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Latitude D630 vs D830

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by darkcirca, Jun 8, 2008.

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  1. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I'm finally replacing my Inspiron 6000 since I am just fed up with it. Last night the hard drive died (managed to get a replacement on craigslist for cheap), and the casing and touchpad are slowly falling apart.

    My two choices are the D630 and the D830. I'm going Latitude because I need something studier, as I take my laptop to and from class, work, and on trips. I've been carrying around a 15.4" laptop for 2 1/2 years now, so the size/weight doesn't bother me. I have never really worked with a 14.1", so I have no idea the major difference.

    One thing that annoyed me, Dell doesn't offer Home Basic/Premium for the D630, so I had to go with Ultimate (as I want some of those features). I also looked at the Vostro series, but for about $100 more I can get a 3 year warranty with the Latitude, vs a 1 year with the Vostro. If you like the Vostro over the Latitude, let me know why. I may consider it just to do 2 year and accidental damage for it, as I wasn't going to add that to the Latitude.

    I'm curious if there really is a huge difference I'll notice with the screen resolution: 1440x900 vs 1680x1050. I've always used the 1680x1050 on my laptop now, so decreasing in size would give me a smaller screen (they only offer XGA+ for 14.1").

    I do play games on my laptop, a lot of Sims 2 to kill the time at work, and Half-Life 2, CS:S, etc. I don't know if the size difference will affect this.

    So if you have an opinion on this, let me know. I hate deciding, and have been putting it off for a long time now. After last nights disaster, I need a new laptop on order by the end of the week. I can't take this machine anymore.
     
  2. skagen

    skagen Notebook Deity

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    Of course you will notice a difference in the pixels and desktop. Going downward on that is always diffiult. That said 1440 x 900 is nothing to sneeze at.

    Personally through I would always gow itht he smaller and ligther unit. 15.4 is way past reasonable size for portablitly IMO. I dont even like to go over 3.5 lbs, to be honest.
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    well....i am using the d630 and it is really gud....i dunno what a new one feels like because i bought a broken one from ebay for $50 and changed the screen and motherboard....and since then it has been running flawlessly....
    i ve never seen the d830....but from upgradibility point of view d630 is great, upgraded from a t7300 to a x9000....
    battery life is gud and so is the screen....
    very sturdy and heavy;)....but the integrated graphics are useless....since u play games go for the one with discrete grafix....that ll be the one for u....
     
  4. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I plan to get the 128MB graphic card, they are offering Nvidia right now. I have the X300 ATI card in my currently laptop. I was hoping Dell would be back with ATI by now, but since they aren't, I'm going to have to make due to Nvidia.

    The size and weight doesn't bother me. My Inspiron goes everywhere with me and has never phased me. I just worry that going smaller is going to bug me.
     
  5. atxplus

    atxplus Newbie

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    The lattitude D830 is a business machine with a port on the bottom which allows it to be docked into a optional docking station, unlike the inspiron the latitude is built a little bit more better, the case work certainly doesn't feel so flimsy and the catch is all metal. To work on the machine is quite easy to strip apart without breaking the clips. The strip which conceals the keyboard screws is the only bit you need to be care full about as that can break easily if forced. the latitude has a lower spec than the inspiron as the latitude needs to be a 'highly available' being business orientated it needs proven hardware which is mature, hence you will find that the latitude does not always sport the latest processors and it also contains legacy hardware such as parallel and serial ports. it needs to be said that any laptop which is treated with some due care and consideration is going to break, a truely portable machine to me is a machine such as the fully ruggerised panasonic toughbook but i have seen a few of these back from the field busted

    anyway i hope this will help
     
  6. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for your input. I looked into the Toughbook, too pricey for me right now. I was going for a Latitude since they seem to hold up a lot better than the Inspiron. My Inspiron has fallen apart over 2 1/2 years now - the touchpad is peeling and sometimes stops working, the casing looks like a war went on, the hinges suck, and as of yesterday my hard drive failed (512 days on).

    I'll hear negatives as well if someone wants to throw them in. I've considered other machines, except I like to be able to spec out what I want. I'm staying away from the extended battery as it sticks out, so other than that I wasn't sure what else is bad about it.

    Thanks!
     
  7. swarmer

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    You can get Vista Basic if you configure the base model. Vista Business is an option too.

    The Lenovo Thinkpad T61p and the HP Compaq 8510p/8510w are similar business notebooks with more powerful graphics cards, if that interests you.
     
  8. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I stay clear of HP due to the amount of issues I've seen with them.

    I'm interested in Ultimate (or Home Premium) as I'll use those features the most. I've got my own copy of Business, just never installed it on anything.

    As for Lenovo, I might look into that some. When I originally considered one I found tons of crap reviews. The off center screen wigs me out though. I'm a nit picky thing..
     
