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. Additionally, I wanted some sort of dedicated graphics solution to be Windows Vista-ready, run engineering and CAD applications in college, and do a little light gaming. The IBM ThinkPad has long been legendary in the corporate world for its durable portability, excellent support, and strong management software suit. The ThinkPad T60 was aimed more towards the road warrior. I, however, was not going to be traveling much with the laptop save for the occasional trek from the dorm to the library and back.
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The notebooks of this series feature special security mechanisms and robust cases out of magnesium. Case When handling the notebook, its robust case gets soon apparent. The base unit except of the region in the middle above the keyboard can really take a lot of pressure and is insensitive on deflection forces.
Once in a while we could observe creaking noises, however, in total you can neglect these. The case should be made out of a kind of magnesium alloy, and the cover at the top side is out of plastics.
The magnesium display cover is also very robust and bears resemblance to a light Clamshell design, which on the one hand improves the flexural rigidity of the display and on the other hand the stability of the closed notebook.
The design of the Dell Latitude D is not really similar to the lines and forms used in the Inspiron series. Despite of the really high-quality materials, the Latitude could not convince us regarding the haptics of its surfaces. The gray notebook left a rather unimpressive mark regarding this matter. In order to ensure a securely closed state, the notebook comes with a central ramshorn hook, which is not able to completely circumvent a wobbling. However, it is comfortable in use.
Typical Dell, most of the interfaces are at the back side. This keeps both sides free and helps avoid cable spaghetti, which could limit the area of operation of a mouse, even if most of the ports are in use.
The size of the keys is alright. The notebook has e. Typing with this keyboard is all-in-all comfortable.
The touch pad is also comfortable in use. Both of its buttons have an adequate travel, however, the surfaces slightly wobble. Besides a touch pad the D also comes with a track point, which plastic cover is somewhat little ergonomic.
A more circular shape with less big nubs would be better. Touch pad Display Color Diagram The reviewed notebook came with a non-reflecting 15 inch x standard wide screen display. When choosing a suitable display, you have to make a trade-off between font size and overview.
The measured maximum brightness of The illumination of The color diagram depicts a nearly ideal red and green color curve and the usual deviation of the blue color curve. Therefore, the colors the colors seem warmer.
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