October 6, 2011
- Ultraportable, rugged design
- Solid performance
- Impressive display
- Keyboard keys are too small
- Lacks USB 3.0
- Battery sticks awkwardly on the back
The Dell Latitude E6320 is a 13-inch ultraportable laptop that has a durable, rugged exterior to ensure it can handle a long day's work. It has a speedy Intel Core i7 CPU, 4GB of RAM and Bluetooth connectivity. While it doesn't have the most attractive design, it has good, solid performance.
The laptop in total measures 13.2 x 8.8 x 1.2-inches (wdh) and weighs about 4.5-pounds, so it isn't the smallest ultraportable on the market, but it's not too far away. The battery pack sticks out on the backside about an inch, so that does add some size too. The E6320 is slightly business-oriented, mostly due to the design. It has a "Tri-Metal" case that is very solid and sturdy. It also has reinforced hinges and a spill-resistant keyboard.
The top of the Dell Latitude E6320 has a black, brushed-aluminum panel and a matte-silver magnesium alloy sides. It's not ugly or anything, but it isn't the prettiest laptop that we've seen, particularly in the ultraportable category.
The 13.3-inch LED backlit display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels and has an anti-glare coating. Because of this coating, there's no reflection from ambient glare or light, so that's really a plus. The color quality of the screen is quite good with excellent brightness levels, so good that you can see it pretty well in direct sunlight.
Dell's keyboard is a fairly standard keyboard, aside from the fact that it is backlit and is spill-resistant (although we would've recommend testing that). The keys are raised slightly and are smaller in size that other similar laptops, which caused us some comfort issues in the end. The touchpad is quite small, but it works well and is responsive. There is also a pointer stick in the middle of the keyboard for users who like that sort of thing. Alongside the touchpad is a soft, rubbery black coating that covers the keyboard deck, which makes for a very comfortable place to rest your palms while typing.
In terms of ports, the Dell Latitude E6320 has a pretty straightforward selection that includes one USB 2.0 port, one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port, HDMI-out, VGA-out, gigabit Ethernet, an ExpressCard/34 slot, a SmartCard reader, an SD card reader and the usual audio ports. Noticeably lacking is the newest port, USB 3.0, which should be included on all new laptops, even ultraportables.
Internal specifications include an Intel Core i7-2620M CPU (2.7GHz), 4GB of RAM, a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive and integrated Intel HD graphics. There is a tray-loading DVD burner/player as well as 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity. The combination of speedy Intel Core i7 CPU and 7200RPM hard drive make a good pair performance-wise. If you want to save a few bucks, you can select configurations with an Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz) CPU too.
Performance tests with the Dell Latitude E6320 showed that this laptop's internals really work well together. Ratings for this laptop are above average in the performance category for ultraportables. You'll find no trouble playing back multimedia either, even HD content streamed from the Internet. Gaming graphics performance, on the other hard, are only average because of the integrated graphics card. This is definitely not a computer for gaming if that's what you're in the market for.
The included six-cell battery lasts about 6-hours in our tests, which is about average as well for other ultraportables. We do wish, however, that it didn't awkwardly stick out the backside.