Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops (updated)

Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops (updated)

Summary: Dubbed as "one of the largest-ever introductions in the company’s history," Dell has trotted out a staggering 24 new business computing solutions, including eight new notebooks.

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Dubbed as "one of the largest-ever introductions in the company’s history," Dell has trotted out a staggering 24 new business computing solutions, including eight new notebooks.

All of the new Latitude laptops host second generation Intel Core processors and enhanced security features such as free fall sensors to protect data against drops.

For businesses on a budget, the E5420 (pictured above) and E5520 starts at $859. Both are outfitted with a brushed aluminum, Tri-Metal casing as well as a protective LCD seal and 360 degree bumper. Customized specs include Windows 7 and Vista OS choices, Intel HD Graphics 3000, up to 500GB of HDD space, plus WiMax and GPS options.

The E5520 has been stepped up with a magnesium alloy internal frame, steel hinges and zinc alloy latches. It also gets a 15.7-inch HD WLED display while the E5420 is resigned to a 14-inch panel of the same making.

Making up the bulk of the lot are the rugged Latitude E6000 series additions (E6220, E6320, E6420, E6520 and E6420 ATG), all of which are equipped with MIL-STD tested Tri-Metal casing and durable displays. The E6000 computers are quite similar to the E5000 notebooks, such as the maximum 500GB of hard drives space, Windows OS options, etc. Some of the specs have been improved upon, including the addition of USB 3.0, anti-glare displays and 4/6 cell ExpressCharge battery options. The E6420 ATG would be the most portable and rugged of them all with an optional handle, a spill-resistant keyboard and port covers.

Lastly, Dell is gearing up to launch Latitude XT3 convertible tablet and an unnamed 10-inch tablet PC. Details are sparse on the XT3 except for the ones already noted across the spectrum such as the Intel Core 2nd-gen CPUs, support for pre-integrated Citrix and VMware remote desktop clients, and security protections. Even less is known about the tablet, except that it will run on Windows 7 and it will be intended "IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability and integration with existing infrastructure investments."

Availability for all of these computers along with pricing for the E6000 notebooks and XT3 will be revealed "in the coming weeks."

UPDATE: Dell has released a photo of the Windows 7 tablet prototype. It's small (within the photo), but it's worth a look.

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  • Old fashioned

    These notebooks look ancient. Doesn't anybody other than Apple care about style?
    General C#
    • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

      @General C# When you live on razor thin margins, there is not enough money to come up with innovative and creative designs. This is why many computers from the Major OEMs all look similar. The bean counters run the show.
      Rick_K
      • Not really, Rick_K.

        @Rick_K <br>I would have to disagree. What are they going to make it look like, an Ipad or MB? (Apple would probally try to sue them :) )<br>Part of the <i>thin margins</i> you mention are because they're forced to compete with outer companies making the same product, and spending money on a different look (how many ways can you make a tablet?) is no garauntee of success.
        AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @AllKnowingAllSeeing
        What we see is the product of allowing a part make to call the shots. Microsoft is only a part maker, yet many believe that the OEMs should bow to the part maker. I just don?t understand why the OEMs, don?t stand up to Microsoft and say ?No more?, take control of their products and put Microsoft in its proper place.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @Rick_K,<br>Interesting that Apple focus on style has made them the worst in quality construction. HP, Lenovo and Dell business notebooks are mil-std-810f certified.<br><br><a href="http://www.hp.com/sbso/solutions/pc_expertise/professional_innovations/hp-military-grade-specifications.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.hp.com/sbso/solutions/pc_expertise/professional_innovations/hp-military-grade-specifications.pdf</a><br><br><a href="http://www.lenovo.com/partners/us/en/pdfs/Tougher%20Than%20Toughbook.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.lenovo.com/partners/us/en/pdfs/Tougher%20Than%20Toughbook.pdf</a>"<br><br>What kind of certification or quality assurance I have from Apple MBP? Maybe that's the reason Apple is far behind in other brands in the enterprise and business. So it looks like Apple is the one behind in hardware quality.
        dvm
    • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

      @General C#

      Yep Apple cares about style, the rest care about functionality. Even the Air commercial looks good until they show the cartoon OS.
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @tonymcs@? What commercial did you see with windows on it?
        Rick_K
    • Consumers care about &quot;style&quot;, business cares about ROI.

      @General C#

      In the end, Apple sells to consumers, Dell, et al, sells to business. Businesses will pay a premium for anything that increases their worker's productivity and extends the life-cycle of the product, thus improving their return-on-investment.

      Style offers businesses nothing.
      M Wagner
  • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

    As a student, I would like to see at least a 13" full windows slate, with much higher resolutions, removable battery, multi-touch, active digitizer, and better customization with regard to specs. Students need to see better tools for reading and annotating on digital textbooks.
    rrodriguez0001
    • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

      @rrodriguez0001
      Sure, if you?re willing to pay the nearly $2K price tag for a 5 pound tablet, that only gets a few hours of useable battery life.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @Rick_K
        The price is expected. I would pay even higher for lighter material to bring down the weight. I'm not so sure I agree with your assessment on the weight. And with better processors due out, I'm sure dell could do better with the battery life. Thanks
        rrodriguez0001
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @rrodriguez0001
        Being that to run full windows, an Appropriate processor will be required. This will also need ot have a cooling fan, and heatsink. When you start adding thins like the DVD drive, and other parts (everything including the kitchen sink) it weight will go up. At those prices, you could just get a decent notebook and a smartphone.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        @Rick_K

        Only in your head. I've already seen demos of laptops with WIn7 without fans, long battery life and the best thing - you can actually do something with them rather than use them as fashion accessories or jumbo phones (without the phone).
        tonymcs@...
      • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

        [i]Only in your head. I've already seen demos of laptops with WIn7 without fans, long battery life and the best thing - you can actually do something with them rather than use them as fashion accessories or jumbo phones (without the phone).[/i]

        Wow, next thing ya know, you'll claim it toasts bread real well, too.

        lol...
        search &amp; destroy
    • Unfortunately, students cannot afford a device like that

      @rrodriguez0001

      Apple can compete because it offers the consumers a small number of choices and can sell in very large volumes.

      Once Apple has you integrated into their eco-system, changing brands makes your Apple music, movies, and APPs obsolete. (Sure iTunes works with Windows but I'll bet we will not see an iTunes port to Android or WebOS, or Windows Phone 7.)
      M Wagner
    • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

      @rrodriguez0001 Maybe not 100% your requirements, but there is the Asus EEE Tablet. It has a Wacom digitizer, a worthwhile addition. The only problem I see is that it doesn't have much battery life yet...
      Roque Mocan
  • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

    Rick,
    You don't need an internal DVD drive or a kitchen sink . . .
    rrodriguez0001
    • RE: Dell intros Windows 7 tablet, eight new business-focused Latitude laptops

      @rrodriguez0001 I figured you knew that old saying. Guess I was wrong on that count. The point si you could buy a notebook (rather than the functional equivalent of a netbook) and still have money left over.
      Rick_K
    • Nope. If you have a robust network, ...

      @rrodriguez0001 ... you don't need any other removable media.
      M Wagner
  • The original &quot;Garden of Eden&quot; fruit brought all this on!

    No "real man" wants an apple. We all know what happened!
    LOL
    ;-)
    kd5auq