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Dell Latitude D600

As one of the world's leading notebook brands, Dell Latitude products are known for their reliability, high performance, low cost of ownership, platfo...

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Review of "Dell Latitude D600"

published 29/09/2004 | hallospacegirl
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Pro Many features in one laptop, great student computer.
Cons No floppy disc drive.
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"Great student and all-purpose computer!"

I'm currently in college, and the college offered us Dell Latitude D600's at discounted prices. I agree with their choice at picking this laptop, because it's a great all-purpose laptop for a wide variety of uses.

Okay, first, hardware. This laptop is not the lightest out there, for those of you wanting featherweight laptops, but I carry mine with me all the time in my bookbag and I don't feel the weight to be an issue. The matte screen gives crisp, vibrant images that are easy on the eyes, without any annoying glares.

The DVD ROM is excellent because you can use it to burn CDs and DVDs, in addition to playing them. Perfect for students (or just anyone in general) who have limited room on their dinky desks and don't want eighty plug-ins sticking out from all over the place.

There is NO floppy disc drive, but those are becoming outdated anyway. There is a USB port, and you can use the USB storage devices easily. Simply plug it in, and you're ready to save stuff onto your USB storage without having to go through any new hardware install processes.

The keyboard is very quiet, which is a plus when you are typing (as I am) at 4 in the morning while your roomate is asleep. In addition, the keyboard has both the trackstick and the touchpad, so fans of either will be satisfied. Also, both of them (yes, even the trackstick) include the tap-clicking function, which is a small nuance, but nice. Basically, you tap once on the touchpad or trackstick and it'll be as if you clicked the left mouse button. Saves time!

The battery lasts about 4 hours if you're running minimal programs, such as Microsoft Word. (When you run on battery power, the screen automatically darkens a notch to conserve power.) If you play music or watch DVDs on battery power, it's about a 2 hour duration.

There is wireless Internet already installed here, which is a big plus for people who have to carry their laptops with them. If you are going to someplace with wireless Internet, you can have a pretty good 3 - 4 hour surfing session running on battery power. Saves the stuff you have to bring!

All the RAM, drivers, and system requirements are up-to-date. I don't know any hardcore technical details. All I know is that everything works pretty fast, hehe. (Check with the stats on this site for more info.) Start-up is fairly fast.

The speakers are mediocre. It doesn't play very loudly, which is understandable, because this is a small laptop with limited speaker space, and the sound is flat and tinny. So I recommend using earphones. The sound is much better through earphones if you are playing music, and you can hear the bass a lot more.

As for software, this laptop comes with Windows XP. I'm not going to describe it in detail, but basically it has all the essential programs, such as Word, Internet, Windows Media Player, AIM, that you need. It doesn't include an image editing program other than Image Preview and Paint, so for people like me who like to do computer graphics, you'll have to buy extra programs.

So far, after 2 months of using, I haven't experienced any malfunctions. The laptop has never frozen on me, knock on wood. :-) I use it very frequently, always leave it on, and carry it around (sometimes not as carefully as I should, I admit) and it is remaining sturdy and problem-less, despite my abuse.

This feature-loaded laptop works as well or even better than PCs, and all in all, it is a great investment for an all around laptop. I recommend it!

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  • shotgun_norman published 09/06/2005
    Sounds like you have all you need with it!
  • Popalee published 04/10/2004
    Good review. Would have been nice to hear more about the specs and features of the laptop.
  • MAFARRIMOND published 29/09/2004
    Sounds like you got a good offer - a great laptop. Maureen
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Product Information : Dell Latitude D600

Manufacturer's product description

As one of the world's leading notebook brands, Dell Latitude products are known for their reliability, high performance, low cost of ownership, platform compatibility and excellent service and support. The new D-Family builds on the success and traditions of the C-series, optimizing the latest performance and productivity features and making them available to the mobile professional through a fully customizable business solution. The Latitude D600 gives you desktop PC performance out on the road. Featuring the Intel Pentium M processors up to 1.6GHz and the Intel 855PM chipset, users gain access to the very latest mobile processing technologies. The latest Intel Pentium M processors incorporate a series of new architectural advances that optimize the performance of your notebook giving users advanced notebook processing power and enhanced battery life for extended mobility. The Mobile Latitude D600 supports up to 2GB of system memory and the latest ATA-100 hard drives as well as new USB 2.0. Every Latitude D600 is wireless-enabled, incorporating an integrated dual-band antenna and MiniPCI WiFi Intel PROWireless 2100 802.11b wireless LAN card as standard giving the user Intel Centrino mobile technology. The Latitude D600 also offers a choice of either a Dell TrueMobile 1300 802.11 b/g wireless LAN card or a Dell TrueMobile 1400 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN card. As well an optional Dell TrueMobile 300 Bluetooth wireless option, the Latitude D600 also features as standard an integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet 4 chip supporting Wake-on-LAN from all power states and integrated 56K v.92-capable modem supporting Wake-on-Ring.

Product Details

Product Description: Dell Latitude D600 - 14.1" - Pentium M - Win XP Pro SP1 - 256 MB RAM - 30 GB HDD

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Pro SP1

Processor: Intel Pentium M 1.3 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Memory: 256 MB DDR

Storage: 30 GB HDD

Optical Drive: DVD

Display: 14.1" 1024 x 768 / XGA

Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 - 32 MB DDR

Networking: 802.11b , Gigabit Ethernet , fax / modem

Dimensions (WxDxH): 31.5 cm x 25.7 cm x 3.1 cm

Weight: 2.1 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

General

MPN: DELLUK-44113

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium M 1.3 GHz

Cache: L2 - 1 MB

Front Side Bus: 400 MHz

Chipset: Intel 855PM

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino

Memory

RAM: 256 MB

Max RAM Supported: 2 GB

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Speed: 266 MHz / PC2100

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Slots Qty: 2

Empty Slots: 1

Storage

Main Storage: 30 GB HDD

Optical Drive: DVD-ROM - removable

Read Speed: 8x

Display

Type: 14.1"

Resolution: 1024 x 768 ( XGA )

Widescreen: No

Colour Support: 24-bit (16.7 million colours)

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: AGP 4x - ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 - 32 MB DDR SDRAM

Sound: Stereo speakers

Compliant Standards: AC '97

Input

Type: Keyboard, touchpad, Track Stick

Communications

Wireless: 802.11b

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Modem

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.92

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Battery

Technology: Lithium Ion

Installed Qty: 1

Max Supported Qty: 2

Capacity: 48 Wh

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x memory ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x Smart Card ( 1 free ) ¦ 1 x CardBus ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) ¦ 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 7 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x infrared - IrDA ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone mono 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 2 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45

Software

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, system password, hard drive password

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 31.5 cm

Depth: 25.7 cm

Height: 3.1 cm

Weight: 2.1 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years - on-site ¦ Limited warranty - battery - 1 year

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