While competitors are trying their best to create even thinner ultrabooks computer maker Dell has gone a different route with their new business specific ultrabooks. The new laptops the company unveiled this week are heralded as being the world’s most secure business ultrabooks. Dell explains the security advantages of their new business ultrabooks help to protect valuable date using encryption and user authentication technologies.
These new laptop models are named Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series and Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series. The Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series (E7240) features a 12.5-inch LCD and the Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7440) offers a 14-inch LCD. Both laptops are some of the most expensive Latitude laptops Dell sells currently, only the new Dell Latitude E6540 outdoes either of the new 7000 Series models. The Latitude 12 7000 Series has a base price of $1,169 with instant discounts and the Latitude 14 7000 Series is $1,049 at the moment with instant discounts.
Getting right to what Dell hopes will make these new ultrabooks stand head-and-shoulders above their competitors, security. With both of these new business ultrabooks Dell has included data protection services that not only keep data safe from prying eyes but from malware and other malicious software as well. Protection can be had from a hardware level using FIPS-201 certified smart cards, fingerprint readers and a contact-less smart card reader as well as the software level using Dell’s secure cloud storage service and Dell Data Protection security suite of software. No matter how you use your laptop Dell says these new laptops can offer data encryption for internal and external media files. In addition to being able to stop people from even powering own a stolen laptop through multifactor, single sign-on and pre-boot authentication requirements Dell also offers remote data wiping capabilities with their Intel vPro extensions.
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For those prices what are you getting with the new Latitude 7000 Series business ultrabooks from a design standpoint? As far as portability is concerned the 12-inch model weighs 2.9 lbs/1.31 kg and measures 20mm thick at its thinnest point, the 14-inch model weighs in at 3.6 lbs/1.63kg and measures 21mm thick at its thinnest point. Both models use similar designs that make use of a Tri-metal chassis that meet military grade MIL-STD-810G testing standards, while still looking sleek with Aluminum lids and powder-coated bases.
In regard to performance features that enhance the computing ability both in the office and on the move these new 7000 Series Dell Latitude business laptops also offer something to be desired.
The 12-inch and 14-inch 7000 Series Latitude models both feature Intel’s latest 4th gen. Haswell Core i3-4010U dual-core 1.7 GHz processor that offers fast performance with little power draw for a better mobile computing experience. These two laptops also get Intel HD 4400 Graphics with their processor and that graphics chip supports Intel wireless display (WiDi) technology and DirectX 11.1 to name a few things.
Both laptops also come with 4GB of DDR3 RAM that is clocked at 1600MHz. For system storage the more expensive 12-inch model has a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) standard, the 14-inch model has a 320GB 5400rpm hard drive standard with no option to upgrade to a pre-configured SSD.
The list of included ports for the 12-inch and 14-inch machine are about the same. Both feature a docking connector, mDisplayPort, HDMI, three USB 3.0, 1 Full and 1 Half Mini Card Slots (the 12-inch model does have 2 half mini slots), a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack and a RJ-45 Ethernet jack. You have the same options for added I/O solutions with the option for a SmartCard Reader/Contactless SmartCard Reader/Fingerprint Reader or FIPS Fingerprint Reader.
Available network connectivity options is another thing both the 12-inch and 14-inch Latitude 7000 Series laptops share in common. Both ultrabooks have 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support, Wireless LAN 802.11n standard with the option for 2×2 cards with Bluetooth and WiGig aswell as 1×1 cards without Bluetooth and WiGig, and of course mobile broadband cards with GPS functionality can also be added to either system. These new business ultrabooks support all the major mobile broadband standards for 4G service with WiMAX, HSPA+, and LTE.
If you don’t know what WiGig is let me explain it really quickly for you. WiGig is a new wireless technology that leverages a new Wi-Fi standard called 802.11ad to deliver a whole new type of docking experience. With WiGig your compatible computer doesn’t need to be connected physically with a WiGig dock to enjoy the benefits of expanded connectivity for external peripherals. Dell sells a WiGig dock now that can operate at a frequency of 60 GHz and provide a max. data rate of 4.6 Gdbps. The Dell WiGig dock provides the following ports DisplayPort 1.1, HDMI 1.3, three USB 3.0, RJ-45, and an audio jack (w/ mic in and out support). The Dell WiGig dock only weighs 345 grams and currently sells for $269.99 with the name Dell Wireless Dock D5000 on Dell.com.
The display options as of now don’t include touchscreens for either the 12-inch or 14-inch Dell Latitude 7000 Series models. The standard display included with the base models that were priced above at $1,169 (12-inch) and $1,049 (14-inch) is a 1366-by-768 Anti-Glare LED-backlit LCD. For the 12-inch model you will be able to upgrade to a touch-enabled Full HD (1920-by-1080) LCD “soon”, according to Dell. However for the 14-inch model you can get a Full HD resolution non-touch Anti-Glare LED-backlit LCD now (although you can’t configure one on Dell.com).
Some other things that the Dell Latitude 12 and 14 7000 Series laptops come with that should be mentioned include HD webcams with a microphone array for better sound capture, back-lit keyboards, and swappable batteries which will come in handy since the 12-inch and 14-inch models come equipped with only 3-cell (31Whr) Lithium Ion batteries. compatibility with Dell’s wireless dock named WiGig which allows you to connect peripherals to your laptop
Neither of these systems comes with a built-in optical drive. You will need to purchase an external drive if you still require optical media for your personal computing.
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit edition is pre-installed on every Latitude 7000 Series laptop.