Dell expands its product lineup with a new ultrabook series focused on the demanding business niche. The Latitude 6430u is the manufacturer’s first industry-oriented machine based on the Windows 8 platform. Yours truly offer you the most relevant information on the 6430u including prices in our review below. Welcome!
Design and Build
Marketed towards business segment, the overall design of the new Dell’s Latitude 6430u ultrabook has a workman-like quality coupled with simple and elegant aesthetics. Compared to other “Apple-clone” laptops running Windows 8 out there, the 6430u’s honesty is especially refreshing.
The notebook’s durable magnesium chassis is notable for its soft-touch finish and almost rubberized feel, and features a black-colored scheme accented with a silver rim around the edge.
To win over corporate customers, along with fingerprint-resistant lid the manufacturer added to its new Latitude 6430u reinforced metal-plated hinges that help ensure easy opening and closing. Moreover, the laptop weighs 3.7lbs (with 3-cell battery) at a minimum and measures just 0.8 inches thick, which makes it really slim as well as easy to pack and carry.
Keyboard and trackpad
The Dell Latitude 6430u’s keyboard echoes the sturdy feel of the case. Feeling reliable and solid to the touch, it is spill-resistant and offers plenty of feedback. The keyboard’s chiclet-style keys excel with good travel and are generously spaced, offering a strikingly comfortable (touch-) typing experience.
The Latitude 6430u sports a dedicated touch-stick in the middle of its keyboard for easy access to that multiple apps and features offered by Windows 8.
The trackpad may seem a little bit over-sensitive at first, but overall it is a fairly standard issue that supports a variety of multi-touch gestures and makes for an accurate and smooth navigation. It offers two sets of right and left mouse buttons, one at the bottom of the trackpad, like always, and one at the top.
The Latitude 6430u laptop goes on sale with a 14-inch panel that sports a standard resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The manufacturer claims that in a couple of months (February 2013) the 6430u’s upgraded configuration with an HD+ 1,600×900-resolution screen will hit the USA stores.
Overall, the display is not that impressive and delivers average viewing angles and color quality. Speaking of touch capabilities, the Latitude 6430u lacks a touch-screen, which fact many users will find disappointing on a Windows 8 machine. However, the new OS features can be easily accessed via the 6430u’s touchpad, which handles Windows 8’s multi-touch gestures amicably, and that enigmatic touch-stick in the center of the keyboard. So, there won’t be any problems with that.
In terms of longevity, the new Dell Latitude 6430u is rightfully considered unique thanks to its battery, which can be replaced by the user. The laptop comes powered by a 6-cell battery, which is claimed by the manufacturer to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Moreover, users are able to swap batteries on the move for additional uptime, and to recharge them esily and manage the battery runtime thanks to special ExpressCharge solution and Battery Management Utility developed by Dell (optional).
Dell claims that its 6430u series includes the most durable and manageable ultrabooks that deliver high levels of performance. Let’s check out what the reviewed machine can offer.
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate (64 / 32-bit)
Windows 8 (64-bit)
|CPU||Latest generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i7 3667U / i5 3427U / i3 3217U chips|
|RAM||Up to 16GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1,600Mhz – 2 DIMMS|
|Display||14-inch HD (1,366×768) anti-glare LED-backlight panel, no touch capabilities|
|GPU||Intel HD 4000|
|Storage||Up to 256GB SSD|
|Wireless||Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205, Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300, 802.11g/n 1×1 / 802.11n 2×2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|I/O Ports||RJ-45 network connector, 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB/eSATA combo, stereo headphones / mic combo jack, 1 x memory card reader, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 2 x full-sized (SSD + mobile broadband) and 1 x mini (WLAN) card slots|
|Battery||3-cell (36Whr) / 6-cell (60Whr) Li-polymer battery with ExpressCharge|
|Dimensions||13.3” x 9.04” x 0.82” (W x D x H)|
|Weight||3.7lbs (with 3-cell battery)|
The Latitude 6430u’s specs show that whatever the user wants from an ultrabook, as long as it’s not the slimmest one available, they should find it there. Indeed, those technicalities look pretty attractive and promising.
There is not much information on prices yet; however, the best buying option offered by Dell for its nice Latitude 6430u business helper starts at $899. Obviously, we speak about the entry-level configuration. More advanced versions will cost a couple of hundred bucks more.