted 2.5″ hard drive bay.
The 9-cell battery provides 3 hours and 55 minutes on a single charge. The laptop offers lifetime phone support via a 3-year mail-in plan.
After this test we can conclude at the end of our review that the Dell Latitude D620 is a good choice if you need a good 14 inch notebook.
|Type of laptop:|
|Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz|
|1024 MB SDRAM|
|LCD passive matrix 14.1 “inch|
|CD / DVD|
|CD / DVD type:|
|DVD ± RW (dual layer) / DVD-RAM|
|HDA D110 MDC Connexant|
|Data Link Protocol:|
|Bluetooth Ethernet Fast Ethernet USB USB Bluetooth 2|
|Operating System / Software|
|Windows XP Pro|