eBay Finds: $25 Dell Latitude 2120 Unboxing, Teardown, Overview, and Test

For the past few weeks I have been searching around for a small but usable laptop / netbook to replace my Dell Inspiron 15. The Inspiron 15 is a good little laptop but I desired something smaller, lighter, and more rugged. My budget for a used laptop was $50 and my budget for a new machine was $250. I preferred a used laptop to keep costs down. After searching eBay and craigslist for about a couple weeks I came across this Dell Latitude 2120, it was within my price range and the specs looked good so I pulled the trigger.

First impressions during the unboxing were excellent. To my surprise the laptop was in near perfect condition, there were only two minor scuffs that caught my eye. The length and with of the system was exactly what I was looking for bu the extended battery makes the laptop about .5″ to thick for my tastes.

After tearing the system apart and installing a 16GB Kingspec SSD I demoed the system’s performance which was actually pretty decent. Boot time was only around 40 seconds, system applications were very responsive, office programs opened quickly, my IDE worked great, and with only one or two tabs open internet browsing was pleasant. The system did start to come to a slow with multiple tabs opened and would not play 720p video back smoothly.

Considering that this system only has a single core Atom 455 inside I am for the most part satisfied with the overall performance, it was actually a little bit above my expectations. I am not 100% sure yet if I am going to keep this laptop or not. I am going to play around with it for a week or two more. I will keep you guys updated!

System Specs: Intel Aton N455 @ 1.66GHz, 2GB DDR3 SD RAM, 16GB KingSpec SSD, Intel GMA 3150, 1204 X 600 Display, Xubuntu 15.10

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