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Dell adds consumer touches to Latitude notebook line

Mark Hachman | Aug. 28, 2013
Dell's latest revision of its Latitude notebooks borrows stylistic elements from its XPS consumer lineup, while retaining a traditional focus on the enterprise. The most important addition, however, is full touch capability.

The E7240 measures 12.2 inches wide by 8.3 inches deep by 0.79 inches thick, weighing 2.99 pounds, while the E7440 measures 13.2 inches wide by 9.1 inches deep by 0.8 inches thick, and 3.6 pounds.

The 3000 series is available in two models: the Latitude 15 3000, with a 15.6-inch display; and the Latitude 14 3000, with a 14.0-inch display. Both ship with either 1366 x 768, 1920 x 1080, or 1366 x 768 touch options.

The Latitude 15 measures 14.8 inches wide, 10.2 inches deep, and between 0.99 inches and 1.33 inches high depending on the battery selected and the display chosen. The weight of the Latitude 15 ranges from 4.8 to 5.1 pounds. The Latitude 14 measures 13.62 inches wide, 9.65 inches deep, and from 0.98 inches to 1.3 inches deep. The Latitude 14 weighs between 4.3 pounds to 4.6 pounds, depending on the configuration.

Detailed specifications for the Latitude 5000 series were not available. The 5000 series adds an ultra-low-voltage Core processor for extended battery, and both the 3000 and the 5000 series provide a discrete graphics option.

Services and support
A few years back, "99 percent of the story would have been the hardware, and the rest software and services," Schell said. Now, Dell, like other hardware makers, would like to bundle up its hardware with related software and services, selling them to customers as a complete package.

As such, Dell didn't disclose what it would charge customers for services like Dell ProSupport, which offers unlimited repair, plus support for third-party software; if your tax software breaks, Dell can fix it, Schell said. Dell's DDP Protected Workspace also "sandboxes" the OS and many applications, so if a user clicks on an infected document, it will just poison the sandbox, where it can be isolated and eradicated. The technology, first announced in June, will be offered free for a year, then for an annual subscription fee after that. Like an antimalware subscription, customers can let that subscription lapse and then later renew it, Schell said.


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