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Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors

Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors (Source: Dell)
Dell intros Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 with new designs and 8th gen Intel Core processors (Source: Dell)
The new 14-inch systems are notable for their updated CPUs and lighter designs that won't impact MIL-STD-810G performance. Expect to drop at least $1400 USD for the entry-level 5420 or upwards of $3500 USD for the flagship 7424.

The long-running Dell Latitude series is geared towards business users who wish to have the extra security and connectivity features not normally found on ultrathin consumer laptops. For users who work in more environmentally demanding fields like law enforcement or government defense, however, the sturdier Latitude Rugged series should be a more appropriate fit. Dell has refreshed its Latitude Rugged lineup for 2018 with the high-end Latitude Rugged 7424, mid-range 5424, and a lighter, thinner version of the 5424 called the 5420.

A common theme across all three new models is the updated hardware. Dell sought out to "modernize" the series with common consumer features like USB Type-C, 1080p baseline display panels with improved color reproduction, and NVMe SSDs. All models employ brand new designs when compared to the previous generation, but they will fortunately be backwards compatible with existing pogo-pin docks to honor Dell's 10-year life cycle of docking stations. Veteran owners won't have to worry about repurchasing new docks or AC adapters when upgrading to these laptops.

We recommend checking out the detailed specifications list of each system below as they carry an exorbitant number of connectivity features when compared to the XPS or standard Latitude series. Most notable are the optional 1000-nit display backlight, Intel 8th gen CPU, and Radeon RX 540 discrete graphics. Dell says there are no Nvidia options as it wanted to streamline the SKUs and ensure system stability as having too many GPU options would increase the probability of problems in the field.

The Latitude Rugged 5420, 5424, and 7424 will retail for $1399, $1499, and $3499 USD, respectively. The 5424 and 7424 will directly supplant the two-year old 5414 and 7414, respectively.

Dell Latitude Rugged 7424
Dell Latitude Rugged 7424
Dell Latitude Rugged 5424
Dell Latitude Rugged 5424
Dell Latitude Rugged 5420
Dell Latitude Rugged 5420
Dell Latitude Rugged 7424 specifications
Dell Latitude Rugged 7424 specifications
Dell Latitude Rugged 5424 specifications
Dell Latitude Rugged 5424 specifications
Dell Latitude Rugged 5420 specifications
Dell Latitude Rugged 5420 specifications

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Allen Ngo, 2018-10-23 (Update: 2018-10-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.