Ends 4/30. Dell Business has the Dell Latitude E Series E6530 3rd Generation Core i5 15.6" Laptop for $796 with free shipping. Features a durable Tri-Metal chassis (magnesium alloy frame, reinforced steel hinges and matte chrome bumper), and backlit keyboard. Here's a review of this professional grade notebook.

  • Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz, 2GB DDR3, 320GB HDD
  • Intel HD 4000, 802.11n, BT 4.0 LE, 6-cell, Win 7 HP x64
  • Retail: $1677

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      peteriscoolright Ben's cred: 5
      Posted 12:14 pm PDT 03/28/13

      There's a lot to say about this laptop, so here is a breakdown of some major pros and cons that I have with my model.

      Pros:
      - The build quality is extremely high. The case is solid and sturdy, the components all fit very precisely, and all of the typical weak points of most laptops - optical drive, battery slot, etc. - aren't really an issue here. This thing passed the MIL-STD-810G S military standard tests.

      - Includes a wide variety of security features - Trusted Platform module, Intel Anti Theft/Computrace service, fingerprint scanner, etc.

      - It runs very cool (about 38 degrees Celsius) even when running a lot of applications, allowing you to keep it on your open lap without issue.

      - Good connectivity speed on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bandwidths. Gigabit ethernet port is also standard.

      - The keyboard is fantastic - It feels full-sized and typing is always extremely quiet.

      - Contrast ratio is great (564:1). Really good colors and darks. Good reproduction of movies.

      Cons:
      - The build on this deal is the basic version. Personally, I would dish out $100 more for 4GM RAM, 500GB HDD, and the i5-3360M processor. This will net you a huge increase in performance. I also opted for the Bluetooth, backlit keys, and 1920x1080 display for about $150 more as a personal preference.

      - It runs a little loudly. I attribute it to the Seagate harddrive they use, so this can be eliminated by upgrading to a really pricey solid-state hard drive instead. I wouldn't recommend this as it wasn't a huge deal for me. The noise level is amplified a bit when you also have the DVD drive running though, so keep that in mind if you plan on using this for movie-watching.

      - Battery life is pretty meh at about 5 hours.

      - Replacing/adding parts or upgrades is a little bit of a hassle. You have to remove the entire cover to add RAM, for example. Probably minor for some, but if you're looking to upgrade later, it's something to keep in mind.

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      Barbarossa
      Posted 12:31 pm PDT 03/28/13

      @peteriscoolright - Thanks for the review! Very helpful.

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