Being a long time Dell user, my initial inclination was towards a Dell, but I looked into machines of other brands as well.
HP and Asus dropped out early on due to cosmetic preferences, but I put some consideration on the 14 and 15 inch Lenovo T60 series.
My last notebook was an old Inspiron 500m which I deemed sufficiently thin-and-light for heavy travel and light tasks so I began looking into a larger, more powerful machine though I did not want a full-out desktop replacement.
As this notebook would also be a graduation gift, price was not an object and I wanted something that was really something!
This is evidenced by the Latitudes’ superior build quality, sober styling, lack of media-centric features, and higher price.
Price-wise and size-wise, the Latitude D820 sits atop the thin-and-light 14″ widescreen D620 and the budget oriented 14″ standard-aspect D520 in the Latitude lineup.
A few of my friends own older Thinkpad models and have nothing but praise for them.
I was also attracted to the clean lines and underplayed looks of the business machines (I was put off by the white bumpers and garish silver that clad Dell’s Inspiron line).To download, select the Model Name/Number of your device, then click the Download button.