Introduction and Specifications
Starting at Weight
Hard Drive Options
Ports and Connectors
|Intel Core i5-3360M (2.8GHz); Core i3 and i7 Options
Mobile Intel QM77 Express
Height: 1.27" / Width: 13.86" / Depth: 9.49"
4.44 lbs (with 4-cell battery)
14" HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED
14" HD+ (1600 x 900) Anti-Glare LED
Tri-Metal Body, MIL-STD 810G Tested
6GB DDR3 1600MHz. Up To 8GB
Intel HD Graphics 3000 (Core i3 Systems)
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA NVS 5200M (Option)
6-cell 65Whr Extended Li-Ion Battery
3,4,6, and 9-cell Battery Options
65W AC Adapter
95W AC Adapter Option
Test Unit: 128GB
SSD Options: Up to 256GB
HDD Options: Up to 750GB
Dell Wireless 380 Bluetooth 4.0
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
Other Wi-Fi Options: Intel Centrino 6205, 6250, Dell Wireless 1504, 1540
Mobile Broadband Options: Dell Wireless 5630, 5560, 5802, 5804
Webcam and Webcam Software
Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 (2), USB 3.0 (2), mic/headphone, memory card reader, 54mm ExpressCard, Docking Connector, VGA, HDMI
Dell Backup & Recovery Manager, Dell Webcam Software
Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate
Linux Ubuntu 11.10
Starting at $989
The Dell Latitude E6430S is a close relation to the E6530 we recently reviewed, but the model we’re looking at today is a little smaller, lighter, and generally more portable. For one thing, it has a 14-inch Anti-Glare LED display, compared to the larger laptop’s 15.6-inch display. The E6430’s 14-inch screen has a 1366 x 768 or 1600 x 900 resolution, depending on the configuration. Our review system has the lower resolution.
As for its internals, our E6430S packs an Intel Core i5-3360M dual-core Ivy Bridge CPU running at 2.80GHz, smack in the middle of the laptop’s processor configuration possibilities. Other CPUs available for this laptop include an array of Core i3 and Core i7 processors at varying price points. The E6430S includes 6GB of DDR3 memory and Intel HD Graphics 4000 for graphics, which sounds about right for a typical business PC. The system should be able to handle basic gaming in this configuration, but you can jump to an Nvidia NVS 5200M discrete card if you need additional graphics power.
The Latitude can handle just about any connectivity options you’re likely to encounter in business travel, thanks to a Gigabit Ethernet port, and several WiFi/WiMAX options. Our test model featured and Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 for 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity. Bluetooth is also an option included in our unit.
Windows 8's availability, but Dell does offer a Linux Ubuntu 11.10 setup, too. Overall, the specs look pretty solid for a business laptop. Next up, we’ll dig into its design.