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      20.08.2012 10:11
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      Very good value laptop

      The Dell Latitude E6400 si not mine via choice. It is currrently the laptop that my office have provided me for use when working away or out of the office. I work as an engineer so it is important that I can use Microsoft office, access the internet to use a remote desktop linking my computer to the central drives sitting somehwere in a building in London , run some engineering design programs and use the laptop for a bit of entertainment when I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere on a site or holed up killing time in a hotel (minds out of the gutter please...by entertainment I mean DVDs and facebook etc.)

      Below I have tried to share my experience of the laptop instead of listing specifications which can be looked up easily:

      -----Design------
      It's a simple no frills laptop. It seems fairly robust and solid although this means it feels quite weighty to me. The trackpad works well and is well located in relation to the keyboard. I have used some laptops where the trackpad feels like it is a bit of an odd place, but it feels very natural to swap between keyboard and trackpad on this laptop.
      The speakers are long and thin, positioned down the sides of the keyboard which actually is an improvement for the dispersion of sound when compared to my personal laptop which has the speakers above the keyboard near to the screen.
      The locking mechanism is simple to use and blends in well to the build of the laptop. It has a satisfying 'click' when shutting and a pushbutton to unlock.
      The open/close button on the DVD drive is the type which you press, wait a second and then the drive pops open.

      ---Display----
      The display is a 14.1 inch screen. Now I'm used to a large 17 inch screen on my personal laptop, so this screen did feel very small when I first recieved the laptop. After a bit of time I have adjusted to the screen and I guess it's not the size, it is what you do with it that counts. It's not HD or super sharp but the clarity is good enough to watch DVDs and use for several (too many) hours per day for work.

      ----Performance----
      After recieving the laptop I will admit I didn't expect much for the performance, and looking at the price that just confirmed my concern. I'm not using if for high specification gaming and i was suprised that it is in fact quite good. I can open a lot of files at the same time, move things between folders quickly and easily and browse the web on wireless internet at a fairly decent speed.
      The processor is a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P9500 which I think is fairly good, and the ram provided on my laptop is 2GB although I believe this can be upgraded to squeeze in up to 8GB which would make this a very powerful laptop despite the low price.
      The graphics card is a 256MB nVidia Quadro which is more than enough for rendering some 3D design models that I use for work. For demanding gaming this might struggle to keep pace with advanced graphics.

      ---Connectivity---
      The laptop has a wireless capability which appears to run at a decent speed. This is limited by the routers, network and internet connection normally so will vary on where you would be using the laptop.

      The laptop has 4 USB ports which are perfect for using an external mouse, external hardrives or a printer with USB connection or even driving a USB fan if you are into your silly gadgets.

      -----Battery----
      A quick check on the dell website claims 19 hours of battery life. This may be true for standby mode, but I find it lasts about 3 when in use. It does seem to charge quickly and I recently found with a colleague who forgot his power lead that we could swap every couple of hours and both laptops lasted an 8 hour day with alternate charging.

      ----Negatives-----
      The brushed metal exterior of the laptop does scratch easily. The RAM and processor are slightly out of date now, although good they would have been top of the range about 2-3 years ago meaning that top end gaming would not really be suited to this laptop.

      -----Price----
      The price of this laptop, when searched for on goolge shopping, seems to be between £200 and £300 pounds. For this price I would strongly recommend this laptop if you are not looking to be a computer genius and ae looking for a simple well performing computer for basic everyday computing. I'll knock a star off for not being top spec, but I have to emphasise that it's a great laptop for this price.

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        29.06.2011 15:53
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        Great PC for the out of office worker!

        Last year I received a Latitude E6400 directly from Dell as a gift after attending one of their demonstrations on virtualisation.

