Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Dell Latitude D430 Laptop
Dell Latitude D430 is a bright,light and distinctly mobile.Dell Latitude D430 is Dell's current ultraportable offering that features the Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Core Solo, ULV Core Duo, ULV Core 2 Duo, and a host of other technologies in order to create one of the smallest 12.1" machines that still maintains a respectable amount of battery life and computing power.It is a Intel Core Solo U1400 Processor (Santa Rosa, 1.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, Ultra Low Voltage).Its operating system is Microsoft Genuine Windows XP Professional.It is designed to reduce power usage and heat output. Currently there are two dual core ULV CPU options, the Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 and U7600, which have 1.06GHz and 1.2GHz clock speeds respectively and share the same 533MHz front-side bus and 2MB L2 Cache.the D430 is available with Windows Vista, the model we reviewed had Windows XP Professional installed. With a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 inside, we weren't expecting terrific speed - the U7600 is an ultra-low voltage processor designed for ultraportables, so its priority is power consumption rather than speed - and so it proved. Despite a hefty 2GB of RAM, the D430 managed only 0.70 in our benchmarks.A higher priority is network connectivity, and Dell doesn't disappoint. Our sample came with Draft N wireless, Gigabit Ethernet and embedded HSDPA, which is everything you're ever going to need. As ever there's 56k modem as well if you're desperate, while Bluetooth 2.0 EDR rounds off the wireless options. Of all these things, clearly HSDPA is the key attraction and makes the D430 a proper mobile system.