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Dell Latitude 3330: A budget laptop with great battery life but lousy performance

Michael Brown | Aug. 30, 2013
The Dell Latitude 3330 is a 13.3-inch budget laptop that offers little more than decent battery life.

Connectivity and conclusion
Dell broke the pattern of Intel-powered laptops providing only one USB 3.0 port. The Latitude 330 boasts two, plus one USB 2.0 port that can charge a device whether the computer is awake or asleep. It doesn't have an optical drive, but its media card reader supports both SD and MMC media.

Dell follows the crowd by providing HDMI and VGA video outputs. Because the Latitude's Wi-Fi adapter isn't an Intel model, the system doesn't support Intel's WiDi wireless media-streaming. If your primary concern is long battery life, however, be aware that this machine turned in a first-place finish, running for 5 hours, 13 minutes. And you can quickly pull out a run-down battery and snap in a fresh one to double the laptop's useful life. But that's one of the system's few truly bright spots.

 

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