        The Laptop I have is comprised of a (vpro) intel Core 2 duo processor, 8Gb DDR2 memory, 500Gb Hard drive, 3G Modem, 14.1" LED 1440 x 960 screen, backlit keyboard, ABGN wifi, Bluetooth and DVD/RW optical drive. The casing is well made with a brushed all black finish DELL calls it as follows "Premium magnesium alloy construction, longer-lasting paint finishes and robust metal hinges, the new Latitude E6400 is more durable than ever". Durable to some extent yes, with everyday but still careful use I would definitely agree but if you were a BT engineer a who needs to use this out in the field a Panasonic Tough Book this isnt. Again its a well built quality laptop. This was designed with the business man in mind and this is reflected by the internal intel graphics card, it has a vga and display port output, which is not geared up for 3D or graphically intensive games or apps. This machine was probably available at somepoint with a more powerful Nvidia Quatro GPU which would of had its own onboard and faster video memory instead of the shared with system ram intel GPU like on the machine Im reviewing.

        The machine itself is easier to work on / upgrade than the previous Latitude D series as the bottom part of the case completely lifts away after unscrewing a very small number of screws.

        Once the case is off you have full access to all the upgradeable aspects of the laptop ie both DDR2 ram sockets, modem, 3G Modem etc. The SATA Hard Drive itself comes out very easily as well.

        Windows 7 Pro 64Bit responds very well as does every aspect of the PC, The LED screen is very sharp & bright, reminds me of the screens found on the more expensive Sony VAIOs, and with a decent 4-5 hr battery life I do enjoy using this piece of kit!

        The Inbuilt Intel VPRO technology enables you to remote directly into the hardware itself, for remote control, hardware auditing and system health, You can remote to this PC even if the hard drive has been taken out or if it has no software or windows on it what so ever! Genius!

        As you can see from the specs below, the laptop is quite thin and fairly light with the standard battery attached.

        Dimensions: 335 x 244 x 33mm (including feet about 2mm long) or 13.2" x 9.6" x 1.3"
        Weight: Actual weight 2.31kg 5.1 lbs (w/ 6 cell battery)

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        09.05.2011 16:10

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        Good business laptop

        I was issued a Dell Latitude E6400 in a recent hardware refresh in work and having been very happy with my HP laptop, I was a bit reluctant to change. However, I have found this laptop to be on a par with the HP that I was using.

        The laptop has an Intel Dual Core 2.8Ghz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128 GB Hard Disk. The processor and memory are fairly standard for a modern PC or Laptop running Windows 7. The Hard Disk space is slightly on the low side in my opinion and if you were using it for home use, you could probably fill it fairly quickly with media such as photo's, music and videos. This indicates to me that Dell are aiming this more at the business market as you are likely to not be storing media on the laptop and your files will be stored on a large server.

        The laptop has a good quality screen. The screen is 14 inches in size and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Other features are, 3 USB ports, headphone and microphone jack, point for attaching an external monitor and and SD Card slot. It also is fitted with a wireless network card, fire wire port and there is room for one Ethernet Connection.

        This is a good business laptop, which is lightweight at just under 2kg. I wouldn't recommend this laptop for gaming or if you were viewing a large amount of high quality graphics.

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        26.01.2011 15:58

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        a great laptop

        I was issued this laptop at my new job, and I am very happy with the performance. I have used dell laptops in the past, and this one is better than any of the others that I have used.

        The laptop itself has a very light feel to it. The 14.1" screen size makes the case small enough to fold up quickly, and carry it on the go. I've used laptops with bigger screens before, and it seems that the bigger the screen the less portable it feels. When I carry this one, it feels like I am carrying a college text book. It fits perfectly into one hand tucked under my arm, and I don't worry about dropping it.

        The keyboard is really responsive. The buttons feel great and have a little amount of seperation from each other so that you don't hit the key next to the key that you want. Also, in the middle of the keyboard is a trackball in case you don't want to use the trackpad on the bottom.

        The screen has a very sharp display. All of my documents are easy to read and even streaming movies looks good on it.

        Battery life is great. While running all of my programs, I can easily get a days work done on one charge.

        There are 4 usb ports which is usefule, as well as a vga port to hook up to an external monitor.

        Overall, this laptop feels very solid and performs very well. I would suggest giving a look at this laptop if you are in the market to buy one.

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        11.08.2010 10:57

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        Not bad value for money within the corporate environment

        Is this a business laptop or is it a personal laptop, dell are selling this to the corporate environment quit well and i have to say having used one for 2+ years for work it's a very good laptop if you make sure it's fully loaded and running a x64 operating system like Windows 7.

