Skip to navigation

Dell Latitude 2120 review

Dell Latitude 2120

Verdict

A rugged, comfortable netbook with a great screen, but it costs as much as a full-sized laptop

Review Date: 18 Feb 2012

Reviewed By: Simon Fisher

Price when reviewed: £588 (£706 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
3 stars out of 6

Performance
3 stars out of 6

With a large battery that doubles as a stand, the Dell Latitude 2120 is by far the largest netbook on test. It has a rugged feel to it, with textured rubber on the top and bottom of the case, and our sample came with a striking red finish. This Dell feels built to last.

Students commented on how comfortable the Latitude 2120 was to use on the desk, where the battery elevates the keyboard to a more comfortable angle. The keyboard is excellent, and of all the netbooks on test, this feels closest to a full-sized laptop. The keys have good travel and the physical volume controls are welcome. The only disappointment is the trackpad, which feels small.

Our test model featured an Atom N455 single-core processor, but we’d recommend upgrading to a dual-core, particularly as Windows 7 Professional comes preinstalled. Still, the 2GB of RAM allowed for comfortable multitasking and performance isn’t bad. Despite a benchmark score of 0.16, the Latitude 2120 is perfectly adequate for standard classroom tasks.

Dell Latitude 2120

The 10.1in, 1,366 x 768 display has an LED backlight, producing a bright, clear picture and crisply rendered text. Although some staff found the resolution a little tough on the eyes, students seemed comfortable, and it helps when looking at busy websites or large spreadsheets. Battery life is another strength: it easily lasted a school day.

Being part of Dell’s Connected Classroom solution, the Latitude is compatible with Dell’s Mobile Computing Station 2 trolley. This not only charges the netbook, but allows updates to be pushed out while the machine is docked: a real benefit to schools planning to deploy a substantial number. It has three USB 2 ports, a multicard reader, a VGA output, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet port – so connectivity isn’t an issue.

Schools looking for a cheap or ultraportable solution might avoid it, but its screen and keyboard are among the best on test. The only problem is the price. At over £500, it’s more expensive than many full-sized laptops. Only schools in need of such a compact product need apply.

Author: Simon Fisher

Subscribe to PC Pro magazine. We'll give you 3 issues for £1 plus a free gift - click here
User comments

Value for Money.

Currently I work with Dell and thought Your post on Dell lattitude 2120 laptop is very impressive as it provides good information of the product. you can check more good business laptops at Dell store online at http://www.dell.com/uk/p/laptops. Thanks for sharing.

By jd251986 on 5 Mar 2012

Leave a comment

You need to Login or Register to comment.

(optional)

Latest Category Reviews
Toshiba AT300 review

Toshiba AT300

Category: Tablets
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £310
Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook review

Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook

Category: Laptops
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £365
Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Fujitsu Stylistic M532

Category: Tablets
Rating: 4 out of 6
Price: £440
Avantis LearnPad 2 review

Avantis LearnPad 2

Category: Tablets
Rating: 4 out of 6
Price: £239
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 review

Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

Category: Tablets
Rating: 3 out of 6
Price: £562
Compare reviews: Laptops

advertisement

Latest News Stories Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Blog Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Features
Latest Real World Computing

advertisement

Sponsored Links
 

 
SEARCH
Loading
WEB ID
SIGN UP

Your email:

Your password:

remember me

advertisement


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010
 
 

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from www.pcpro.co.uk

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at http://www.pcpro.co.uk/registration.

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.