Dell Latitude 6430u Notebook review: no frills or flash
8 March 2014
Conclusion: During the brief time spent with the 6430u, it handled Redmond’s latest and greatest without breaking a sweat, though dealing with the OS itself was perhaps not the easiest. This where the advantages and benefits of a laptop that has a bigger trackpad (or a touch capable display) came through.
Summary: Pixel-dense. Dell's 14-inch business ultrabook is now available with the sought-after display resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Is the price-competitive Latitude 6430u HD+ a viable alternative to the outrageously expensive Lenovo X1 Carbon?
Pros: High resolution, Sturdy construction, Battery is replaceable, High performance, Easy to maintain, Very quiet, Long battery life, resolution works well for getting work done, price is appealing.
Cons: Gets a little warm during idle, Keyboard feedback is lacking, Comparatively heavy and thick, Why are there no IPS panels available for business notebooks? Better viewing angles and increased usability outdoors would be clear benefits. Also, where's the WiGig docking station? We would have liked to review it with the ultrabook.
Summary: To conclude, the Dell Latitude 6430u is perfect for executives or office-centric users who spend most of their time working on documents and presentations. The large display and above average processing power is also good enough for some games and movies in case you want to kick back and relax. In addition, it has a good battery life, a really nice keyboard, and full set of ports.
Conclusion: But Dell gets so much else so right with this system, it's hard not to recommend. Best-in-class battery life? Check. Superb backlit keyboard? Check. Removable battery for hassle-free replacement a couple of years down the road? Check. The Latitude 6430u is a little pricey—in part due to its three- instead of one-year warranty (with mail-in service; next-business-day on-site service adds $72). But it's an easy pick as Editors' Choice for business ultrabooks.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, Long battery life and removable battery
Cons: Screen lacks touch and sports mediocre resolution, Expensive in review configuration
Conclusion: The Dell Latitude 6430u is a business Ultrabook that's good enough looking for executives yet durable enough to drag to off site sales calls month after month. It offers solid Ultrabook level performance with ULV Intel third generation CPUs and it's powerful enough for business tasks and downtime with HD movies and even some light gaming. It's not as thin and light as classic 3 pound Ultrabooks like Dell's own XPS 13, but it is significantly lighter than the Dell XPS 14.
Conclusion: The Dell Latitude 6430u is a business Ultrabook that's good enough looking for executives yet durable enough to drag to off site sales calls month after month. It offers solid Ultrabook level performance with ULV Intel third generation CPUs and it's powerful enough for business tasks and downtime with HD movies and even some light gaming.
Pros: Lovely design, removable battery and serviceable parts. Solid build and durable. Quick charging and good battery life.
Cons: Truly uninspired TN display with low contrast and brightness. Heavy for an Ultrabook, pricey as business machines tend to be.
Excerpt: When did “business laptop” become a euphemism for a machine that’s stripped down and overpriced? Are the corporations of the world so flush with cash that basic features and value are no longer concerns? Dell’s Latitude 6430u , an ultrabook designed for the business market, is a case study of what’s going awry in the business computing space in 2013. But let’s start with the good. Dell has built this ultrabook with the best of intentions.
Summary: Slimmed down business. As the only Ultrabook thus far to satisfy a multitude of standardized military reliability tests, the build quality of the 6430u is sure to meet the needs of practically every business user out there. Though powerful on the outside, is its internal performance up to par?
Pros: Rigid magnesium alloy construction, Removable battery, Fast application performance, Easy serviceability, WWAN options through AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint, Almost silent during office workloads, The 6430u still feels like a Latitude despite being much thinner. By maintaining the magnesium alloy chassis, the notebook is also built tougher than most Ultrabooks while allowing easy access to the battery and internals.
Cons: Average quality display, Very warm even when idling, Average keyboard feedback, No dedicated docking stations or modular bays, No options yet for higher resolution display, Slightly heavier and thicker than many competing Ultrabooks, Options for a higher resolution display and compatibility with the large selection of Dell docking stations would benefit business users to a great extent. The competing and much more expensive HP Folio 9470m Ultrabook includes a speciali...
Summary: With its attractive yet durable design, strong performance and solid battery life, the $1,278 Dell Latitude 6430u is a strong choice for mobile professionals. Consumers looking for a lighter business notebook with a better display and pointing stick might want to check out the $1,349 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon . However, they'll lose VGA and Ethernet and have to pay slightly more.