Dell Latitude C810

Weighing almost 4kg with its power pack, the Windows 2000-driven Latitude C810 is a substantially-sized, dark-coloured notebook with a large 15in active matrix LCD screen. Its user-removable spindle devices (floppy drive and CD-R/RW drive), other than the 10GB hard disk, are housed in separate smart media bays - one located on the front side and one on the left side of the notebook. FireWire, modem, network and sound jacks are found on the right side of the C810 along with the slots for two Type II or one Type III PC Cards. The left side of the machine accommodates the 8x4x24x CD-R/RW drive and S-Video out connector. At the back are the legacy parallel and serial ports as well as two USB, one PS/2 and one docking station port. A comfortable 87-key keyboard is housed above the ample palm rest. Set amidst the keyboard and the palm rest area is the Dell DualPoint pointing device comprised of both a Touch Pad and a Track Stick.

Overall performance from the Latitude C810 is sure to please: it returned benchmark scores in office productivity and 3D graphics that easily managed to shame an array of Pentium III-, Pentium IV- and Athlon-based desktop machines appearing in this month's PC Best Buys. The 3DMark 2000 score of 3086 can be directly attributed to the 16MB (upgradeable to 32MB) NVIDIA GeForce2 Go graphics adapter that drives a native resolution of 1600x1200 to the 15in UXGA screen. The rest of the system is powered by a 1.3GHz PIII, 128MB of RAM and a 10GB hard disk. The Latitude C810 is a serious desktop replacement machine with built-in wireless aerial, marketed by Dell for "demanding graphics and video applications", although I would suggest an upgrade of the graphics memory, system memory and hard disk. Nevertheless, combined with a three-year warranty, it represents excellent value for money and provides performance, versatility and good upgradeability.

Pros: Performance, graphics capabilities, FireWireCons: Screen latch is often difficult to work

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