        One thing this laptop is not supposed to be used or is personal use where it may be left on 24/7 for 6 months, i happened to use my work laptop a lot because of my job and found after 6 months that the paint that you think at first looks like black metallic down the left and right hand side of the laptop starts to rub off, it rubs off to a point where you arrive at meetings look very unprofessional, the saving grace is that once the paint starts to rub of it continues until there is nothing left, which might i add actually makes the laptop look better than out the box from dell.

        feature wise as with any modern laptop this laptop has them all so for features and performance it's no better than a similar range/size IBM/HP but still no where near the class of Macintosh's.

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        02.07.2010 11:29

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        Good laptop with the extras

        The dell E6400 is a very nice stylish looking laptop. When ordering from Dell, make sure you select the backlight keyboard and Bluetooth which is a nice touch.

        Performance wise, it comes packed with everything to run windows 7 with ease, even more power hungry programmes like AutoCAD 2010 runs easily enough.

        The battery will last a good 4 hours for me with the Wi-Fi turned off and the back light turned down slightly. Mentioning the back light, without the mains plugged in and using windows 7, in my opinion it's not bright enough, although for some reason using windows XP with no mains plugged in seems to be okay.

        Additional features which are a nice touch are, SD card reader and a proxy tag to allow you to logon.

        The best feature though is the USB charge port, when I'm out and about for instance and my phone, IPOD, sat nav etc needs charging, all i have to do is plug the device into the USB charge port and even with the laptop turned off it will give me a charge voltage. The allowance to do this is changeable in the BIOS.

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        28.05.2010 21:11

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        Unbeatable battery life

        The excellent features on this laptop themselves are worth the money. This Dell can keep on going for 19 hours, which is a huge improvement on this laptop on which I'm typing now - at 100% battery the projected time is 4 hours.

        Wi-fi, of course is pretty much standard these days, however the blutetooth technology could be very useful in the future. Bluetoth is now used to send adverts to people in the nearby vicinity - although this may not be a good thing. All ideas come with bad points - have you ever recieved spam mail to your emails account?

        I personally feel this Dell is worth the money. As well as the extensive in built features, it also includes a DVD re writer - never a bad thing to have, and especially good when paired with Nero for your homemade videos.

        Ever if these others features don't hold your attention, the battery life may outweigh any apprehensions you have about buying this laptop, as many business users etc. may find that in that meeting where any other laptop would be on its final legs, the Dell keeps going.

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        10.04.2010 19:48
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        A good, portable business laptop

        The E6400 is a portable 14.1 inch laptop which weighs around 2.33 kg although lighter it is still resilient and an elegant looking lap top.
        The laptop is very easy to use; especially all aspects used in business for example e-mail and the internet etc. The laptop comes with windows vista which I find very useful for word documents and spread sheets however it is possible to get a downgrade to windows XP.
        The 14.1 in screen has an LED-backlit 1,440 x 900 panel which is a very good resolution. In terms of performance the connectivity and security features are excellent, there are three USB ports, CD drive, and good desktop space. The battery life is decent and the graphics are good for a business lap top. As it is a business laptop it is not ideal for computer games etc, however internet speed is good and it will happily store and play various media. This laptop is ideal for business and office work and is highly portable.

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        12.03.2010 22:30

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        Very good laptop taking all into account

        I use the Latitude E6400 everyday at work and find it an extremely easy to use laptop. I have not had a Dell before but after using this for more then 30 hours a week feel that it is an extremely well built product. Unlike most others I have used in the past the help section is easy to use and has several sections with answers for all queries I have had so far. Of course with a laptop you can't expect high graphics and a powerful processor so if you're looking for a system for high graphic gaming then this isn't the product for you but for general office usage, internet browsing, emails, etc this is a very good product. It has a good length of battery life for consistent of between 3-4 hours. A slim, black, good looking product also with a low weight so good for business or personal travel.

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        05.01.2010 14:09
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        A super addition to the Latitude Class

        The next generation of laptops for your Road Warriors from Dell, replacing the tried and trusted D600 Range these laptops are a more than adequate replacement. Working in a team which has deployed around 40 of these models, while not the lightest it does pack a number of quality features and a fantastic battery life.

