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Dell Latitude XT2 XFR ruggedised laptop

A tablet to take for the rough and tumble

However, closer inspection revealed the touchscreen wasn’t responding. Even after a couple of hours of it being switched on it still remained oblivious to my finger prods. Weary at the thought of another review sample switchover – and no doubt a few raised eyebrows from Dell – I was relieved when it sprang back into life after a few more hours at room temperature.

Dell XT2 XFR Rugged

Wish you were here? The XT2 XFR on its hols

The ‘5’ part of the laptop’s IP-54 certification means it’s protected from dust, while the ‘4’ indicates it can cope with water splashing against any side of the chassis (rainfall being a prime example). For once I was glad of some heavy rain and promptly took the laptop outside to give its water-resistant credentials a test. A good dosing later, I dried the laptop off then checked inside the various waterproof covers that keep the ports safe – all were free of water and the laptop worked perfectly.

Benchmark Tests

PCMark Vantage Results

Dell XT2 XFR Rugged

Longer bars are better

Dell XT2 XFR Rugged

Longer bars are better

Battery Life Results

Dell XT2 XFR Rugged

Battery life in minutes
Longer bars are better

Performance isn’t key here, but no laptop review is complete without a few graphs. The SU9600 processor managed to achieve a respectable overall score in PCMark Vantage, and the SSD helped boost the HDD score to 20,784, which is well above what traditional drives get. 3DMark Vantage wouldn’t run, but given the integrated graphics it’s safe to assume the score wouldn’t have flattered.

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