Originally Posted by stuoke
Can someone please tell me the difference between the Latitude and the Inspiron model lines and possibly which one is better overall.
Here goes in a nutshell.... Inspiron is the home users laptop line and Latitude is the business/corporate line of laptops.
The laptops are very similar with some differences catering to the needs for which they are designed. The inspirons have the latest features that home consumers want, extra usb ports, larger lcds available, dvi ports, newer chipsets.
Latitudes are for the business world, they can have two hard drives, come in a slightly sturdier case, they have lots of legacy ports that home users dont use these days like a parallel printer port and serial ports, the video ports on latitudes are ONLY vga, no dvi ports and they have fewer usb ports than the inspirons. Why is this might you ask? because corporate america is still using these legacy ports, the latitude line doesnt refresh as often as the inspiron line because in the corporate world one does not upgrade laptops every time a new processor or video card comes out.
Speaking of video cards, the inspiron has much better options than the latitude line again for obvious reasons, one does not play games on ones latitude in the corporate world.......least they shouldnt be anyhow.
Latitudes are built a bit tougher but the new inspirons are also built tougher than previous models in the Inspiron line in fact I would hold any inspiron model against an HP, Toshiba or Sony, Compaq, Acer, Winbook and Inspiron would be the more durable, quality built laptop.
Any questions? PRICE.......latitudes are a generally much costlier than their inspiron counterparts so for the home user thinking of say a Latitude D810 versus an inspiron 6000 or 9400, the inspirons are quite a bit cheaper and offer better video than the D810 would and so on.
In regards to latitude builds, they are made entirely of magnesium alloy, very tough, inspirons are mag alloy on the bottom of the chassis and the lcd lid, compared to other competitors, inspirons keyboards dont bend and flex when you press down on them and if you press against the back of the lcd lid, you will not see a dimple in the lcd screen like you will if you press on the back of an lcd lid of a sony, hp, toshiba, winbook, acer etc.