Aesthetically the D is a smaller version of the current line of Dell Latitudes. I also purchased the Dell D via Dell. After having carried around an HP DV over the course of a semester at college, I realized that while a On the D the indicators are on the right hinge which is a small but definite plus. Dell D left side view large image. It is very useful for chatting over Skype or similar services. However the dual core processor and other performance enhancements more than justify the loss in battery life.

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Sound Troubles with on Dell Latitude D – Ask Ubuntu

This doesn’t work; even if the volume is all the way up there’s still no sound. Even then, the noise generated is generally drowned out by ambient sounds.

Overall the online purchase experience was straightforward and convenient, although making changes to the order after sohnd had already been placed proved futile despite several hours spent consulting with Dell Customer Care over the phone.

D vs X1 view large image. Jeff Kaufman 5. Build, internet connectivity options, reliability, security all combine to trump performance.


Although not included on my model, one such feature that stands out is the optional UPEK finger print reader that can be incorporated between the two lower mouse buttons. The D features a small microphone about an inch below the speakers.

Dell Latitude D420 with Core Duo and Windows Vista Review

However, to me this is not the most important aspect of an ultraportable. Unlike the X1 battery the D battery does not serve a secondary function. I found the D to run hotter than I would like.

Minimal light leakage found on the D AU Optronics screen view large image. Sounx Dell Latitude D is a There are options for mobile broadband solutions via an empty mini-pci express slot.

An interesting difference between the X1 and D lie in the placement of the power, hard drive and battery indicators. As a college student portability is extremely important to me. In the below results of Super Pi calculated to 2 million digits of soujd you can see the D performs better than the old Latitude X1, but is not nearly as fast as the old D In brief, Dell does not skimp soun providing up-to-date security solutions for those users who require them.

Dell Latitude D420 Review (pics, specs)

This is a problem in nearly all notebooks. This, however, is an extremely expensive option. The magnesium alloy casing is very rigid and protects the notebook well. On the X1 it was placed to the back of the notebook.


The sound, while not horrible, lacks bass. Furthermore, the heat caused a number of malfunctions on the notebook. For system sounds and some casual music it is adequate though headphones are strongly suggested.

The build quality of this notebook is excellent and the price very competitive. When I turn the computer on it makes the startup chime properly.

Dell D left side view large image.

Dell Latitude D with Core Duo and Windows Vista Review

The Samsung screen on the D is great and noticeably better than the screen on the X1. Admittedly, the ultra-low voltage Intel Core Solo U is clocked considerably slower at 1.

What makes this solution so interesting is that it can be used even when the notebook is powered off, making searching for networks that much easier when roaming about. The X1 was a great notebook that is extremely light and small.