Dell launches its first rugged notebook

'All-Terrain Grade' Latitude notebook is protected against vibration, humidity and thin air, but comes with a thirst for power
Written by Richard Thurston, Contributor

Dell has launched its first rugged notebook, taking on the likes of HP and Panasonic.

The "All-Terrain Grade" (ATG) Latitude notebook is intended for use in outdoor environments. This could include construction sites, the military, emergency services and other workers operating in hazardous situations.

The Intel Core 2 Duo-based notebook, a sister product to the Latitude D620, is designed to withstand high levels of vibration, moisture and humidity. Parts can be swapped between the D620 and the ATG D620. The ATG offers a brighter display than the standard Latitude, making it more visible in sunlight. The hard drive is shock-mounted and the keyboard is spill-resistant, according to Dell.

Dell has admitted that, with the extra power requirements, battery life will take a hit. Users can, however, swap to a nine-cell battery, add a second battery in the media slot or plug it into a vehicle battery.

The device was launched on Tuesday in the US, and should be available in the UK around the end of January.

As is the trend with the latest notebooks, Dell has also embedded a cellular radio in the device alongside the conventional Wi-Fi option, to ensure multiple forms of connectivity.

Taylor Made, the supplier of golf equipment, has already ordered ATGs to help its customers measure their swing and chose the right clubs at outdoor events.

Dell is selling the notebooks in the US for $2,499 (£1,270). Panasonic sells rugged notebooks under its ToughBook brand, while HP simply sells the HP Rugged Notebook.

The 'All-Terrain Grade' Latitude notebook

The 'All-Terrain Grade' Latitude


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