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Meeting rigorous US military requirement, you almost expect the tough Dell Latitude E6430S to stand up and salute



The new Dell Latitude E6430S is not an ultrabook but it's powerful and tough and also meets US MIL 810G military requirements.

It has a beautiful 14.1-inch anti-glare LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution in a Tri-Metal 13.3-inch chassis. Its LCD back is made of anodised aluminium, giving it a sleek look.

Since it is designed to be tough, it is quite bulky for a notebook, ranging in thickness from 26.8 to 30.9 mm.

The toughness comes from the tri-metal chassis, magnesium alloy wrapped corners and a brushed aluminium and a powder-coated base.

Dell says it's gone through MIL-STD-810G testing, proving that the E6430s is able to withstand the levels of vibrations and shock that it may encounter in its intended environment.

Its hard drive is protected with a rubber isolator, shielding it against vibration. If the E6430S is dropped, the Dell Fast-Response Free Fall Sensor functions to protect your hard drive.

Dell also provides Dell Data Protection/Access application to allow you to password protect the notebook and the content on the hard drive against data thieves. You can even lock your hard drive with your fingerprint, using an integrated fingerprint reader.

The E6430S also meets the Energy Star 5.2 environment standard and its USB 3.0 port can also charge your USB-rechargeable device when the notebook is in the power-saving sleep mode.

Another plus factor is that the E6430S' battery comes with 3-year warranty.

I liked the large keyboard, which makes for easy typing. The keyboard is also backlit, which is very handy is low-light environments. Navigation can be handled both by the trackstick in the middle of keyboard and trackstick buttons as well as the touchpad with buttons.

And if you need to use devices that are connected via old-type ports, such as PS2 and serial, you have the option to buy a docking station to attach to the E6430S.

The E6430S has good performance. The model sent for a test is powered by Intel Core i5-3320M 2.6 GHz and it has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 320 GB of hard drive. Its graphics horsepower comes from Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. The notebook runs on Windows 7 Professional 32-bit operating system.

Measured with Windows 7's internal benchmarking tool, the E6430S scored impressively.

On the scale of 1.0 to 7.9, the notebook got 7.1 points for its processor performance of calculations per second.

It scored as high as 7.7 for memory operations per second. It got 6.5 for both desktop performance for Windows Aero and 3D business and gaming graphics performance and 5.9 for the disk data transfer rate.

Benchmarked with PCMARK 7, the E6430S got 2,480 scores, which was high.

Dell Latitude E6430S has a suggested retail price of Bt40,000, VAT not included.

Key specs

_ OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

_ Processor: Intel Core i5-3320M 2.6 GHz

_ Core logic chipset: Mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset

_ Memory: 4 GB of DDR3 RAM

_ Hard drive: 320 GB drive

_ Optical drive: DVD writer Connectivity

_ Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 4000

_ Display: 14.0-inch HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare LED-backlit

_ Connectivity: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11g/n, Dell Wireless 380 Bluetooth 4.0

_ Ports: Network connector (RJ45), USB 2.0, USB/eSATA combo; USB3.0 (2), Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack, Memory card reader, 34 mm ExpressCard, Docking Connector, VGA, Mini HDMI

_ Battery: 6-cell battery

_ Dimensions (W x H x D): 335 x 26.8/30.9 x 223.3 mm

_ Starting weight: 1.70kg


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