We always talk about laptops here and there in the magazine, and we also usually focus on consumer laptops. But what about those who need to do work, and has an IT department from hell? What model can we offer them to check out? Dell is a name that we always associate with business, and also IT peripherals and devices. So it is no surprise that they have come out with their latest Latitude product, the E6230.
A Bit of a Buldge
Opening up the box, we are surprised at both the design and the weight. The design seems to be inspired from the Inspiron line of Dell machines (pun not intended), and also has a bit of the old Latitude products in it. The one main sore thing that we have with the design is that the battery is not nicely integrated into the body. It may be because it is a bigger battery than the standard-issue ones, but we have seen other laptops that have bigger capacities which still managed to keep it all tucked in. However, the good thing about the design is that the battery is removable, thus allowing you to put in an even bigger capacity battery.
Ivy On Bridges
This is our first laptop that came through our lab doors with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge CPU, so it is a special thing for us. It is also chockfull of security features that will be useful in an office environment. A fingerprint scanner is present, for those whose companies need that kind of security solution. Interestingly enough, we also saw that the Latitude comes with an NFC reader – no doubt for companies that already have the solution installed in their system. Sadly we didn’t manage test it out as we did not have the appropriate cards.
Since the laptop comes with Ivy Bridge, it comes with the new HD4000 graphics solution built in. This helps in both productivity and entertainment, as the graphics output can be ramped up to compare with the older Sandy Bridge processors. We can run a couple of HD and Full HD videos while running a browser with flash, and it plays them nicely. We even ran Diablo III (hehe) on the laptop to see how it can cope with running latest generation games, and it ran fine, without major slowdowns even at the more action-intense sections of the game.
We ran PassMark’s PerformanceTest suite, and got 1039 points in the test. Quite decent, for something that is aimed for the business segment. Should you buy it for your company? We say yes.