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Review Dell Latitude D620 Notebook

Intermediate. The Dell Latitude D620 is - as the name implies, an intermediate notebook between the Dell D420, a very mobile 12 inch subnotebook, and the D820, a standard 15 inch business notebook. Its 14 inch display provides a good overview at still restricted dimensions, and is also available with a resolution of up to 1440x900 pixels.

Dell Latitude D620 Logo

Case

Also the Dell Latitude D620 tries to stress its business character by a silver and gray play of colors.  Generally, this notebooks looks decent and business-like, so, it succeeded regarding this matter.

This business aspect is again accentuated by the choice of material. The generous use of magnesium does not only give the D620 a high-quality haptics, also the stability of the case profits in total.

The base unit is very flexural rigid and resistant against applied forces. Although, sometimes creaking noises are possible, looking for deflections is a waste of time.

Also regarding the display, it gets apparent that this issue was treated important by Dell. The display's frame is designed in a slight Clamshell design, and the cover is out of magnesium. So, the Dell Latitude D620's display robustness is really noteworthy.
Furthermore, the display is equipped with a central transport hook, which secures the closed position of the display.

Most of its ports are provided at the backside of the case. Thereby, the 4 USB 2.0 ports and the serial port are base equipment. Furthermore, the D620 provides an integrated Smartcard slot, which is of special interest regarding security, and access restriction.

Front side: No ports
Dell D620 interfaces
Left Side: Kensington lock, audio ports, infrared, Smartcard, PC Card
Dell D620 interfaces
Back side: Lan, Modem, 2x USB 2.0, serial port, VGA out, power connector
Dell D620 interfaces
Right side: 2x USB2.0, DVD drive
Dell D620 interfaces

Input Devices

The D620 proves that a clearly structured keyboard does not really require a 17 inch notebook. The function keys at the top edge of the keyboard were grouped, and also the cursor keys were slightly moved to the bottom.

Furthermore, despite of the F-keys, which were slightly shortened, all of the keys have a good size. An enter key which extends over two rows and a big space bar, which though was moved a little bit to the right, are available.

Typing is affected by an early stop and possibly fast typing is rather noisy. However, in total the keyboard is alright.

Also the touch pad does not have any anomalies. Its surface is comfortable and also regarding precision and response there is nothing to criticizes.

Besides a touch pad, the D620 also provides you with a track point, whose blue plastic cover is, to our opinion, not really ideally formed. Those many sharp knobs really don't feel good at the fingertips...

The D620 provides you with hot keys for controlling the volume above the keyboard and with a switch for activating/deactivating the wireless function  at the left side of the case.

Touch pad
Dell D620 Touch pad
Keyboard
Dell D620 Keyboard

Display

Color Diagram
Dell D620 Display measurement

As already mentioned in the introduction, the D620 is available with different display versions. E.g, the standard version, which was used in our reviewed sample: A WXGA display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels and non-reflecting display surface. But,e.g., also a 1440x900 WXGA+ version, for users who require more overview, is available.

The display's maximum brightness was measured 142.7 cd/m² during our review. The illumination is only 71.7%, because the brightness heavily diminishes at the upper edges, due to the display technology used. These results are together with an average brightness of 124.9 cd/m² slightly below-average.

The color diagram depicts an ideal red and green color curve, but also the usual lowered blue color curve. So, red colors dominate.

116.2
cd/m²
124.7
cd/m²
102.3
cd/m²
130.2
cd/m²
142.7
cd/m²
127.5
cd/m²
131.5
cd/m²
128.2
cd/m²
120.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 142.7 cd/m²
Average: 124.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 72 %
Black: 0.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 238:1

The minimum brightness (black value) of 0.6 cd/m² together with a maximum brightness of 142.7 cd/m² gives a rather good calculated contrast ratio of 238:1.

Operating this notebook outdoors is limited by the only moderate brightness of its display. However, its non-reflecting surface has absolutely an positive impact regarding this aspect.

Horizontally, the D620's display can by all means be called stable to the vantage point. However, vertically, we observed troubles, especially when looking from the bottom side to the upper side. You can face a heavy darkening and the gray levels change therewith. Looking the other way round, from top to bottom, the colors hardly change, however, the contrast also diminishes.

Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point
Dell D620 Stability to the Vantage Point

Performance

Depending on the demands, the Dell Latitude D620 is available with a number of different processors and also with two different video solutions. Thereby, the most powerful CPU solution is the currently most powerful Intel processor, the T7600 with 2.33 GHz. Regarding graphics, you can either choose the Intel 950 video card or a NVidia Quadro NVS 110M video card with turbo cache.

So, regarding CPU performance there are hardly any improvements possible. The "weakest" CPU which can be chosen the T7200 with 2.0 GHz and even more the T7600 Chip provide first-class performance for applications.

However, there is a big difference between the two available video cards. The Quadro NVS 110M video card is so to speak the somewhat more powerful and properer for 3D video card and an alternative to the Intel 950 GMA video chip. However, you cannot expect records from neither of them. The performance of the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M video chip is about in between a X1300 and a Geforce 7200 video card.

Whatever equipment you finally chose, the D620 is and stays an office notebook. Office applications as well as Internet applications are no problem for the Latitude. If you like to use multimedia applications, you should chose the D620 with the available NVidia video card. But, this still won't make a 3D computer out of it.

The 80GB Samsung hard disk of the reviewed notebook rated good regarding transfer rates, but slightly below-average regarding access times. Typical Dell, you can choose between a variety of different hard disk models. The available capacity is up to 100GB for 7200 revs models and a maximum of 160GB for 5400 revs models.

Further information about the video card can be found  here (GMA950 / Quadro NVS 110M) or in our comparison of mobile video cards. Detailed information about the Core Duo CPU can be found here.

Please also look at our benchmark list of mobile processors or at our benchmark list of mobile video cards, in order to compare this notebook to other configurations.

Benchmark Comparison 3DMark
Dell D620 Benchmarkvergleich
Benchmark Comparison PCMark
Dell D620 Benchmarkvergleich
3D Mark
3DMark 05639 points
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3DMark 05 in comparison
Nokia Booklet 3G (min)
 Z530, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
120
   ...
Asus VivoTab TF810C-1B026W
 Z2760, SGX545
613
HP nc4400
 T7400, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
614
Dell D620
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
639
Samsung ATIV Smart PC XE500T1C-A02DE
 Z2760, SGX545
640
Toshiba Satellite L40-14N
 T2310, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
660
   ...
Alienware M18x R2 (max)
 3920XM, Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
36878
PC Mark
PCMark 053425 points
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PCMark 05 in comparison
Acer Aspire One 751 (min)
 Z520, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
692
   ...
HP ProBook 4510s
 T6570, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
3419
Acer Aspire 7520G-602G40
 TL-64, GeForce 8400M G
3420
Dell D620
 T7200, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
3425
Samsung X420 Aura SU4100
 SU4100, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
3440
HP dv9033cl
 T2300, GeForce Go 7600
3454
   ...
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE (max)
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
13842
80 GB - 5400 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 16.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 44.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 34.5 MB/s
Access Time: 20.3 ms
Burst Rate: 70.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.2 %

Emissions

Loudness

We observed that the fan runs all the time even in idle mode (without load). However, its noise is not disturbing and with a noise level of about 32.5 dB it can also only be clearly heard in absolutely quiet environments.

Under load the fan turns a little up, but, its maximum noise level of only 37.5 dB is still alright.

Temperature

Not only the noise emissions, also the surface temperatures of the case are without any anomalies. The maximum temperature at its top side was only 33.6°C, at the bottom side was also alright with 38.4°C. So, there are no problems regarding mobile use.

Upper side

palmwrist: 31.1°C max: 33.6°C avg: 31.5°C

Bottom side

max: 38.4°C avg: 35.0°C

Speakers

The maximum volume of the single speaker at the left front edge is alright. And so is its sound to some degree, even if it sounds somewhat restrained and the basses are weak.

Battery Runtime

The reviewed notebook came with an 56 Wh lithium ions battery. As an alternative you can choose a 9 cells battery with a capacity of 85 Wh. This should enhance the battery runtime by about 50%.

The measured battery runtime of the 6 cell version was in between a minimum of about an hour and a maximum of a little more than 4 hours.

Furthermore, the D620 can be equipped with an Ultrabay supplement battery. Having a capacity of 4320 mAh or 48 Wh, it is able to enhance the battery runtime by about 40%.

