Dell Latitude 6430u Review

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Build and Design

Measuring at 13.31" x 9.04" x 0.82" and weighing in at 3.91 pounds the Dell Latitude 6430u isn't the slimmest ultrabook on the market, but it's still easy enough to transport and the textured design of the chassis makes carrying the device a breeze. Despite its slim frame the Latitude also appears quite durable. Both the bottom half of the chassis and the display hold up to pressure quite well, only giving when extreme pressure is applied. Additionally, while the display does give to force no noticeable rippling occurs on screen and other Compatible Parts  .

As an ultrabook it should come as no surprise that the Dell Latitude 6430u is not friendly to those upgrade/customize the notebook. However, it should be noted that there is at least an external optical drive option for those interested.

Ports and Features
The Dell Latitude 6430u won't blow you away with its port selection, but the device offers all of the basic connectivity that users need. More importantly all of the ports are well spaced and easy to access, as the device makes use of its entire surface area.

The right side of the device offers a USB 3.0 and an Ethernet port. The left side offers a power jack, VGA port, another USB 3.0, and a combined microphone/headphone jack. Additionally, the on the back panel of the device there is also an eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port and a full HDMI port.

Keyboard and TouchPad
The Dell Latitude 6430u offers an excellent full Chiclet style keyboard like the Dell Vostro 1500 (Silver) Keyboard , complete with backlit keys and independent volume controls (located above the functions keys).  The keys provide a smooth textured feel with a slight indent that allows users to cup each key with their fingers for added friction. That combined with its solid key compression and responsive tactile feedback allows users to type comfortably with assurance and accuracy. Finally, the spill-proof design helps to bolster the machine's durability, ensuring that users will have a pleasant typing experience for a long time to come.The Dell Latitude's touchpad matches comfort of its Dell Keyboard  . The machine offers a generously sized touchpad with two mouse buttons located below the pad and three buttons located directly above it. The touchpad (which uses Alps drivers) offers responsive controls that accurately read user input with little to no lag. Additionally, as with other Dell notebooks users will be able customize the touchpad with Dell's software adjusting the sensitivity and programming additional multi-finger gestures to fit their needs. The adjustable settings allow the touchpad to better conform to the user providing an even greater level of comfort.

 

Keyboard and TouchPad
The Dell Latitude 6430u offers an excellent full Chiclet style laptop keyboard , complete with backlit keys and independent volume controls (located above the functions keys).  The keys provide a smooth textured feel with a slight indent that allows users to cup each key with their fingers for added friction. That combined with its solid key compression and responsive tactile feedback allows users to type comfortably with assurance and accuracy. Finally, the spill-proof design helps to bolster the machine's durability, ensuring that users will have a pleasant typing experience for a long time to come.The Dell Latitude's touchpad matches comfort of its keyboard. The machine offers a generously sized touchpad with two mouse buttons located below the pad and three buttons located directly above it. The touchpad (which uses Alps drivers) offers responsive controls that accurately read user input with little to no lag. Additionally, as with other Dell notebooks users will be able customize the touchpad with Dell's software adjusting the sensitivity and programming additional multi-finger gestures to fit their needs. The adjustable settings allow the touchpad to better conform to the user providing an even greater level of comfort.

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