Outdoors, the limiting factor when looking at the screen from the side at an angle is reflection rather than viewing angle. The modular X-Bay media bay can accommodate all sorts of optical drives, the above-mentioned second hard disk, or a second battery Li-Polymer , a floppy drive or more. Please try your search again later. There are no compromises of any kind. The horizontal viewing angle is wider. Go all out and order the machine with the fasted processor a 2.

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Overall, the methods Dell applied reduce overall reflectivity to just 0. Dell is getting serious about the rugged notebook market with the introduction of the Latitude XFR D Standard LCDs simply wash out and that is not acceptable in a rugged notebook that may see a lot of outdoor duty. Disabling power management options may help reduce this:. A proprietary “QuadCool” internal thermal management system keeps things cool, and Dell’s vast experience in systems and components design provides superior reliability and economy.

Thank you very much for doing and posting this. One person found this helpful. I would recommend putting the money towards a new system. I had previously gotten the XBox to do that, but discovered a monthly fee with Microsoft was required dta get to Netflix on top of the fee for Netflix. See questions and answers.


I will report once everything is installed. If you need something for a college bound kid, this is a perfect workstation.

Rugged PC – Rugged Notebooks: Dell XFR D

Dell dell boost brightness, from the roughly nits in most standard notebooks to nits in the ATG’s display. It was based on the standard Latitude D However, it is very readable and very crisp and sharp.

Please try your search again later. Comes in desert tan or black. That is almost identical to a bargain-basement civilian Gateway notebook we have in the office for everyday tasks. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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The matte screen simply diffuses the light, but it certainly reflects a lot. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product.

The picture below shows direct reflection of the sun. Experience the convenience of Alexa, now on your PC.

Dell ATG D630

The modular bays allow for an expansion battery for extended use, and the size of the laptop fits in nearly every backpack. So what did Dell do?

However, at that price it would have to compete with fully ruggedized machines that are tougher though their tech specs may be somewhat lower. I’ve had several of these and they have all worked well. They will not be recieving repeat business from me ever again! I would recommend this product especially because it is sent directly from the intercace after refurbishing. The glossy Dell screen looks like it would reflect everything, but actually reflects much less. How tough are Dell rugged notebooks humorous?


A matte screen does not have this problem because what reflects off it is viewed by the brain as just shadows. With this for comparison, we saw how good the Dell display really is. You cannot have the sun reflect directly off it or else the sun’s reflection blinds you as the screen acts almost like a mirror.

It is, however, not very inconspicuous, so stealth use would seem out of the question. Black keys are clearly marked with large white letters and symbols, functions are in blue, and there is nice tactile feedback.