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I very much enjoy using this laptop. I find it comfortable to use both on a lap and on a desk. It seems well laid out and so it doesn't feel like the keyboard is too cramped, although of course you can attach an external keyboard and mouse if you prefer. This might be preferable if you are doing a great deal of typing. The mouse pad is large enough and has just the right sensitivity for me and the buttons feel in the right place; I tend to use the pad with my right hand and press buttons with the left.
Battery life is excellent. Fully charged it will last three hours plus and does not seem to be tailing off over time. On occassions it has lasted sustantially longer than it told me it should!
Screen display is clear, with good colours and doesn't go 'jumpy'.
It seems robust, as laptops go as it is regularly carried around and although I try to be careful with and and haven't dropped it it does still get a little bit bashed around.
I have never had any problems with it and it has never failed to work as expected.
It is easily able to cope with the use I have for it, which is not that demanding or memory hungry. It was running a bit slowly, but this was solved by defragmenting it, which should be done regularly anyway.
All in all this is a good little laptop about which I have no complaints whatsoever, so would recommend it it for office applications, internet etc.
I've had this laptop for over 3 years and it has been an absolute workhorse, working when other laptops would have given up the ghost and died. In all that time all I have done is increase its standard 512mb RAM to 2mb RAM to get some more speed ito run my applications. I'm not a gamer so I don't ask it to perform fast high graphics, the laptop being used primarily for Office applications, email and internet with a dose of family tree work thrown in. The laptop also has built in wireless for smooth internet connection and bluetooth useful for synchronising with my smart phone.
The D505 is easy to use, with a sturdy, robust body that has taken its fair share of bangs and knocks and even being dropped. If I am asked to find fault, then the mousepad / mouse buttons have been an issue at t imes, it being hard sometimes to click and I've had issues with the power supply cable getting caught and then not working as the power supply inside comes loose. The main fault I have is that the battery gets very very hot although since upgrading the RAM this has been less of an issue. I checked and the D505's batteries isn't one that caught fire but it sure used to burn my leg and something you should consider if trying to really put this laptop through its paces - upgrading RAM is cheap and well worth doing.
All in all a great laptop, well worth the money and has given me years of use.
This laptop is part of the well respected Dell Latitude family. It has a good specification, although showing its age a little when compared with more recent models. Apart from it being older the D505 is still a competent workhorse of a laptop providing good value if purchased second hand. The laptop runs quiet and can accomplish most office tasks well. A CD drive is include but can be upgraded or swapped for another hard disk drive. As with all laptops extended use means the battery will have to be replaced eventually. The ports provided are reasonable if not extensive nor numerous, however this laptop can take advantage of Dell's docking station for expansion and desktop work. A PCMIA card can be used also. WiFi is built into this laptop allowing easy network connection or in the field connections if properly secured. The design and layout is pleasing and comfortable to use. The screen is bright and good to work at. This laptop is well built and has been a good buy for me.
I know little about computers so cannot give any technical details or views on the "spec" of this laptop but am happy to give my honest opinion of what it is like as a user. I have had this model for over 4 years now which I guess is pretty impressive. It is in daily use for approximately 3-4 hours at a time. During this time I have had to have the keyboard replaced twice due to keys sticking and then falling off. How ever replacements from e bay have always been easy to find. A more worrying problem is that recently the connection between the power lead and the laptop has developed a fault and needs considerable manoeuvring in the socket to maintain a power source. As a result the laptop is no longer portable which kind of defeats the object!
However, these problems aside I feel that the length of time that I have had the laptop has demonstrated a quality and robust machine (did I mention that it is used by my children as well!!). I would buy Dell again. The service has been good when needed, any parts required have been easy to obtain and it has survived being taken out and about regularly. I find the layout easy to deal with, can use the integral mouse without any problems and screen clear and good value.
Although I am sure that this model is now well and truly obsolete it will be to Dell I turn again for a replacement.
The product is nice as a whole, very easy to carry due to its small size(compared to other laptops of the same price like that of Sony). In most DELL products, the problem is breaking (separation) of LSD panel with the main body at the attachment joints(seen in most dell laptops used at a university). Although this is a problem, Dell Inc. offers warranty of its product which many other laptop makers don't.
Another less attractive feature of dell is its not-so-bright LCD screen compared to other LCDs like that of Sony, Toshiba which i could see at shopping stores. The colour of LCD doesn't turn bright no matter what you try. However, Dell has a very easy to use system which i found very helpful. It is reliable, even if you keep your laptop on for few days, nothing will go wrong to your laptop, it works in the same way as it used to, without slowing down. Most of dell laptops come in this silvery colour so there is not so much choice in colour as i used to prefer black laptops. Another problem which i see is that there are considerable large gaps between keys in the keyboard due to which dust can easily enter into the system and i regularly need to clean it. I must say keys are little weak and has come out in most laptops in my university. But again as i say, they repair EVERYTHING free for you till a span of warranty period. It's price is little expensive compared to similar laptops in the market but DELL is DELL. As a whole, it has an a very good quality. I have bought it 2 years ago and there is not a single problem so i say this is good.
I bought this laptop almost a year ago and have not had a problem with it to date. The design of the laptop is aimed at robustness and portability... all the hardware has been installed with the 'travelling salesman' at mind. I purchased this item as necessary equipment for my university course instead of buying a university recommended IBM ThinkPad. After much research I found that the IBMs tended to be a lot less reliable and the dell had good reviews all round - I have no been disappointed! The D505 does everything my home PC can do and more, with a lot less problems.
The laptop/notebook is not the cheapest out there but the value for money and quality of the product is excellent!
The only drawbacks I have found is that the hard-drive does get hot and you can feel this when you are typing; the heat is not uncomfortable however and is not uncommon in such equipment. Another thing to consider is when typing the keys are fairly far back from the front of the laptop so you have to rest your hands at the bottom of the laptop itself. I myself find this to be perfectly acceptable but it may be a negative for some people depending on their preference. One one had the large screen is a pro for working with but at the same time it makes it less portable and comfortable to carry with the added weight, saying this it is less heavy than most other laptops of the same size.
The Latitude D505 has never caused me any problems and has been worth every penny I paid for it! I would recommend it to anyone who needs to have a reliable laptop while travelling. I did however get my laptop off ebay (never been used before but was in storage so some of the features that come as standard now weren't there; I added a wireless for £20 and it brought the laptop up to scratch) and it was only just over half the price of buying it from Dell's website. Would also recommend the D600... is very similar with slightly better design and features!