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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  1. I have one…….What is the best Windows for it? 7? My hardrive crashed..the laptop guy installed Windows 10..i dont like the settings and it's too slow…what should i do?

  2. Well, you gotta admit for a potato for a cpu and gpu it does pretty darn well. but of course that is this laptop's biggest flaw. Even the modern Atoms aka Pentium silver are not that great for performance. That of course was never the intent anyway. Cheap, well for the cpu, this netbook wasn't cheap. But most at the time were. Cheap to make, cheap to buy.

  3. I just bought one of these at a yard sale here in NY so I checked You tube the person must have upgraded or cause it's running windows ten its ok I paid thirty five dollars

  4. Many latitude series comes with sim slots for 3G and 4G wireless. The single core Atom cpu based netbooks just kinda stink for multitasking. The good news is linux will run much better than Windows 7 starter anyday. Even the dual core Atoms struggle so, your really not missing much. But having ddr3 is a bonus for the bandwidth restricted cpu. One of the better netbooks of it's day.

  5. :O i may have gotten a better ebay deal than the legendary Braxtan Vangundy :O i got a Dell Latitude 2120 perfect condition 250gb hard drive 2gb of ram and the intel atom n550 all for 50 dollars with free shipping. :))

  6. basically seeking information and input dell latitude c840 no power cord, have older games such as doom and such was thinking about just having it to play around for grandkids any thoughts on slight mods to improve or something cool think lat has win 2000


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