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Savvy and Stunning:  New Dell Latitude Ultrabooks and Laptops Offer World’s Best Security and Manageability Combined with Seductive Design

  • Dell unveils Latitude 7000 Series, a sleek line of business-class Ultrabooks for elite mobility
  • New Latitude 5000 Series laptops offer organizations of all sizes best-in-class security and manageability
  • New Latitude 3000 Series offers reliable, affordable essential business computing
  • Durable, portfolio-wide touch display options at every price opens Windows 8 for business

 

Dell recently unveiled the newest additions to its secure, manageable and reliable line of commercial PCs: the Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks, Latitude 5000 Series and Latitude 3000 Series laptops. With this new suite, Dell balances sophisticated design, quality construction and uncompromised durability to offer businesses of all sizes a wide variety of solutions. The Latitude 7000, 5000, and 3000 Series are available with touch display options, leading the way for business touch devices that enable better interaction with customers, enhanced student engagement, improved patient care, and collaboration amongst knowledge workers.

 

“These exciting new additions to the Latitude line provide our commercial customers what they’ve been asking for by bringing touch capability to the workspace at desirable price points,” said Lackshmindra Fernando, country manager, Dell Sri Lanka. “The new Latitude 7000 Series builds on the success of the award-winning XPS and Latitude 6430u to redefine the corporate laptop, complete with security, manageability, reliability and beautiful design. And with the Latitude 5000 and 3000 Series, we’ve addressed the needs of today’s dynamic workforce by enabling easy entry into business-class computing.”

Most Secure and Most Manageable with Outstanding Reliability

 Dell offers the world’s most secure commercial laptops and the Latitude 12 and 14 7000 Series are the world’s most secure Ultrabooks, with best-in-class Dell Data Protection solutions, comprehensive encryption with Dell Data Protection| Encryption and advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention with Dell Data Protection| Protected Workspace. Engineered to help save IT time and money, Dell offers the industry’s most manageable commercial PCs with exclusive Intel vPro extensions for remote BIOS management and hard drive wipe, even when systems are powered off, paired with Dell automated tools and utilities for easily deploying, monitoring and updating systems.

Dell’s passion for reliability is epitomized by the Latitude commercial PC family. Each Latitude Ultrabook and laptop is crafted using the best materials: brushed aluminum, reinforced magnesium alloy, strong steel hinges, woven carbon fiber, durable powder-coated underside, spill-resistant keyboards and LCD seals. Additionally, all Dell touch-enabled displays offer optimal viewing experiences, touch sensitivity, brightness and durability. The Latitude 7000, 5000 and 3000 Series touch displays offer Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ for up to 10 times higher scratch resistance1 compared to soda lime glass which is the predominant material used in laptop screens throughout the industry. Latitude laptops also come armed with StrikeZone™ shock absorbers, Fast Response Free-Fall sensors and rubber hard drive isolation. For the previous three product generations, the Latitude family has outperformed its competition in third-party durability testing, known as MIL-STD 810G.

New Latitude 7000, 5000, and 3000 Series: Secure, Manageable, Reliable…and Beautiful

The sleek and powerful Latitude 7000 Series are the most secure and manageable Ultrabooks, with outstanding reliability, and epitomize mobility at its finest with business-class style. Touted as the Ultrabook to be loved by IT professionals and end-users alike, and powered by Intel ultra-low voltage processors, these thin, light and beautiful Ultrabooks completely redefine the corporate laptop.

The Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are:

–      Made to move, with the 12-inch model starting at just 20 millimeters thin and 1.3 kilograms (2.99 pounds)2

–      Easy for IT to manage with exceptional integrated management capabilities including Dell-unique Intel vPro extensions and automated tools that plug into Microsoft System Center and Dell KACE

–      The world’s most secure Ultrabooks with best-in-class endpoint security solutions that include comprehensive encryption, advanced authentication and leading-edge malware protection from a single source, and featuring the highest level of FIPS 140-2 (level 3) certification for system disk encryption

–      Designed for reliability, passing rigorous third-party durability testing and crafted with premium materials such as aluminum, a Tri-metal chassis and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for scratch and damage resistance and optimal brightness

–      The only corporate Ultrabook designed to be backwards compatible with existing (E-) Latitude docks

 

Complementing the Dell Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks are the new Latitude 5000 and 3000 Series laptops, designed to help businesses of all sizes adopt secure, manageable and reliable notebooks. The Latitude 14 and Latitude 15 5000 Series are designed to meet most workforce needs with 14.1-inch or 15.6-inch display options and other key features, such as:

–      Reliable mobile productivity with up to Intel Core i7 ultra low voltage processors for extended battery life, a discrete graphics option for more processing power and a higher quality visual experience, and SSD or Performance Solid State Hybrid Drive options

–      Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on the touch displays for scratch and damage resistance and optimal brightness

–      Mobile broadband, Bluetooth and Wireless LAN options for mobility and connectivity virtually anywhere, and an HD webcam and microphone array for efficient, anywhere collaboration

–      Compatible with Latitude E-family docking designed to connect seamlessly with award-winning Dell monitors, wireless keyboard and  andard,ss keyboard, mouse an d award-winning monitorstionality and includ mouse

 

The Latitude 3000 Series is Dell’s newest line of entry-level commercial laptops for education and small business customers. The Latitude 14 and 15 3000 Series laptops offer:

–      Durable and reliable chassis that have undergone Highly Accelerated Life Testing, including hinge testing, keyboards and shocks

–      4th Generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Mode for fast data processing

–      Business class discrete graphics with up to 2GB3 video memory for more processing power and a higher quality visual experience

–      Thin (21 to 25mm) and light (starting at 4.3lbs / 2.0kg)2 design for great mobility

–      Choice of 14-inch and 15.6-inchAnti-Glare LCD for comfortable visualization and optional touch displays

–      Integrated microphone and HD Webcam for remote collaboration and interaction

 

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After recruiting Will.i.am to help encourage students to explore the world of code, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates are preparing to take a more hands-on approach. As part of their mission with Code.org, the non-profit that aims to make computer courses more prevalent in schools, both influential tech icons will be contributing tutorials to an “Hour of Code” event slated for early December. Set to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code is an introductory lesson “designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.” Microsoft says Gates will also participate in a conference call with students.

Organizers are hoping to reach 10 million students with the effort. Considering the industry heavyweights backing Code.org — Google, Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Square’s Jack Dorsey, and others are providing financial support — that goal may well be attainable. And it’s not just limited to schools; Code.org is encouraging communities and businesses to take part. Anyone between the ages of six and 80 can get involved. Educators who organize Hour of Code events will receive 10GB of complimentary Dropbox storage, and a school in every US state will be gifted a class set of laptops for their participation.

 

Source : http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/14/4838628/mark-zuckerberg-bill-gates-contributing-tutorials-to-code-org

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Pros: Solid design and build, Touch screen along with pre-installed Windows 8, good performance thanks to 4th Generation processor, Exceptional battery life.

Cons: The reflective screen is not great for outdoor performance, port placements could have been better, No dedicated graphics card.

The Dell Inspiron series has been around here for sometime. It is one of the widely used and loved series of Dell laptops. Dell’s mantra has been simple; produce mid-level computers that suit the budget of the average consumer. They have indeed seen great success in this line.

 

But Dell has refreshed the Inspiron line up as of late and the latest edition of the series comes with Intel’s 4th generation processors dubbed as Haswell; successors to Intel’s Ivy Bridge range. We have got our hands on the Dell Inspiron 5537 model which combines the power of Dell and Intel with a touch-enabled screen that is made for Microsoft’s Windows 8.

The front view (pic courtesy Dell.com)

The front view (pic courtesy Dell.com)

So how does the Inspiron 15R 5537 deliver? Has Dell done a grave mistake by omitting dedicated graphics? Does it lives up to the Haswell hype and eliminate the need of a dedicated graphics card? Are the 4th generation processors better power-managers? Let’s have a look!

