Dell Latitude 13
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Latitude 13
Source: Trusted Reviews
It's a sad reality that little in the laptop world can match the likes of Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air when it comes to that metal-clad look and feel. Some of the few alternatives are Dell's Adamo and Adamo XPS, but with prices starting at £1,000, neither is exactly affordable. That's why we were excited about last year's Vostro V13, which wasn't quite as sexy but a lot cheaper. The Latitude 13 we're looking at today shares the same 13.3in, ultra-slim, metal-clad chassis, so let's see if it's the ultra-portable for you.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 50% mobility: 40%
Dell isn't exactly renowned for producing laptops with exciting designs, so the 13.3-inch Latitude 13's slim dimensions and sexy appearance come as a surprise. Our configuration of the Dell Latitude 13 impressed with its slim dimensions and good battery life, but its performance was compromised by its sluggish processor and stingy 1GB of RAM.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
We’re finding ourselves in a love-hate relationship with the Dell Latitude 13, an ultra-slim ultraportable for the business masses. We love its thin, all-metal chassis (adapted from Dell's high-end Adamo model) and the fact that it's less expensive than any other 13-inch notebook that comes close to its thickness and weight. This lightweight, thin companion is for business users who need basic performance and lots of security. Battery life and performance miss the mark, however.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: PC Mag
The Dell Latitude 13 is for professionals who have a keen taste for design and below-average standards for battery life and performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Advisor
More performance and features can be found for the same money elsewhere. It's far from being a speed demon, but it's quick enough for regular admin work. The Dell Latitude 13 stands out more for its slim profile, low weight yet still sturdy build.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
SU7300: Slow clocked dual core processor with a low TDP of 10 Watt.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
65.4%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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