This review is of the Dell Fast Laced Latitude Rugged 7212 laptop computer. It has a terrific LCD screen, excellent keyboard and a long-lasting battery life, but when it comes to speed, speed, the Dell is slower than a snail.
For such a tiny machine, Dell has put an incredible amount of speed into it. For the money you pay for it, it's very difficult to find anything comparable.
But the Dell still has a lot to offer. It has a backlit keyboard, its screen is a high resolution one, it has a new laptop card with audio and video capabilities and a CD-ROM.
For all of this performance and style, the computer still can't keep up with Windows. For all of the speed, it takes so long to start up that when you finally do, it takes even longer. The CD-ROM gets a very poor rating in this area as well.
The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop comes with a rugged carrying case, so that it can be taken anywhere. In addition, there is an adjustable height keyboard tray and a detachable keyboard stand, so that you can maximize the height of the keyboard.
The keyboard of the Dell is a flat layout, which makes it very comfortable to type on. The keys are also nicely spaced out, and this makes typing on the Dell easy, while providing an attractive appearance.
The keyboard has a nice numeric keypad and programmable keys that allow you to navigate your programs. It has a handy space bar and one more key, which allow you to control volume or your music player.
The case is made of high quality components, and the warranty covers both parts and labor. The keyboard, mouse and speakers are also covered under the warranty.
There are 2 corner casters on the bottom, which are ideal for the time-share model. They also have soft rubber feet that make them easy to maneuver on any surface.
The laptop dock of the Dell Latitude Rugged 7212 features a DVD-ROM drive, which allows you to transfer files from the computer to the DVD-ROM. There is also an attached network card and an included extension cable, which allow you to use the computer as a network computer.
With the laptop case attached, you can take the unit with you anywhere. Because it's light and portable, you can take it on airplane flights, use it in hotels and even at home.
In short, you really can't find a better deal anywhere else. But, please remember that the quality of the components inside is definitely below par, and you may want to consider spending a little extra to ensure that you get what you're paying for.