Product Type: Dell laptops
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Unexpected nice suprise from a work issued laptop
Dell Latitude E6400
Member Name: chrisheels
Dell Latitude E6400
Advantages: Simple, well performing, good value
Disadvantages: Scratches quite easily
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Very good value laptop
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