Now that I’ve had the notebook for a few weeks, I’ve had enough time to evaluate and write a review.
I’m always a little skeptical when I personally read reviews like this, when the reviewer is the owner of the product (not just on loan for the review.) Sometimes they are really good because you get the perspective of a “typical” user. On the other hand, the “typical” user doesn’t always have a lot to compare it to. With that in mind, I’ll do my best to write this from the perspective of a very picky geek user, because I’m probably not typical.
It may help to take a look at my “The Hunt for a New Laptop” post to understand some of my requirements when I purchases this laptop.
Here’s the actual configuration I purchased. I just copied the relevant things directly from the invoice.
- Latitude D620, Intel Core Duo T2400, 1.83GHz, 667Mhz, 2M L2 Cache, Dual Core
- 14.1 inch Wide Screen WXGA+ LCD for Latitude D620
- 512MB, DDR2-533 SDRAM, 1 DIMM for Dell Latitude Notebooks
- Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- 80GB Hard Drive 9.5MM, 7200RPM for Dell Latitude DX20
- Standard Touchpad for Latitude D620
- No Floppy Drive for Latitude D-Family Notebooks
- Windows XP Professional, SP2 with media, for Latitude
- Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module for Latitude
- 65W AC Adapter for Latitude D-Family
- 8X DVD+/-RW with Roxio Creator Dell Edition Digital Media and Cyberlink Power DVD, for Latitude 120L
- Intel 3945 WLAN (802.11a/g) mini Card Latitude, Factory Install
- Resource CD w/ Diagnostics and Drivers for Latitude D620
- 6-Cell/56 WHr Primary Battery Latitude D620
- *Type 3 Contract – Next Business Day Parts and Labor On-Site Response, Initial Year
- *Type 3 Contract – Next Business Day Parts and Labor On-Site Response, 2 Year Extended
- *CompleteCare Accidental Damage Svc, Lat, 3Yr
- D/Port, Port Replicator for Latitude D-Family, Factory Tied
The only major hardwares feature I opted out of was the fingerprint reader on the touch pad and the integrated 3G data card. The fingerprint reader looks like a neat feature to toy around with, but for $100 I really don’t have a need for it. Same goes for the 3G card. It’s a cool feature for them to offer, but I have no desire to drop down the cash for the card or the serice fees for this.
In the picture you can see the actual laptop. I placed it next to my latest issue of Make: (which is a really cool magazine, BTW) I did this to give you a real sense of the size. The magazine is 8″x10″.
The actual weight of my configuration turned out to be about 5.4lbs.