While reducing the running processes to 31 at start-up did produce some higher numbers, the difference is not that great. I was starting to wonder if that software was written for people who just like to randomly click on everything, not paying attention to what they are doing. As you see, this is no high end video card, but it should perform quite well with older games. I was quite pleased by the whole experience. I really like my Dell Latitude D

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What I reported in this review are the “before” benchmarks.

Great for business, but once again quite useful for that student on a tight budget who cannot afford to spend extra money down the road to fix his learning tool. This can be observed when the screen is completely black and in the dark. Not too many accessories here. I managed maybe 50 points extra in 3dmark05 and close to 50 points in PCMark As you see, this is no high end video card, but it should perform quite well with older games.

Downloads for Intel® Pentium® D Processor 820 (2M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)

I selected a Dell Wireless The first laptop that really caught my eye was the Acer Travelmate It had a powerful processor, a great video card and decent battery life. At least I tried! I had no dead pixels and no other problems with this screen.


This is one thing that Dell Canada will never do”. The keyboard is also very quiet. Since my handwriting is quite deplorable, I realized that I would need this machine sooner rather than later. I tried a few games and used the internal laptop speakers and the sound was quite good.

I would either be in class or at work with the laptop. Underside view of C820 view large image.

This is when I started looking at the Dell Latitude D I resumed my search shortly before the wedding and heard from various channels that the new Core 2 Duo was just about to come out in laptops. Left side of Latitude D view large image. I have tried to setup a wirelss network at home using only a desktop wireless card and this laptop, but failed miserably.

I have been looking at buying a laptop for quite some time now. While I agree that it would be a great tool for a business, the D could also be an excellent notebook for a student looking for performance, ease of use and occasional gaming. This seems to be working extremely well; I have tested it with the option on and then off.

I read reports that it could last a good 5 hours with a 9 cell battery and that you could also configure it with an extra media bay battery. Back view of Latitude D view large image.


Dell Latitude D820 Parts

This was with WiFi on, screen at maximum brightness and an optical mouse plugged in. If equipped with the Quadro NVS video card, it can be quite useful for a business vieo such as AutoCAD, but can also provide the user with extra power for gaming breaks. Simply put, it works.

Frame rates varied from the low 20s to high 30 again, but I would have to say it stays pretty close to 30 most of the time with spikes here and there. I had also heard that calling, instead of buying online, could get you a better price.

Downloads for Intel® Pentium® D Processor (2M Cache, GHz, MHz FSB)

Here are the results. I ran the benchmarks before and after I removed all of those extra goodies. I did however get rid of McAfee asking me every 2min if I want to really use this program.

I used Super Pi to see if my brand new Core 2 Duo was performing up to my expections. No loud typing sounds here. Access times are also very good and the computer takes less than a minute to boot up.