Dell Latitude D810

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size
The new D810...

The Latitude D810 is cased in a Polycarbonate/ABS plastic composite and a magnesium composite material. The casing thickness for the display seems to be thicker than the rest of the system, which should be beneficial to prevent damage to the LCD display.

The chassis for the D810 is based on its predecessor, the D800, but its refreshed design has decreased its overall weight. Compared to the Inspiron 6000 and 8600, this feels like a sturdier design, and definitely can withstand a few drops here and there (something we don't plan to try out).

Like past Latitude notebooks, the D810 can be opened via a single clip in the front.

Front (left to right):

Left (left to right):

  • Intake vent - CPU heatsink
  • Lock port
  • PCMCIA slot
  • Smart Card reader

The Smart Card reader is the standard Dell has chosen to implement for data security in business applications. We have used it in the past and it is a straightforward system assuming the cards are properly programmed (in a nut shell they are embedded data cards). Personally, we would find it more tempting if Dell took the next step and implemented some biometric scanning, i.e. like IBM's ThinkPad fingerprint scanner.

Back (left to right):

  • IR window
  • Exhaust vent - GPU heatsink
  • Ethernet jack
  • Modem jack
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • S-video out
  • Serial port
  • VGA-out port
  • Power port
  • Exhaust vent - CPU heatsink

Right (left to right):

  • NEC DVD+-RW ND-6500A (8x +- R/4x +- RW/24x CD-R/16x CD-RW)
  • Headphone port
  • Microphone port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 port
  • Intake vent - GPU heatsink


Tags:  Dell, ATI, Latitude, itu, D810

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