 

Specifications first

 

Our review device (Inspiron 15R 5537) comes with the Intel Core i5-4200U Processor, from the latest 4th Generation Haswell series. Intel also has models like Core i3-4010U and Core i7-4500U in the market. At first glance we’re surprised that there’s no dedicated Graphics unit. But processor also has integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400. In Intel’s own words, “Intel’s HD graphics together with Intel Core processor brings you a vibrant visual experience without the cost of a separate graphics card”

Features at a glance

Features at a glance

 

The Inspiron 5537 has a Seagate 750GB hard drive (5400 RPM, 690+ GB usable) along with 6GB of DDR3 memory (5.7+ GB usable, can be upgraded upto 16GB). The laptop has a 15.6” HD multi touch-enabled display  that gives a pleasurable experience in using the pre-installed 64-bit edition of Windows 8.

 

The looks

 

The Inspiron 5537 is not distinctively different from it’s predecessor models when it comes to looks. But Dell has done a great job in making it thinner and lighter than the previous models. Also the use of Aluminium blended plastic materials for the chassis gives a much deserved premium look to the latest Inspiron. This is notable because the previous Inspirons had that cheap-plastic look for a great extend. The shiny Dell logo on the back of the lid adds some class. The lid, the wrist rest and the keyboard tray have this great looking “brushed-metal” pattern on them which really gives better looks.

Inspiron 5537: Brushed metal pattern on the lid surface adds a premium look.

Inspiron 5537: Brushed metal pattern on the lid surface adds a premium look.

 

Overall look of the exterior is metallic and rigid. You will probably need to use both your hands to open the lid thanks to the tight hinges that connect. So be extra cautious when you are on the move in a vehicle and need to open the laptop with one hand, while having a soft drink or your mobile phone on the other hand.

 

The laptop isn't very thin. It doesn't look bulky either.

The laptop isn’t very thin. It doesn’t look bulky either.

The Inspiron 5537 is not noticeably thin or light. But it definitely is thinner and lighter than the previous models in the series.

 

Display

 

The display is touch enabled

The display is touch enabled

The 15.6” display (1366 x 768 pixels) is a pleasure to use. No, it is not an extraordinary display. It is rather average when it comes to pixel density. But it is a touch enabled display that goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system experience. Well, it is natural to doubt how a touch screen display would come handy on a full size laptop of this kind, that has a built-in full keyboard. But the response times are really swift that you will fall in love with the display immediately. To add to that, apps like “Fresh paint” take the touch screen experience to a different level.

Apps like Fresh Paint redefine things you can do with a touch screen

Apps like Fresh Paint redefine things you can do with a touch screen

 

Disappointing part of the display? The glossy touchscreen is very reflective. Reflective to the level that you may not see what’s on the screen (or whether the screen is ON) while using it outdoors. This part was one of the most annoying things I encountered while using the device.

If you can see my old bicycle in the reflection; then you know what I mean.

If you can see my old bicycle in the reflection; then you know what I mean.

I, sometimes, end up tilting the screen to reduce the reflections. Another let down is that the display is prone to fingerprints. But keep in mind, this is intended for a mid range market and isn’t intended for gamers and professional graphic designers. (I’m neither one of them and I’ve always seen most designers using Apple computers over any other brand. ;) ). So, the display is not entirely bad either.

The reflective screen may not be perfect for outdoor use.

The reflective screen may not be perfect for outdoor use.

Was trying to impress my editor. Realized I can't even do decent coloring work.

Was trying to impress my editor. Realized I can’t even do decent coloring work.

Keyboard and Touchpad

 

The keyboard is nice, I have no complaints.

The keyboard is nice, I have no complaints.

The Inspiron 15R 5537 comes with a full island-style keyboard with the number pad on the right. That’s not surprising for a 15.6” model. The flat-top keys are perfectly sized. The larger right-shift key is a welcome addition. But that also makes the already small arrow keys look even smaller. They typing experience is great including the accuracy level. I have no complaints there except few warnings: The keyboard is not back-lit. Well, after all back-lit keyboards are individual preferences. Also, it’s advisable to watch out for dust accumulating in between the keys. (Although it was not a problem during the few days I used the unit)

I wish the arrow keys were larger. The large right shift key is great though.

