Dell Latitude E6230 Review

Jun 24, 12 Dell Latitude E6230 Review

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The Dell Latitude series of laptop is designed for business owners who value quality, durability and security on their laptop without sacrificing performance. It’s one of those types of laptops that doesn’t try to look stylish but can get the job done. Durablity is one of the strengths of the Latitude E6230. It has a Tri-Metal casing armor made up of anodized aluminum back, magnesium alloy corners, and steel hinges along with a powder-coated base. It doesn’t look sleek at all but it sure does look tough. What’s not seen by the naked eye is its StrikeZone shock absorber and free-fall sensor that shuts down the rubber coated hard drive when dropped to protect data in it. The Latitude E6230 is a 12.5” laptop so it doesn’t feel too bulky despite its tough build which suits the mobile workforce. The LED display features a 1366 x 768 resolution on an anti-glare screen. It also comes with a full range of ports and connectivity. On one side is an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 port one of which is powered for charging devices even when the laptop is asleep, a wireless switch and an ExpressCard slot. On the left side you’ll get your VGA port, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, audio connector, card reader and a Smart Card slot. The back has the AC port and the LAN port. The protrusion at the back is from the optional extended battery that came with our unit. The powder-coated base has the E-port for your standard docking solutions. Only thing missing here is an optical disc drive. The spacious keyboard on this machine is a breeze to get used to with a nice tactile feedback, well-spaced solid keys, and I’m glad they didn’t skimp on the size of the arrow keys at the expense of a beautiful layout. The keyboard is spill-resistant too by the way with the option of having it backlit, ours did. The ample-sized touchpad is responsive and its click keys aren’t stiff to...

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Dell launches 2012 Vostro series notebooks

Dell Philippines launched several line of products today from their OptiPlex desktop for enterprise to their laptops, both for the commercial and for consumer market. The Vostro, an entry-level series of laptops, caught my attention since I used to be a Vostro user for about two years before I switched to Macbook Pro. My Vostro 3400 back then was my work horse which did not give me any troubles. For 2012, Dell will bring three sizes of the Vostro. You can make your own choice from their 13-inch, 14-inch and the 15-inch which will be available in aberdeen silver, brisbane bronze and lucerne red. All of these Vostros are loaded with the 3rd generation Intel Core processors that allows you to experience faster computing speed and a longer battery life experience. Each of the three models has a standard Core i3 processor but there will be options for Core i5 and i7 too. It comes with Intel HD Graphics 4000 but you can choose to configure it with discrete AMD or NVIDIA graphics. The 13-inch and 14-inch will have a high-def LED Anti-glare display with 1366 x 768 resolution, while the 15-inch Vostro 3560 will have an optional full HD 1290 x 1080 display. These Vostro notebooks come with 4GB DDR3 memory by default but can be configured to up to 8GB with 2 DIMM slots. 320GB HDD is the default storage which comes with Free Fall sensors for all Vostro but there’s the optional upgrade to 500GB, or a 32GB mSATA SDD for the Vostro 3360. The other models will have a max of 750GB HDD option. A hi-def webcam with integrated dual digital array microphone and Waves MaxxVoice pro and standard finger print reader will be a default config too. A Gigabit LAN port, an 802.11a/b/g/n and a Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, headphone and speaker out ports, an 8-in-1 card reader will be available on the Vostro 3460 and 3560. Vostro 3360 will have 2 x USB 3.0 with USB PowerShare, while Vostro 3460 and...

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Dell outs XPS 13 Ultrabook, starts at Php59,590

