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Old 07-13-2010, 04:18 PM
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I have hit the point where I need to take my work home with me... it's becoming too cumbersome to log in remote, etc. So long story short I'm getting a new laptop, here's the specs that our IT department put together for me...

Base Unit:
Latitude E6510 Notebook (224-8070)
Processor:
Intel Core i7-620M Dual Core 2.66GHz 4MB for M6510 (317-3586)
Memory:
4.0GB, DDR3-1333 SDRAM, 2 DIMM for Latitude (317-3590)
Keyboard:
Internal English Keyboard for Latitude E (330-0836)
Keyboard:
Documentation (English) Latitude E-Family/Mobile Precision (330-1652)
Video Card:
512MB NVIDIA NVS 3100M for Latitude E6510 (320-8808)
Hard Drive:
250GB Hard Drive 9.5MM,7200RPM, Dell Latitude E (342-0479)
Hard Drive Controller:
No Fingerprint Reader and No Contactless Smartcard Reader for Latitude E6510 (330-7391)
Floppy Disk Drive:
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Wide View Anti-Glare LED Display for Latitude E6510 (320-8810)
Operating System:
Windows 7 Professional downgrade to XP Professional SP3, with media, Latitude, English (421-2890)
Operating System:
Windows 7 Downgrade RLOB (421-1993)
Mouse:
Slate Silver, Mobile Broadband Ready, Dell Latitude E6510 (313-9913)
Modem:
No Modem for Latitude E-Family (313-6507)
TBU:
90W 3-Pin, AC Adapter for Latitude E-Family (330-0876)
TBU:
US - 3-FT, 3-Pin Flat E-FamilyPower Cord for Latitude E-Family (330-0879)
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
8X DVD for Latitude E-Family (313-6508)
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3,with Media, Dell Latitude/Mobile Precision (421-1459)
Sound Card:
Noise Cancelling Digital Array Microphone for Latitude E6510 (313-9310)
Processor Cable:
Dell Wireless 1520 802.11a/b/g/n Half Mini Card, Dell Latitude E (430-3657)
Documentation Diskette:
No Intel vPro Technology Advanced Management Features, Dell Latitude/Mobile Precision (330-7461)
Factory Installed Software:
Resource DVD with Diagnostics and Drivers for Latitude E6510 (330-7385)
Software Disk Two:
No Latitude On Reader, Dell Latitude (421-2973)
Feature
6-cell (60Wh) Primary Battery for Latitude (312-7412)

Does this seem like a good one? Any obvious flaws? I pretty much have to get a Dell, so doesn't leave many options, plus I want the capability of 1980x1020 resolution.

Feel free to discuss laptops in general if you don't want to comment on the above...


edit: Dell's link: http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/n...833,5417292897
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:06 PM
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No experience with that particular model, but it looks pretty decent. 1920 resolution on a 15" screen is some pretty small font, though my eyes are not great I split wfh and office, and at home, I have 2x24" monitors plus the laptop 15" screen. Its fabulous, and makes me much more productive than with just a 15" screen, especially when using spreadsheets, etc.

I would imagine that system would have a video out for a second monitor. What kind of work will you be doing on it? Graphics, word processing, etc?
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Does it come with wind chimes and an awesome full double rainbow?
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Yeah I'm getting a dock that runs dual monitors, so that will be the default at the office. At home and on trips will just be the laptop.. I'll check on the chimes, good point!
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Dell systems are still pretty good, just check the particular unit for motherboard issues.

Don't get a M6400, engineering laptops, they break down on a weekly basis. Out of the box we have a 9% failure rate, way to high for a system like that. Do some real research online before buying one.
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x2 on the E6400. We've got loads of issues with those machines - they lock up all the time, especially with docking/undocking, and the wireless is hit or miss. Hopefully they've figured out some of these bugs in your 6500...
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I've got zero complaints with my HP dvr4 running Windows7 - other than the damn glossy screen. Why is the fashion to be glossy so its impossible to avoid reflections in anything other than a dim room?
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You're downgrading to Windows XP? Don't do it. Window 7 is terrific. I'm running it on both my work and home PCs. It's easy to learn and it's likely to be the standard for the next 5 years. Plus, it's also much more naturally protected against malware/viruses/etc.

Also: how big and heavy is it? I've had 6 laptops in the last 12 years, and I've found that lighter weight is definitely a key feature. If you're running docking stations at both work and home, you might consider getting a lighter model with a small built-in screen, like a 14" (if one exists). This is ESPECIALLY true if you will be lugging it home most nights, and back to work most mornings.

Also, buy a laptop backpack. Those shoulder bags will mess you up if they're heavy.
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OS isn't a choice.. we are forever on XP. Yeah weight is a factor, I'll check out a backpack thanks.
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There are many engineering programs that will not work on Win 7. We are testing Win 7 with Cad programs and such to get them to work.

Win 7 is a fine product and nobody should be scared of it but check compatibility with your programs and hardware before you get it or install it.
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