The Dell Latitude D620 Laptop
I brought a second hand Dell Latitude D620 Laptop for £160 in 2010. Since then I have brought an i-pad and another laptop but I still like to use the old Dell Latitude D620 Laptop because the keyboard is very comfortable to use!
Look and Feel
The screen of the Dell Latitude D620 Laptop is 14.1 inches and this is sufficient as the screen is not too wide and not to narrow either. The Dell Latitude D620 Laptop looks very smart and stylish and as mentioned before is very comfortable to use. In fact, I am writing this review using the Dell Latitude D620 Laptop!
Memory / Capacity / Speed
The CPU is Intel Core Duo T2300. The laptop has good memory capacity and the speed is very good and better than recent laptops (from other brands) that I have purchased recently.
Comfort & Portability & Ease of Use
The Dell Latitude D620 Laptop is very comfortable and portable. The laptop weighs about 2.9 kg which is not too heavy as I have owned heavier laptops.
Robustness and Durability
The Dell Latitude D620 Laptop is very robust and durable. My young daughter uses the laptop quite a bit, to watch cartoons on DVD and all the keyboard keys are still in place and the screen has not been damaged even after so much wear and tear. Currently the laptop's battery needs replacing as the laptop only works when connected to the plugged in charger.
Range of Extra Features
The Dell Latitude D620 Laptop has a range of extra features. There are round buttons for increasing and decreasing the volume on the keyboard in the top section. There is also a button for muting the volume and switching the power on and off (on the keyboard in the top section again). The laptop has four usb ports available. The laptop has a DVD player port on the right hand side of the laptop.
Overall, I have been very pleased about purchasing the Dell Latitude D620 Laptop and it is up and running efficiently, compared to some other brand new laptops from other suppliers that I have brought recently which had problems with overheating. I have decided that all future purchases of laptops will be from Dell.
Dell Latitude D620 not so much a technical review you can read that anywhere more a review of how it has worked for me over the last 12 months
This is the standard issue laptop for my company and I have been using this one now for over 12 months. My first one lasted six months. The laptop is designed for use outside of the office but in recent years laptops are increasingly bought for use around the home in a more gentle environment.
My laptop does a lot of travelling as you can tell from my posts in the Travel section averaging at least one flight a fortnight and regular docking and undocking as I go about my job. So I think I am in a good position to comment on its ability to cope away from a desk.
Appearance wise it is nothing special dark and light grey. It has a 14" wide screen which is ideally suited for watching DVDs. Unfortunately I find it very irritating for work purposes when reviewing documents. I end up reducing document size so I can see more of the page and to reduce the amount of scrolling. Whether this is a generation thing that I have grown up using A4 Portrait documents and I need to adjust my brain waves accordingly I am not sure. After 6 years of using laptops I think it is me and my brain will not change.
Performance wise it comes with a rewritable DVD R/RW disc drive, 55gb hard drive . As with most corporate laptops it is well secured with encryption and virus protection ( McAfee ) . In my time with this laptop never once had a virus problem. Lesson to be learnt there for Her Majesty's Government ?
Ruggedness as I said before it is a well travelled laptop and has had its fair share of knocks and bumps in hand luggage. It has managed to remain in good condition the casing is undamaged. Screen wise a common problem is the guide button on the key pad ( next to G and H keys ) often causes an indentation on the screen when the lid is closed, this does not happen with the Latitude. Key board is full size and easy to use, likewise the mouse pad is ok for the job but if doing presentations prefer to use the mouse
Battery life is not particularly brilliant couple of hours max when using MS office applications. If watching DVD you are lucky to get to the end of the film. It has reached the stage I carry a second battery as I have been caught out on flights too often.
Performance wise as you would expect running Windows XP and Office 2003 ( yes that's right ) no problems even when having multiple application open.
Weight wise once you chuck in power supply and the spare battery it is a chunky weight.
Would I buy one, Dell is typical in terms of weight and dimension for most average laptops I think it is quite robust for out of office use. For use in the home it is more than adequate. I don't think you will be disappointed in its performance. I suspect though for home use many people will choose a laptop more for its aesthetics and ability to match the furniture. If that is what you are after then this is not the laptop for you.
