When I first opened the box and saw the laptop’s design, I have to admit that I was not that impressed. The Ultrabook is thicker than the one that I regularly use, but at least it’s lighter. It boasts of the Tri-metal chassis feature that says users be harsh with it. So I gave it some fitting “punishment.”
It comes with a Windows 8 OS, and as I was trying to swipe the screen nothing happened. Then I figured out that it has the option to be a touch screen or not. Good thing, because my regular laptop and tablet are both touch screen too. I could not help but lay my fingers on the monitor. No one ever intentionally plans on dropping his or her laptop, but this is a common enough occurrence. But why should I be scared when it’s Corning Gorilla glass while the back is carbon fiber?
The speakers are okay, only that no one should expect a home theater sound effect. I panicked the moment Spotify said that it can’t detect sound card after 24 hours of use. So I tried YouTube, and the speakers worked. That was a relief.
It wirelessly connects with keyboard and mouse but this model has no Bluetooth connectivity. It blasts out WiFi sharing but speed is not pretty impressive, but given my 1mbps connection, the laptop itself delivers full speed when downloading. Gaming is fun. There is a joystick on the keyboards. But it is not so ergonomically designed; my left pointer finger nearly got fractured playing Dota.
So to test the HD quality, core and all that stuff, I had InDesign installed and connected thru hdmi the Dell Multi Touch S2240T Monitor because I am currently working on a digital artwork. My pen mouse connected wirelessly to the laptop.
Good thing about this monitor is that it can tilt up to 90 degrees. This makes editing digital artwork quite easy, and makes for thorough cleaning as well. Further, it is not irritating to the eyes when one has to take a closer look. Yes, this is also scratch resistant so I don’t care about some necessary roughness, but what I’m worried about is how long can it endure heavy weights every time I lean on it.
It does not look like your conventional LED monitor. I can assume that given the thick body and tilting function, it is also meant to be a bit of a desktop PC. Or a fitting substitute.
I have no complaints about the monitor. It is true high definition, very flexible according to my needs in editing but it costs P20,000 for a 21 inch monitor. This is somewhat pricey given that there are so many options out there. The company may want to rethink its pricing structure, or offer some freebies to go with the monitor.
There are moments that the laptop can’t handle the graphics such that it “crawls.” What matters to me is the response time. Battery life lasts up to four hours with speakers, Wifi and all the works turned on.
The Latitude 12 7000 series retails at $1,049 or roughly P45,000.
One can argue that there are so many brands out there that retail near half that sum, but at least Dell has earned a reputation for toughness. Its relatively lightweight so that is a plus.
I give the same score of three stars out of five for both laptop and monitor. I would recommend the monitor but for its price; as for the laptop, it can do anything and everything that other laptops can—the basic stuff.