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#1 EuroFight

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:35 PM

So after years of use, it's finally time to retire my old Dell Latitude D810. It was a 2005 model with a 2GHz Intel Pentium M processor and 1.5GB of DDR2.

I'm upgrading to a Latitude XT2 convertible laptop-tablet (the screen swivels round 180 degrees and then flaps back onto the laptop to convert to its tablet form). I should be receiving it sometime this week. The touchscreen is capacitive too so there shouldn't be much trouble with the resistive screens that I hate. The laptop has a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo and 3GB of DDR3 so hopefully I'll see an improvement in performance too. It's got a 64GB SSD installed alongside that (small, I know, but I can't afford to replace it at the moment).

Hopefully it will help kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, as I can replace my old laptop and also have a decent tablet (I plan on installing Windows 8 on to it)

What are your thoughts? Experiences? Anyone had an XT2 before? Any SSD tips?

Thanks everyone :)

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#2 DanTheGamer11

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:16 PM

trim, think w8 takes care of it tho


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#3 EuroFight

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:28 PM

The laptop I believe ships with Windows 7, so I'll probably use that for a couple of days to check everything is in order (eBay so I'm going to check everything before modifying anything), but after that the plan is to go with Windows 8.1 (or technically Windows Embedded 8.1, since I can get that for free from Dreamspark :teehee:) but thanks for the tip :)

Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Core 2 Duo, Dual-core, 1.6GHz

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Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude XT2 Motherboard Socket P

Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Samsung 64GB SSD SATA 3Gbps

Power Supply Cooler Master Elite ATX 500W > OEM Dell Power Supply 90W

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:36 PM

Yeah Windows 7 and newer will take care of you SSD TRIM needs automatically so no issues there.

 

Seems odd you would go with a 4yr old piece of hardware to replace the old system though?  Even so it's still a reasonable upgrade just no where NEAR as much as a modern variant.  Getting it for dirt cheap i presume? 


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#5 EuroFight

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

Yeah Windows 7 and newer will take care of you SSD TRIM needs automatically so no issues there.

Seems odd you would go with a 4yr old piece of hardware to replace the old system though? Even so it's still a reasonable upgrade just no where NEAR as much as a modern variant. Getting it for dirt cheap i presume?


Well my current laptop has served me extremely well, (where else would you find 2005 technology that will run Windows 7?) so I figure that something 4 years older can't be too bad? The fact I can sell my current laptop to recoup some of the cost means I'd only be spending about £80 on the laptop as a whole.

Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Core 2 Duo, Dual-core, 1.6GHz

Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz >  Crucial 3GB DDR3 1066MHz

Graphics Radeon HD7770 + Radeon HD5570 > Intel 3000 Integrated Graphics

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude XT2 Motherboard Socket P

Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Samsung 64GB SSD SATA 3Gbps

Power Supply Cooler Master Elite ATX 500W > OEM Dell Power Supply 90W

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#6 DanTheGamer11

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:02 PM

pfft i made a 1.5 pentium m laptop run windows 7... just no sound xD


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#7 EuroFight

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

pfft i made a 1.5 pentium m laptop run windows 7... just no sound xD


I assume that was a D610 or the like? There are Realtek AC97 audio drivers out there, provided you look hard enough ;)

Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Core 2 Duo, Dual-core, 1.6GHz

Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz >  Crucial 3GB DDR3 1066MHz

Graphics Radeon HD7770 + Radeon HD5570 > Intel 3000 Integrated Graphics

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude XT2 Motherboard Socket P

Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Samsung 64GB SSD SATA 3Gbps

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:19 PM

 

Yeah Windows 7 and newer will take care of you SSD TRIM needs automatically so no issues there.

Seems odd you would go with a 4yr old piece of hardware to replace the old system though? Even so it's still a reasonable upgrade just no where NEAR as much as a modern variant. Getting it for dirt cheap i presume?


Well my current laptop has served me extremely well, (where else would you find 2005 technology that will run Windows 7?) so I figure that something 4 years older can't be too bad? The fact I can sell my current laptop to recoup some of the cost means I'd only be spending about £80 on the laptop as a whole.

 

£80 sounds like it's worth it to me, it's just those were machines designed for business users and business users are notorious for doing stupid stuff with their PCs so always makes me think about it (but at the same time the business lines usually were built better from the start).


Edited by cchalogamer, 02 March 2014 - 04:19 PM.

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#9 EuroFight

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:28 PM

Well my current laptop has served me extremely well, (where else would you find 2005 technology that will run Windows 7?) so I figure that something 4 years older can't be too bad? The fact I can sell my current laptop to recoup some of the cost means I'd only be spending about £80 on the laptop as a whole.

£80 sounds like it's worth it to me, it's just those were machines designed for business users and business users are notorious for doing stupid stuff with their PCs so always makes me think about it (but at the same time the business lines usually were built better from the start).
Yeah having used the D810 you can feel the build quality, Dell definitely does not skimp on their business lines. I had the pleasure of working on a more modern Latitude notebook a few weeks ago and I still haven't quite got over how, when compared to other laptops, all the panels seemed to fit perfectly, the keyboard was crisp, the screen did not wobble a bit, and the build quality was rock solid. Then again for a little over £1.5k what do you expect?

Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Core 2 Duo, Dual-core, 1.6GHz

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Graphics Radeon HD7770 + Radeon HD5570 > Intel 3000 Integrated Graphics

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude XT2 Motherboard Socket P

Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Samsung 64GB SSD SATA 3Gbps

Power Supply Cooler Master Elite ATX 500W > OEM Dell Power Supply 90W

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:08 PM

8 yr old laptop.  Mine is only half that age, maybe I can get at-least another 2-3 yrs out of it ! :)

With laptop your limited to upgrading, no surprise people keep them for years.


Edited by WhiteBear, 15 April 2014 - 09:09 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 10:16 PM

I had the same Dell Latitude D810 but mine was a Core Duo 2 1.8ghz, 4gb of ram, etc. anyways It crapped out on me one day the screen just started flickering after I restarted. I did a lot of research and decided on the new mobile haswell, but ended up with a ivy bridge because the price was $100 cheaper. 

 

In short I settled on a Asus ultrabook (S56C) from newegg and it was only $450 on sale. It was on sale because they stopped making it and dumping stock i'm guessing for the Haswells ones. It came with i3 3217u, 500gb hdd, 32gb ssd and 8gb of ram. I swapped out the ram for 16gb and couldn't happier. It's much faster and lighter than that D810 clunker I had for 5 years.

 

So anyways whatever laptop you get, your looking for a CPU with a U at the end because they are only 17watts which makes it last over 4 hours and run nice and cool.  I hope that helps on your hunt for a laptop.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:54 AM

Heh, I'm using a Dell Latitude D810 right now. It has a Pentium M 780 (2.2GHz), 2GB of DDR2 and ATi Mobility Radeon X600 graphics. They're really great laptops, especially the ones with the high resolution displays. I also have a Latitude D820, with a Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.6GHz), 2GB of DDR2 (planned upgrade to 4GB) and nVidia Quadro NVS 120M graphics.


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