Dell introduces Latitude 3330 laptop for students and small businesses

Dell introduces Latitude 3330 laptop for students and small businesses

Summary: The thin-and-light notebook offers Windows 8, Windows 7, and Ubuntu Linux OS options, and starts at $419.

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After scoring some success with its Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet in the education and business markets, Dell hopes to have a follow-up hit with its brand-new Latitude 3330 laptop.

Being marketed to schools and small businesses, the new notebook starts at just $419, though it provides the usual array of upgrades that could send prices soaring. For instance, processor options range from the Intel Celeron 1007U all the way to an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5–3337U, and you can equip the Latitude 3330 with either 2GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM. Storage options include a 128GB solid-state drive, 320GB or 640GB hard drives, or a 500GB "hybrid" hard drive with a small amount of solid-state storage for quick startups. 

As with many systems that cater to non-consumer markets, the Latitude 3330 is offered with either Windows 8 or Windows 7 options for the OS, and continuing Dell's embrace of Linux, there's also an option for Ubuntu 12.04. The 13.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1,366x768, and the anodized aluminium body is relatively light at 3.4 pounds with a 4-cell battery, and 3.9 pounds with a 6 cell battery.

Dell is touting security and management features of the Latitude 3330, including support for Dell Data Protection | Encryption (starting this summer, but not available in all countries), which allows remote data encryption over multiple devices from a single console. You also get Trusted Platform Module v1.2 support, optional support for Bitlocker and Computrace, and Dell Data Protection | Access features (again, not available in all countries). 

Dell is also releasing an updated version of its Mobile Computing Cart, which is designed for classrooms and other environments where a large number of mobile devices need to be stored and updated. The cart can hold up to 30 tablets or laptops, which can be charged and remotely managed (as a more expensive option) via built-in power and Ethernet cables. The unmanaged version of the cart costs $1,899.99, while the managed version runs $2,799.99.

Topics: Laptops, Dell

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  • schools?

    non-touch and no stylus for OneNote is a deal breaker.

    They can hype all the dell crapware, but any good admin will just reimage it with a nice fresh reference image without all that crap.

    They should just sell an OS-less version, lots of schools will have an FTE site license, which makes the windows OS free for students machines.

    Carts are a no go.

    The taxpayer waste started with laptop carts, then netbooks, now ipads, who get our money next :((((
    everss02
    • Windows OS not "free"

      Everss02, the various licensing programs provide for a Windows Upgrade, usually at no cost, not a full Windows license. That upgrade still requires that there be a Windows license associated with the system to upgrade. Academic institutions, such as the one where I work, and students would not be able to legally install Windows under those licensing programs on a system purchased without an OS.
      scott@...
  • Correct me if I'm wrong...

    ...but this laptop's specs are pretty looking lame. Let see, $419 get your a Celeron, 2 GB of ram, a non-touch 13.3" screen, a 4 cell battery, some amount/kind of mass storage, and an aluminum body. Not exactly earth shattering, is it?
    Sir Name
    • It depends

      This replaces the Latitude 2120, which was a ruggedized netbook with all rubber coating. If the 3330 is ruggedized for school use, I'm buying them for my school this summer.
      WK80
    • Crap

      At $419, you can surely get better specs in a laptop than that. I tell people that if you are loking for a good laptop that you won't throw out in a year because it is too slow, get a minimum of a Core i3 - better with a Core i5 [or a minimum of an AMD A8].
      The $419 specs are simply crap. It isn't useful for a student, more likely for a senior who just surfs the net [for senior porn!].
      Gisabun
  • Right...

    Are you kidding me?? I just bought an Inspiron 14z and had to replace Windows 8 with Linux Mint! Had I waited another week, I would have gotten this.
    Sebastian Tristan
  • tulceacomputers

    Latitude 3330 are o grosime de 2 cm, cântărește 1500 grame, display-ul suportă rezoluția de 1.366 x 768 pixeli și poate fi comandat cu procesor Intel Celeron, Core i3 sau Core i5.
    Solutii Tulcea