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A review of Dell Latitude E-6400

January 20th, 2009 No comments

The review was last updated on May 27, 2011.

The article has been no indexed since a copy of it is found in http://www.epinions.com/review/Dell_Latitude_E6400_Laptop_Computer_Intel_Core_2_Duo_2_40GHz_DDR2_SDRAM_2_00MB_GB_BLCWEGP_5_PC_Desktop/content_446909550212

The most important reason that I – yes I, like Dell Latitude is not because it has advertised 19 hours of battery life. Not also because it has a fast Core 2 processor. But because it is has everything I need in a small size weighing less that 6 pounds. Another thing I liked about it is the fact that it comes with optional Windows XP. Yes Windows XP IS and option.

Processor

The processor inside Dell Latitude E-6400Intel is Core 2 Duo P8400 running at 2.26GHz with 3M L2 Cache. Pretty fast with any standard. Before I keep praising this notebook a solid remark against this solid notebook. It is priced beyond the pocket of common users. At around $1900 is it way beyond the reach of the recession hit US consumers, long accustomed to the deals paying with credit cards with no money in their bank balance. And don’t get disillusioned by the starting price – the starting price will get you a naked notebood – devoid of webcam, modem, fingerprint scanning etc. It may be reasonable to some buyers at around $1200.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook was found to last about 5 hours and 15 minute using 6 Cells Li Ion battry. The user can however expect a battery life of whopping 19 hours by using a solid-state drive in place of the normal hard drive and with the use of a battery slice.
Here are the excerpts from Dell’s claim

Battery life results based on Dell lab testing using MobileMark 2007 Benchmark. 19 hour battery life resulted from testing a Dell Latitude E6400 configured with solid state drive, Mobile Intel® GMA 4500MHD graphics, 9-cell primary battery, and 12-cell slice battery. Battery life varies by configuration, operating conditions, and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use.

Obviously it uses 9 cell in place of normal 6 cell battery and an aditional 12 cell battery. So the Dell’s claim is based upon a 21 cell in place of 6 cell. This should increase the battery life by 3 and a half time. Some saving can also come be using solid state drive, though I must say that this saving will not be much. The screen does take some life. The battery life can be enhanced using lower brightess and lower refresh rate.
Screen

The 14.1-inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) display looks good. The screen isn’t quite as bright. That probably can explain why it has longer battery life. The notebook has a 0.3-megapixel camera with Advanced Light sensitivity. This is

  • Ports

This Dell latitude has four USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, Display Port, RJ-11, RJ-45, 1394, Audio, Power, One Type II PCMCIA or ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 memory card reader, headphone and microphone jacks. The RJ-11 which is connector for the telephone modem is optional. I think this is a wise option, as very few people use telephone lines for internet connectivity.

The uppermost USB port located on the left side of the unit is something new. The Dell’s USB PowerShare lets users charge their gadgets through this special port. This allows users to charge their batteries even when the laptop is turned off.

Dell Latitude E-6400 : A review
4 Oct 2008

A review of Dell Latitude E-6400

The most improtant reason that I – yes I, like Dell Latitude is not because it has advertised 19 hours of battery life. Not also because it has a fast Core 2 processor. But because it is has everything I need in a small size weighing less that 6 pounds. Another thing I liked about it is the fact that it comes with optional Windows XP. Yes Windows XP IS and option.

Processor

The processor inside Dell Latitude E-6400Intel is Core 2 Duo P8400 running at 2.26GHz with 3M L2 Cache. Pretty fast with any standard. Before I keep praising this notebook a solid remark against this solid notebook. It is priced beyond the pocket of common users. At around $1900 is it way beyond the reach of the recession hit US consumers, long accustomed to the deals paying with credit cards with no money in their bank balance. And don’t get disillusioned by the starting price – the starting price will get you a naked notebood – devoid of webcam, modem, fingerprint scanning etc. It may be reasonable to some buyers at around $1200.

Battery Life

Under normal surfing conditions, this notebook was found to last about 5 hours and 15 minute using 6 Cells Li Ion battry. The user can however expect a battery life of whopping 19 hours by using a solid-state drive in place of the normal hard drive and with the use of a battery slice.
Here are the excerpts from Dell’s claim

Battery life results based on Dell lab testing using MobileMark 2007 Benchmark. 19 hour battery life resulted from testing a Dell Latitude E6400 configured with solid state drive, Mobile Intel® GMA 4500MHD graphics, 9-cell primary battery, and 12-cell slice battery. Battery life varies by configuration, operating conditions, and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use.