I wish the arrow keys were larger. The large right shift key is great though.

The default onscreen keyboard

The default onscreen keyboard

It's always good to have a full numeric keyboard.

It’s always good to have a full numeric keyboard.

 

I love the matte surface of the touchpad

I love the matte surface of the touchpad

I love the touch-pad on this device. It is one of the best I have seen in recent times on a device of this category. (I’m looking at you HP) The matte surface means no stickiness in sight and the multi-touch gestures work just fine.

The touchpad along with mouse buttons.

The touchpad along with mouse buttons.

The dedicated mouse buttons have the brushed metal look inline with the wrist pad areas. Dell also provides a built in application to control everything from the sensitivity to the gestures on the touch-pad. Sometimes you can’t hate the bloatwares. :)

Connectivity

 

The Inspiron 15R has 4 USB ports. But only two of them are USB 3.0 compatible. That may not be an issue with the average user but it’s high time laptop manufacturers focus on high speed options only.

The left side. USB 3.0 for the win.

The left side. USB 3.0 for the win.

 

Also Dell has done a disappointing job by placing 3 of the 4 USB ports on one (left) side. You ask me why? Well, that brings up a situation where only two of the ports can be used simultaneously (if you use a regular Kingston pen-drive and regular HSPA modems or dongles as they are widely known). I would have loved them to place two ports each on either sides leaving considerable amount of space in between adjoining ports to make lives easy. One USB 2.0

port sits alone on the right side along with the DVD burner and the Kensington Security Slot (a.k.a Kensington lock).

 

Another confusing addition (at least for me) is the outdated Ethernet port on the left along with USB ports. On the good side, Dell has managed to add an HDMI port on the left side. Overall the connectivity options are adequate except I would have loved better placement.

Power socket along with the air vent (pic courtesy Dell.com)

Power socket along with the air vent (pic courtesy Dell.com)

The single audio jack, power socket and the air vent are the rest that make up the (already crowded) left side.

Suddenly the USB port in the middle becomes unusable

Suddenly the USB port in the middle becomes unusable

 

You’re bound to miss the card reader which has been placed on the front side just below the mouse button area. But, assuming the card readers are used less frequently, there’s nothing to complain about the placement.

Even the slimmest design can't have it's space. Bad.

Even the slimmest design can’t have it’s space. Bad.

 

The WiFi card used here is  the “Dell Wireless 1705” (from Atheros to be specific). Along with 2.4 GHz networks and the 802.11 b/g/n transmission support, it also provides support to Bluetooth 4.0.

The old fella; placed with the cool kids

The old fella; placed with the cool kids

Another hardware feature you may fail to notice is the stereo speakers in the front (or rather bottom). Even though I had my initial doubts about the speaker placement and how it will affect the sound quality, I was indeed impressed by the output. The advertised “Waves maxxAudio” (Dell Audio) application provides options to control the audio output along with equalizer options. This helps to make maximum use out of the audio components. The integrated webcam on the front panel makes the system complete.

Card reader. You'll miss it at first glance.

Card reader. You’ll miss it at first glance.

The DVD writer. The companion for the lone USB port.

The DVD writer. The companion for the lone USB port.

The lone USB port on the right.

The lone USB port on the right.

 

 

Speaker grills at the bottom. They are good.

Speaker grills at the bottom. They are good.

Battery Life

 

What makes the Haswell processors unique? When Intel introduced the processors, they claimed that the ultra low-voltage Haswell processors will be 20 times more power efficient at idle than the existing ones. They also claimed it to be the greatest battery life increase in the Intel history.

 

Now the question. Does it live up to the hype? It does, without any doubt. Seriously, the best part of using the Inspiron 15R 5537 was the battery life. I could use it moderately for a full day (till 11pm) and it will still have 10% battery life which is exceptional. A heavy user can easily get up to 8 hours of battery life without much trouble. That equals at least 3 to 4 movies back to back.

