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Dell Latitude E6320 now available

Dell’s 13.3” E6320 notebook can now be ordered for a starting price of $959

With Lenovo busy shipping their newest Sandy Bridge notebooks and Samsung going slim with the Series 9, Dell has been relatively quiet in the business notebook game. After the launch of the 14” E6420 and 15.6” E6520 notebooks in early March, Dell was quiet on the business front; however, now it looks like it’s time for the 13.3” Latitude E6320 to make its dent in the market.

Although the E6320 does come off as a bit pricey for its specs, the external casing and design potentially make up for the price tag. The E6320 notebook is built from a MIL-STD 810G (Military Standard) Tri-Metal case with reinforced metal hinges. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you to take this laptop into battle, Dell has also outfitted the E6320 with an anodized Aluminum display back, a spill resistant keyboard, and a 360˚ bumper that protects from bumps and bruises.

Unfortunately as a result of the high-end case components, the performance to price tag ratio on the E6320 appears to have taken a hit. The base configuration of $959 will only get you a Sandy Bridge Core i3-2310 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB HDD and a tiny 3-cell battery. However, if you’re looking to take your E6320 to the next level, Dell offers up to a Core i7-2620M processor, up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 6-cell battery. Unfortunately, that configuration will set you back close to $3,000 and there doesn’t appear to be an option to improve on the standard 1366x768 pixel resolution 13.3” display.

All in all, the Dell E6320 looks to be a very attractive machine with an extremely solid build quality and structure. However, due to a high price tag and lack of a high-res display, we’re going to have to wait and see whether it will be able to hold up against the likes of the Samsung Series 9 and Lenovo X220 business laptops. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-04- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)