August 28, 2017
Dell Latitude E6410 Sporting a wide range of Intel Core processor options, Intel integrated and NVIDIA NVS 3100M dedicated graphics, and two display options. In this review we see how this Dell business notebook. The Dell Latitude E6410 is a 14.1-inch business notebook configurable with an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA NVS 3100M dedicated graphics.



The Dell Latitude E6410 has a very modern look and feel, with a few changes this generation to give a nod towards past models. This is nice if you use your notebook in brightly lit areas where reflections can be distracting. It also means that smudges and fingerprints won’t be a problem from day-to-day use. The E6400 brought the latest body style, with a black alloy shell. 

After the T60-series ThinkPad, Lenovo switched to a plastic top cover, which has stuck for every generation since then. The HP EliteBook though keeps the metal top cover and retains the image and feel of a higher-grade notebook over a standard plastic consumer model.


The E6410 this time around keeps the body style, but switches back to the gunmetal gray coloring scheme which was found on the D630 and D620 before it. The finish has a pseudo-brushed appearance (painted, not actual brushed metal like on the HP EliteBook) that seems to resist fingerprints more than the real thing. The lower half of the notebook keeps the black metal design, with a large service panel that lets you access everything in the notebook by removing a single screw.

Inside the E6410 the look is matte black on everything besides the keyboard and model lettering. Compared to what you might find in a consumer model, there are no glossy or reflective surfaces besides the small chrome lettering on the Dell branding logo. 

Build quality is very good and if feels very durable with the metal panels top and bottom. In the business notebook market not all makers have stuck with metal body panels. 

The Latitude E6410 chassis felt very well built and resisted any flexing in the usual spots. The palmrest and touchpad showed no signs of sag under heavy prodding. The keyboard directly over the optical drive stayed firm, even though most notebooks do show some signs of weakness in this area. With the cover removed you gain access to the WWAN, Wi-Fi card, memory slots, processor and heatsink, CMOS battery, cooling fan, and the instant-on OS card. Outside of having a cover that removes by the thought of wanting to upgrade alone, the E6410 is probably the easiest notebook we have come across to upgrade.

Grabbing the notebook by the palmrest and carrying it around didn’t cause any twisting or creaking noises. With the notebook closed the screen cover gave above average protection for the screen and should prevent any keyboard key marks on from imprinting on the LCD after being transported in a backpack loaded with other items. With the notebook open it took a good amount of pressure applied to the back of the cover before it showed any ripples or distortions on the display.

Users looking to upgrade parts of IT staff looking to replacing components will find the Latitude E6410 very easy to service. Dell designed the entire bottom around a single access panel with a single screw holding it in place. After removing the screen (which is retained with a spring so it never gets lost) you simply slide the cover down about a smidge and pop it off. 



The Latitude E6410 is packed with a ton of connections, including three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, VGA and DisplayPort-out, audio jacks, LAN, and FireWire-400. Other features include an optical drive, SDHC-card reader, and a SmartCard reader.

Dell incorporates an ALPS touchpad into the E6410, which has thankfully improved from past years. The moderate amount of lag found in older revisions is completely gone, making the navigation experience much nicer. Sensitivity is great with default settings, although we still had some problems with a tap to drag event not fully releasing of the object you were moving. The touchpad also features two and three-finger gestures for scrolling, zooming, and flicking. With the pointing stick included with the keyboard, the E6410 features two sets of buttons. The top-most buttons for the pointing stick include a middle button which can be configured to control tabs. The buttons are all great to use, with good feedback and a long throw.


System performance was great with the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA NVS 3100M dedicated graphics with 512MB of video memory. Dell offers a wide range of performance options, including two graphics cards options; Intel GMA HD integrated and NVIDIA NVS 3100 dedicated with 512MB of VRAM. Hard drive options include a 5400 and 7200RPM models and a 128GB SSD. Our particular unit came with a 250GB 7200RPM Scorpio Black that was quick to boot and load applications, although not as fast as it might have been with an SSD.


For standard day to day use, the system worked flawlessly loading up web browsers or office productivity applications. For less than business uses, the system was great at playing HD movies, streaming HD video, and even the occasional game or two while the boss isn’t looking. The NVS 3100M graphics card can handle itself well with consumer 3D applications, even though its focus is on business uses. For users who don’t need a dedicated graphics card, or don’t need the highest performance, it would be suggested to just go with Intel GMA HD integrated graphics for best battery life.


~Good used portable that was in decent condition. Scratches on cover and some odor on the case that I used a orange oil to mask. Came with Windows 7 Pro and a 250Gb hard drive. Only complaint is that it was advertised to have 4Gb RAM, but there was only 3Gb. I bought 8Gb of RAM online for $55 to replace the 3Gb. Graphics are somewhat slow, but all components are working flawlessly. I partitioned this computer to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Mate Linux. This was a good purchase for the money paid (~$150) to get a used computer that was in good condition.

~Overall I am happy with the purchase. It is a used laptop but it was in fact in very good shape as the seller described. That said, I did not get exactly what I was expecting. Here is the text of the "Product description" in the body of the ad: "Dell Latitude e6410 Intel Core i5 2.66ghz/2.67ghz m560 CPU 64-bit 4GB RAM - Running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Includes $75 Brenthaven Premium Laptop Bag and AC Adapter. ".

~What I got was Dell Latitude e6410 laptop with Window 7 Pro and an AC Adapter (which, to be fair, is what was described in the top of the ad). I did not really care so much about the case (though it would have been nice to have) but I purchased the computer as a way to learn Linux development so I had to install Ubuntu on it (which fortunately is free anyway).


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