With the growing popularity of Ultrabooks these days, it’s no surprise then that the market keeps on gaining new entrants and making it hard for consumers on what brand to choose from. Just when you thought you had your pick Dell has just launched their new flagship product, the XPS 13 Ultrabook and you may want to consider have a look on this one. The Dell XPS is quite the looker with an aluminum frame and a carbon fiber base, making it lightweight and durable at the same time. It’s only 6mm thin at its thinnest point and weighs only 1.36 kilos making it at par with the top Ultrabooks in the market today. Ultrabooks are all about portability and the XPS13 features a 13″ WLED HD display (1366 x 768) within the form that’s similar to an 11″ laptop. This is because the 13″ display makes use of the available space around the frame, leaving a small portion for the bezel. The screen sports a Gorilla Glass display for added durability. It also has a backlit keyboard and a generous-sized touchpad. The battery was reported to have an 8-hour life in which we’ll have to prove whenever we get our hands on it for review. As for performance, the XPS13 is powered by a 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2467M or Core i7-2647M processor, both with 4GB DD3 memory. Lastly, the price comes with an SRP of Php 59,590 for the Intel Core i5 with 128GB SSD directly competing with the Asus Zenbook UX31. If you want more disk space, you need Php71,990 for the same Intel Core i5 with a bigger 256GB SSD then it’s a ridiculous Php79,990 for the Intel Core i7 with 256GB SSD. Related posts: Dell unveils XPS 13 Ultrabook, the most compact 13-incher yet Dell outs the XPS 15z, a stylish yet powerful 15-inch...

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Dell unveils their XPS 14z premium laptop

Yesterday, Dell unveiled their XPS 14z laptop, one of the thinnest fully featured 14-inch laptop in the market. We’ve been spoiled by Ultrabooks with the “thin laptop” claim so seeing the XPS 14z made us second-guess Dell. It may not be thin according to Ultrabook standards but the XPS 14z has a built-in optical drive, HDD and optional discrete graphics. Now that’s out of the way, the Dell XPS 14z is one of the gorgeous-looking laptop we’ve seen. It’s not plain looking at all with its anodized-aluminum finish and ranks up their with the Sony VAIO in terms of style and build quality. The most appealing thing about the Dell XPS 14z would be its 14-inch HD WLED display which has a really thin bezel thereby allowing the it to fit in a body made for 13-inchers. Powering the XPS 14z is either a Core i5 or Core i7 2nd Generation Intel Core processor and starts with a 4GB DDR3 RAM. You’ll also get a 500GB HDD or you can have it configured with SSD for faster performance. An NVIDIA GeForce GT520M is present to take care of your video processing needs. Most of the ports are situated at the back of the laptop which might pose a problem for those placing this laptop against the wall. Ports include a USB 3.0 and a mini Display-Port and all the usual things. The XPS 14z features a backlit, spill-resistant chiclet keyboard and a slot load optical disc drive. A cool thing they showed us here is the battery indicator at the side. You don’t have to turn on the machine just to check the battery life, press the button and the 5 LED indicators will tell you if you need to charge your battery or not. The Dell XPS 14z is still thin having a less than an inch body and weighs 4.36 pounds. The underside gives you no option to easily replace the 8-cell battery. Dell claims that its battery can give you up...

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Dell unveils XPS 13 Ultrabook, the most compact 13-incher yet

Dell maybe late in announcing their Ultrabook but we’ll give them a pass for coming up with the most compact 13-inch in the market. The Dell XPS 13 is the company’s first Ultrabook and it features an edge-to-edge glass, near “frameless” display making it the most compact 13.3-inch Ultrabook yet. It’s like having a 13-inch display on an 11-inch laptop’s form factor. Foregoing the typical aluminum base (lid is aluminum though) other laptops are using, Dell went with a carbon fiber composite base that offers a premium look, lightweight at just under 3 lbs and cooler to the touch than aluminum. Other specs include an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, integrated Intel graphics, up to 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and a 6-cell battery that Dells claims can deliver close to 9 hours of battery life. There’s no HDMI port here nor a memory card slot which can be quite a dealbreaker unless it’s going to be used in a corporate environment. The Dell XPS 13 will be available in select geographies around the world in March 2012 with a starting price of $999 which seems to be the average price of premium Ultrabooks. Dell XPS 13 Specs: Ultrathin laptop (0.24-0.71”/6-18mm) Precision machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base Microsoft Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium Intel Core i5 2467M and i7 2637M processor choices 13.3” HD WLED, 300-nit (1366×768) 720p; edge-to-edge hardened Gorilla Glass Intel HD 3000 video graphics 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333Mhz memory 128 GB SSD or 256GB SSD drive options Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard Glass integrated button touchpad with multi-gesture support Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11 A/G/N  Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity High definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio 4 Built-in 47WHr 6-cell battery offering up to eight hours, fifty-three minutes of battery life; 45W AC adaptor USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with PowerShare (1), mini Display-Port, and headset jack Built-in 1.3MP webcam with dual array digital microphones Weight: starting at 2.99lbs (1.36 kg) Price: Starts at $999 Related posts:...

