Before we closed the deal, I asked the rep about the Vista upgrade program. I tried a few games and used the internal laptop speakers and the sound was quite good. While I agree that it would be a great tool for a business, the D could also be an excellent notebook for a student looking for performance, ease of use and occasional gaming. At this level, the screen is very bright and can be read very easily. While reducing the running processes to 31 at start-up did produce some higher numbers, the difference is not that great. What I reported in this review are the “before” benchmarks.
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I tried a few vieo and used the internal laptop speakers and the sound was quite good. I did however get rid of McAfee asking me every ivdeo if I want to really use this program. 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. This game runs quite well at X with detail levels set at medium. This was with WiFi on, screen at maximum brightness and an optical mouse plugged in.
Dell Latitude D820 INTEL Core 2 Duo 2000 MHz 320Gig Serial ATA HDD 4096mb DDR2 DVD/CDRW Wireless
The hard drive seems very responsive and copying files is quite fast. I certainly hope not, I love my mouse. I will try to review this laptop as objectively as possible, but as with all reviewers, I might get a bit biased here and there. I also considered buying a laptop that would offer 3 to 3. 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. I really like my Dell Latitude D The X inel is a bit on the high side, but after setting the DPI to and using big icons, I can see things quite clearly.
The Super Pi inteel was the same and the gaming benchmarks were also similar. A great desktop replacement with long battery life, but not a back breaker either.
Dell Latitude D820 Parts
The brightness level is adjustable from 1 to d8200, 1 being the lowest, still readable under normal light conditions but a bit dim, and 8 being the brightest setting. At this level, the screen is very bright and can be read very easily.
I mostly use this without sound or with headphones at the moment, so this is not a big issue. I ran the benchmarks before and after I removed jntel of those extra goodies. 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. I decided to pass on this “free” upgrade.
I also inquired about a price matching policy. Underside view of D view large image.
Since I like to push my computers to their limit, I tried a few new games in order to gauge how well or bad they would run on my new notebook. Right side of Latitude D view large image.
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At least I tried! Before we closed the deal, I asked the rep about the Vista upgrade program.
The keyboard looks like a standard desktop keyboard minus the number pad. I have tried to setup a wirelss network at home using only a desktop wireless videl and this laptop, but failed miserably.
Since I rarely stare at a black screen, this is not an issue for me. 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.
The notebook is extremely silent. The keyboard is also very quiet. 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 I called a Dell representative on October 27th, 3 days before my birthday, and started configuring my machine.
For some reason the screen is all blue, even though the background was pure black when I took the pictures.