Dell Latitude D430 Notebook Reviewed

Dell Latitude D430 notebook

NotebookReview posted a review of the Dell Latitude D430 notebook PC. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 1.33GHz processor, the Latitude D430 has 1GB of DDR2 RAM (max 2GB), 80GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch 1280×800 LCD screen, WiFi 802.11a/b/g, Ethernet and 6-Cell 42Whr Battery.

NotebookReview‘s comments:

While the dual-core version does sometimes get a little hotter, there is a noticeable improvement in battery life and speed that I am glad to see in this model.

The D430 does have a few drawbacks though, so the D430 is not for everyone. Power users that need faster processors will not want this notebook…nor will anyone who despises the add-on DVD drive.

In the end though, the D430 is suitable for any and all office tasks and many people would be perfectly happy with the computing power available in ultraportable notebooks today.

Pros

* Basic configuration of D430 is plenty powerful and fairly priced.
* Chassis is very well built, LCD bezel is fairly strong.
* Excellent keyboard and mousepad.
* Portability/small size, but still being powerful enough for moderately intensive tasks.
* Sharp screen.
* Better battery life and improved performance with dual-core processors.
* Intelligent power management options, and BIOS check keeps laptop off when closed.

Cons

* Ambient light sensor is not very useful for me.
* WiFi switch is worthless, get rid of it!
* Viewing angles are not the best.
* External DVD drive.
* HDD transfer speeds are okay for general use, but slow for most other things.
* Speaker needs to be improved

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