If hundreds of user reports are any indication, there may be a serious problem
with Dell's Latitude E6400 and E6500-series notebooks. Owners have complained of massive performance issues, with systems throttling by as much as 95% under normal speeds when the systems get only slightly warm. Some users also say that even when cool, the laptops don't reach 50% of the maximum clock.
These issues aren't exactly new, either, with complaints dating back to earlier this year. Unfortunately, Dell hasn't handled the situation gracefully, according to Engadget
. The company has been censoring posts on its forums, and even banned a member (Tinkerdude) for creating a PDF that details the problem with 59 pages of analysis
If you've experienced the issues firsthand, share your thoughts in the comments. You should also contact Dell, as they are more likely offer a remedy -- and faster -- if pressured.