Written on: 25/07/2007 by degbert (120 reviews written)
Screen not fantastic (so I got another one).
The Dell Latitude D620 has a spec that means you are booting, starting up and processing about as fast as you could possibly need. At the end of the day, if a machine can do that task reliably, then that's the basic job done - that's what computers are for.
Anything more aesthetic is largely irrelevant and when you consider the entire hardware industry has become so cut-throat that the stuff itself is just really mass-market commodities rather than pieces of engineering, there's little uniqueness in anything to speak of. Frankly the more standardised these units get the better it is for Joe Public.
So the Dell D620 does what one expects and does it well. OK the 'bigger' screen isn't the world's finest, but I simply paid another 80 quid and got a very good (HP as it happened) LCD monitor, which you'd be mad not to have at those prices.
The OS (I opted to avoid Vista, so far) seems to live quite happily on the machine, no teething troubles, little set up concerns. A huge hard disk and a pretty nice unit to boot, it seems very good value and - I'd hope - should be just the thing for the next couple of years, by which time Microsoft and Intel will have contrived to make all this kit redundant by moving ever onwards and upwards in terms of performance requirements (on the part of Windows) and power (on the part of intel). Such is the way.
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