Dell Latitude 2120 Keyboard, Touchpad, Screen and Speakers

April 25, 2011 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (119,323)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 5
    • Design
    • 4
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 4
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 2
    • Total Score:
    • 4.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Keyboard and Touchpad
The 2120’s 90% full-size keyboard is supremely comfortable to type on and has an excellent feel. Keys are solid and there is no flex. This keyboard is relatively quiet and can be used without annoying others. I am especially surprised to see dedicated home, end, page up, and page down keys; netbook makers typically sacrifice these keys when making keyboards smaller. The 2120 has one of the most usable netbook keyboards I have tested.

The touchpad is a different story. It’s cramped, measuring only two inches wide and just over an inch tall. Unless the sensitivity is set high, you will be dragging your finger across it several times to move the mouse to the other side of the screen. The touchpad buttons are also an issue; they are tough to find by feel and also require more pressure than they should.

Screen and Speakers
The 2120 has a 10.1-inch widescreen display with a 1024×600 resolution. The anti-glare coating is appreciated since it cuts down on glare and makes cleaning easy. Color reproduction is satisfactory as is brightness and contrast. Viewing angles are poor; colors distort easily when viewed more than 20 degrees off-center either up or down.

The downfall of this display is the resolution. I can deal with 1024 horizontal pixels, but just 600 pixels on the vertical? To put this in perspective, this means less than a third of a page in a Microsoft Word document can be viewed at once without scrolling. This lack of space applies to any application like surfing the Internet. Dell offers the 2120 with a much better 1366×768 screen resolution, which I highly recommend; it will make the netbook much more usable.

The 2120 has two stereo speakers located on either side of the display. They are tinny and have no bass; on the upside, at least they are aiming at the user.



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