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This laptop comes with an Intel Atom processor, 160GB Hard Drive, 2GB of RAM, a Webcam and Windows 7 preinstalled with a restore partition.
The starting price for the new Dell Latitude 2110 netbook is currently €329 including tax (special offer) when buying from Dell directly. This base model comes with the Intel Atom N470 processor, 2 GB of DDR2-6400 memory, a 10.1-inch screen with a native resolution of 1024 x 600, 160 GB of hard drive space and Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Netbook Remix pre-installed. Our review model is a little more expensive at €479. For this we got, amongst other things, a 10.1-inch screen with a matt finish, a 3G module and Windows 7 Starter as the OS.
The Latitude 2110 is certainly not sleek and elegant, but it is robust. Dell has decided against a smart, slimline case since it should be able to withstand heavy use in a school, university or office. With dimensions of 26.5 x 18.7 x 2.25-3.99 cm (w x d x h), the case is rather chunky and the thick six-cell battery increases this effect. The battery raises the standing position by a whole 18 mm. The netbook is also relatively heavy at 1.58kg including the battery.
The case's primary asset is its sturdiness. The external surfaces are covered in a rubberized pattern which makes them very resistant to scratches and other outside influences. The case is firm, only flexing very slightly when subjected to strong pressure. The lid is relatively thick at around 10 mm; it is sufficiently resistant to torque forces. Unfortunately the thick edging makes the 10.1-inch screen look much smaller than it is.
The lid hinges are well constructed and hold it firmly in position. Shaking the netbook around a little does not cause the screen to move. The maximum viewing angle is good at around 150°. With the two Kensington lock slots you can attach a handy carry strap to the netbook, and you can also put a name plate on the battery. This is particularly useful in large offices or classrooms. Another nice feature for school use is the rectangular light on the back of the lid, which allows a teacher to monitor network activity.
Overall not much has changed in terms of design, with Dell sticking with the case of the Latitude 2100.
For a business netbook we would have liked to have seen a little more than just the standard range of ports. The Latitude 2110 only comes with three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA (an analogue video port for connecting to a projector, for example), audio ports for a headset, a 3-in-1 card reader supporting SD, SDHC and MMC file types, and an RJ-45 network connection. Faster peripheral ports, such as an eSATA or USB 3.0, would have rounded off the selection nicely but are not included.
Dell has laid the ports out sensibly leaving sufficient room between them.
Mobile technology plays an important role these days and Dell has satisfied all possible demands in this area. Gigabit ethernet and 802.11a/g/n WLAN go without saying, and the top model also comes with an integrated 3G UMTS module which can be used with your SIM card. The new micro-SIM cards (also called 3FF), found for instance in the Apple iPad, are not supported.