Dell Latitude E6530 Review: Business Class Performance

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We continued testing and fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads, stressing various subsystem in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here, and most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.
 

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Simulated Application Performance


The full Vantage score is below.

 

Just look at that number. The E6530 performed like a thoroughbred here, with the Core i7 and SSD no doubt combining to demolish the benchmark. The TV / Movies and Gaming scores are a bit low, likely due to the integrated GPU, but this should make clear that this particular rig is no slouch.

3DMark06
Light Duty DX9 Synthetic Gaming

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.

 
The E6530 didn't blow us away as readily here, likely because a lot of this benchmark hinges on the GPU being dominant. Still, not too shabby overall, and really impressive when you remember that this machine was engineered for work first, play second.


Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

3DMark 11 is still a relatively new benchmark, and we're still building up our database of machines that we've ran through this test. These were set on the "Performance" setting, just to give you a vague idea of comparisons. The E6530 actually landed pretty much in the middle of the rival pack, which is fairly impressive given its integrated HD 4000 graphics, which was also able to edge out even a couple of older discrete solutions. The full score is below.

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It's good to see business models are finally improving. I adopted a business laptop long ago and I had to completely wipe it to make it function well.

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It's not to bad when you can wipe them.Getting them as an actually business laptop and having to keep the programs on it is far worse.

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Boy I agree. I think all brands of computers come with too much pre-installed JUNK! My trick is to burn all of the device drivers to a CD, wipe the machine and install a full non-OEM license of the OS. Then as I find hardware that does not work I install then manually from the Device Manager having the system scan the CD for the device drivers. The only machine I could not do this with was an e-Machine, and I immediatly returned it. I wish vendors would give us the option of buying a "clean" machine.

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I have used the Dell lines before, especially the latitude model. The newer ones, though not inherently fast do work well if a little bit slow. The laptops are durable and reliable as long as you don't mess with the system settings or registry too much.

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The difference in performance that you may be seeing as opposed to the performance they are reporting may be in the choice of hard drive. Their test machine was using a Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) as opposed to the old platter Hard Drives. The boost in performance from going to Solid State is incredible. I used to do Engineering design work on a machine with a platter drive, and it took several minutes to start up. I would turn it on first then walk to the break room to store my lunch, and the machine would still be starting up. With SSD I couldn't even get away from the desk and it was ready to log in. This was the same machine, only change was going to Solid State.

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On paper looks good. And for business. The only laptop i bought was for my mom for mothers day. And that was way back then. This is a good upgrade and with ssd programs will be blazing fast

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This sounds like a great biz laptop. I like the higher res matte screen, and back lit spill resistant keyboard. Nice features to have indeed.

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Love the USB 3.0 ports, although they may be useless for a business laptop. And is it just me that loves Intels WIDI tech, that would be perfect for a business or media laptop. Its a huge option in my opinion and a must for me if I look for a laptop, anybody else??

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Wait with the Ivy bridge processor and the Intel Centrino wireless card this thing should support WIDI, am I missing something here??

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Looks good...but I really don't understand why business laptops need to be high end

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