        In Review is a Black E6400 with the follwing Specification;
        Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo
        4Gb Ram
        Mobile Intel 4 Series Chipset Display Adapter
        DVD+-RW
        Intel 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection
        Intel WiFi 5100 Card

        Design/Looks: Whether open or closed the new E6400 just says professional, the brushed black outer shell with the embossed silver Dell logo is sleek and unobtrusive. Once opened their is a smart layout with the speakers inlaid neatly at either side of the keyboard and two mouse options in either the trackpad or stick. The addidtion of the blue LED's only add to the professional look.

        Display; A super bright 14.1" LED screen with ambient light sensor means you are not let down when using this in a bright office or a dark presentaion room, it adapts well to many conditions and will go up to 1280x800 at 32bit colour.

        Features; Has everything required by todays standards on business laptops with WiFi, USB slots, SD Card reader, RW DVD drive, FireWire, eSATA.

        Battery Life; Always one of the bugbears of the laptop user, the battery life of the E6400 has been worked on and you should expect around 6 hours from this which far exceeds previous incarnations, we have seen this achieved quite easily and if that is not enought there is a 9 cell battery option which should see you through the hardest working day.

        Summary; A superb addition to the Latitude Class of laptops.

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        07.11.2009 15:58
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        Overall great laptop with only one disadvantage found yet.

        Excellent little laptop. I have just been brought one of these by my work and they are brilliant. It has a super bright LCD screen, which closes very nicely and secure and a AMAZING battery life. Even when you are running high power consuming programmes it still dosent take much juice!

        They keypad is great, I have larger fingers and I'm not pressing 2 keys at once, so thats a bonus compared to my other laptop.

        The touchpad is a little slow and not amazingly sensitive. I think you can change this so I will take it into the IT techs at work and see. However in the middle of the key board there is a ball that you can use to move the mouse which is much easier but maybe a little sensitive so not good for the heavy handed!

        The processer and RAM seems to be working a treat, seems very fast and is great for what I need to do. I cannot comment on the intstallation of the laptop as the IT people at work did it!

        WiFi is great and has a switch on the right hand side so make sure you turn it on! It confused me for a while!! Includes 4 USB ports which is handy and one eSata port!

        Overall a brillaint portable laptop great for work use! One of Dell's Best!

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        04.11.2009 11:27
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        good for working in the field and at a desk

        I have recently been given this laptop for work and its a joy to use.

        I have used samsung, sony, acer and Dell laptops previously and have found Dell to be the most reliable by far.

        The latitude E6400 is a sturdy model, not light and dainty but rugged and up for most jobs. I take mine out in the field as it have the added ATG protection on the sockets and port covers and this works a treat.

        The laptop can handle all the programs i can throw at it and performs quickly and smoothly. The wifi on Dell laptops is great and i often steal the connection of latops next to me if the signal is weak in that area.

        Key board layout is good and the option of tracker pad and traker ball is a good one. There are plenty of USB ports which is a must these days as everything is pluugeds in by usb.

        Battery life seems to be good and i have got over 9 hours out of it and i am the second person to have it in the company so it must be a few years old.

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        09.09.2009 12:54
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        It is high speed performer with six cell battery, Intel core duo processor

        My husband received the Dell Latitude E6400 from his work to connect the call centre. The laptop was work related.

        screen size:14.1" which is excellent size .

        performance: It is high speed performer with six cell battery, Intel core duo processor.

        price: I bought it of £700 plus .

        quality: I think it is a high quality product. when connected to sockets its performance is at maximum.

        thickness: I find the Dell Latitude E6400 slightly thick when compare to my previous Sony laptop VAIO.

        Battery life: it says of battery life of 9 hours which is in my experience not true. but battery life is better than my previous laptop.

        colour: grey which dull with time but dullness is not very prominent.

        Primary Storage: it depends upon our own choice .I upgraded to 250GB Hard Drive,
        screen graphics: the screen graphics are nice and videos can be seen .
        Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD With PC-Card is included in.

        processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9500

        Operating Systems: Windows Vista.

        connectivity: can be connected via Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi

        Disadvantages: this could be it got heat up when video is seen for longer or when use for longer period of time.

