Remove fingerprint smudges! Use areospace 303. I have it for my car, basically like armor all but WAY WAY better. Use it for anything plastic or fiberglass that you want to protect. So the case absorbs the oils from your fingers, and if you coat it first with 303, then it can't absorb anything. You will want 2 microfibers, one to apply several times, and another for the final dry pass. Wipe side to side, following the lines on the case. If it isn't perfect, just do it again until it is, using a new microfiber for the final dry pass. BTW - the laptop rocks. Loaded Mint Linux on it, and just required a little tweaking.
I I just got this laptop yesterday and I would have to disagree with your assessment of the lid.
The brushed aluminum is a nice feature, however, it does NOT resist finger prints or smudges. When I took it out of the box I touched the lid and it left a finger print. I wiped and wiped, but the print remained. Today, that finger print is still on it. I'm not sure how to remove it.
If you're OCD about how your things look, I would steer away from the brushed aluminum. At least the gloss finish can be easily wiped clean if the prints bother you.
The Latitude E6x30 is quite popular as a mobile DAW because of its robustness and, once configured the right way, its system stability with external audio devices. Since I work with a dockingstation anyway, I have enought connections and don't need the highest robustness.
I was wondering if the E5540 has the same motherboard (of course minus some usb ports etc.), i.e. technical "layout"/features and BIOS? That would make it a great and less expensive alternative to the E6530. Unfortunately, the review otherwise great doesn't say much about the technical difference between the E5530 and the E6530.
Great Work. I have a question. I´m thinking on buying this laptop for photography retouching work. I own the Dell U2711 27 inches with 2560x1440. Is it possible to connect it to the monitor to get the same resolution? Maybe with a VGA to DVI cable? Or do i have to buy the Docking Station?
I was wondering about the noise. I usually work in a library and I'm concerned this may be a problem. Can adjusting the power profiles reduce the noise to an acceptable lever? If so, will it have a negative impact on the performance or will it be an acceptable one?