Dell Latitude D430
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Latitude D430
Road Warrior. The Dell Latitude D430 proves to be an exemplary companion in our review. The up to now smallest notebook of the Latitude series is quiet, compact, light, and its workmanship is good. The runtime of the small 42 Wh battery is due to special energy-saving components up to 6 hours. Despite being equipped with low-energy components, the frugal Core 2 Duo processor with 1.2 GHz clock rate combined with very fast SSD hard disk is sufficiently powerful for daily business.
The Dell D430 has made some significant improvements with the dual-core refresh of the notebook. Driver quality, one of my biggest complaints that could ever be improved upon, has noticeably improved! While the dual-core version does sometimes get a little hotter, there is a noticeable improvement in battery life and speed that I am glad to see in this model. The D430 does have a few drawbacks though, so the D430 is not for everyone. Power users that need faster processors will not want this notebook...nor will anyone who despises the add-on DVD drive. In the end though, the D430 is suitable for any and all office tasks and many people would be perfectly happy with the computing power available in ultraportable notebooks today. Notebooks in this category are largely evaluated on portability, longevity, and build quality. The Dell Latitude D430 definitely managed to excel in all three categories. The laptop has the highest quality build I've ever owned, and the battery life has improved since my last review too.
Preis zufriedenstellend, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut, Display gut
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2008
Rating: price: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Overall, I would have to say that the Dell D430 has plenty of positive aspects to the notebook, but there are also a few flaws evident as well. Most laptops are not going to be perfect, and it is simply a matter of user preferences that determine what features of the notebook you love, and what flaws you cannot live with at all. As an ultraportable machine though, the Dell D430 strikes a great balance between features, portability, and price. The amount of power inside of the laptop, even though it is a meager amount, is more than enough power to run 95% of your daily/average computing tasks. And for those who need more power, there are dual-core options available. Sure, the laptop admittedly has flaws like the horrid speaker and the slightly-below-average screen, but the D430 has too many good things going for it to turn it away as a potential system. But notebooks in this category are largely evaluated on portability, longevity, and build quality. The Dell Latitude D430 definitely managed to excel in all three categories. This laptop is the best built I think I've ever owned, the battery life is respectable given the notebook's size, and the notebook's size itself is a huge boon to portability.
Preis/Leistung gut, Verarbeitung gut, Display mäßig, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/07/2008
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Pro
Dell's Latitude D430 is the successor to the company's excellent Latitude D420, which has been sitting proudly atop the A List since issue 144 (92149). There isn't much change to see on the outside, as the D430 looks exactly like its predecessor; in many ways, that's a good thing since this remains a high-quality chassis, but it does result in a few compromises. Chief among these is the lack of an optical drive. Considering the D430 weighs 1.5kg, and Sony manages to pack an optical drive into the 1.13kg VAIO VGN-G11XN (web ID: 107284), this is disappointing. Instead, there's a MediaBase (included in the price here; use E-Value code: MAG-430PCP) that clips to the bottom of the notebook and gives you a DVD-RW drive, DVI and VGA outputs, and acts as a port replicator. You can carry the notebook around with the MediaBase attached, but it increases the weight to 2.1kg.
5 von 6, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2007
Rating: Total score: 83% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 58% display: 85% mobility: 89% workmanship: 87% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 79%
Source: PC Welt - 11/07
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 10/22/2007
Rating: Total score: 84% display: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 50%
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 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.
U7600: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that 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 %
84.25%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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