Dell :: Is The E4300 That Bad Of A Machine

Sep 20, 2008

The Dell E4300 for example is generally inferior (IMO) to the Vaio Z (heavier, slower, uglier, lower quality screen, lower quality build materials, etc.) yet it costs just about the same."

Sony Z here in Canada: $2614 before tax ($45 shipping)

If you make the warranty the same (3 years), $2943 before tax + $45 shipping

Same specs, I paid $2100 before tax (and free shipping) for the Dell E4300. Is it worth the difference when the keyboard (I don't like the Z's keyboard)?

I have to wait the same week (Oct 14/15) to receive either.

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Notebookcheck: Review Dell Latitude E4300 Laptop ). And it seems this laptop does not offer any screen upgrade option.

Also resolution was okay, but I wouldnt mind a bit more, although that is not a deal breaker like the other two issues.

So is there any Latitude or corporate Dell unit that would basically be an E4300 with a better screen?

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Dec 16, 2009

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2) The Ambient Light Sensor. It's a bit wonky under Win7, so I've left it disabled for the time being and manually change the brightness when needed. Again, I'd like to see Dell release a Win7 version of the ALS Utility found under their Vista drivers.

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