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Dell Philippines earns ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Dell’s Philippine office has been certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant by the International Organization for Standardization, reflecting the company’s commitment to continually meet and exceed customer satisfaction. “The world of technology companies hinges upon a sound internationally-accepted operational approach to meet the needs of customers globally,” said Richard Teo, president of Dell Philippines. “Establishing reliable processes and training our team members in accordance with these requirements is fundamental to the credibility of our company. The independent validation by ISO provides peace of mind to customers that Dell is committed to sound management practices that are thoroughly measured and evaluated in order to exceed customer satisfaction.” To earn the ISO 9001:2008 certification, Dell was evaluated throughout the enterprise, from operations and information systems to accounting and human resources. The analysis included a thorough audit of systems, policies and practices governing operations, confirming that these processes are applied with a commitment towards ongoing improvement. The scope of certification for Dell’s Philippine operations covers all provisions of customer service, support, sales operations and customer care for computers, technology products and solutions. The ISO certification complements Dell’s stringent internal performance standards. Dell regularly conducts internal evaluations to ensure that all personnel and processes are in compliance with strict ISO quality control measures throughout every department. Dell’s presence in the Philippines includes an office responsible for sales and marketing of Dell products, solutions and services in the Philippines; a customer contact center operation that provides technical and non-technical customer support services to consumers, small and medium businesses in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; and Dell Services, which provides business process outsourcing services to the U.S. healthcare market. Related posts: No related...

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4-inch Dell Venue sneaks in with a sub-20k price tag

If you found the Dell Streak a bit big for your hands, the 4.1-inch Dell Venue smarpthone might be more suitable. We met this phone last week during the launch of the sleek Dell XPS 15z laptop and was surprised that it’s already out in the market with a Php19,150 price tag. There’s nothing much to mull over the specs on the Dell Venue hence the reason they did not bother to announce this last year’s unit anymore here. It has a 4.1-inch screen on a single core 1GHz Qualcomm processor. There’s also a 1GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel autofocus camera. Aside from that, you will also be getting the old Froyo version of Android with the Gingerbread update still very much unknown. The form of this phone reminds me of the Acer’s Liquid E with its chunky body and tapered sides. The whole front is made up mostly of glass and the chrome siding and even the textured back gives this phone all the fingerprint design it needs. If you like the size and the looks and not bothered by having last year’s OS with no upgrade in sight, by all means go for it. Dell Venue Specs: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) 4.1-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass display (480 x 800 pixels) with Dell Stage UI 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable up to 32GB microSD 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 720p HD video recording HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh SRP: Php19,150 Related posts: No related...

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Dell outs the XPS 15z, a stylish yet powerful 15-inch notebook

We seldom equate big laptops with a stylish look. Heavy duty performance yes but with a look to go with it? Hmmm. Well, Dell recently announced their XPS 15z notebook which is powerful 15-inch notebook with looks that won’t shame you if you bring it out of your room. It’s not light but it’s beautiful to look at and very thin for its class. It’s their thinnest 15-inch even. The eye-catching exterior is made up of a clean aluminum and magnesium-alloy with chrome trimmings and brushed finishes. It has an unconventional hinge position and the slot-loading drive adds more style. The inside features a spacious, backlit keyboard with well-spaced chiclet keys between the speaker grills. No dedicated Page Up, Page Dn, Home, End keys here though and I wonder why.   The Dell XPS 15z is powered by 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors with a 15.6-inch Full HD WLED (1920 x 1080) display. It also has NVIDIA discrete graphics (GT 525M) with Optimus technology to automatically switch to integrated graphics when discrete is not needed to save on battery. Speaking of battery, Dell claims you can go up to 8-hours worth on a single charge of its 8-cell battery, something rare for a 15-incher.   So how much do you need to shell out to own one of this? How about Php62,000 for the Core i5 (2430M) version with 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD? Want the Core i7 (2640M) version, prepare to hand over Php89,900 for it and you’ll also get 8GB RAM with a bigger 750GB HDD. Dell XPS 15z Specs: Thin (0.97”/24.68mm) laptop PC with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium; aluminum and mag-alloy enclosure 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Dual Core processor choices Standard HD or optional Full HD (1920×1080) WLED display Fast  NVIDIA graphics options: NVIDIA® GeForce®  GT 525M with 1GB graphics memory NVIDIA® GeForce®  GT 525M with 2GB graphics memory Includes NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology; NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology 4GB up to 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz memory options 7200RPM...