  9. Cestuila

    Cestuila Notebook Guru

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    I have a D630 with 1440*900 panel and I'm really happy with it.
    However, if you're used to working on a 1680*1050 I believe you will be disappointed as you won't be able to show as much information on a 1440*900 screen.
    Furthermore, as size and weight are not an issue for you, I would go for the D830 if I were you. This gives you the option for a more powerful graphics card (NVS 140M) than the one on the D630 (NVS 135M) and the possibility to keep the same screen resolution.
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    If you don't always use the DVD player/burner, do get an airbay filler, it's great value (a few dollars) to lighten the laptop!
    ??? You put a X9000 processor in your D630??? You must be frying your laps all day long! :eek:
    Can you give more information? (why? how? warranty? performance? heat level?)
     
  10. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    It's a tough decision, I keep going back and forth between the two. I use my drive all the time, so that isn't an issue.

    I hate making these kinds of decisions, and I don't know anywhere that actually sells Latitude's to go play with them to decide what I like better.
     
  11. pitz

    pitz Notebook Deity

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    I like my D830. WUXGA screen, 2 speakers, and the ExpressCard slot (which I use for a CF reader) are big advantages for me.

    But I'm not a fan of the size of the machine. I'd like a little bit smaller.
     
  12. Cestuila

    Cestuila Notebook Guru

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    But if you got a smaller one, you would have to compromise on the screen resolution. That's probably the biggest difference...
     
  13. Berrybee

    Berrybee Newbie

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    D630 is light and good looking, but if you want a video maker, D830 will be the best choice because you just can own NV Quador 135m which is not a very good graphic card. The NV Quador 140m on D830 is one of the best
     
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    mandegarfar Notebook Guru

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    Hi pitz ,

    I'm going to buy this config :
    D830
    CPU : T9300 2.5GHz , 6M 800M
    RAM : 4G
    VGA : Quadro 140M 256M

    But I'm only not sure about the vga , I don't know how better is quadro than geforce , could you explain it in detail ?
    Are you a gamer ? could you explain the performance of your laptop(D830) in gaming?

    thanks
     
  15. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I'd almost rather wait until Dell goes back to ATI, but I have no idea when that will be, and the laptops seem to be pricier then. I've never been a fan of Nvidia, and know little about their laptop cards.
     
  16. Jlbrightbill

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    It's roughly in the arena of an 8400M GT.
     
  17. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    I finally placed my order today for the D630. I got my hands on one and decided I would be okay with it. Estimated Ship: 6/20/2008. I'm hoping sooner.
    Specs:
    Intel Core2Duo 2.4GHz (T8300)
    WXGA+ 14.1" Screen
    2GB RAM
    128MB Nvidia 135M
    120GB 7200RPM HDD
    DVD Burner
    Fingerprint Reader
    Vista Ultimate w/ Media
    Bluetooth
    Intel Wireless a/g/n
    6 Cell Battery
    3 year warranty/on site

    Cost: $1,309.61 shipped

    I'm debating if I want to add accidental damage to it after it arrives. I tend to "abuse" my machines, at least that is what everyone tells me. When my current (Inspiron 6000) makes me mad, it gets hit. I don't think, I just react, so it may be a good idea, and it's only $150 more for all 3 years.

    I'm expecting a major improvement from my current setup (minus the resolution):
    Pentium M 2.0GHz
    1GB Ram
    80GB 7200 RPM HDD (was an 80GB 5400RPM but it failed a week ago, so I got the cheapest craigslist replacement, which happened to be faster)
    Windows XP Pro
    CD Burner/DVD ROM
    1680x1050 Resoultion
    ATI X300 128MB Video


    All I need is something to play some games on, mostly Sims 2, to kill the time at work - hope it runs nicely on the new machine. Once I get the new one in, I'll probably sell the old one, have to figure that one out still.

    I really hate the waiting process. I just want to see it at my doorstep.
     
  18. booboo12

    booboo12 Notebook Prophet

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    Congrats darkcirca! You'll love it. Yeah, waiting takes a bit but it'll be worth it. ;)

    Have fun when it arrives :)

    The 9-Cell's acually not half bad-It has a rubber like top that kinda makes a good palm rest. :)
     
  19. darkcirca

    darkcirca Notebook Consultant

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    Yea I believe it had a delay when I was purchasing, so I avoided it. I usually plug in anyway, as all my classes have plugs (usually), and my work does too. I might get it in the future..
     
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    If you can plug in frequently, its a good idea to have the 6Cell, its lighter and more compact. It should pull 4hrs on the battery easily, if needed.
    If you want to play Sims 2, you won't probably be dissapointed...frankly I was, I expected XPS M1330-like 8400M GS performance out of the 135M but recieved rather the performance of the 8400M G, which is sufficient for older games but won't cut it @ 1440x900 in CS:S.
     
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