The keyboard of the Latitude can be ordered in two different versions. He teaches criminal justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. That's more than double the 30. It has two open ports on the top and a fan exhaust on the bottom of the unit. The touchpad is recessed into the palmrest, allowing it to be fully weather-sealed against dust and water intrusion.
While some of the port covers popped open, the notebook didn't suffer any damage, and started up normally. Other business laptop makers such as Lenovo offer their own similar versions of catch-all administrative applications, and both the Dell and Lenovo versions are reasonable useful and easy to use. Below that is a slot for the small metal stylus. The development of temperature on the surfaces was positive in the test. Particularly the massive display hinges and the catch immediately stood out.
Media bays can often be used for secondary batteries, but Dell offers a special 12-cell slice extension battery that snaps onto the bottom of the computer see picture below. The touchpad of the robust laptop turned out to be very small, however it offers good gliding qualities. Dell took the same hardware from the business line of notebooks and put it in a redesigned chassis to hold up to the rigors of heavy-duty usage. The touchpad buttons are covered in rubber cladding, allowing them to have a full range of movement, but remain sealed against the elements. In 2014, the global market share of Dell laptops was 12. As shown in the video the adhesive around the touchpad had come unstuck on our sample, which though only cosmetic shows a lack of attention to detail.
Colors and contrast are below average at higher brightness levels and the backlight bleeds through at higher levels. The cage is also built to dampen shock and dissipate thermal energy. After streaming a video on Hulu for 15 minutes, the notebook's touchpad measured a balmy 93 degrees Fahrenheit, while the space between the G and H keys measured 92 degrees. The notebook also has a Stealth mode, which shuts off audio and the keyboard backlight while dimming the screen--perfect for maintaining cover in a potentially hostile situation. The QuadCool Sealed Thermal Chamber was pretty effective on warm weather, provided one keeps those ports clear.
It provides all the connectivity - network and peripheral - you could wish for and decent performance, all at a surprisingly middle-management price. This notebook saw just under 4 hours of battery life, where the Getac B300 with a slower and more efficient processor got almost 9 hours. It flexes more than we would like to see on any notebook, standard or rugged, creating a weak point in an otherwise fully-rugged design. You will certainly have no problems running office applications, such as spreadsheets, and even more resource-intensive applications run quickly and efficiently. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. Exposed screws on the keyboard deck and bezel reinforce the extremely rugged aesthetic see pictures below in Keyboard and Touchpad. The system is available today in the U.
It is so clear and accurate, I recommend purchasing an aftermarket product like a polarizing screen that prevents prying eyes from viewing confidential information. The volume of the built-in fan could not be tested in detail due to the ambient noise. We were forced to crank the volume to maximum just to be able to hear the dialogue in Aeon Flux. Bass and midrange support is lacking, leaving only higher frequencies coming through. See how Dell stacked up in this year's and report. That makes the starting price illusory for most buyers, but also lets you customize the system to an incredible degree.
Great performer Performance is exceptional thanks to the dual-core Intel processor and this is the fastest rugged laptop we've seen to date. The display is also optionally available as a touch-screen version. Dell is using hyperbole instead of straight information about the materials and methods used to make the machine rugged. The touchpad surface is very responsive and has minimal lag in our testing. Dell mounts a heatsink and fan underneath the notebook in a sealed chamber exposed to the elements. Although this unit appears to be resistant to an occasional spilled cup of French Roast, I would not take it to a pool party.
The flat, medium-sized keys are smudge- and fingerprint-prone, but they provided firm feedback with little flex. Feedback is surprisingly good, with a long throw distance and a soft click when pressed. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. Ports and Features All external ports and expansion slots are sealed from water and dust with solid hinged panels, with frequently used ports offering sliding access panels. It wasn't as accurate as we would have liked, as the stylus would also highlight either the line above or below our intended line. However, we were able to recalibrate the display using the eGalaxTouch utility.
Build quality is above and beyond a standard Dell notebook thanks to very tough body panels and super strong screen hinges. We appreciated the slightly gritty, frictionless surface of the 3. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2. Advertiser Disclosure: Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. Dell took the same hardware from the business line of notebooks and put it in a redesigned chassis to hold up to the rigors of heavy-duty usage.
Dell has gone to extraordinary lengths to ruggedise this laptop. Interestingly, as if trying to make up for past mistakes in offering proper ruggedness data, this time Dell provides so much that it's now difficult to figure out what the machine actually can do, and a lot of the data is mixed with comparison to competing machines. Then, with the notebook turned on and open, we dropped it twice from a height of three feet. A solid state drive does not spin, and therefore is considerably more shock resistant to things like crashes in patrol cars, a topic for which I have some expertise. Non-Operating and Closed: 48-inch, 26 Drops on each face onto 2-inch plywood over concrete.