In a drop situation, the StrikeZone acts as shock-proofing to minimize trauma to the disk drive and hopefully save your data. You can configure the WiFi catcher to show only unencrypted or preferred networks, you can set wireless profiles, you can adjust any number of power management settings, and you can fine tune display settings all from the QuickSet menu. Dell Latitude D lid view large image Out of the box the screen hinges are quite stiff. Right side view of D ports view large image. At first blush, a tastefully styled though by no means beautiful and well-built notebook. The ThinkPad T60 was aimed more towards the road warrior. When I apply pressure to the lid of the notebook no ripples appear, a common occurrence on poorer built machines.

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In this picture you can see the ambient light sensor on the screen that adjusts screen brightness automatically, screen hinge on the left view large image Another minor issue is with the amount of play in the WiFi catcher switch a nifty feature that allows me to detect WiFi networks without booting up more on this later.

Below the touchpad are the mouse buttons which are decently sized.

Setting the screen to black, there is little apparent light leakage. That would have been a nice if unessential feature to see in the D It is reasonably sized and has little pimples for added grip. At a pinch it can be used on a plane or on a lap but, for the most part, I lattiude not travel extensively with the D Thus far the laptop has been snappy in every day usage such as internet browsing and word processing as well as during benchmarking. In this picture you can see the ambient light sensor on the screen that adjusts screen brightness kicrophone, screen hinge on the left view large image.

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Dell Latitude D Review (pics, specs)

The D uses a charcoal and black motif that works well not to draw attention to itself in an academic or corporate environment. The sound subsystem on the D is controlled by the Sigmatel audio chipset. The touchpad is small to medium sized 8d20 has a grippy feel to it.

I think I made the right choice here because the WUXGA display would have yielded fonts and icons too small for even my young eyes.

A disturbing trend these days is for manufacturers to charge extra for the Windows XP CD whose license you already own! While not absolutely necessary on a business notebook, it would have been nice to have a few more control buttons like play, pause, etc. I configured the machine on the Dell Small Business website. As a high school graduation gift, my parents bought me a Dell Latitude D The screen locks down with two clasps which are retracted by a latch. The ThinkPad T60 was aimed more towards the road warrior.

The rest of the notebook, however, is very rigid. When I apply pressure to the lid of the notebook no ripples appear, a common occurrence on poorer built machines.

I narrowed my selection down to three offerings: Since this laptop was going to have to last me through at least four years of college, it needed to be able to take a beating. The battery features a thoughtful external indicator that consists of mcirophone LEDs to indicate the approximate charge of the pack.

Underside shot of the Dell Latitude D, the hard drive and stike zone can be found here view large image. You can configure the WiFi catcher to show only unencrypted or preferred networks, you can set wireless profiles, you can adjust any number of power management settings, and you can fine tune display settings all from the QuickSet menu. At first glance, the notebook is not awe-inspiring but it is pleasing to the eye with an understated charcoal gray latitde. Visit our network of sites: I del, pleasantly surprised to find the Windows XP Home install free from the bloatware that so often plagues notebooks these days.

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Startup times on my D are fast but not as fast as I expected. On the right side, the D sports two stacked USB 2. I would wholeheartedly recommend this notebook to anyone looking for an effective tool to get some serious work done. Input Methods Dell Latitude D keyboard and touchpad view large image Like most corporate notebooks the D comes with both a touchpad and a pointing nub, the latter of which has long since disappeared in the consumer market.

Below the space bar reside the separate mouse buttons for the pointing nub, a nice mjcrophone. This represents the absolute lower limit. Light indicators for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth view large image.

It instantly detected our The laptop was about as thin as I expected but it was a bit heavier than I thought it would be.

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