Wednesday, 01 May 2019 11:08

Dell Latitude notebooks 'completely redesigned'

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Dell has "completely redesigned" its Lattitude family of notebook computers, Dell vice-president and general manager of commercial mobility products Rahul Tikoo announced at Dell Technologies World on Tuesday.

Fourteen new Latitude models will be available on 1 May. They include the Latitude 7400, said to be the smallest 14in commercial notebook on the market.

Features of the new Latitude notebooks include:

ExpressCharge, giving up to 80% battery charging in just one hour;

ExpressCharge Boost for up to 35% charging in 20 minutes;

ExpressConnect for automatic connection to the strongest available Wi-Fi signal, and up to 40% faster throughput than with a conventional antenna;

Fingerprint reader built into the power button and Windows Hello-capable IR cameras for biometric authentication;

Dell SafeScreen to minimise the risk of 'shoulder surfing';

Camera privacy shutters;

Contact or contactless smart card readers;

SafeID to protect user credentials;

SafeBIOS to verify firmware integrity;

Optional 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors; and

Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+).

Not all of these features are available on every model.

Tikoo said the Latitude range comprises "the most secure commercial notebooks on the market today".

The new models have been optimised for the Dell Technologies Unified Workspace.

The Latitude 7000 series comes in 13 and 14-in variants. Machined aluminium or carbon fibre cases feature a variable-torque, drop-hinge design for one-finger opening, and the first narrow border 4x4, CAT16 cellular antenna with dynamic antenna tuning in the PC industry, delivering gigabit LTE speed on the go.

The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 launched earlier this year is joined by the Latitude 7200 2-in-1 with a thinner, lighter design, brushed anodised aluminium finish, and backlit keyboard.

Depending on configuration, the 7000 series are claimed to provide up to 20 hours of run time on one charge.

The Latitude 5000 series addresses mainstream business needs with a choice of 13, 14 and 15in displays in a carbon fibre reinforced case, with run times up to 20 hours.

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Narrow-border HD, Full HD or touchscreen display configurations are available, with optional discrete graphics chips for higher performance.

The Latitude 5300 2-in-1 is claimed to be the world's smallest mainstream business-class 13in 2-in-1. Weighing from 1.43kg, it features a 360-degree hinge, full HD edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display with anti-glare coating, and up to 32GB of memory and 1TB of storage.

The Latitude 3000 series is the entry-level range, and comes in 13, 14 and 15-in models.

"The modern workforce's computing needs have changed. They're not at their desks nine to five. They’re in motion between meetings, remote or frequently travelling, and one-size-fits-all laptops won’t cut it," said Tikoo.

"Our new Latitudes make it easier and more enjoyable to work, collaborate and innovate anytime, anywhere. With security concerns looming over both employees and IT departments, businesses can rely on our new Latitudes, combined with Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, to make it simple for IT to ensure workers have the best device for their needs – up and running fast, working smarter and always secure, wherever they are."

Alongside the new notebooks, Dell introduced new docking stations offering the world’s most powerful charging capability, as well as the first modular docks with upgradeable power and connectivity.

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The docks support Thunderbolt 3 and single or dual USB-C, as well as the ExpressCharge and ExpressCharge Boost features of Dell laptops.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and USB-C.

Connectivity and power delivery options are upgradeable, so the docks will be usable with several generations of PCs.

Dell offers a mounting kit to attach a dock to the back of a display for a less-cluttered desk.

Other options include a hybrid power adaptor with a 16-hour battery; a USB-C travel adaptor with HDMI, DisplayPort (both up to 4K), VGA, Ethernet, USB-C and USB-A interfaces; and a travel mouse that flattens out for easier packing.

Disclosure: The writer attended Dell Technologies World 2019 as a guest of the company.


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