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Great workhouse computer for business,
The Dell Latitude line of notebooks are well built business machines. The Latitudes and XPS lines are a tier higher than the entry-level Inspiron Series.
The case is constructed of metal with plastic trim along the LCD monitor. There are 4 USB ports which allow for a variety of peripherals to be attached such as portable hard drives. There is a headphone and microphone jack and an outlet for a monitor. The keyboard is comfortable to the touch. In addition to the mousepad, there is a pointing stick with 2 buttons below the space key, allowing for either to control the cursor. The 'spill proof' keyboard is one of the biggest assets (I have only spilled a drink on it once, where I just wiped off the keyboard without a problem in function).
The WIFI capabilities is reliable and easy to set up. The hard drive is quiet, as is the optical drive. The strike zone hard drive is resistant to light drops.
Performance of the notebook is excellent with the Dual Core processors. This notebook easily handles virus scanning, working on a MS Office document, internet browser and listening to music without any problem. The integrated graphics allows for basic games like Tiger Woods Golf, Mafia, NHL Hockey, the Godfather, for example.
Battery life is very good for the 6 cell (about 4 hours).
One of the greatest attractions that I have for this line of notebooks is the lack of 'bloatware' - unnecessary programs that are installed into your computer (trial programs, multiple internet service providers, advertisements, etc).
Overall, with a spill resistant keyboard and drop zone hard drive, this notebook will take the daily knocks of the regular commuter. This is no Panasonic Toughbook but it will survive your daily use.
Highly recommend this notebook.
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2011 3:25:15 PM PST
young jedi yoda says:
did you buy a refurbished one or a used one?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2011 1:33:11 PM PST
New. I don't see much savings in refurbs.
Posted on Dec 25, 2011 9:37:34 AM PST
Lorie Montavon says:
Does this computer have a camera?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2011 9:57:53 AM PST
My particular that I reviewed did not, however, integrated cameras are standard on most computers made after about 2007.
Posted on Mar 25, 2012 1:46:58 PM PDT
Barbara A Danielson says:
You are a professional reviewer? you say "the one I reviewed..."
Posted on Jul 20, 2012 1:38:19 AM PDT
G. Hill says:
do u have issues watching videos or movies online or getting on youtube? also, is there a port to stick a memory disk in (SD) to upload videos and pictures? thx
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 4:11:44 AM PDT
No problems with watching movies or videos.
No memory disk slot.
I'm no professional reviewer.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 1:09:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 1:09:42 PM PDT
T. Hart says:
I think your review was great! thanks for the info! looking to get a inexpensive laptop for our 6 yr old who loves to watch DVD's, play games on PC. I think a refurb of this PC would be perfect! Thank you E.V.!!
Posted on Oct 16, 2012 2:44:04 PM PDT
Lynn, HI says:
how many GBs does it have?
Posted on Aug 19, 2013 9:01:08 AM PDT
Does this have blu-ray on it? I'm looking for a laoptop with windows xp that also has a blu-ray player already installed into it (my old laptop is fried, and even if it wasn't the first thing to die on it was my cd drive). I'll ask on other comkputers too to see what people say.