Obviously it uses 9 cell in place of normal 6 cell battery and an aditional 12 cell battery. So the Dell’s claim is based upon a 21 cell in place of 6 cell. This should increase the battery life by 3 and a half time. Some saving can also come be using solid state drive, though I must say that this saving will not be much. The screen does take some life. The battery life can be enhanced using lower brightess and lower refresh rate.
Screen

The 14.1-inch (1280 x 800-pixel resolution) display looks good. The screen isn’t quite as bright. That probably can explain why it has longer battery life. The notebook has a 0.3-megapixel camera with Advanced Light sensitivity. This is

Ports

This Dell latitude has four USB 2.0, eSATA, VGA, Display Port, RJ-11, RJ-45, 1394, Audio, Power, One Type II PCMCIA or ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 memory card reader, headphone and microphone jacks. The RJ-11 which is connector for the telephone modem is optional. I think this is a wise option, as very few people use telephone lines for internet connectivity.

The uppermost USB port located on the left side of the unit is something new. The Dell’s USB PowerShare lets users charge their gadgets through this special port. This allows users to charge their batteries even when the laptop is turned off.

Pros

Sharp new design, A lot of business-friendly feature, excellent battery, Windows XP optional.

Cons

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Casio Exilim EX-S10 – A Review

January 15th, 2009 No comments

Last updated on May 27, 2011

The Red color Casio Exilim has a full part number EX-S10RD ( The RD indicating the Red Color). Amazon has the overall customer rating for 4 stars indicating high customer satisfaction level.

Notice that the camera may not have improved upon some of the optical areas even though it has a higher 10 Megapixel resolution. The picture may lack white balance and it turn out to be blurry at slightest shakes.

Casio Exilim EX-S10 – A Review

This thin tiny camera is available at Walmart for under $200 as on Jan 14, 2008. Its thin size makes it fit into the shirt pocket with ease. If you do put it in your shirt pocket, be careful when you bend as you will regret seeing this nice 10 megapixel camera break.

Besides a 10 Megapixel resolution, tis camera  has a 3x optical zoom, ability to record H.264 iTunes compatible video and ability to capture video in Youtube compatible format.

Viewfinder

The camera has a decent big size LCD viewfinder which gives a crisp, sharp and bright image. It does not has  an optical viewfinder.

Picture Quality

For a slim camera of this size the picture quality is superb. At  ISO levels of 50, 100, and 200, are very clear and there is no sign of graininess. At ISO 400, the images start to show some noise . At ISO 800 and ISO 1600 you will find noise and grain in the images.If you are concerned with the image quality in low light conditions this is not the best camera for you. But, otherwise the image quality is superb.

Battery life

The battery should last at least 150 pictures once charged. That is enough for one full session of a party or an outing. The charging takes just half an hour.

Pros :

1. 10 Megapixel camera.

2. H.264 video coding.

Cons :

1. The camera does not have a mechanical stabilization. So be careful not to move your hand as you take picures.

2. The manual is cumbersome as they try to put 7 languages in a single manual.

Specifications

The specification is being reproduced from Casio Exilim

Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel
Light Sensitivity: Supports from ISO 100 to  ISO 1600, ISO auto

Shutter Speed Range : 1/2000 sec to 4 sec
Still Image Format: JPEG
Video Capture Formats: Supports all common Video formats including H.264 – 848 x 480 – 30 fps ¦ H.264 – 640 x 480 – 30 fps ¦ H.264 – 320 x 240 – 15 fps
Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second, 4 frames per second (2Mpix)
Optical Zoom: 3 x
Type: Zoom lens – 6.3 mm – 18.9 mm – f/2.8-5.3
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 – 108mm
Min Focus Range: 15.7 in
Macro Focus Range: 15-50cm
Lens Aperture: F/2.8-5.3
Display TFT active matrix – 2.6″ – color
Supported Flash Memory: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus
Camera Flash
Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction, soft
Effective Flash Range: 8 in – 9 ft

Additional Features
Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2 sec
Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, Anti-Shake DSP, face detection, YouTube capture mode
Battery
Supported Battery Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output
Cables Included: USB cable ¦ A/V cable

Dimensions
Width:     3.7 in
Height:     2.2 in
Depth:     0.6 in
Weight:     4 oz

Conclusion :

The camera lives upto the expectation. My main concern is slightly higher price  at it current price of $200. I believe that if casio can bring down the price to $150 it can become a mass success.

Fujitsu LifeBook N7010 review

January 13th, 2009 1 comment

Last updated on May 27, 2011

Fujitsu LifeBook N7010  is different. It has attempted to redefine how new and possibly useful features can be added to this notebook. And Fujitsu has attempted to do this in the area of the display.

