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Dell latitude 3180 Pentium installs the Latitude’s components into a casing made of matte, black plastic. The surfaces have been roughened slightly. A rubber frame that should protect the device against bumps surrounds the base unit. The build does not give reason for criticism, but the stability has room for improvement. The base unit warps a bit too strongly in our opinion. Furthermore, the screen displays image distortions when only pressing the lid’s back lightly. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch and the battery cannot be removed.
The Latitude comes with an unlit chiclet keyboard. The keys are slightly concave and have a lightly roughened surface. They feature a short drop and clear pressure point. The center yields a bit when typing on the keyboard, but that was not distracting in the test. The keyboard makes an overall very decent impression and is even suitable for frequent typing. The multitouch Click Pad has a surface area of approximately 10×5.6 cm, and thus it provides plenty of room for gestures. The pad’s sleek surface does not stop the fingers from gliding over it. The pad responds to inputs even in its corners. It has a short drop and clear pressure point.
The matte, 11.6-inch screen in the Latitude has a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Its brightness (235.8 cd/m²) and contrast (538:1) are not great, but the rates are sufficient for the laptop’s intended purpose. Unfortunately, the screen displays PWM-flickering in brightness levels of 90% and less at a frequency of 200 Hz. This can cause headaches and/or eye problems in sensitive users.
Dell latitude 3180 Pentium, has 11.6-inch office laptop that has been primarily made with schools in mind in its portfolio. It has enough computing power for basic office and Internet applications.
A solid state drive by Lite On in the M.2 2280 format is installed for storing data. The SSD has a capacity of 128 GB. Almost 86 GB can be used in delivery state. The Windows installation and recovery partition reserve the rest. The SSD’s transfer rates are good.
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