Dell updates commercial PC lineup, launches enterprise 2-in-1

Dell updates commercial PC lineup, launches enterprise 2-in-1

Summary: Dell cribs design cues from its XPS line to bring a 13-inch 2-in-1 to market. Will enterprises bite?

TOPICS: Hardware, Dell, PCs

Dell on Thursday launched a new suite of commercial PCs that are designed to bring 2-in-1 devices into the enterprise and cover a range of sizes and use cases.

Like other PC makers, Dell is looking to ride the corporate upgrade cycle, bring style to enterprise devices and utilize mini form factors that can be tucked behind monitors and displays.

"We're thinking commercial first," said Kirk Schell, general manager of Dell's end user computing group. "Everything we sell you should have a sameness to it so you can buy and deploy the same way."

Schell's continuum for end user computing ranges from tablets to laptops to desktops. The general idea is that Dell's commercial line should be able to dock and be easily managed.

The headliner from Dell is the Latitude 13 7000, an ultrabook with a 13-inch detachable tablet. Schell said that the Latitude 13 7000 takes design cues from its XPS line and has accessories that are made to get you through airports quickly with few devices. In many respects, the Latitude 13 7000 is a Microsoft Surface rival. One key diffference is that the 7000 is "lappable" and can actually rest in your lap unlike the Surface, said Schell. 

Dell Latitude 13 7000

In many ways, the Latitude 13 7000 is the enterprise version of the XPS 2-in-1 ultrabook.

"This product is born out of the XPS design language. We've learned from the XPS and Venue Pro product line," explained Schell.

What's notable about Dell's 2-in-1 is how it will be deployed. Schell acknowledged that most corporate PCs being deployed are Windows 7, but there are pilots increasing with Windows 8. "It's still early but we are seeing Windows 8 pilots, but they come with application modernization projects," said Schell. Given Windows 8's touch interface, corporate apps have to be updated for it.

To go with the Latitude 13 7000, Dell is also refreshing its midline 5000 series and entry level 3000.

Among the other commercial additions from Dell:

  • A Google Chromebox and Chromebox for Meetings. The Chromebox for Meetings comes with video conferencing gear from Dell. Schell said that Chromeboxes and Chromebooks are gaining traction in the enterprise in verticals such as education.
  • Latitude 14 Rugged, which is for use in law enforcement, military and other verticals in the elements regularly. The Latitude Rugged can take drops up to 3 feet and come with outdoor readable displays as well as a dust and water resistance.
  • The OptiPlex 3020 and OptiPlex 9020. The common theme among the OptiPlex line is a small footprint for mounting. The OptiPlex also has a version for Dell's Wyse thin clients.

Topics: Hardware, Dell, PCs

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  • About time

    I truly believe the Microsoft Surface was a catalyst to start the hyrbid laptop movement. Its about time the vendors are kicking in making cool devices. This new Dell hybrid finally looks and works great.
    Sean Foley
    • Catalyst Results

      I totally agree the Surface kick started the hybrid market. We are now several generations later. In the beginning there were many variants of mechanical design. It looks like the winners are the Rips and Back Flips. My favorite Front Flips along with the Twists, Flying Flips, Rip-N-Twists, etc. are close to gone.

      Surface still leads the hybrid market technically. It will be interesting to see where others go in the next year.
  • I hope

    I hope they do a better job of supporting their commercial products than they do their consumer products.

    I've had a Dell Venue 11 Pro for 9 months, and the video drivers continue to crash. It's happening to a large number of users. Dell has been made aware of the issue, but so far there's no fix:
    • Different experience here...

      Bought a Venue 8/64 pro last year. Initially, it had some issues with the touch screen. Dell fixed it quite rapidly with new firmware. Then there were pen issues, which were also fixed timely (heck they even replaced my defective v.1 stylus with a much-improved v.2 free of charge!)

      I understand that "your mileage may vary", but my experience with Dell has been pretty good. Also my wife just bought her second XPS 15 laptop, the first (2010 vintage) still being an awesome machine that works like new (but she wanted the touch screen and the 3200x1800 resolution. This thing is way better than a MBP and it costs less!)
    • I am typing

      This from the same device as discussed in the link, and I have no such issues.

      The venue 11 pro is a fantastic device as far as I'm concerned.
  • Pen

    I wonder if it'll have Wacom or N-Trig pen included.