I called up Dell Small Business and asked them to add the card. The D has a magnesium alloy body that is supposed to protect the laptop from flexing and the wear-and-tear of corporate travel and use. Battery I ordered the D with the standard 6-cell battery. Pictured above on the left side you can see the wi-fi catcher, the orange glowing light indicates no wireless access points have been found after pushing the catcher view large image The screen has a high degree of torsional rigidity thanks to the magnesium alloy panel backing it resulting in little flex and no screen distortion when twisting the screen frame. Dell touts something they call ExpressCharge which optimizes the time to charge the battery.
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This allows you to determine how much battery you have left without booting the notebook. Dell Latitude D keyboard and touchpad view large image. Left side view of D ports view large image. Startup times on my D are fast but not as fast as I expected. It instantly detected our As a high school graduation gift, my parents bought me a Dell Latitude D I have not yet had to deal with customer support and I hope I never have to.
There is not much to say regarding the aesthetic design of the notebook. At least on the D you get stereo sound with a speaker on either side of the keyboard; on its cousin the Latitude D there is but one speaker.
In this picture you can see the ambient light sensor on the screen that adjusts screen brightness automatically, altitude hinge on the left view large image Another minor issue is with the amount of play in the WiFi catcher microphkne a nifty feature that allows me to detect WiFi networks without booting up more on this later.
The ThinkPad T60 was aimed more towards the road warrior. There is enough tactile feedback and a perfect amount of auditory feedback. Setting the screen to black, there is little apparent light leakage.
At first blush, a tastefully styled though by no means beautiful and well-built notebook. Customer Support I have not yet had to deal with customer support and I hope I never have to.
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Dell has also made smart choices in button size and choice. A disturbing trend these days is for manufacturers to charge extra for the Windows XP CD whose license you already own!
The machine takes You can configure the WiFi catcher to show only unencrypted or preferred networks, you can set wireless profiles, you can adjust any number of power management settings, and you can fine tune display settings all from the QuickSet menu.
The laptop was about as thin as I expected but it was a bit heavier than I thought it would be. Thus far the laptop has been snappy in every day usage such as internet browsing and word processing as well as during benchmarking. laitude
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When performing more demanding tasks such as during the Battery Eater Pro burn-in and battery life test or rendering 3D graphics the fan speeds up but it is not at all offensive. The D has a magnesium alloy body that is supposed to protect the laptop from flexing and the wear-and-tear of corporate travel and use. When I apply pressure to the lid of the notebook no ripples appear, a common occurrence on poorer built machines.
Obviously lattiude hinges will deteriorate over time but they look to be well-made.
Pictured above on the left side you can see the wi-fi catcher, the orange glowing light indicates no wireless microhone points have been found after pushing the catcher view large image. Thankfully, Dell includes the full install CD at no extra cost. Dell Latitude D lid view large image Out of the box the screen hinges are quite stiff.
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The D provides just volume control and mute buttons above the keyboard as opposed to the various media buttons found on most consumer laptops. Dell Latitude D lid view large image. Since this laptop was going to have to last me through at least four years of college, it needed to be able to take a beating. When I press down on one key, the surrounding keys do not flex at all, a hallmark of high quality notebook keyboards.
I choose two MB sticks total 1GB to take advantage of dual channel memory capability which in theory doubles the bandwidth of the pipe from the RAM to the memory controller.
First Impressions When I first uncased the D from its Styrofoam packaging, I was impressed by the solidness of its build. The whole underside and lid of the laptop latittude like metal but, unfortunately, the wrist rests are plastic. Below the space bar reside the separate mouse buttons for the pointing nub, a nice touch.