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Dell debuts Inspiron One 2320 All-In-One PC

Dell is still playing the AIO or All-in-One PC game with the release of their Inspiron One 2320 AIO PC which comes with a multitouch display and can deliver a full entertainment experience for the whole family. At just 68mm thin, the Inspiron One 2320 embodies a sleek, space-saving design that fits perfectly in tight spaces – such as in the kitchen, a dorm room, or on a desk in the home office. With a single power cord for a “clutter free” look and a VESA mount option for connecting to walls, the Inspiron 2320 is easy to incorporate almost anywhere throughout the home. It has a 23-inch multitouch display, powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor and discrete graphics. The desktop’s large high-definition (1080p) display makes it perfect for double-duty as a home entertainment center. For a theater-like experience, viewers can stream full HD movies and video, or hook up a gaming console by an HDMI-in connection. With immersive SRS audio and JBL speakers, the Inspiron One 2320 is the ideal home entertainment system for watching TV with the optional built-in TV tuner or a favorite flick. “Families today are looking at PCs as the hub for everything: entertainment, education, household organization – and they want it to look good at the same time,” said Chris Papa, Country Manager, Consumer and Small Business, Dell Philippines. “The Inspiron 2320 is the ultimate ‘family togetherness’ PC for staying connected, getting tasks done and being the centerpiece for family entertainment.” Dell Inspiron One 2320 Specs: Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core i3 Display: 23” WLED with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution touchscreen Memory: 4GB DDR3 Memory HD Webcam Hard Drive: 500GB SATA 3.5” Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 525M discrete graphics 8:1 Media Card Reader Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW Wireless keyboard and mouse Audio: Integrated HD Audio w/SRS and JBL-branded speakers Dimensions:  Width 567mm (22.32”), Height 397mm (15.6”), Depth 68mm (2.67”) SRP: Php54,900 Related posts: No related...

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Dell announced new storage solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture

Dell today announced new solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture to optimize cost, performance and protection as storage scales with a growing organization. Highlighted solutions include its Dell Compellent 16Gbps Fibre Channel interoperability and new Dell EqualLogic Unified storage. With Dell Compellent, enterprise data is actively, intelligently managed throughout its lifecycle so enterprises can constantly adapt to changing business conditions. Together, a Fluid Data™ architecture, storage virtualization, intelligent software and modular hardware bring unprecedented efficiency, simplicity and security to enterprise storage. Data center resources are utilized to their full potential. Dell Compellent Features 16Gbps Fibre Channel Infrastructure Interoperability Dell has successfully demonstrated compatibility between a Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN with Brocade 6510 16Gb Fibre Channel switch and Brocade 1860 16Gb Fabric Adapter. Dell will continue to build on its leadership in enterprise storage by introducing 16Gbps Fibre Channel offerings. This new technology will help customers unleash the power of their SAN environments to support next-generation applications and cloud services. This increased performance will provide organizations investment protection and a future-ready infrastructure capable of overcoming the challenges of enormous data growth. By combining Dell’s Fluid Data architecture with Brocade’s 16Gbps Fibre Channel infrastructure, Dell is delivering high performing SAN solutions that empower customers to stay at the leading edge of technology. New Dell EqualLogic Unified Storage Extends Fluid Data Architecture In support of customers’ growing storage demands, Dell has begun shipping the new EqualLogic FS7500, the company’s latest NAS solution that works with EqualLogic PS Series arrays to deliver the only scale-out, unified storage platform for mid-size deployments. The EqualLogic FS7500 uses the Dell Scalable File System, a high-performance, clustered file system based on Dell intellectual property. The Dell Scalable File System architecture incorporates features formerly found only at the very high end including advanced caching, load balancing and multithreading for fast I/O processing. This is the first step toward Dell’s long-term vision of a uniquely feature-rich, highly-scalable file system. Customers consolidating applications onto a unified platform are demanding improved flexibility, to react to...

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