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Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook - Dell Latitude 2100

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Aside from its touch abilities, the screen performs fairly well. We've yet to come across a good netbook display but this is one of the better examples we've seen, thanks partially to the semi-matte finish. This mostly prevents distracting reflections and allows better viewing angles, though it also means colours come across with a little less verve than on glossy screens.

Barring the usual greyscale weaknesses (leading to detail loss in particularly bright or dark areas) there's little else to complain about, with level backlighting and sharp text. It's also worth mentioning that the integrated Intel GMA950 graphics will let you set the resolution up to 1,920 x 1,080, assuming you have a high definition display to hook it up to.

As far as the keyboard goes, rather than the flat-style keys of its consumer Mini-series, Dell has gone for a more traditional tapered key shape. While this is a bit of a step back, it's still perfectly usable (coming from someone who found the original Eee PC impossible to type on) with a logical layout and positive feedback.

While not matching up to the large multi-touch affairs found on the likes of Asus' Eee PC Seashell, the 2100's touchpad is perfectly serviceable. It has a matte, smooth surface which differentiates it well from the textured matte palm-rests, and its two separate buttons offer excellent feedback.

Connectivity, meanwhile, is pretty much standard for a netbook. On the right are VGA and USB connections, and headphone plus microphone jacks. The memory card reader is located at the front, while to the right we find power and Ethernet connections joined by a further two USB ports.


August 29, 2009, 1:57 pm

If you're going to carry a notebook around on a strap like a bag in full public view I would recommend carrying a personal safety alarm and then taking out personal items insurance.

Ben MacLeod

April 24, 2014, 7:48 pm

Extremely poor netbook. Our school purchased about 350 of these pieces of junk and unlike the review saying the computer is "rugged", it only looks rugged. Really they never did their homework on what the modern classroom requires. These computers need proper cooling as a classroom generally gets quite hot with a bunch of kids sitting around. As well, the rubber along the outside of the device can easily peel off and to get any performance out of these machines their CPU needs to be maxed constantly which creates a ton of heat even though it is running an Intel Atom. These computers ONLY can run XP which is now defunct and out of date and no longer supported and I HIGHLY recommend you NEVER buy one of these computers and do not even bother trying to load Windows 8 because 7 absolutely rapes this cheap piece of heavy plastic. And the keyboard SUCKS. Anyone without slender fingers like myself cannot type on the keyboard without acquiring cramps in their hands. The integrated graphics can only display 800 x 600 display resolution which makes the VGA port pointless as it cannot display a decent resolution for even the most basic monitors. The best part of this machine is the 3 USB ports. That's ALL I like about it. It heats up, takes forever to boot, when I wiggle the mouse around the CPU snoops right up to 100% pretty quick. The only reason I would purchase one for myself would be to run Linux and maybe break the piece of crap. This thing is just a common piece of Dell marketing that makes the school board sprint to their bean counters with an appealing look. This is where my tax dollars went. And that's definitely not a good thing. It's more of a safety hazard since when they sit in our school's basement the cheap plastic has grown mould on the body of the computer. Have fun, they're $20 bucks on eBay for a reason.

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