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Dell D420

Yea so we're getting individual laptops at my school next yr....but its like 1000$ (CAD) a year, which kinda stinks since you can't keep the laptop. This is about the 420: wrote:
The Latitude D420, starting at 3.0 lbs*, is designed for the traveling
professionals who demand absolute mobility. With long battery
life and extended wireless options like integrated mobile
broadband and the new Wi-Fi Catcher™ the D420 helps maintain
maximum productivity for Road Warriors.
Dell™ Latitude™ D420
RoadReady™ Quality: Designed, Tested & Built for Quality
HyperConnect™: Wireless--extended connectivity
• Quickly find a network, without opening your
notebook with the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™
• Stay productive on the road with mobile broadband
and Wi-Fi access
• Quickly synchronize to your Bluetooth® cell phone
or PDA
Ultimate Mobility
• Next generation of Intel® mobile technology
• Dell’s QuickSet software allows users to customize
wireless, power and display settings
• Dell’s Location Profiler allows users to configure
mobility preferences for the home, office or locations
while on the road
• Optional Media Base provides flexibility to add
choice of optical and increase quantity of ports
• A magnesium alloy frame and Dell’s patented Strike
Zone™ deliver a rigid and durable system
• Over 13,000 hours of testing during the development
phase to ensure RoadReadiness
• Spill-resistant keyboard helps protect the notebook
from accidental spills
• Complete your experience with optional Dell
CompleteCare™ Accidental Damage Service10
Smart Security: A comprehensive but flexible security suite
• Enhanced user security with three factors of
• Help avoid data theft by hard drive encryption
• Defend against viruses and worms
• Simply manage your security needs without busting
your budget
Innovative Design: Designed with usability in mind
*Starting at 3.0lbs / 1.36kg for system with 4 cell battery, and 3.17lbs / 1.44kg for system with 6 cell
battery. Weights vary depending on configurations and manufacturing variability.
Intel® Core™ Solo and Duo processors 533MHz Front Side Bus & 2M Smart L2 Cache
Intel® Core™ Solo processor U1300 (1.06GHz)
Intel® Core™ Duo processor U2500 (1.20GHz)
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional SP2, Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
945GMS (533MHz front side bus) with Intel onboard graphics
Min: 512MB DDR2 shared1 533 MHz
Max: 1.5GB DDR2 shared1 533 MHz
Wide-aspect 12.1” WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution) UltraSharp™
Supports up to a maximum resolution of WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (up to 224MB shared)
30, 60GB2 (80GB2 post RTS)
87-Key US; key travel 2.5mm; key spacing 18.5mm
Touch Pad - PS/2 compatible, Track Stick - PS/2 compatible
High Definition Audio codec, mono speaker, 1.0W, integrated omni-directional microphone
H: 25.4mm/1.0” x W: 295mm/11.6” x D: 209.8mm/8.25”
Starting at 3.0Lbs/1.36Kg11
65 Watt or 90 Watt AC adapter with cord wrapping
Primary 4-cell/28 WHr “Smart” Li-Ion battery featuring ExpressCharge™
Primary 6-cell/42 WHr “Smart” Li-Ion battery featuring ExpressCharge™
Primary 9-cell/68 WHr Li-Ion battery
56K3 v.92 Internal Modem; 10/100/1000 Gigabit4 Ethernet
Cellular Broadband6:
Dell Wireless 5500 Mobile Broadband 3G HSDPA (Cingular US)
Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband CDMA EVDO (Verizon US)
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945A/G (802.11a/g), Dell Wireless 1490 (802.11a/g), Dell Wireless 1390 (802.11g)
Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth internal wireless card
One Type I or Type II
Support 34mm ExpressCard via a USB interface through PCMCIA adapter
SD card slot, IEEE1394, docking connector, 3 USB (one powered), VGA, headphone/speaker out, infrared port, RJ-11, RJ-45, AC power
Serial port, parallel port, VGA port, DVI port, 4 USB 2.0 ports, RJ-45 port, RJ-11 port, MIC in, HP out
9.5mm slim 24XCDRW/DVD or 8X DVD+/-RW7
D/Port , D/Dock, D/View Notebook Stand, D/Monitor Stand
24X CD-ROM, 8X DVD-ROM5, 24X CDRW/DVD, 8X DVD+/-RW7 Floppy Disk Drive, 80GB2 Hard Drive
128MB, 256MB and 512MB USB Memory Keys8 (optional)
Cable Lock Slots, Media Module and Hard Drive locks
Integrated Smart Card Reader, Trusted Platform Module 1.2 and optional UPEK® finger print reader. Dell Embassy® Trust Suite by Wave Systems
security software.
802.11 WiFi Protected Access (WPA), 802.11i (WPA2), Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and 802.1x with EAP modes
Helps reduce the total cost of ownership by enabling IT departments to manage and support networked systems. OpenManage enables software
deployment and migration, hardware configuration and system health, asset management and remote support. For more information visit:
New Latitude carrying cases and backpack , External USB keyboard and mouse, CRT and Flat Panel Monitors
3-Years Next Business Day On-Site Service9

Well i was wondering what you thought, and if you had ever heard of the laptop...oh and no cd burner/reader Evil or Very Mad
I could not find it on the dell site, the closest thing was the dell D410, which costs $1000 USD anyways. Just find someone that has a coupon and buy one instead of paying the school for it and not keeping it Rolling Eyes

The specs given are too broad for that laptop, you can't tell if it will be low end or high end; the difference between things like 512mb ram and 1.5gb ram or a 24x cd rom and an 8x DVD R+-W combo drive is just too big.

I say the school is probably a greedy private school trying to rip you off. It is easy to get a laptop for $200 or less that will do fine for only schoolwork...
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