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Discussion in 'Technical Corner' started by Let'sgoflying!, Jun 22, 2019.
Is that a coupon or something?
It's my review of the five-cent deposit on a can of Bawls.
The Dell Latitude seems to be more upgradeable than the Inspiron series, probably because they are work computers for roaming desk pilots (like me.)
I have upgraded just about every component of my latitude, including the RAM, wireless card, CPU, graphics card and all my laptops now have 2TB SSDs in them with a NVME boot drive.
Semantics I suppose. The machine cannot join a domain. You can certainly log in to one. There are many advantages to joining a machine to a domain.
Re: Backlit keyboard
I had (well it's a bit unwell at present) a Toshiba Z830 which had a backlit keyboard that was an ultralight, not a gaming machine at all. Maybe backlit keyboards are a Toshiba thing?
Certainly some hits on google for:
toshiba laptop with keyboard backlight
Some random links - no idea of these sites reliability:
Last one from 2015 but may give you some ideas on where to look.
do backlit keyboards too. Someone mentioned them in this thread. @deonb.
These are NOT recommendations.
My one recommendation is to get 8GB RAM and if possible room for more in case the next release of windows requires it.
The laptop I am looking at has this HD
M.2 128GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
Show me a 1-2TB SDD which I can buy and pop in?
Fry's is a real computer store? They must have changed in the last 25 years, then. Back when I worked in Silicon Valley they were the quintessential "dumb looks are still free" place. The last computer I bought from them was a 486 system (tells you how long it's been). And getting it at the store was like pulling teeth. Getting someone to wait on me was a serious challenge. I'll save the details (but it's so bad I still remember it over 25 years later), but suffice to say that customer service was an oxymoron back then.
Judging by this page, it appears that that laptop does not have a 2.5" drive bay. At least I can't find one in the dimmed diagram.
It does have a removable m.2 NVMe drive (meaning it's not soldered to the motherboard), so upgrading is theoretically possible. It also appears to be a standard m.2 NVMe SSD. I say that because I have no idea what Dell means by "Class 35." It seems to be a Dell thing.
Crucial lists these RAM and SSD upgrades as being compatible with that laptop. Over the years, I've found their configurator (and their products) to be reliable. YMMV.
The easiest way to preserve that laptop's OS if upgrading the SSD would probably be to use Macrium Reflect to create an image and a bootable USB restore drive, and then restore that image onto the new drive.
Personally, unless there were some reason I loved a particular laptop, I'd broaden my search and look for a laptop equipped like I wanted it from the get-go. They're out there, and I wouldn't have to worry about oddball proprietary tricks or voided warranties. But to each, his own.