- Editor's Rating
- Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
- Strong performance levels
- Sturdy design
- Lackluster display
- Limited storage capacity
Quick TakeThe Dell Latitude 6430u is a solid well-rounded device that offers the performance business users need on the go.
The Dell Latitude 6430u is a business Ultrabook geared towards customers who are looking for a lot of productivity and high-level performance. The device is built with a black matte finish, which gives it a professional aesthetic and makes it resistant to fingerprints. The notebook also has a textured touch which NotebookReview claimed makes handling the device pleasant. The Dell Latitude 6430u is 13.31 x 9.04 x 0.82-inches and weighs 3.91 pounds, making it easy to transport. It is an Ultrabook, after all. NBR also noted the notebook is durable, only giving when extreme pressure was applied and, even then, the screen did not ripple. The device is priced at $1,500 at the time of the review.
The notebook has a 14-inch IPS display with a 112 pixel-per-inch resolution. NBR noted that while there is nothing inherently wrong with the display, it is lacking in some areas, especially considering the high price. NBR found the display produces a clear picture with adequate contrast and generous viewing angles, but noted the small size makes it difficult to house multiple applications at once. However, NBR did note the three speakers produce high quality audio with no distortion even when at 100 percent volume.
The Dell Latitude 6430u has a full Chiclet-style keyboard with backlit keys and independent volume controls. NBR found the keys have a smooth textured feel and give responsive tactile feedback. The keypad is a generous size and has 5 dedicated mouse buttons (three on the top, two on the bottom) and accurately reads input with little lag time. The notebook has two 3.0USB ports, Ethernet port, power jack, VGA port, microphone/headphone jack, HDMI port and eSATA/USB3.0 combo port, which NBR noted are well spaced and easy to access.
NBR found that the notebook “really shines when it comes to performance.” The Dell Latitude 6430u comes equipped with a third generation Intel i5 quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 8GB RAM, Integrated HD 4000 graphics and a 128GB SSD. It runs Microsoft Windows 8. NBR found the notebook can juggle several programs just as strong as if it was running just a single program, but noted the graphics are not suited to handle graphically intense PC functions like demanding games or video editing software.
Similarly, NBR noted the SSD is small and the SD card reader is optional, meaning users have to fork over even more money for additional storage. NBR also noted the device runs louder than expected and the fan is audible, although it does a good job keeping the device cool. During NBR testing, the notebook’s battery lasted three hours and 55 minutes, which equates to roughly six hours of real time use.
Overall, NBR was impressed with the performance and durability of the machine, while also noting the comfort of the keypad and touchpad. However, NBR was disappointed with the display and limited storage capacity, but concluded the Dell Latitude 6430u is an ideal notebook for a user looking for a mix of portability and productivity.