Dell is now refreshing its various ranges of computers to include new Ivy Bridge versions of Intel's Core iX range, and to introduce some new designs. The new models include an Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, and a Latitude E6430s with up to 32.7 hours of battery life. Both have 14-inch screens.
The mainstream Inspiron 14z follows Dell's first successful, but pricey, Ultrabook, the aluminium-and-carbon-fibre XPS 13. Following Intel's new rules, mentioned here previously, the slight step up in screen size from 13.3 to 14 inches also allows increases in thickness and weight. The 14z takes advantage, with a maximum thickness of 0.83 inches (21mm) and a weight that starts at 4.12 pounds (1.87kg).
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The Latitude E6430s is the most interesting new model in a business range that comes in screen sizes from 12.5 to 15.6 inches. The E6430s packs a matt 14 inch screen into a solid, rounded, inch-thick chassis that weighs around 6 pounds. Extra features include a fall sensor and StrikeZone shock absorber, plus Intel VPro support. The "up to 32.7 hours of battery life" requires extra batteries, which come in various sizes. A 3-cell battery fits into a modular bay, and there's a 9-cell Extended battery slice.
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Although the E6430s feels tough, there's an even tougher version designed for "outdoor productivity": the semi-ruggedised Latitude E6430 ATG. Dell says this is MIL-STD-810G and IP5X tested, and "designed to withstand a 30-inch drop".
Dell showed off PCs from its Inspiron, XPS, Vostro, Latitude, Optiplex and Precision ranges at a European event in London last week, including some models that are embargoed until June 12 and June 26. However, if Dell has developed any interesting Windows 8 tablets, transformers or convertibles like the ones shown at Computex in Taiwan this week, it didn't show them. Or not to me.