Dell D800 notebook

After spending a considerable amount of time recently with ultraportable notebooks, it was with a certain amount of shock that the gargantuan (by comparison) D800 desktop replacement machine landed on my desk.

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After spending a considerable amount of time recently with ultraportable notebooks, it was with a certain amount of shock that the gargantuan (by comparison) D800 desktop replacement machine landed on my desk. The size factor in this case is accentuated by the huge WUXGA 15.4-inch LCD screen the D800 is fashioned with. Although it’s hard to appreciate in this picture, the true size of the D800 can be noticed to some extent by how much free space there is between the edge of the keyboard and the edge of the plastic casing.

As with most things, the real important stuff is of course on the inside, and underneath all this fancy cladding lies a powerhouse of a machine. An Intel Pentium-M processor running at 1.6GHz is the heart of the D800 and, when coupled with a very healthy 512MB of 266MHz DDR SDRAM, produced some very respectable scores in our benchmark testing. PCWorldBench 4 gave the Dell a rating of 119, and while this isn’t the fastest notebook we’ve had in the test centre recently, it’s no slouch by any stretch of the imagination. SysMark 2002 put the D800 through its paces and came up with a respectable overall rating of 158. (The internet content creation test saw it score 191 and the office productivity test, 131.) MobileMark2002 gave the D800 a performance rating of 144 when using the demanding productivity run – this same test also drained the batteries in 127 minutes, a good result considering the workload this test creates.

Other hardware includes an NVidia GeForce4 4200 Go graphics card, a 4XAGP device loaded with 32MB of dedicated DDR SDRAM. Having so much graphical horsepower paid dividends when it came to DVD playback; the D800 performed perfectly without dropping a frame – a treat made more satisfying by the widescreen aspect ratio of the notebook. The 40GB ultra ATA hard drive provides plenty of storage space although 60GB or even 80GB would have been more apt in today’s environment. The 8X DVD-ROM drive doubles as a 24X CD-RW drive for your backup and external storage requirements.

A V.92 modem and 10/100 network card are integrated into the motherboard plus a Dell TrueMobile 1300 wireless mini-PCI card is installed that supports both 802.11b and 802.11g standards. Rounding out the networking features is a Dell TrueMobile 300 Bluetooth Module.

Build quality was very good although the casing did tend to have a bit too much give in it when a reasonable amount of pressure was applied by pressing on it. Still, on the whole, the machine had a good, sturdy feel to it. Special mention must go to the 16:9 LCD display installed on the D800. With a top resolution of 1900x1200, this noteboook has one of the sharpest displays I’ve seen. When running at the highest setting, even the smallest text was still sharply defined and perfectly readable on screen without even a hint of pixelation; it really was quite outstanding.

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