Dell Latitude, OptiPlex Lines Get Intel Ivy Bridge Makeover

Dell Latitude and OptiPlex lines of business laptops and desktops have been updated with the third-generation Intel chips. Dell's calling its Latitude 6430 the thinnest and lightest commercial 14-inch notebook on the market.

On May 31, Dell announced new Latitude and OptiPlex business laptops and desktops that speak to the consumerization of IT trend. That is to say, a demand for business-use devices that are powerful and feature rich€”here, Dell has incorporated Intel€™s new Ivy Bridge processors€”but also as well-designed and pleasant to use as the devices one buys for personal use.

Dell€™s newest machines were inspired, says David Lord, Dell€™s director of marketing, by desires to improve productivity, give people access to the data they need, and to make no sacrifices on the device side, while €œmaking devices folks really want to use.€

Lord adds: €œIt€™s pretty exciting. The 6430s is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch commercial notebook out there.€

The Dell Latitude E6430s features a 14-inch display in a 13.3-inch chassis. And while super portable at 3.75 pounds and dimensions of 13.2 by 1.06 by 8.8 inches, it€™s built around a Tri-metal casing with an anodized aluminum display back, magnesium alloy wrapped corners, steel hinges, a powder-coated base, a spill-resistant keyboard and an LCD coating to protect from spills. A StrikeZone shock absorber, Fast Response Free-Fall sensor and rubber hard drive isolation are further measures to keep the realities of mobility from slowing down workers.

€œWe have a little [metal] shell we carry around, to give people a sense for the rigidity, the structure [of these machines],€ Lord told eWEEK. €œWe€™re really proud of the Latitude€™s durability.€

Another source of pride should be the nearly 33 hours of battery life that it€™s possible to get with the optional nine-cell battery and a battery slice. This gets paired up with Intel€™s third-generation processors, 2GB of memory, integrated graphics, an optional 128GB solid-state drive and a Dell€™s ExpressCharge technology, which charges the battery 80 percent in an hour.

Also on board are Intel€™s vPro and Active management Technology 8.x and Dell€™s vPro extension, which support remote BIOS management and remote hard drive wiping. There are USB 3.0 ports, optional Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and Bluetooth connectivity, and money-saving conveniences like common accessories, such as docks and AC adapters that can be shared across the E line of laptops, and optical drives, hard drives and batteries that can be shared between select machines.

The OptiPlex 9010 is Dell€™s first commercial all-in-one (AiO), says Lord. It features a 23-inch WLED display with anti-glare coating and resolution of 1920 by 1080. It has a Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mount and a wireless keyboard and mouse that can be tucked beneath the display for space savings. The chassis measures 15.2 by 22.6 by 2.7 inches.

Users can choose up to two small-outline dual-in-line memory module (SODIMM) slots and up to 16GB of double data rate type 3 (DDR3) synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM); there are four USB 3.0 ports; an 8-in-1 media card reader; options of a 3.5-inch hard drive with up to 1TB or 2.5-inch drives that are a 500GB hybrid, with a 320GB 7,200 rpm Federal Information Processing Standard Self-Encrypting Drive (FIPS SED) and a 128GB solid-state drive. Also optional is a 1.3MP Webcam with a sliding door (so you know it€™s off).

And of course, there are Dell€™s integrated solutions€”Dell data protection and encryption, desktop virtualization solutions, and cloud solutions that can be paired with pay-as-you-go options that scale to the needs of a business.

To have a PC virtualization ready, says Lord, €œfor IT guys, it makes a big difference.€

Added to these machines, Dell has announced €œenhancements€ to its Latitude E6230, E6330, E6430 and E6530, with 12.5-, 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch displays; 14- and 15.6-inch E5430 and E5530 budget-friendly laptops for professionals; and a ruggedized Latitude E6430 ATG laptop with a reinforced 14-inch display and easy-to-carry handle.

The new OptiPlex line also includes 3, 7 and 9 series€”ultra small, small and a mini tower form factor, in addition to the AiO.

€œToday we offer our strongest-ever portfolio of products, integrated solutions and services, building upon our history to help organizations of all sizes do more than ever,€ Sam Burd, Dell€™s vice president of PC Products, said in a May 31 statement.

Availability and pricing information for the new PCs, says Dell, will be announced in the coming weeks.