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Dell Latitude D810 Review

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I am a college student and bought the Dell Latitude D810 mostly as a powerful desktop replacement, but also to be portable enough to carry it around campus when needed.

A little background — the big thing for a college student these days is to buy a nice computer after high school graduation and before college.  Initially I knew I wanted roughly a 15″ screen with a gratuitous amount of RAM, a good processor, gigabit Ethernet capability, wireless and Bluetooth enabled, and a nice screen.  I had my eyes set on the Sony FS series, but that didn’t have the 10/100/1000 Ethernet I needed (here at my college, we have the second fastest network in the world — besides NASA).  After discovering that very few notebooks on the market offered the gigabit Ethernet I turned towards Dell.  The university has an agreement with Dell that allows us to buy Dell products online discounted, so I went for it.  Although I have had problems with Dell desktops in the past, so far the D810 has been fantastic.

A business perspective — the D810 is only available on Dell’s website through the business section of the site.  Dell claims it is excellent on large networks.  It also has a very “business-y” feel due to the design simplicity.

Here is the configuration of the Dell D810 that I got (in August 2005, almost all of these options were the highest Dell offered)

Dell Latitude D810 Laptop Specs

Intel Pentium M Processor 760 (2.00GHz)

2.0GB 533MHz, DDRII SDRAM, 2 DIMMS – Dual Channel

80GB Hard Drive, 9.5MM, 5400RPM

24X CD-RW/DVD w/ Sonic Digital Media and Cyberlink PowerDVD

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2, with mediaDell Latitude D810 Review

Internal 56K Modem

Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 802.11b/g WLAN miniPCI Card

9-CELL PRIMARY BATTERY

Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module

ATI RADEON X600 128MB

15.4 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen WUXGA LCD Panel

I also bought the A215 speakers, a port replicator (which is very convenient at my desk), the Dell optical mouse, and separate keyboard.  I truly wanted it to feel like a desktop when I’m at my desk.

As far as price, after the discount, it ran me $2800 roughly.  I know, it’s obscenely expensive, but it needs to last.  Don’t be turned off and think all configurations are going to run expensive you can get a nicely configured one for over $1000 cheaper.

Build and Design

As you can see in the pictures, it is a very plane, unexciting notebook.  Dell really didn’t try that hard to make it flashy or particularly fashionable.  The casing is very sturdy and is gunmetal gray.  The keyboard is a typical notebook keyboard and is a very dark grey.  One thing missing is that there are no external media buttons (pause, play, stop, etc.), remember, this is a business computer.  As far as weight is concerned, the computer is meant to be a desktop replacement, but can still able to be carried around on occasion.  I’ve never physically weighed the machine, but I’m guessing it’s around 8-9 pounds.  For a younger person with a backpack, weight really isn’t an issue, but you may want to think twice before buying it with the intention of daily and/or long range portability.  As far as durability goes, the case feels very sturdy — there is very little give and the screen is well-protected.  All-in-all, a sturdy notebook.


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