Dell refreshes Latitude, OptiPlex ranges

Dell refreshes Latitude, OptiPlex ranges

Summary: Dell has unveiled its 2012 lineup of business notebooks and desktops. We went to the company's Technology Camp showcase in London to take a look.


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  • Latitude E6x30
    The heart of Dell's new business notebook portfolio is the E6x30 series — the 12.5in. E6230, 13.3in. E6330, 14in. E6440 and (not shown here) the 15.6in. E6530.

    The general look and feel is little changed from the existing lineup, but internally there are improvements in the shape of better hard disk protection, longer battery life and quicker recharge time, enhanced vPro manageability (iAMT 8.x with Dell extensions for remote BIOS management and hard drive wiping), more encryption options, USB 3.0 support, optional LTE mobile broadband and, of course, Intel's third-generation 'Ivy Bridge' processors.

  • Latitude E6430s
    There are a couple of E6430 variants. Shown here is the E6430s, which fits a 14in. screen into a 13.3in.-sized chassis, hitting a sweet spot, according to Dell "between portability and go-anywhere productivity".

    Detailed specs are not yet available, but we'll be seeking a review sample as soon possible for a hands-on evaluation.

  • Latitude E6430 ATG
    There second E6430 variant is the E6430 ATG, a ruggedised notebook with military-grade resistance to extreme temperature, vibration, dust and altitude. It includes features like a toughened 14in. display, port covers and an optional carrying handle.

    Also new to the 2012 Latitude lineup are a pair of 'budget-friendly' systems, the 14in. E5430 and 15.6in. E5530. Dell has not yet released pricing or availability for any of the products announced on 31 May.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Reviews


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