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At the rear you’ll find the power socket, a D-SUB port, a serial port, two more USB 2.0 ports, a network port for the integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller and a modem socket.
The Dell put in a good account of itself as far as performance goes with an overall SYSmark score of 304. This isn’t quite up to the level of the Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook E8210 or the Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi, but then those machines had 2GB of RAM. Battery life on the other hand was particularly good, with a mobile mark score of 308 minutes, that’s over five hours of on the go work time. In fact I took this notebook with me to E3 in LA and the long battery life was a definite bonus. Interestingly, the battery life doesn’t come at the detriment of performance either, with the D620 managing a Mobile Mark performance score of 234.
The most impressive aspect of the Latitude D620 however, has to be the price – Dell quoted me a price of only £1,173 (with the eValue code above), which seems like a bit of a bargain considering the specification and performance.
If the D620 is anything to go by, Dell’s new Latitude range will be a force to be reckoned with, offering great specification and impressive performance at a very affordable price. And once Dell starts to offer the integrated 3G module as an option, these machines will become even more desirable. Ultimately, Dell is getting ever closer to the ThinkPad in every respect, and anyone who’s about to sanction a business notebook rollout should give serious thought to the D620.
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