Dell toughens up with Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme notebooks

Dell Latitude 14
The Dell Latitude 14 is a fully ruggedized laptop

Dell has introduced two new 'Rugged Extreme' laptops – fully ruggedized IP65-rated devices that can withstand jets of water and dust.

Designed to go toe-to-toe with Panasonic's Toughbook range, the Latitude 14 is a 14-inch notebook with latest-generation low voltage Haswell Intel Core processors, up to 512GB of solid state storage, up to 16GB of RAM and a 6 or 9 cell battery for at least 12 hours of working.

The 3.54kg laptop also features a resistive touch screen comprehensive connectivity, with everything from HDMI to VGA, PCMCIA and an optional Gobi 4G modem.

The armed forces are expected to be a big market for Dell

The armed forces are expected to be a big market for Dell

Inspiron design

The Latitude 12 is a convertible tablet that apes the design of Dell's XPS 12, with a hinged multitouch screen. It even has a rear-mounted camera for use when it is in tablet mode.

The 11.6-inch device also features a 4-cell battery, though Dell says it will still be enough for all-day working.

Both laptops have a new docking system and can ship with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro. The existing semi-rugged Latitude E6430 ATG will be discontinued, while there will be a new semi-rugged Latitude 14 later in the year.

We'll be getting hands on with both laptops shortly on TechRadar and TechRadar Pro.


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