Normally, netbooks are very consumer-centric as they feature low power processor and almost no feature a business house might need. Dell Latitude 2120 is an exception though. Despite the huge price tag, Dell 2120 comes with the standard dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor, 320GB hard disk (7200rpm) and 2GB RAM. Graphics are handled by GMA 3150 graphics. While AMD APUs are getting popular with Acer and Asus, I am yet to see them being implemented in the Dell mini laptops. That said, the performance should be good enough for web browsing and office apps. Also, the apps load just a hair faster thank to the 7200 rpm hard disk drive. It can also play 720p videos just fine, thanks to the dual core processor. However, 1080p video playback was choppy.
Build quality is excellent and I expect nothing less from a premium netbook like this. It has an industrial look and textured rubber layer around the lid and its bottom to protect it from bumps. Dell has outfitted the 2120 with a touchscreen which is helpful for selecting objects directly on the display. Display packs 1366 x 768 pixel resolution that results in much crisper picture compared to the typical 10 inch netbooks with WSVGA display (1024 x 600). The screen is matte – Good bye, glare.
Connectivity-wise, the 2120 comes with Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetooth and a 3G capable SIM card slot. Other than that, you will find a fingerprint reader which is no surprise considering the fact that it is a business netbook. Other amazing features include Computrace (secures data if someone steals it), hard disk password, remote collaborative tools and Windows 7 Professional operating system that also adds Bitlock feature.
Battery life is also pretty good. I was able to get 5 hours 15 minutes of battery life on a single charge which is at par with the netbooks around with 6-cell battery.
Verdict – Dell Latitude 2120 is not the cheapest 10 inch netbook around. However, it does boasts exclusive features like touchscreen, spill resistant keyboard and 3G SIM card slot to differentiate itself from rest of mini laptops around.
Also check out my Asus 1015B Review – an AMD C50 powered netbook with ATi Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
March 31, 2011