Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Dell Latitude D630 Laptop
Dell latitude D630 is an impressive,influential and exceptionally smart. The Latitude D630's 14.1-inch wide-screen display is remarkably bright (223 cd/m^2 in our Labs measurement). The D630's 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM enabled the system to produce a strong PCMark05 score of 4,568. That's slower than the think pad T61 we tested, but that system had a beefier 2.4-GHz processor. The Nvidia Quadro NVS 135M graphics card (with 128MB of memory) notched a 3Dmark03 score of 3,256, which is twice the performance you would get from an integrated graphics solution.the Latitude D630 showed modest gains over a Lenovo 3000 V100 running Windows Vista Business on Intel's previous-generation Centrino platform, and the Latitude D630 vied for dominance with a similarly configured (though Vista-based) Lenovo think pad T61. The D630's 802.11n connection delivered a solid Wi-Fi performance, but not the best. We measured a data-throughput rate of 16.2 Mbps at 15 feet away from our access point, and 13.1 Mbps at 50 feet.The Dell Latitude D630 includes most of the ports and connections we'd expect on a thin-and-light, plus a few extras. It lacks S-Video-out and a multiformat flash card reader (neither of which is essential for business users), but the Latitude D630 does add one more USB port than average, plus a serial port for use with older, specialized peripherals. In addition, the Latitude D630 piles on corporate-level security measures, including not only a fingerprint reader but also a smart card slot and an internal Trusted Platform Module. Another noteworthy feature is the Latitude D630's Wi-Fi On/Off switch, which incorporates a Wi-Fi finder. Sliding the switch past the On position lets you test for nearby Wi-Fi networks, whether you're booted up or powered down —you don't even have to turn your system on to find a network.