In total, the duration of unplugged usage is noteworthy, if all available resources are utilized.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 15min

Power Consumption

Idle 16.2 / 19.2 / 20.5 Watt
Load 46.4 / 44.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         

Verdict

The Dell Latitude D620's good workmanship and the high-quality materials used could throughout convince us. The case appears very compact and robust and therefore, fit for daily mobile use.


We also liked the input devices, because of the overview and the user-friendly layout they provide. Only the D620's track point has a somewhat unergonomic form for which you might need some time of adaption.

The matt display has an adequate brightness, but a poor illumination. Other basic data like contrast and stability to the vantage point were alright. Furthermore, of interest: A 1440x900 WXGA+ display with higher resolution is also available for the D620.

The performance of the notebook depends on the chosen configuration. It is moderate with a T7200 CPU and an Intel GMA 950 video chip, but its can be improved by choosing a high-capacity configuration consisting of a T7600 CPU and a Quadro NVS 110M video card. This equipment makes the Latitude D620 a powerful office computer.

The emissions are alright, too. The noise emissions as well as the measured surface temperatures are all together without any anomalies.

Furthermore, it is possible to make the D620 fit for a longer unplugged operation by taking some steps. The battery runtime of the standard 5 cell battery is sufficient for about 1-4 hours, depending on the demanded performance.

Additionally, you can upgrade to a 9 cell main battery (~+50%) and additionally use an Ultrabay supplement battery (~+40%).

Dell Latitude D620
Dell Latitude D620
Reviewed: Dell Latitude D620
Dell Latitude D620

Specifications

Dell D620
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR2 PC5300 (667 MHz) SDRAM, max. 4096MB, 2x512MB
Display
14.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, WXGA TFT Display, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel 945GM
Harddisk
80 GB - 5400 rpm, 80 GB 
5400 rpm Samsung HM080HI: 80GB, 5400rpm
Connections
PCCard, Smartcard, Mikrofon, Headphones (Line Out), 4x USB 2.0, VGA-Out, Seriell, Kensington Lock, LAN, Modem, Docking
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 337 x 238 ( = 1.26 x 13.27 x 9.37 in)
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz) ( = 0 oz)
Battery
, 56 Wh (11.1V) Lithium Ionen Akku
Price
1400 Euro
Additional features
HDD: 80GB, 5400rpm, Samsung HM080HI, SigmaTel HD Audio, DVD +/-R (DL) Philips DVD8820,

 

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The Dell Latitude D620 weights only 2.3kg and is, therefore, a compact and mobile companion.
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Also the surface temperatures are alright.
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Very pleasing: Despite the fan runs all the time, it is hardly in evidence.
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However, whichever you choose, the D620 is and stays an office notebook.
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Depending on your performance demands you can choose between a variety of different hardware equipments.
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The provided WXGA display has slight weaknesses regarding brightness and illumination.
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Two display versions are available for the D620 model: a 1280x800 WXGA and a 1440x900 WXGA+ panel.
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Disposed to the future: The D620 is HSDPA prepared.
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Typical Dell most of the ports are at the backside of the case.
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Magnesium everywhere: It even gives the display an excellent rigidity.
Dell Latitude D620 Image
...and the decent and businesslike look suits us.
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Besides some smaller weaknesses the workmanship is alright,...
Dell Latitude D620 Image
...and give it a noteworthy robustness.
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High-quality materials let this notebook score high...
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Although the battery runtime of the standard 6 cell battery is rather average, a number of options allow to enhance it.
Dell Latitude D620 Image

Pro

  • Robust, compact case
  • Good haptics through high-quality materials
  • Good number, variety, and order of ports
  • Well arranged, user-friendly keyboard
  • Low noise and temperature emissions
  • Long battery runtime by applying other battery options
  • Powerful configuration possible
  • Contra

  • Trackpoint needs getting used to
  • Display's moderate illumination
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    Dell D620
    08/31/2007
    J. Simon Leitner

    Chassis
    90%
    Keyboard
    88%
    Pointing Device
    84%
    Connectivity
    86%
    Weight
    84%
    Battery
    74%
    Display
    77%
    Games Performance
    52%
    Application Performance
    92%
    Temperature
    79%
    Noise
    88%
    Add Points
    88%
    Average
    82%
    85%
    Office *
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    Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2007-05- 9 (Update: 2013-05- 8)