I got the chance to play around with a new laptop. I’ve had it for about a month now but I will have to give it back soon since I’m just testing it out. My work place will be ordering a batch of laptops to replace the current model, Dell Latitude D8XX series. I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the E6500.
The laptop is configured as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB
120GB 7200RPM Hard drive
2GB DDR2 SDRAM
NVidia Quadro NVS 160M
15.4” Widescreen WXGA LED Display
I got a quote from Dell for $1875 for this setup. That’s pretty expensive but it is a business machine albeit an overkill. I don’t think you need a 256MB video card to display all of those pretty pie charts in Excel. But then again, all of these components put together could help the machine run faster. I’m just afraid that it’ll slow down once all of the company’s software has been installed.
Every laptop that we have has a whole bunch of security settings and group policies applied during start up. I’ve heard of people complaining that it has taken up to twenty minutes before they are able to login. I’m not sure exactly why that’s happening but it may have something to do with the fact that all of those settings are stored in Orlando. So as people are coming in and turning on their computer in the morning, the pipe will start to becoming saturated with request to access Orlando’s server.
Even with all of our proprietary software installed this laptop appears to outdo the previous laptops that we ordered. It’s very quiet, so quiet that I hard hear it doing anything when I’m working again. It’s very light weight compared to the previous one. People used to complain about having to hull the D830 around but the E6500 is fairly light for its size. I didn’t have any issues with it heating up either. The previous one would start to get hot after about twenty minutes but this laptop gets warm. Navigating Windows were easily and quick. Everything was very responsive. The extended battery gave the laptop a six to eight hour life which is plenty of time to get things done.
The only issue that I’ve found so far was that it would freeze if I plug in a USB keyboard or mouse. At first, I thought that the mouse wasn’t working but when I saw that the keyboard wasn’t working I knew that something was up. Even the onboard keyboard of the laptop wasn’t working. This issue would only come up if I plug in the keyboard and mouse after Windows has loaded. If I plug in those devices before it boot, everything is fine.