Feeds

Dell thinks young and colorful with business notebook refresh

Latitude adjustment

The Power of One Infographic

It's been a couple years since Dell last had a major refresh of its Latitude business notebooks. Lo and behold, there's all these young, sleek rivals on the scene these days.

Rather than buy a toupee and flashy car, Dell is re-imagining its Latitude line by mixing some sex appeal from consumer notebooks with a business-friendly feature set designed to appeal to more youthful workers. These young folk are apparently to be known as "Digital Nomads". Shudder with us for a moment, and then we shall speak no more of it.

Announced today are the new Latitude E-family notebooks, ranging from a 12.1in ultra-portable to a 15.4in mainstream laptop.

Stack o' Latitudes

The update makes some notable changes to Dell's traditional case design. Most apparent is that for the first time several Latitude models will be offered in a variety of colors. You're limited to a spectrum of understated, business-like colors with names like "regatta blue" and "regal red" mind you, but colors nonetheless. And the kids love colors.

Dell's also added a stronger metal hinge and latch system — which thankfully still blends with the aesthetic Round Rock desired. In addition, Dell has added features such as a backlit keyboard, built-in touchless RFID SmartCard sensor, built-in fingerprint reader, and a surprising battery life of up to 19 hours. More on that last part later.

Top three mobile application threats

Next page: Essentials

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.