Hands on: Dell Latitude E6430S review

Unsnappily-named lightweight workhorse

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  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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Despite its continued efforts in the consumer market, Dell is still a box-shifter at heart and has refreshed its entire line of Latitude laptops.

This model caught our eye, the Latitude E6430S. It's a 14-inch notebook with a 1,366 x 768 resolution display. It's actually closer to a 13-inch in terms of chassis size.

Latitude E6430S

Indeed, while it's not an Intel Ultrabook, it might as well be - it has several Ultrabook features including Intel Rapid Start and Intel Smart Connect as well as an SSD.

Latitude E6430S

The unit boasts a new Ivy Bridge-spec Intel Core processor plus USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as Windows 7. Surprisingly, the base E6430S only has 2GB of RAM, though we'd expect many buyers to upgrade this.

Latitude E6430S

Latitude E6430S

The body has been designed for strength and there's a Strikezone shock absorber with fall sensor. The hard drive is also isolated with rubber. The keyboard is robust and is a typically comfortable Dell effort.

Latitude E6430S

As you'd expect, there's also Intel Vpro system management plus Dell's own tools for system admins including remote wiper.

Latitude E6430S

There's also an optional extra battery pack – adding the nine cell pack can whack the battery life up to a remarkable 32.7 hours according to Dell figures. Fast charging also means the standard three cell battery can be at more than 80 per cent capacity in less than an hour.

Latitude E6430S

Dell has also announced refreshed Latitude E6320, E6330, E6430, E6530, E5430 and E5530 laptop too.

Latitude E6430S

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Solid State Drive CapacityNo
Product FamilyLatitude E
Processor ModelP8700
Brand NameDell
Processor Speed2.53 GHz
Processor TypeCore 2 Duo
Screen Size35.8 cm (14.1")
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height30.5 mm
Width332.7 mm
Depth238 mm
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesE
ManufacturerDell, Inc
Product ModelE6400
Product NameLatitude E6400 Notebook
Product LineLatitude
Manufacturer Part NumberL116400101E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dell.co.uk
Marketing Information

Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook, designed to increase productivity while reducing Total Cost of Ownership, the new Dell Latitude E6400 features dramatic improvements in performance, durability and security.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Bus Speed1066 MHz