        Advantages: camera and microphone is intergraded in . these are pretty high quality. Six cell battery.

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        17.05.2009 08:38

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        A great buy, just be careful that you want something this weight.

        I've had this lap top for 2 weeks now. It's a speedy operator with a great wide screen. Out of the docking station its easy to type with - with not of that irritating cursor hopping. The keypad mouse buttons do sometimes have to be used twice as there is not always recognition on the first taps. The weight of the thing is the biggest downer, my previous laptop had a separate DVD drive to make it lightweight, this one is incorporated even carrying it in the rucker, it feels heavy and like a solid plate resting on your back.
        Great functionality and variety of options comes from the pre-instaleld home packages but the laptop cope with these effortlessly.
        The powr lead connection is on the right hand side and the lead isn't that long so you really do have to sit with the plug on your right USB's abound as you would expect.

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        06.04.2009 17:08
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        A great upgrade to the Latitude line

        Dell Latitude E6400

        Overview:

        The Latitude E series is the next step in Dells line of corporate laptops. This model replaces the trustworthy D630. The Dell Latitude brand is targeted at the business market meaning that parts are standardized throughout the line and available for several years. The design of this series means that maintenance is quick and easy.

        The E Series laptops all include an Intel Centrino2 chipset and an Intel Celeron or Core 2 duo processor. The E6400 is a 14.1" mainstream model of the E Series. Currently retailing for £769 for the base model and available in three colours (Black Red and Bue)

        The laptop I am reviewing has the following:
        Intel core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
        4 GB DDR2 RAM
        14.1 inch WXGA screen
        Integrated 0.3MP camera
        250GB freefall hard drive
        Intel Wifi Link 5100
        Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth
        8X DVD drive

        Design

        You may be required to take your laptop to presentations, conferences, meetings, places where your laptop will be seen. You will be on show for your whole company. You don't get a second chance at a first impression. Therefore your laptop needs to send out a good message about your company. This the E6400 does very well.

        The E series looks have been greatly improved on compared to the D series range it is replacing. The 6400 is finished in black with silver metallic hinges. There is a grain like pattern on the laptop. The dell logo pokes out from the black with a silver shine. The keyboard is clean and well laid out; blue LED lights shine up at you from the machine. This device screams sophistication, attention to detail and finesse. Stroll into a conference with one of these and heads will turn. Best make sure your suit is nicely pressed.
        Features

        The new 6400 features all the usual suspects when it comes to a modern business laptop (USB slots, wifi, Bluetooth) but also features a slot for a SIM card so you can use Mobile Broadband, an integrated web cam , Biometric fingerprint reader (though my model doesn't include this) , Smart card reader, DVD burner, PC card slot, EEE 1394, audio ports, USB powershare, VGA port, 3 button mouse, backlit keyboard, and eSATA port.
        Performance

        The model I am using is built for performance, with 4GB of ram and a 2,8GHz processer I have had no problem multi tasking on this machine. I can run Crystal reports, whilst listening to music from ITunes and chatting on MSN with no loss of performance. The 7200 rpm Hard Drive means loading files and data is swift.

        The keyboard is easy to use; your fingers just glide across it and find the buttons easily. The function keys are easily visible and usable. The mouse is sensitive but not too sensitive and also allows you to zoom in and resize the screen.

        The built in speakers aren't the best and do become a bit tinny at high volumes, but this machine isn't really made for playing your favourite CD. For streaming audio from a video call the speakers are adequate. There is also an audio jack so if you are worried about audio quality you can hook the latitude up to your favourite headphones and rock away.

        The screen at 14.1 inches is large and with its backlighting is thinner and uses less power than other monitors. It also features an ambient light sensor which will change the brightness of the laptop screen depending on the lighting in y our local environment.

        Battery Life

        As with any laptop battery life is important for on the go workers. I have been impressed with this battery. From just using the machine normally I was able to get over 4 hours life out of the battery, which is a lot more than I have ever got from other Latitudes.

        Overall I have been very impressed with the E6400. Dell has really stepped up a gear with their latitude series. They have updated the looks and the features to create a very good looking, powerful mobile workstation. My only downside would be the weight of the machine. At 2.5 kg it is on the heavy side for a laptop.

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