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Dell Latitude D420

Dell Latitude D420
alaScore 82

78 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and design. The screen and portability also get good feedback. Reviews about the reliability and touchpad are different.

battery, portability, screen, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Latitude D420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 78 reviews)

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Review Dell Latitude D420 Notebook


Minimalist. The Dell D420 is one of the smallest and most mobile ...

Compact size and light, Robust and high-quality materials, 4 USB ports, Spacious keyboard, Matt display with good resolution, Very low noise emissions, Passable battery runtime (9 cells battery)

Moderate number of ports (except: USB), Touch pad and track point need familiarization, Vertical stability to the vantage point of the display, Moderate performance, Partly high temperature increase

Music sounds tinny and low. In order to enjoy music, we definitely recommend the use of a headset

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Dell Latitude D420 with Core Duo and Windows Vista Review


As a college student portability is extremely important to me. I purchased a Dell Latitude X1 in March 2006 with the intention of carrying it around frequently. The X1 was a great notebook that is extremely light and small. However, the 1.1GHz Pentium...

Fast ; Light weight at 3.0lbs with 4cell battery and 3.2lbs with 6cell ; Good battery life ; Widescreen matte LCD ; Lots of wireless options ; Excellent MediaBase and compatible with Latitude Docks

Runs hot ; A bit noisy with fan running at max ; Slow 4200rpm HDD ; Placement of vent on right side of notebook ; No internal optical drive

The Dell Latitude D420 is a great notebook for those who want an ultraportable design without sacrificing computing power. The build quality of this notebook is excellent and the price very competitive. Despite some design flaws, notably the location...

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Dell Latitude D420


Dell's durable ultraportable offers excellent battery life and mobile broadband, making it a very good companion for road warriors.

Light and durable design • Excellent endurance with extended battery • Fingerprint reader

Small touchpad buttons • No hard drive protection system


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Dell Latitude D420 Review (pics, specs)


The Dell Latitude D420 is a 12.1 ultra-portable notebook designed to succeed both the Latitude X1 and the Latitude D410. In an effort to simplify its ultramobile product line, Dell has merged several traits from each of these two retired models to...

Light-weight design starting at 3.0 lbs and only 3.2 lbs with flush-mounted 6-cell battery Uncompromising build quality, magnesium-alloy casing, and pleasing aesthetics Wide-aspect screen and compact dimensions Respectable battery life with 6-cell...

Limited CPU clock speeds Slow 4200RPM hard drive options and only lesser capacities available Lack of internal optical drive and reliance on D-Bay Average screen quality with restrictive viewing angles Placement of fan vent on right-hand side

Having used the Dell Latitude D420 for some time now, my impressions have mostly been overwhelmingly positive. Although certain aspects such as the slow 4200RPM hard drive, lack of internal optical drive, and merely satisfactory screen have proven...

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Dell Latitude D420 ultraportable


When the Latitude X1 was first introduced, it didn't resemble any of the other models in the Latitude line. In fact, it was a rebranded Samsung laptop that was incompatible with the Latitude line's peripherals, including the docking solution. With the...

Feather-light chassis. Excellent battery life. Integrated EV-DO. Dual pointing devices

The ultra-low-voltage processor is not as powerful as its standard-voltage Core Duo counterparts. External optical-drive component

The Dell Latitude D420 is the convergence of the Latitude X1 and the D410, and with it, you get more battery life and an integrated cellular modem in a system that (unlike the X1) looks and feels like other Latitudes.

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Amazon review summary for Dell Latitude D420


alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Dell Latitude D420 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, value for money, keyboard, touchpad, portability


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Good low cost option


I bought two of these, one for my 16 year old and one for my seven year old. They both work great. I did not want to spend a lot on a new laptop for these kids when they usually break everything they touch but so far these have lasted. Good buy. They...

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D420 Refurbished Laptop...


Got it for a X-Mas present for my daughter that is 13 and going to be going into High School. It was short the web cam though, Thanks

Thing is lightweight and very portable. External DVD drive works with no problems

None so far

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good laptop, BUT not as advertised...!!


Looks like new, works like new, battery was in good shape, will be using it every day. I would order this again, but beware if you need 802.11a b g wireless. This D420 is the 2nd referb laptop I have purchased from Tiger. It is also the 2nd laptop that...

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These Laptops Rock!


these laptops are made by Compal which is one of the top producers of OEM laptops in the world. These laptops are solid units with great dislpays. I have close to 30 in production right now and the only problems I ever have are user related. I don't...

Product Specifications

The Dell Latitude D420 is designed to deliver excellent computing performance in an extremely small and light notebook. Its top-level components, wireless options and battery life can help you stay fully productive on the road, in meetings and wherever you do business.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Latitude

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad / Track stick/Keyboard / Touchpad / Track stick


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11b/g

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


Clock Speed:1.2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:U2500
Type:Core Duo


Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1.5GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:30GB/60GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950