The Dell D800 laptop is a serious desktop replacement model. With widescreen goodness and the strong Pentium M processor, this laptop has ambitions to fulfill your entertainment or content creation needs. One good reason to buy this laptop is the standard Geforce 4200 Go, which is still a strong 3D accelerator.

 Dell D800 widescreen laptop

 Reasonable price and performance for this multimedia specialist.

At just under 7 pounds, this laptop is reasonably luggable and certainly doesn’t take up a huge amount of desk space. I find it’s alloy body to look quite nice and it certainly is rigid. However, only the outer shell is alloyed with the inside keyboard surround being a silver plastic. The drawback of the plastic is that it easily shows the grime and oils where you rest your hand. After a few weeks, you can definitely see a dark patch in front of the keyboard.

The Dell D800 Is A Strong Multimedia Performer

Multimedia never looked so good on this widescreen display that can be configured with a jaw-droppingly high 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution. All the D800s come with 15.4″ widescreen displays and you get the choice of three options.

The two other resolutions are WXGA and WSXGA+, with the latter being the default option for the Latitude D800. The two other available options use the same screen size, 15.4″, but are limited to lower resolutions: 1280×800 and 1680×1050, respectively.

Considering the size of the notebook, a 15.4″ widescreen is a good choice for Dell to make, as a larger wide-aspect screen can’t really fit. My recommendation would be to stick with the WSXGA+ (1680×1050) as the bottom limit for your configuration, as a WXGA (1280×800) seems to be the wrong ratio for a widescreen display.

 Still has the legacy parallel port for printers

 At the back, you get network, modem 2 USB, Video out (for DVDs on your TV) plus the external monitor output.

The processor is the highly regarded Pentium M from Intel. This processor is a smart choice because it was heavily customized for use in laptops and notebooks by Intel. From Dell, you currently get the option of 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7Ghz processors I would suggest the 1.6 as it gives the most bang for bucks. In general, you always seem to get a good deal if you buy one model from the top.

As usual, you get a great choice of hard drives from Dell. Most people will be happy with the 40gb standard 5400 rpm drive, but speed demons will appreciate the option of a 7200 rpm laptop drive.

Along with fast hard drives, you also get fast 3D graphics accelerators. It’s great to see some high-speed graphics chips appearing in laptops these days. Even if you don’t play many 3D games, you will appreciate a fast 3D accelerator in a couple of years if you upgrade to Microsoft’s fully 3D Windows code-named Longhorn. The standard Geforce 4200 go is the mobile version of the desktop Ti4200 and offers full direct X 8.1 acceleration.

The Dell Latitude D800 Review Is A Strong Multimedia Performer

Here Are The Specifications:

  • 15.4″ widescreen: 1920×1200, 1680×1050, 1280×800
  • Memory: up to 2gb
  • Processor: Pentium M 1.4Ghz or faster
  • Optical Drive: All options but only one bay
  • Video card: Geforce 4 Go 32mb, 64mb (S video out)
  • Hard drive Up to 80Gb


If you’re after a high performing laptop that won’t break the bank, then the Latitude D800 is a very smart choice. Sure there are faster options out there with the superior Radeon 9600 graphics card, but they also cost a great

deal more.

The D800 is not too large and the screen is very high quality. If you’re not interested in paying through the nose for bleeding-edge performance,then the Latitude D800 is worth considering. However, there are cheaper options out there if you’re willing to sacrifice a little performance and flexibility.