The most distinguishing part of Fujitsu lifebook N7010 is that it comes with two displays. You already know one display. The second one is a 4″ display just above the key pad area. This second display has touch screen that can be used for navigation. This is very useful for many operation.

Fujitsu N7010 is a powerful computer intended for desktop replacement. Fujitsu launched it in October 2008 and is available at fujitsu website for $1499. Some retailers show it available for as low as $1400 as on Jan 13, 2009.

Processor

Fujitsu Lifebook N7010 sports Intel Core2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 1066GHz FSB). At 2.26 GHz it is pretty fast for almost all your computing needs.

Memory

The normal configuration comes with 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM memory (2 GB + 2 GB). The amount of memory is sufficient for most of the works.

Audio, Speakers

Although N7010 is does not have very powerful amplifier speaker and audio system, it is able to give you a decent quality audio that you can enjoy while listening to movies.

Display and Screen

The primary screen in this notebook is 16-inch wide-aspect that delvers bright images and rich colors. The second is a 4-inch screen that fujitsu calls Touch Zone touch screen. It definitely enhances productivity as claimed by fujitsu. You can customize what buttons to keep in the 4 inch display area.

Battery Life

The battery life of N7010 is impressive. With the screen at half brightness and Wi-Fi enabled, its life is close to 2 hours, 40 minutes under normal surfing conditions. It could go longer with Wifi disabled and screen brightness further reduced. The battery is Lithium ion  with 8-cell and a rating of 5200 mAh.

Integrated Microphone

The notebook has Integrated webcam with 1.3 mega-pixels (640×480) resolution and digital microphone.This is in line with current trend with all the notebooks in medium to high end configuration coming  with integrated webcam.

Ports

On the front of the notebook is Multi-card reader, Wi-Fi switch. Rear side has LAN, VGA  and HDMI.The right side has AC power, USB x 2, eSATA, IEEE 1394, USB x 2, audio jacks, ExpressCard. On the left side we have Blu-ray/DVD/CD-R combo drive.

This makes fujitsu N7010 equipped with almost everything that you can think of.

Pros:

* Excellent performance
* Second 4″ touch screen  for quick launching apps
* Good Multimedia performance
* Good Display

Cons:

* Flimsy build quality all around
* Noisy fan
* Keyboard has different style
* Expensive for common users at $1400 ( On Jan 13, 2009)

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Compaq Presario CQ50-209WM Notebook Review

January 1st, 2009 No comments

Last Updated on May 27, 2011

There is no user review or the feedback about this notebook. So it is hard to come to any conclusion about the reliability of this notebook. The hp site at http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3866411 has the driver and information in case you need.

Compaq Presario CQ50-209WM Laptop

Compaq Presario CQ50-209WM comes with Single core Intel Celeron 900 Processor   making it a weak notebooks in terms of processing power. The Celeron 900 is only still  good enough if you want to do internet surfing and word editing. It still is a good bargain for $398, the price at which it was available at Walmart at the time of writing.

Specifications

A quick and a brief CQ50-209WM Specifications
*  It is an old note book  with an old 2.16 GHz Single core Intel Celeron
*  The 15.4″  WXGA display is not the best in the word, but a decent one with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution
* The 2GB base memory that may be ( but you will probably not  upgrade to 3GB).
* One of the weak point is the infamous Vista OS that it comes with.
* The  160GB SATA hard disk could be a bit low in case you do a lot of video
*  The display is driven by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M. Not for balze fast gaming but for display.

* Other specs include the DVD, wifi.

* Weighs  6.38 lb.

Processor

The Fujitsu Lifebook A1110 has a the Intel Celeron at 2.16 GHz. At this speed, it is just good enough for most of the normal worksincluding internet surfing and word proceedsing. However, if you are a programmer who need to compile a lot of software code, you would like to see processor with better performance. For a little extra cost you should be able to get core 2 duo processor.

Memory

The base Compaq Presario comes with 2 GBytes of memory. That is a fairly decent amount of memory for normal work. You may however upgrade it to 3 GB if required.

Battery Life

The notebook has 6 Cell Li Ion Battery. The battery life has not been checked. From Specifications it looks like it will last 2 and a half hours.

Screen

Compaq Presario CQ50-209WM has 15.4 inch WXGA High-Definition display that looks great for viewing movie at 1280 x 800 native resolution.

Pros

* Inexpensive

Cons

* Intel Celeron Processor

Final Thought

This notebook is good if you want an inexpensive notebook with HP brand.It has Intel Celeron processor which ok but not excellent. I will suggest you to take a look at other core 2 Duo based notebooks at potentially slightly extra price.

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