Today in San Francisco, Dell unveiled a new lineup of business laptops, as well as some desktops and workstations. Coming just a month after CES, these new additions don't offer any radical new ideas, but are a solid set of upgrades to Dell's popular corporate laptops, which are a familiar sight in office settings, although not as common as Lenovo's iconic ThinkPads.
To design a new batch of work laptops, Dell says it, "hosted focus groups including Gen-Y customers, IT managers and other business segment customers (over 2,000 in total) over 18 months to get feedback about what they wanted in a business laptop."
The new Latitude E5000 series starts at $859, and has what Dell calls a tri-metal casing and meets some Mil-spec requirements (a standard used for testing rugged equipment for military use). Dells says it added, "more than 100 durability-focused design improvements." As expected from a business laptop, they have hard drive accelerometers, and remote IT features, including remote data deletion.
Backlit keyboards on many of these models is a nice option, and the docking stations and batteries are compatible between different sizes and models. The built-in speakers and mics have also been improved, to aid with work collaboration in online environments. … Read more