Dell’s Latitude series of notebooks have always been a hit with business professionals as it offers great durability and security features, unlike regular notebooks. With their annual update on track, Dell has refreshed their Latitude line up both cosmetically as well as technically so let’s see what you get for that high a price tag.
Sturdy construction makes it very durable
On opening up the lid, you’ll notice there’s quite a bit of extra bezel around the screen and that’s there for a reason. A rubber lining runs all around the screen thus protecting it from accidental spills when the notebook is closed. Thanks to this extra girth, there’s plenty of room for a good keyboard. It’s not chiclet style, but comfortable to use nonetheless. The directional keys are placed separately and not clubbed with the rest of the keyboard. The power button and volume control buttons are placed on the right, along with a biometric scanner at the bottom. The display has a matt finish so reflections are not a problem and when closed, it's held securely with a latch. Weighing in at a little over 2kg, it does feel a bit heavy, as well.
Good connectivity although USB 3.0 is missing
To complement that, we have 4GB DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive. Some other extras include a higher resolution screen (1600x900) and back-lit keyboard. Surprisingly, Dell does not give you the option to add a discrete graphics card, so you're stuck with the one on the CPU. This isn’t a big issue since most people opting for this would not use it for gaming anyways and the Intel HD 3000 can easily handle 1080p content.
Offers a good look and finish
Updated 19 May, 2013, 5:16 pm IST
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