Dell Latitude laptops are commonly known as notebooks dedicated to the business segment of users. Even if there are some Dell Latitude laptops that most users could afford, we do have some premium models which can be considered luxury laptops.
One of these Dell Latitude laptops which has a spicy price tag is the Dell Latitude Z. The price of the unit reviewed here is $3591. The Dell Latitude Z is a 16 inch laptop which has the looks and the specs to die for. The processor is the 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600 and the unit also comes with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. The graphics card is the integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500M and the storage capacity of the hard drive is 250 GB.
Just by looking at this unit, you can tell that it’s expensive. Even from the first time you touch it, you can tell that it is nothing but quality. The 16 inch display comes in a native resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. The quality of the image is absolutely magnificent with great horizontal viewing angles. Too bad that the speakers are located on the bottom edge of the laptop so the sound coming out of them is a bit muffled.
The keyboard of the Dell Latitude Z is excellent. Typing on these keys is a real pleasure. There is no flex registered in this area. The keys have great travel and they offer positive feedback. The surface of the touchpad feels very pleasant to the touch.
The left and right touchpad buttons are easy to press using your thumbs. As for the selection of ports and features, you must know that this unit comes with only 2 USB ports (one of them is an eSATA and USB combo port), an Ethernet port, a Display port and the headset jack. This is definitely the most negative aspect of this notebook and the only solution for this problem is attaching a docking station which can grant you access to a wider selection of ports and connections.
When it comes to battery life, the Dell Latitude Z was a bit above the category average for a 16 inch laptop. With the display brightness set to 70%, the wireless card activated and the Windows 7 power management profile set to “balanced mode”, the unit manages to stay on for 3 hours and 50 minutes with the included 8 cell battery. In conclusion, we are dealing with quite a powerful business laptop which has an amazing design and quite a spicy price.
The fact that the connections are ports are extremely limited is going to be one big negative aspect hanging in the balance but you do get a laptop with excellent built in quality. The battery life is also good if you were planning on keeping this laptop away from a power outlet for too long. It has a superb backlit keyboard and a touchpad with a nice surface and no significant lag. But is it really worth $3591?11