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The notebook’s interior is all black except for the silvery touchpad and the keyboard bezel. There is a Dell logo under the screen. The rubber pads around the screen ensure a softer contact between the lid and the notebook’s body when you close the lid.

Our sample of Dell Latitude D620 is equipped with a widescreen 14.1” LCD matrix that has a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The viewing angles look wide enough visually. The screen has a matte coating that doesn’t produce flares.

We measured the brightness and contrast of the notebook’s display using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. We selected the highest brightness setting before this test and disabled the integrated lighting sensor. The power-saving services didn’t affect the parameters of the screen as you can see.

AC power source:

  • 126.5cd/sq.m brightness, 40:1 contrast ratio

DC power source:

  • 125.7cd/sq.m brightness, 41:1 contrast ratio

The Latitude D620 is equipped with Dell’s typical 87-key black keyboard. The buttons are stiff and springy, yet quiet. This stiffness is not much of drawback – you just have to get used to it. The movement keys are shifted below the keyboard’s baseline, so there’s a smaller risk of your pressing them accidentally. The bottom left corner is occupied by a Control, which is all right for people who are used to shortcuts like Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V. Numeric buttons and two Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is at the left of the top row; the Windows Logo key is placed over an Alt button to the left the spacebar. The functional keys are smaller than others. Insert, Home, Page Up, Delete, End and Page Down are united into a single block in the top right of the keyboard, which is rather inconvenient. Print Screen, Num Lock and Pause are placed in the top row above F10, F11 and F12. The letters are painted white and the functional keys are painted blue (you should press the functional keys in combination with Fn to access their additional functions).

You can spot a blue dot right in the center of the keyboard. It is a TrackPoint, an additional pointing device. This mini-joystick is accompanied with two buttons placed below the keyboard.

Adjacent to the TrackPoint buttons, the touchpad forms a single block with them. The silvery sensitive panel is sunken a little below the notebook’s surface, preventing your finger from slipping off it. The size of the panel matches the notebook’s form-factor, but its responsiveness isn’t high even with the native software. The touchpad is accurate enough for working with text, but not quite for processing images, for example. There is no dedicated scrolling zone or scrolling joystick. The touchpad buttons are placed below the sensitive panel. Your finger seems to be sinking slowly on them, without any click, which may be somewhat inconvenient. So, perhaps you will choose to use an external mouse after all.

The TrackPoint and touchpad can only be disabled by changing settings in the exclusive software – a quick button is not provided for that.

 
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