Dell Latitude E6530 Review: Business Class Performance - HotHardware

Dell Latitude E6530 Review: Business Class Performance

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FarCry 2 and Metro 2033 Gaming Tests
DirectX Gaming Performance


FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations. We benchmarked the test systems in this article with the FarCry 2 benchmark tool using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.

The somewhat dated FarCry 2 benchmark isn't as hard on current gen systems, but with this machine boasting only an integrated HD 4000 GPU, we figured it'd be a fair match. Even at the native 1600x900 resolution, we were able to maintain constant 23-28 frames per second. Crank the details down a bit and it's possible to remain at over 30FPS. Again, impressive with an integrated GPU.

Battery Life
Power Performance

BatteryEater Pro tends to measure worst case scenarios, in that it doesn't really take into consideration power saving features, instead working the system's hard drive, CPU and graphics moderately until it dies out.  We kept our test machines with Wi-Fi on, and screen brightness hovering at 50% for the life of the test.

A 97Whr, 9-cell battery is included here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that this is one of the longest lasting machines we've benchmarked to date. The slice-style battery pokes out of the rear a good bit, but that gains you several more hours of life compared to the more compact 4-cell and 6-cell options. As these tests typically go, our rundown test -- which does a great job of replicating tough usage in the real world -- managed to choke the life out of the battery more quickly than you might see in light usage.  Though breaking a sweat here we only saw just under 4 hours of battery life, under simple web browsing and email light duty workload you'll likely double that uptime figure.

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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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