If it is a basic functional, reliable piece of kit that you want then yes I would recommend a Latitude D620
I have been a regular dell latitude user for some time. I have used many of the D4 series latitudes and the D6 series latitudes. Latitudes to me have become synominous with power, performance and usability and the D620 is no exception.
The laptops built in Centrino Duo 2Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM will see most of your everyday tasks run smoothly and effortlessly. As a corporate Laptop this thing is built for performance and will run all your business needs effortlessly.
The laptop also includes a SIM card slot for mobile broadband so you can use the laptop at the airport or in the car as you go to meet clients. Coupled with the integrated WIFI and you have all your on the move networking needs. So wether you are in the office or on the move you can stay connected.
I've had few problems with the D620 but when I have DELL support have always been very helpful and quick at providing me with answers . Their on-line database of driver updates and application has proved very useful.
Overall if you want a reliable corporate laptop that won't let you down the D620 is for you. However the machine is a little dated now so I would probably go for one of the newer E-series laptops.
I used to have a Acer that i loved however that over heated on me and broke. This laptop was on offer on the Dell website and i wasnt so sure on it at first with it been more of a corparate laptop however its amazing! The processing power is brilliant... it does not struggle to do anything, and the Laptop its self is very robust.
My laptop is designed for windows XP however i have had Windows Vista on it and it run just as quick. You will find that when you install windows vista though some of the drivers dont work and they are very hard to come across. Unfortunatly Dell does not have thw drivers on the website.
You will also find underneath the battery a Sim card slot can be located so that you can insert your SIM card. Im abit unsure how this works as i have never tried this....
Overall i would advise anyone to buy one of these.. But dont think you will get tech help if you ring dell unless you speak Arabic...
When my work told me that they were taking my Dell D600 laptop off of me a couple of months ago to replace it with a Dell D620, I'll admit that I was a little concerned as the D600 had served me so well.
Fortunately, Dell seemed to pull another great laptop out of their magic bags in the form of the 620 and I was thrilled to see that they decided to keep the widescreen feature above all else.
Despite the weeks of constantly being switched on and running highly intensive applications non-stop, i've yet to have any problems with the laptop.
I found the wireless very reliable with its extended range even in a build up office area.
The only negative thing that i could say is that the keys do seem a little flimsy as per previous models which is something that dell need to review.
When it comes to value for money, the price of the laptop seems to vary greatly and can be purchased from around £500 depending on the specs. This seems a tad expensive for the average every day user, but for someone looking for a laptop with some fantastic features it is definately value for money.
In summary, i've been very impressed with the D620 and although there are a couple of small niggles that Dell need to iron out they really haven't put a foot wrong in the design and implementation.
I used one of these latops for over a year with a previous company.
This is a business laptop and as such is built without any of the flashyness that comes with a consumer laptop.
The laptop is compact in size making it a comfortable to carry around (I had a 20 km bus journey and 3 km walk everyday with this on my shoulder) and use when a desk is not available. It was very well built and felt sturdy in use with a nice solid feel that didn't feelike it was going to break or bend when resting hands and wrists on it.
The 14" screen is nice and bright with plenty of contrast and has the bonus of running natively at 1440x900 resolution compared to the usual 1280x800 screens found on other latops. It's a matt screen rather than a shiny model but this is good as it doesn't glare when used in sunlight like the shuny screens do.
The battery seems to last for ever and I regularly got 4 or more hours from it in a stretch before having to hook it up to the mains electric.
It has a core2 duo proccesor and 1gb (I had the 2gb version) of ram to keep it ticking along nicely and it was fast enough to do almost everything required of it including running several virtual machines for testing purposes, running office apps with ease.
The keyboard was responsive and well layed out, with a good choice of either touch pad or nipple for the mouse controls. The wrist rest was contured and felt quite comforable during a long spell of use, although it does get pretty warm as the hard disk it running away on the right hand side.
The hard drive in the model I used was the 120gb which was an ample amount of space and it ran quietly without any problems even with the amount of use it would get on my journey to and from work.
The laptop had the following features WIFI, Bluetooth, dvd re-writer, 4 usb ports, and video out. I did have a problem with connecting the laptop to my WIFI router though but that was fixed with a firmware update to the laptop.
Overall this was a very good, highly reliable laptop for the time I used it and it never let me down.