Dell Latitude 6430u Ultrabook review

 

Dell Latitude 6430u Ultrabook review
Bluetooth 11 May 2013

Tablets are flooding the market in different sizes and shapes. Although they cater to a new generation of users who loves apps for functionality, such Windows 8 tablets do not come with a nicely built functional keyboard and expansion capabilities.

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Tablets are handy but it has a 10 inches or smaller screen. When it comes to the business world, it may not be practical as most of the users require a bigger screen and a nice keyboard to type and view comfortably.  A large 14″ 1366×768 anti glare LED screen and a tactile keyboard is definitely the preferred platform for the working professionals.

Today, we take a closer look at the Dell Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, a no frills durable ultrabook.

The Dell Latitude 6430u is thin slim 1.69kg ultrabook. Flip open the screen and you will notice the sturdiness of the ultrabook. In fact, the Dell Latitude 6340u is the only Ultrabook tested to 14 MIL-STD-810G standards. The keyboard is somewhat water proof. The silver black colour scheme makes it stand out when illuminated by the white keyboard light.

Specfications wise, the unit is powered by the 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3427U at 1.8GHz. To speed things up, the unit comes with a 128GB Samsung SSD PM830 mSATA. Loading Windows 8 to login screen takes less than 6 seconds from power up. The unit we review comes with a 6-cell (60Whr) Li-polymer battery with ExpressCharge.

The graphics inbuilt within the processor is a Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics and supports the 14″ HD display at 1366×768.

The Latitude 6430u is also vPro-enabled for easy management and comes with TPM and Dell Data Protection│Encryption.

ON the next page, we will take a detail look at the unit followed by benchmarks.

Here are the specs

Processor

  • 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3437U Processor (1.9GHz, 3M Cache)

Operating System

  • Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit (English), No Media
  • Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit (English), No Media
  • Windows® 7 Ultimate 32-bit (English), No Media
  • Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-bit (English), No Media
  • Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, English, No Media

Memory4

  • 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 4GB (1x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 6GB (4GB + 2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 8GB (2X4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 8GB (1X8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 16GB (2X8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM

Chipset

  • Mobile Intel® QM77 Express Chipset Optional Intel Rapid Start Technology5 Optional Intel Smart Connect Technology6

Display

  • 14.0” HD (1366×768) Anti-Glare LED-backlight 14.0” HD+ (1600×900) Anti-Glare LED-backlight7

    Graphics Options

    Intel® HD Graphics 4000

Hard Drive

  • Up to 256GB8 Solid State hard drive

Optical Drive

  • External only: DVD-ROM or DVD+/-RW

Connectivity

  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Wireless LAN Options: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205, Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300, Dell Wireless™ 1504 (802.11g/n 1×1), Dell Wireless 1540 (802.11n 2×2) Mobile Broadband9 & GPS Options: Dell Wireless 5630 Multi-mode HSPA-EVDO Mini Card (Gobi™ 3000) with A-GPS10, Dell Wireless 5560 Single-mode HSPA Mini Card with A-GPS11,
    Bluetooth Option: Dell Wireless 380Bluetooth® 4.0

Multimedia

  • High quality speakers, Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack, Integrated noise reducing array microphones, integrated HD video webcam and Dell Webcam Central software

Ports, Slots & Chassis

  • Network connector (RJ-45), USB 3.0 (2); 1 USB/eSATA combo, Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack, Memory card reader, VGA, HDMI, 2 Full (SSD and Mobile Broadband) and 1 Half Mini (WLAN) Card Slots Optional SmartCard Reader/Fingerprint Reader, Security Lock slot
    Dimensions: Width: 13.31” / 338.2mm Depth: 9.04” / 229.7mm Height: 0.82”/20.9mm Starting weight: 3.7lbs /1.69kg (with 3-cell battery)

Power

  • 65W BFR/PVC Free12 AC Adapter

    Battery Options

    3-cell (36Whr) Li-polymer battery with ExpressCharge™ 6-cell (60Whr) Li-polymer battery with ExpressCharge™

Regulatory

Systems Management

  • Intel® vPro™ Technology’s advanced management features (optional, requires Intel WiFi® Link WLAN), TPM 1.214