While consumer laptops earned all the hype with the launch of Intel's new Haswell processors, Dell quietly added a business notebook using the new CPUs to its Latitude family. The E6540 is notable not only for its fresh components, but also for its hefty security features.
The new Latitude is available with two different flavors of 15.6-inch display, both LED-backlit: 1,366x768 or 1,920x1,080 resolution. It's the only Latitude that offers the option of a brawny Core i7-4800MQ processor, and there's also the option to add a discrete graphics card from an unspecified manufacturer. It features a rugged, Tri-metal chassis and protects your storage with rubber hard drive isolation and Dell's Fast Response Free-fall sensor.
Protection also takes the form of a FIPS 201-certified smart card and fingerprint readers and RSA SecurID, along with FIPS 140-2-certified TPM support and proprietary security tools like Dell ControlVault, Dell Protected Workspace, Dell Data Protection | Security Tools, and Dell Data Protection | Encryption. As a result, Dell boasts that the E6540 is "the most secure business laptop on the market."
How much you'll pay for that protection is still unclear. Dell has not announced pricing for the E6540, though it did have a couple of configurations posted on its website earlier that were in the $1,800 range with the i7-4800MQ CPU and full 1080p HD screen options. (They've subsequently been removed.) We'll have to wait a little longer to see what price Dell places on its most secure laptop ever.