Exterior- The exterior is beautiful. The entire casing for the palm rest and the lcd bezel is all a tough feeling plastic. The lcd lid and the base are a thickly painted metal. The laptop can be picked up by a corner, no flex or squeaks. The latch is metal, and it rattles if you jiggle it a bit, but who would do that?
Screen-WUXGA is perfect. the picture is clear, sharp and vibrant. Movies are beautiful, games are great, and it is plenty bright. Not sure what manufacturer, I don't recall the name of the program to tell what screen model you have.
Speakers- Very nice for a laptop. I think the placement up by the keyboard helped to put larger speakers in, which actually give halfway decent sound.
Keyboard- The keyboard is very nice. Not sure if it's been redesigned, but the keys are springy yet firm in other words, just right.
Touchpad- This is the best touchpad ive ever used. it's very intuitive and its more of a precise movement, rather than a shot in the dark like most touchpads. the buttons are sized well, even though I have the fingerprint reader between them, they're still plenty big.
Trackstick-The trackstick is even better than the touchpad. It's like you just think in your head where you want the pointer to go, and it does. Even better than the touchpad, which is the best ever in my opinion.
UPEK fingerprint reader-I havent gotten it configured just yet, but the software is very good, and it really is a good feature if you have sensitive info on your computer.
hard drive-THe hard drive if fast and quiet, just as fast as my desktop 7200rpm drive. the brand is toshiba.
RAM-It came with 512mb of ram, and I added a 1gb stick from newegg from a company called A-Data. Will run memtest tonight.
Core Duo-I was able to surf the internet with no slowdown while a game ran in the background. No slowdowns.
GPU-GPU is pretty good, havent taxed it out yet, but its been okay in photoshop and aoe2(very low intensity)
Wireless-Mom's d505 with a low end dell card all but loses wireless signal in my bedroom. The Intel 3945 gets 54mbbs and excellent signal strength. Nuff said.
Bluetooth- connects to my phone easily. Very convenient, plus the blue light on the led light panel looks good
Battery-Only complaint. I demand full screen brightness all the time, so my battery only lasts 2 and a half to 3 hours. The 9cell would probably not help much. I might buy the media bay battery for a spare, but 2 and a half hours is a respectable time
gotta give 9.8/10 tmans the only bad things are a battery that should get 30 more minutes, lack of 5 in one media reader, and no media direct and front mounted audio buttons. These were comprimises i made when choosing the latitude, but had they been included, the laptop would be PERFECT. I'll settle for nearly almost but not quite yet still incredibly close to perfect