Dell Latitude D410
Design and Ergonomics
This notebook is among the leaders in this test session in terms of the number of interface ports it carries. It is partly to this fact that the Latitude D410 owes its large dimensions. The official-looking design is meant for business persons while the dull silvery color of the magnesium alloy the case is made of gives the device an air of solidity. The letters “DELL” stand out proudly in the center of the lid.
The Latitude D410 looks as official inside as it is on the outside. The screen has a thin bezel and a nice-looking matte coating. The keyboard takes up the entire width of the case, has full-size keys and is very handy at work. It is very improbable that two keys will go down at once when you’re pressing just one. The only inconvenience is created by the gathering of auxiliary keys in the vicinity of the arrow buttons:
The Latitude D410 differs from other notebooks in having both a touchpad and a pointing stick. The touchpad is sensitive, while the stick is somewhat too stiff. I should say I don’t quite grasp the point of this solution. Most users prefer to use a touchpad and putting both pointing devices on one machine takes up more space (the Latitude D410 is positioned as a compact sub-notebook after all).
The keyboard indicators (Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock) are located under the screen, next to the Power button. The indicators of activity of wireless interfaces and the buttons to control the volume and mute the integrated speakers are all located there, too.
On the bottom panel you can find memory and hard drive compartments as well as some vent holes and a docking station port. The battery compartment occupies a large portion of the panel, too. Feet with rubber caps are scattered around the entire bottom to protect it from scratches.
The input openings of the air-cooling system are located in such a way that you can accidentally block them if the notebook is on your laps. This may result in overheat.