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a great quality robust laptop which stands the test of time.
I wanted a laptop which had the ability to both run windows xp and be able to run good old fashioned dos games when needed to. the new laptops these days will spit out an old dos game like a chewed up doggy bone.
I had the dell latitude c640 which is the pentium 4m model of this brilliant line of laptops.
it runs great, the sxga+ display worked very well when browsing the net.
the battery lasts for ages if I turn the screen brightness down.
I loved the tv out feature which enabled me to watch short clips and movies on my tv screen.
works very well in youtube, or if you are playing a computer game and want to show on an external monitor at the same time.
the great thing about the lattiude c series laptops were how easy it was to get hold of parts for them! still today, it is very easy to get hold of just about any part for these machines so it is a very good viable option to buy a latitude c610/c640 today, rather than splash out on a new laptop which won't be as good as these!
the sxga+ screen is hard to come by in newer laptops which only provide 1024x768 as a standard res.
the keyboard is very good and responsive to light touches.
I don't tend to use the trackpoint but sometimes it makes a nice change.
the touchpad is very easy to use, not too indented like some laptops, where you end up using the tip of your finger because the plastics surrounding the touchpad are raised so much and the touchpad itself is recessed so much it becomes unuseable. Not in this laptop!
Dell have been around since the dawn of the 286 computer so it is easy to trust that dell can make the best laptops in the market.
amazing laptop, runs really nicely. as they get older they can black out on you at various points, but mine was bought second hand from someone who said all the bits were they when they weren't.
really really nice. keyboard feels nice, touchpad mouse comfortable to use for a long period of time. The nipple mouse in the keyboard has a tendency to send the cursor off to the egde of the screen, and in the end I cut the cable connecting the nipple mouse as it was annoying me so much. other than that it's really really good.
runs really nicely with Windows XP, can cope with quite a lot before it slows down. on other disadvantage is that there is only one USB port, which means you can't be connected to the internet via a cable if you have a USB mouse plugged in, but this has never really been that much of an issue for me.
It was about 12 months ago that I deceided that I would like to buy a laptop. I wandered that streets and went into ever shop I could think of looking at different laptops, the specs and prices. God there is a lot out there. It took me about 2 weeks to make up my mind and I deceided to go for a Dell. It was a brond name that I reconised and that I have had dealing with before in the way of a desktop. So now what model? Well this was a different kettle of fish, there are so many different models that it is almost impossable to make a choice. I ended up putting a pencil on to a piece of paper with all the models on it and so it was the C610 I bought. I was very inpressed with the laptop when I got it home, the screen was clear and the laptop was very quick. Looking back now some 12 months later I feel that I made the right choice although I would now like to upgrade a couple of things, I would like a dvd-rw and a memory upgrade. These are available so I think I might upgrade in a few months time. All in all it has been great and would say that if any one is looking for a first time laptop this has to be the one