Dell Latitude D410
Dell is one of the most colorful manufacturers of laptops on the market. Beside the Alienware, which is also owned by Dell, and produces the most advanced and sophisticated laptops on the market, Dell has the Inspiron and Latitude series of notebooks, which all have their value. Today the less renowned Latitude is under the microscope, with the Dell Latitude D410.
The design of the notebook is quite unique. It doesn’t have a really cool style, it is just strange. The notebook’s width is almost smaller then its height, it essentially ends at the edges of the keyboard, which is not so wide in itself, since it doesn’t contain a number pad. Since the screen’s size is almost equal to the base unit’s size, it has a square tendency. If the notebook was bigger, it would make it look ugly, but at a 12.1 inch small screen, and the fact that it is quite thin, it just makes the whole notebook look really small and compact. The black overall casing mixed with the light-gray touch-pad and keyboard edges is quite stylish.
From a first look on the performance list, it is clear this is a budget notebook, but we could have guessed this from its size. The soul of the notebook is an Intel Pentium M760 (2.0GHz, 2MB Cache, 533MHz), which is a standard budget processor, providing sufficient power for browsing the internet, and viewing emails and movies. The 512MB of DDR2 RAM completes the processor well, although it wouldn’t hurt to have at least 1GB of RAM. The standard Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator won’t let you use advanced 3D functions, only the basic stuff. The Dell Latitude D410 has a 40GB 5400 rpm HDD, which is a bit small, but if you don’t plan to store large movies in it, it will suffice.
The small 12.1 inch display is capable of a standard 1024×768 resolution depth, which is not widescreen. A very interesting feature on this notebook is the multiple mouse buttons (2 under the touch pad and 2 over it), which will provide extra functions for you and ease the business usage of the notebook, and it also has a dual pointing device, through the usage of the pointing stick, if you like it more then the touch pad.
This is a nice budget notebook, cheap, good looking, interesting. It’s definitely worth buying it.11