December 22, 2011
- Solid, sturdy design
- Bluetooth wireless
- Very good performance
- Long battery life
- Additional battery adds a lot of bulk/weight
- Lacks USB 3.0
The Dell Latitude E6220 is a business-friendly 12.5-inch ultraportable laptop that has excellent performance and above average battery life. It has a 128GB solid-state hard drive, an Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM, which provides an excellent experience overall. While it is a little heavier than other ultraportables, it's quite a nice computer for business and home users alike.
The Dell Latitude E6220 measures 12.2 x 8.9 x 1.0-inches (wdh) and weighs 3.7-pounds with the bottom-mounted battery, which accounts for the added weight. If you wish, you can use the laptop without this additional battery, which does make it significantly lighter in weight. The design of the laptop is quite nice and definitely looks like a business-class machine. It has a brushed aluminum finish, so no fingerprints show and the keyboard deck has a matte black finish.
Dell includes a fairly standard, yet comfortable, chiclet-style keyboard. There was minimal to no flex while typing and no undersized keys either. The keyboard is spill-resistant, but we didn't put that claim to the test. The touchpad's surface was also quite smooth and provided enough room for our fingers despite being an ultraportable notebook.
Because this is an ultraportable, Dell elected to outfit the Dell Latitude E6220 with a 12.5-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display. We found the display to have wide viewing angles and good brightness levels.
We were disappointed in the port selection, which lacks USB 3.0 but is complete in every other aspect. You get one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, two more USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, the usual audio ports, an ExpressCard slot for older devices and gigabit Ethernet. In terms of wireless options, you get Bluetooth and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
The specifications of our Dell Latitude E6220 test unit included a second-generation Intel Core i5-2540M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state hard drive and integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. This is the standard configuration but there is an option for an Intel Core i7 CPU and a 256GB SSD for an additional several hundred dollars.
Performance with the E6220 laptop was quite good thanks to the second-generation Intel CPU and solid-state hard drive, which helps to reduce file read/write times by eliminating the delay caused by the need to spin the platters to "reach" your data. It's definitely one of the faster ultrabooks on the market today. We had no issues streaming HD video from the Internet or performing some moderate multitasking.
Battery life with the included, regular battery is above average to start with at between 7 to 8 hours of life. If you add the optional bottom-mounted battery that we mentioned earlier, you can get up to around 20 hours, which is unheard of! We did not test the latter of the claims.