The X resolution is a bit on the high side, but after setting the DPI to and using big icons, I can see things quite clearly. The price was a bit more than what I was prepared to pay, but considering I get a 3 year next day on site warranty, I feel it was worth it. Before we closed the deal, I asked the rep about the Vista upgrade program. I thought that by removing some of the 59 processes at start-up, I could obtain a significant speed increase and some higher benchmarks. While reducing the running processes to 31 at start-up did produce some higher numbers, the difference is not that great. He told me that “it would never, ever happen.

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Even at DPI, the text the text is very easy to read. The Dell Latitude D also comes with a standard 3 year warranty. For some reason the screen is all blue, even though the background was pure black when I took the pictures.

I tried a few games and used the internal laptop speakers and the sound was quite good. The extra installed software included google desktop and toolbar, McAfee antivirus and protection suite trialand several useful Dell utilities. Simply put, it works. At this level, the screen is very bright and can be read very easily.

Downloads for Intel® Pentium® D Processor (2M Cache, GHz, MHz FSB)

While reducing the running processes to 31 at start-up did produce some higher numbers, the difference is not nitel great. I can barely see the light coming out the bottom of the screen. The first laptop that really caught my eye was the Acer Travelmate Back view of Latitude D view large image. Here are the results. The latitude D has 4 USB 2.


I did however get rid of McAfee asking me every 2min if I want to really use this program. So instead of buying a machine that would play the very latest games at decent frame rates, I went for a machine that could stay unplugged for as many hours as possible. If equipped with the Quadro NVS video card, it can be quite useful for a business application such as AutoCAD, but can also provide the user with extra power for gaming breaks.

I was quite pleased by the whole experience. Frame rates varied from the low 20s to high 30 again, but I would have to say it stays pretty close to 30 most of the time with spikes here and there. The laptop looks very professional: I decided to pass on this “free” upgrade. This can be observed when the screen is completely black and in the dark. I mostly use this without sound or with headphones at the moment, so this is not a big issue.

The professional look of the Latitude Dpaired with a workstation class video card, is reason enough for Dell to call it a business notebook.


Dell Latitude D820 with Core 2 Duo Review

There is however very minimal light leakage at the bottom of the screen. What Intdl reported in this review are the “before” benchmarks. The last thing I want when I boot up my laptop is a seizure inducing light show. The hard drive seems very responsive and copying files is quite fast.

The Super Pi test was the same and the gaming benchmarks were also similar. Simply put, the speakers are satisfactory for normal office use and headphones are, in my opinion, a necessity for gaming.

Downloads for Intel® Pentium® D Processor 820 (2M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)

Underside view of D view large image. I ran the benchmarks before and after I removed all of those extra goodies.

I used Super Pi to see if my brand new Core 2 Duo was performing up to my expections. I really like my Dell Latitude D I selected a Dell Wireless Silver case with black accents and the “inside” is all black with silver accents.