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 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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