A prolific poster at NotebookReview.com claims the fan in his XPS 1330 no longer comes on during normal use (ie unless CPU intensive use, or using an external monitor) now that he's installed a SSD. He's had two at a time with SSD's, so it can't be a fluke, however lots of non-noise-sensitive people claim a fan is off when it's simply running on low...?
I wonder how the Latitude's would go with SSDs?
BTW, a Dell sales guy reported back for me from some tech manager that their quietest 3 notebooks are- D630, XPS M1330, and D830- the D630 being quietest of the 3.
However, according to Dell's specs
the D531 is actually 5db less than the D630 at idle. I presume this is with fan running (and not more a reflection of h/d choice), but it's a bit hard to know. The D531 also has it's air vented to the back, unlike the D630/D830.
Any comments on Dell fanless idle? I''m surprised that the 2.5" h/d's 10? watts would make such a diference.