Laptop Upgrade

Just a quick entry for today.

It’s not often I get a chance to show something like this, but I have a client who happens to be replacing an old laptop with a new version of the same laptop. Here they are, side by side.

On the right, we have the old laptop, a Dell Latitude E7440 that was originally purchased in 2015. I believe it met Intel’s definition of an Ultrabook back then: fairly thin, weighs no more than 3 pounds, fast and powerful. This is actually a loose definition; Intel codified the specifications a laptop needed to meet in order to be an Ultrabook, and the better equipped versions of the Dell Latitude E7440 met them. This particular sample has a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, and a 480GB SATA SSD. That SSD is an upgrade I installed; the laptop came with a 128GB mSATA SSD.

On the left, we have the new laptop, a Dell Latitude E7420. As you can see in the photo, it’s a little shorter than the older version, and it’s svelter and lighter as well, just over 2 pounds. It has an 11th generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB memory and a 1TB NVMe SSD. As before, that SSD is an upgrade I installed; this laptop shipped with a 256GB NVMe SSD, and the client needed more local storage.

If you look closely at the photo, you can see that the old E7440 laptop has seen plenty of action, including what looks like some drop damage on the front right corner. You can’t see it in the photo, but the touchpad buttons are pretty well worn and not very responsive. But it still boots and runs at seven years of age, which makes this laptop a survivor. Hopefully, the new version will stand up to the test of time as well as its predecessor did.

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