Dell officially launches two new high-performance rugged laptops
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The US-based PC maker Dell has just started selling two new high-performance rugged notebooks. Dubbed E6420 XFR and E6420 ATG, these Latitude Series laptops have reportedly been manufactured to meet military-grade standards of toughness.
Both laptops come with a drop shock protection and are IP65, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G compliant, which means that they can operate in extreme temperatures. Furthermore, the items can supposedly withstand multiple free drops, are fully protected against vibration, dust and water ingress and are certified for electromagnetic interference.
The latest rugged Dell Latitude systems are powered by a choice of second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (up to an Intel Core i7-2620M clocked at 2.7GHz, Turbo Boost technology) central processing units. In addition, the XFR and ATG are equipped with 14-inch LED-backlit Anti-Glare widescreen displays (the XFR can be ordered with an optional resistive touch-screen panel) that have a maximum supported resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels, meaning they are capable of reproducing 720p HD content.
Furthermore, the standard configuration is complemented by an integrated HD 3000 video card or an NVIDIA NVS 4200M (E6420 XFR) with 512MB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM and Optimus support.
The ATG ships with 4GB of RAM, whereas the XFR model can house up to 8GB of internal 1333MHz DDR3 memory. The latter also offers 256GB of storage capacity in form of an SSD, while the first packs a 320GB rotating (7200rpm) hard drive. Both systems sport a built-in DVD Burner.
Customers are provided with a Wireless LAN 802.11n module, an optional WiMAX 6250, an optional GPS antenna and a Dell Bluetooth 3.0 adapter. In addition, there are three USB 2.0 ports (one USB 3.0 via optical bay), memory card reader, docking connectors and an RJ-45 port.
Other specs, pricing and availability
Both systems can be ordered now with a 64-bit pre-installed copy of Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate OS and a backlit keyboard. Furthermore, the XFR model is available with up to a 12-cell hot-swappable high-capacity Lithium-ion battery and Intel’s vPro technology.
The Dell Latitude E6420 ATG has a starting price of US $2,459, whereas the higher-end E6420 XFR is priced at US $4,432.