Screen and Speakers
The Dell offers two display options with the 14.1-inch Latitude E6410. The base screen is a WXGA 1280x800 resolution panel, while the step up-which is what our review unit came with-is a WXGA+ 1440x900 panel. Both panel offerings have matte surfaces, instead of the glare-prone glossy displays. The higher resolution lets you display more in the screen and is greatly preferred if you do anything from surfing the web to typing documents. In our tests the screen performed about average in terms of color saturation and contrast, falling behind compared to some of the nicer panels we have seen on consumer notebooks. With our light meter we measured an average contrast ratio of 140:1, which is well below most consumer panels.
This isn't far from other business notebooks though. Peak brightness measured in at 336nit, which is great for viewing outdoors in partially shaded areas or under bright office lighting. Backlight brightness was even across the panel, with only a 20nit spread between center and the left and right sides. No backlight bleed was seen around the edges or at the corners either. Viewing angles were average, with the vertical viewing range spanning from 15-20 degrees tilted forward or back. Horizontal viewing angles were better, with colors staying true to 60-75 degrees off-center.
The Latitude E6410 features narrow stereo speakers located on each side of the keyboard. For business use they were more than adequate, offering plenty of volume for listening to music in small to midsize rooms. Audio quality was average, with some midrange and good high notes. Bass was lacking, but this was a given without a subwoofer. External outputs include an analog headphone jack, which will work with most external speakers.
The Dell Latitude E6410 has a very comfortable LED backlit keyboard. The keyboard hasn't changed much from the previous generation, keeping the same look and feel, as well as the built-in pointing stick. The keyboard keys are jet-black with bright white lettering and have minimal cupping. The feel is similar to typing on a Chiclet style keyboard, but the keys don't have the same sharp cutoff like you might find on those types of keyboards. Typing pressure is minimal, with each press making a very mild click when the key is fully triggered. Compared to my Latitude D630, typing noise has been significantly reduced. Overall compared to the other business notebooks, the E6410's keyboard stacks up very well, and has an edge when it comes to lighting.
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