Dell rolls out new Latitude 7000 series Ultrabook laptops

Dell rolls out new Latitude 7000 series Ultrabook laptops

Summary: The new business notebooks will come in 12.5-inch and 14-inch sizes, starting at $1,049.

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Dell is sprucing up its Latitude lineup of business laptops with its new 7000 series, which will include 12.5-inch and 14-inch Ultrabook models.

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Both versions feature Intel's fourth-generation Core (a.k.a. Haswell) processors, run Windows 8 Pro, and come with a gaggle of security options like Dell Data Protection software tools, Dell ControlVault, fingerprint readers, and more. Trying to add a little more sex appeal to the Latitude, Dell has built the 7000 laptops out of aluminum with a powder-coated base and with what it calls a "Tri-metal chassis" for added durability.

The Latitude 12 7000 is 0.79 inches thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. The base configuration includes a 12.5-inch 1,366x768 screen (a higher-res version is forthcoming), Intel Core i3-4010U processor, 4GB and a 128GB solid-state drive. The Latitude 14 7000 is a tiny bit thicker (0.83 inches) and a tad heavier (3.6 pounds) thanks to its 14-inch display (albeit with the same resolution), but it's still sufficiently svelte enough to qualify as an Ultrabook per Intel's specifications. Its base model swaps in a 320GB hard drive for the SSD, but otherwise has similar specs to the Latitude 12 7000.

Dell is hyping the new Latitudes' ability to use WiGig-based wireless dock technology to let you make use of peripherals (monitors, projectors, etc.) without needing any cables. They also support Intel's WiDi technology to wirelessly stream video to an external display. Both the Latitude 12 7000 and 14 7000 include a standard 3-year warranty with limited on-site service.

That support will cost you, however, as the new Latitudes aren't exactly budget systems. The Latitude 14 7000 starts at $1,049, while the Latitude 12 7000 has a starting price of $1,169. Add additional years of support, encryption services, and the like, and the price goes up from there. The Latitude 7000 series begins shipping on August 29, but you can pre-order at Dell's site now.

[Via Liliputing]

Topics: Laptops, CXO, Dell, Mobility

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  • So can someone tell me...

    What is the purpose of sticking a Haswell processor in a laptop or ultrabook or even a tablet and then outfitting the device with a normal non-SSD hard drive? You know, the OLD "battery draining" technology. Don't these manufacturers understand that not only is SSD the future in mobile storage or any storage for that matter, but with less moving parts and mechanics it is a battery saver, not drainer? You put a normal hard drive in these devices, it simply drains battery... I guess they just don't get it.
    BruinB88
    • SSD option

      Dell does provide an SSD option upon system configuration. If someone chooses a standard hard drive over the SSD option then they are the ones who don't "get it".
      edersch
      • Don't agree

        The vendors don't get it. They should not even offer the old hard disk option. It simply defeates the purpose of this type of device. You are putting this all on the consumer and as we all know in this or any business "The Customer is always right". Customers are asking for longer battery power and manufacturers are doing them a disservice when they configure a device specifically to defeat that long battery power goal.
        BruinB88
        • Respectfully disagree

          Choice is always the better option, IMO.
          ahy-nonimous
      • non-SSD choice

        I don't agree with you. Does it make sense to put a v8 in a compact car? If a boy-racer retro-fits a v8 . . . fine, but I agree with BruinB88 . . . a non SSD option makes no sense.
        NewZed
    • Why a HDD?

      A couple of reasons:

      Disaster Recovery - depending on how a company is managing their assets, they can recover data from a failed HDD vs. a complete loss with an SSD. I'd argue for a more robust backup/restore system, but at least this is an option

      Budget Constraints - if buying in any significant volume (as with any commodity), a company may be constrained and of the few configurable items, I think the HDD v SDD choice has the biggest margin.
      n0mad3
      • And one more reason for HDD:

        The obvious one: Capacity. Until 500 or 720 GB SSDs become available/affordable, there is simply no substitute. And don't give me the old 'Everything is in the cloud' argument... there are many situations and markets where cheap, dependable high speed, always-on connectivity cannot be taken for granted.
        jaykayess
        • the cloud is dead. long live the desktop.

          the cloud is dead now. the nsa killed it dead.
          Albert Shurgalla
      • SSD unlikely to fail

        With no moving parts, you'd need ca catastrophic event to cause an SSD to fail. HDD's are frail, and prone to failure, overheating, and wear and tear just from everyday use. Why HDD's are still around I will never know.
        Julie Dinkins-Borkowski
        • HDDs provide an option

          @Julie, HDDs are still around because they meet some users' requirements. SSDs are faster, more power efficient, and more robust, but HDDs have higher storage capacity for a lower price.
          CageySee
        • SSDs fail as often as HDDs

          Statistically, SSDs fail as often as HDDs. SSDs are a relatively new technology; HDDs use old well proven technology and although HDDs do fail, some failed HDDs can have their data recovered by transplanting the platters into a new drive chassis or by replacing the motor. If an SSD fails, it's usually total. Moreover, SSDs wear out by repeated writing; HDDs don't. If you're using software that is disc intensive, HDDs are the better option. If you're using software that isn't HDD intensive, a slower disc won't have much effect on speed. SSDs do dramatically shorten boot-up time but with their repeated write algorithms designed to spread the writes over the whole SSD to minimise uneven wear shortening the SSD's life, such algorithms can make it difficult to guarantee all data has been erased in the case of diposal or loss of an SSD or SSD containing laptop, so data on an SSD could be more vulnerable to theft. Finally, as another commenter has mentioned, the cost per gigabyte of an SSD is significantly higher than an equivalent HDD, not forgetting that you can get a single HDD with a 4 terabyte capacity, whereas SSDs are struggling to crack 1 terabyte.
          Until SSDs are developed which don't wear out with repeated writes, I'll support the old HDD.
          JohnOfStony
  • choice

    "...They should not even offer the old hard disk option. It simply defeates the purpose of this type of device..."

    Maybe some customers have other reasons to select this product than maximum battery life and top speed. Dell can figure that out for themselves on the way to the bank. I doubt they need our advice. But then, I am quite new to the SSD myself with the recent price drops, so I admit I am not qualified to offer an opinion on retail market strategy.
    dprain
    • This.

      Some people are happy with 128 or 256 GBs or storage, others are not.

      For example, I can easily go through 600 GBs of space due to the sheer amount of content I own.

      Videos, images, songs, when they're uncompressed, these take up a large amount of room.

      College students would probably end up with a lot of these.

      While I wouldn't do the actual work on said-laptop, it's quite easy to move them from a server onto the laptop and onto a desktop/workstation waiting at home.
      ForeverCookie
  • Really?

    Is it arrogance, greed or crippling stupidity that drove them to place a far inferior processor in the 12 andthen charge 270 bucks more than the 11" air. Those crummy i3s are far worse than the i5 in the air which also happens to have HD 5000 graphics which none of the other OEMS include in their ultra books. With that garbage processor, this is a 600 dollar machine at most. The Asus x202e is equivalent with an SSD option.
    Eman101
    • These are business machines.

      Apple only sells consumer/prosumer machines.

      In terms of performance, the difference between an i3, an i5, and an i7 are negligible when it comes to ULV processors.

      And the difference in graphical performance? Very little.

      This machine is over $1,000 because it's worth over $1,000.

      What you lose in specs, you gain in reliability, durability, and enterprise features.
      ForeverCookie
  • Lining up

    Yes. People are lining up for this.
    flyguy29