View of the bottom. Two speaker grills on either side. Card reader in the middle.

View of the bottom. Two speaker grills on either side. Card reader in the middle.

Side-view of the 15R 5537 (Pic courtesy Dell.com)

Side-view of the 15R 5537 (Pic courtesy Dell.com)

 

Final Verdict

The Dell Inspiron 15R 5537 is an all rounder. It does live up to the expectations from a mid-range laptop intended for regular day to day use. Some of the features may well require some improvements but the exceptional battery life and built quality outshines the negatives.

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Dell announced the latest in its line-up of ultra-portable laptops with the thinnest and lightest 14-inch Vostro laptop to date, the Dell Vostro 5460. Measuring a mere 18.3mm and weighing in at just 1.54kg, the ultra thin Vostro 5460 delivers more power and portability for value-conscious customers and professionals, and IT decision makers looking for mobility and performance at the right price.

“Dell’s Vostro line of laptops has always focused on delivering computing performance in a portable package, and today we are proud to bring that promise a step further,” said Lackshmindra Fernando, Dell Country Manager for Sri Lanka. “The thin and ultra-lightweight Dell Vostro 5460 offers users a much sought-after level of mobility, performance and support together with business-friendly features to enhance everyday productivity.”

Sporting an expansive 14-inch high definition widescreen LED (HD WLED) True Life display that supports up to 1366 x 768 pixels, the new Vostro 5460 comes with integrated stereo speakers and a dedicated subwoofer powered by HD audio with Waves Maxx Audio 4.0. Users get to enjoy 720p video content in immersive audio and visual detail.The laptop also features an integrated 720HD 1MP camera with microphones for high-definition web-conferencing.

The Vostro 5460is equipped with a full-sized Chiclet keyboard, a multi-touch gesture touch pad allowing users to fluidly navigate through either Windows or Linux operating systems, and a sophisticated cool-to-the-touch aluminum palm rest to ensure comfort for users. All these rich features are encased within a sleek brushed-aluminum chassis in graphite silver and supported by a 3-cell integrated Lithium Ion battery providing up to 5 hours of battery life.[i]

Connectivity is a breeze on the Vostro 5460 with 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0and RJ-45 Ethernet port. Users can enjoy and share multimedia through three USB 3.0 ports, including one with Power Share, a SD Card Reader slot, a headphone/microphone combo jack and a HDMI port.

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With third generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and integrated HD4000 graphics at its core (or optional 2GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT630M graphics), users can opt for either the standard or Ultrabook configurations of the Vostro 5460. The 500GB HDD allows for plenty of documents and multimedia files to be stored and accessed on the go; and the 32GB SSD in the Ultrabook configuration delivers speedier performance and added storage.

The Vostro 5460 comes standard with Dell’s In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosisii, as well as Dell Backup and Recovery Manager for reliable and fuss-free data protection. For added security of personal data and system files, the Ultrabook configuration also comes with Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Identity Protection Technology.

Consumers can opt to choose either the “Standard” or “Ultrabook” configuration depending on their needs. Below is a summary of the possible specifications of the Vostro 5460:

  • Processor: Standard configuration – Intel Core i3-3120M (2.5GHz), Intel Core i5-3230M (2.6GHz, up to 3.2GHz), Ultrabook configuration – Intel Core i3-3227U (1.9GHz), Intel Core i5-3337U (1.8GHz, up to 2.7GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 8 or Linux Ubuntu
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 Graphics or NVIDIA GeForce GT630M 2GB GDDR3
  • Display: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768)
  • Hard Drive: Up to 500GB HDD and 32GB SSD (for Ultrabook configuration only)
  • Battery: 3-cell Lithium Ion

Availability and Pricing:

The Dell Vostro 5460 is available today, starting from Rs. 125,000.



[i]Tested system equipped with 2GB memory, Intel Core i3-3227U, Intel HD graphics, 500GB HDD, 32GB mSATA Mini SSD, and Windows 8 operating system.