by October 3, 2007 0 comments



The Latitude D531 is the latest AMD-based notebook from Dell. It has a
magnesium alloy shell, which enhances its durability. It comes with an in-built
security chip but we missed having a fingerprint reader or webcam, which are
pretty common in notebooks of its class these days. It has an 80 GB hard disk,
which may be a slight concern, but by paying a few extra bucks you can customize
your notebook at Dell’s website.

In performance, it scored 2870 in PC Mark05, which makes it worthy for
business applications. The score is better than what we got from some of the sub
50K Intel-based notebooks reviewed in the April ’07 issue. Even in Business
Winstone it scored 31.8, which is good enough for notebooks in this price
bracket and more than the likes of HCL T2250, Intex challenger 012DW (reviewed
April 2007) . The laptop ships with WinXP by default, but Dell claims it to be
Vista ready. However, when we tried running Vista on it, everything worked
smoothly, except Aero. In Battery Mark it gave a backup time of 2.52 hr, which
is good for business travelers and should suffice their needs.

Price:
Rs 49,990 (1 yr warranty)
Key Specs:
AMD Turion 64X2 Dual Core Processor (1.60 GHz),
1 GB of RAM, ATI Radeon Xpress X1270, 80 GB HDD, 15.4” WXGA,
Bluetooth, TPM, Intel AC97 speakers
Contact:
Dell India, Bangalore
Tel:
25068026, Website:www.ap.dell.com
SMS Buy 131084 to 56767

Bottomline: It’s a good performer for business users, but we
expected a few more features such as a fingerprint reader and webcam for this
price.

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