Dell Latitude 2100
Average of 13 scores (from 18 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Latitude 2100
School netbook. Dell would like to capture the market of schools with the Dell Latitude 2100, and designed a robust netbook with standard entrails (Atom N270, GMA 950), and an optional touch screen for this. The following review will tell you if the low-cost netbook could convince in the hands-on.
Source: IT Reviews
In many ways, the Latitude 2100 is Dell's best netbook to date, with some interesting options such as the touchscreen and choice of operating systems. Well built to withstand the knocks and bumps of life on the road or in the classroom, this does mean it's not the lightest netbook around by quite a distance, especially if you choose the large 6-cell battery. It also carries a pretty hefty price tag which may put many people off.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/16/2009
Rating: price: 40% workmanship: 80%
Source: Reg Hardware
Its rather angular design aside, we think the Latitude 2100 is the best Dell netbook to date. The rubberised coating should ensure long-term survival even in the hands of nippers, while the option of 2GB of Ram, the revised SD card slot design and the solid, well profiled keyboard should appeal to users of more advanced years. The touchscreen is an interesting option and proved more useful than we expected. On the downside, the battery life is a bit on the poor side for a machine with a six-cell unit.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
At this price there are bound to be compromises, but none of them prevent the HP Pavilion dv6-1210sa from being a commendable effort. While its application performance is merely okay and its battery life quite poor, unlike many sub-£500 laptops it can play games competently provided they're not too demanding. Add to this a decent chassis, excellent connectivity and a good selection of features and it's definitely worth considering.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80%
Three USB ports and a VGA-out port are in place. 802.11g Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth are also included as standard. 802.11n Wi-Fi is available as an additional extra and a network activity light on the screen lid alerts teachers to students browsing the internet during class. With great usability and features, the Latitude 2100 is an unusual, yet highly usable, netbook. Overall, it has just as much to offer to consumer and business users as it does to students.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
The Dell Latitude 2100 is thicker and heavier than most netbooks, but certainly feels as if it could stand up to some serious abuse. The keyboard looks and feels dated compared with those of current netbooks, but at least the tapered keys are well-suited to the tiny fingers of elementary students, and it includes an anti-microbial coating. Its performance is par for the netbook course.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 78%
Netbooks, while as popular as ever, have settled into a fairly routine existence, with thin plastic shells, Intel Atom CPUs, Windows XP, and 10-inch displays. But when a company attempts to take these basic parts and dress them up with unique features, our ears perk up. Recently we've seen stabs at higher-resolution displays and bigger 11-inch screens, for example. Aimed primarily at school kids, the Dell Latitude 2100 is an interesting new take on the Netbook. It's worth a look if the unique features--including an especially rugged design and a touch screen--are important to you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 70% features: 90% mobility: 90%
Source: PC World
Does the Dell Latitude 2100 jump to the head of its class? Well, it's certainly the most mature (and the beefiest) take on a netbook in recent memory. And, yeah, if you can look past the price it's a good option for your young scholar--and then when he or she brings it home at the end of the day, maybe Dad can borrow it to tinker in an Ubuntu partition. That's assuming you don't mind that kind of cost for what's billed as a child's computer. Make the Latitude 2100 a little less boxy and kid-oriented, and I'd consider using this touchscreen PC myself.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 79% features: 62%
Source: PC Pro
Dell has been on board the netbook express for a while now, but its products have had mixed success. We liked its first - the Mini 9 - with its dinky dimensions and curvy profile, but were less keen on the Mini 10 and its horror of a touchpad. The Mini 12 we found sluggish to use. Dell has now added to the line-up with the business and education-focused Latitude 2100, which takes about as different a tack as it's possible for a netbook to take. Expensive, but a robust chassis and touchscreen option make it a good choice for classroom use
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 67%
Source: Computer Shopper
Dell's Latitude 2100 is aimed squarely at the education market, but we're not talking about embossed mouse ears or SpongeBob-shaped touch pads here. Rather, the Latitude 2100 has a thick, rugged design meant to handle the rigors of classroom and hallway handling. That's not to say there's no kid appeal. The Latitude 2100 is one of the most durable netbooks we've used, and its touch screen is a nice addition, but you'll pay a premium for both features.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
The new Dell Latitude 2100 probably deserves a place on the shopping lists for most schools and maybe even some parents should consider purchasing this netbook for their youngsters. For between $400 and $600 you get a very rugged laptop that is easy to use and portable enough for kids to toss in a backpack. Extra features like the dual security lock slots, network activity light, personalized window over the battery, and optional mobile computing station will certainly prove very attractive to educators and parents.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/22/2009
Rating: mobility: 60%
Source: PC Advisor
Dell is aiming to market the Dell Latitude 2100 at students and schoolchildren - and the 2100 certainly looks like it's built for that group. The spine of the netbook (the outside back of the battery) has a little plastic strip for personalising the machine. It comes in a number of candy colours. And it's rubberised. The child-oriented Dell Latitude 2100 netbook is certainly a neat idea and is decently executed, but is it rugged enough to rise to the occasion?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/20/2009
I liked everything about Dell's Latitude 2100 netbook--I think it's designed pretty smartly for its target K-12 audience--except for the price. It's $370, which is a bit high for an education netbook, no?
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50%
Source: Laptop Mag
This 10-inch netbook for the education market is durable and performs well, but it’s a bit hefty. Dell’s Latitude 2100 provides students with a netbook that is durable and comfortable to use. The $499 asking price is a bit steep for a 10-inch netbook, even one that’s this rugged, but Dell will presumably offer volume discounts to those who purchase higher quantities. While it will fit into a backpack, its larger size and heavier weight may give pause to potential buyers. Those looking for a more affordable, slimmer netbook can snatch up a $379 MSI Wind U120 or an $399 ASUS Eee PC 1000HE, both of which provide significantly more runtime. Nevertheless, the Latitude 2100 is a solid pick given its range of educational features and ruggedness.
Single Review, , Long, Date: 05/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 45% display: 73% mobility: 94% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 97% emissions: 88%
Source: c't - 22/2009
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: performance: 35% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 34% features: 70% display: 78% mobility: 78% workmanship: 95%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/13/2009
Rating: performance: 80% features: 80%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 10% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
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.
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 %
75.69%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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