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Dell Latitude 3330 review: The embodiment of a no-frills notebook

Yardena Arar | June 17, 2013
This budget offering is no bargain if you expect more than basic productivity.

The Latitude 3330 looks handsome and sturdy enough, with a pewter-colored brushed-metal exterior trimmed with black plastic that repeats inside. The island Chiclet-style keyboard keys are a bit mushy and flat, but well spaced and adequate for touch typing. The multitouch touchpad is reasonably responsive, and the 1366-by-768-pixel display looks bright and crisp. Stereo speakers embedded in the front edge produce surprisingly robust audio.

Dell latitude 3330
The Chiclet-style keys are mushy and flat, but well spaced.

Dell offers multiple customization options that can make the Latitude 3330 less expensive—and even less powerful. This notebook will fulfill a student's or business traveler's most basic needs, but buyers should be prepared to accept subpar performance for even routine Web multimedia.

 

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