My new notebook

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7200 (2,00 GHz, 4MB L2-cache, 667 MHz FSB)
  • Memory: 2.0GB, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory (2 x 1024MB)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M 256MB
  • Hard Disk: 80GB serial ATA HDD 7200RPM
  • Screen: 14.1″ widescreen (1440×900)
  • Weight: approx. 2.2 kg
  • Battery life: approx. 3-4 hours (normal usage, 6-cell battery)
  • 8 X DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card
  • Bluetooth
Dell Latitude D620

So far, I’m quite satisfied with the much faster computer, compared to the old Dell Inspiron 6000 I bought last spring. Everything feels snappy, and logging in to Gnome is no longer a painful wait. The only complaints I have are about the screen, which is pale and has a very narrow viewing angle, and the keyboard, which have very stiff keys that you need to press fairly hard to type with.

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7 thoughts on “My new notebook

  1. David Tenser

    Daniel, the weight is approximately 2.2 kg, but I need to put it on a scale to be sure. It definitely feels more lightweight than my Inspiron 6000 (3 kg).

    Battery lifetime is enough for me, about 3-4 hours depending on what I do. Most of the time I spend in Visual Studio 2005 _writing_ code, which is not that demanding. Compiling obviously reduces the battery life! :) My daily commuting takes between 1 and 1½ hours, so it’s perfectly sufficient for me. I think you could exceed five hours if you used it with the lowest screen brightness setting, but then I’d rather carry the extra weight of a secondary battery. I went for the 6-cell battery because the 9-cell made the computer more bulky (see http://www.pccentral.jp/blog/images/latituded620.jpg).

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  4. E@zyVG

    Looking cool. I am also in search of a new note … still have to make my choice between HP, Lenovo and Dell. How is hardware support from Dell for Linux, as HP has excellent one, and Lenovo is catching up.

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  5. David Tenser

    E@zyVG, I have had no problems getting the hardware to work properly in Linux. Being a Intel Centrino notebook, both graphics cards (Intel or nVidia) and wireless internet works out of the box. I haven’t tried Bluetooth yet, but I’m sure it will work too as Fedora reported it detected it.

    Other than that, sound and microphone support works without problems. In Ubuntu, the media keys (volume up/down/mute) and the touch pad scroll area work out of the box by default, something even Windows XP requires drivers to achieve.

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