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Dell Latitude E6420 XFR

"Whereas computer designs often focus on making a machine look professional and sophisticated, the E4600 XFR has something a little more rough, almost animalistic to it."
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Overview

The Dell latitude E6400 XFR is a laptop like no other. Whereas computer designs often focus on making a machine look professional and sophisticated, the E4600 XFR has something a little more rough, almost animalistic to it. This laptop is designed for field use: it is rugged in looks and build because it’s heavily armoured and capable of keeping you connected in the most extreme of environments. I have to confess at the start of this review that we couldn’t find it in our budget to send both reviewer and laptop to the Arctic or Sahara in order to test this laptop fully but take another look at the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR and you can just tell it’s a survivor.

What we like best

The ballistic armour protection is exclusive to Dell’s Latitude E6400 XFR. It prevents damage by shock and also works to keep this laptop fully functioning in dusty rainy or snowy environments. The XFR is said to work within a range of 63˚C and -29˚C. If you are travelling to areas of such extremes then it’s more than likely you’ll have a terrain vehicle, and this laptop can be installed into such cars with its docking feature. This will surely come in handy from a military or police perspective, as well as for those of you who really need to get out there to work – construction and geology come to mind.

The design of the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR will keep you computing in all circumstances. It has a backlit keyboard so you can work at night, and oversized port covers so you can easily attach accessories whilst wearing gloves. The SSD port is doubly protected by the ballistic armour and an internal cage built to absorb shock and thermal energy.

What we like least

The Dual Core is still a reliable processor but does not represent cutting edge technology anymore, and 128 Gb SSD isn’t exactly a mammoth amount of space, either. For a survival laptop you’ll get about 4 hours of use which could be hazardous unless you carry a spare battery. Plus, you might have to forsake those late night solitaire sessions.

The verdict

Nevertheless the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR is undoubtedly a safe pair of hands, and won’t demand even that much of you since you can drop it and it won’t turn off. The 14.1 inch LCD screen featuring DirectVue technology gives excellent visuals in all conditions, and what more could you need when going out into the wild?

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Specifications

Processor Speed

2.2 GHz

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor

RAM

Up to 8 Gb

Screen Size

14.1 inch

Graphics

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

Hard Drive Storage

Up to 120 Gb shock mounted
SSD 128 Gb

Battery

6-cell primary
12-cell optional

Multimedia

2 speakers
Digital Microphone
optional Integrated Webcam
DVD RW

Ports

IEEE - 1394
docking connector
USB 2.0 (x4)
VGA
Display Port
RJ-11 (optional)
RJ-45
eSATA
headphone/speaker out
mic
All protected behind sealed doors
Type I/II PCMCIA OR Expresscard/54
5-in-1 card reader 5-in-1 card reader
PCMCIA or ExpressCard 54

Weight & Size

(W) 353.06 x (H) 55.88 x (D) 256.54-291 mm
3.86 Kg

Connectivity

Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
Intel Centrino Advanced -N + WiMAX 6250
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1x1)
Dell Wireless 1530 (802.11 a/g/n 2x2)
Mobile Broadband & GPS:
Dell Wireless 5630 Multi-mode HSPA-EVDO Mini Card (Gobi 3000) with A-GPS
Dell Wireless 5550 Single-mode HSPA Mini Card with A-GPS
Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth 3.0

Operating System

Up to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Product Description

The Dell Latitdue E6400 XFR is not just some new lap[top by Dell, this is a machine to take with you to the ends of the Earth, if society were to crumble tomorrow this is the machine you’d want with you whilst the last vestiges of news broadcast were still available. In essence the Dell Latitdue E6400 XFR is built like a tank and more endurable then any laptop you’ll find elsewhere.

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR

Dell Latitude E6400 XFR

Dell Latitdue E6400 XFR is encased in Ballistic armour and is able to keep functioning after drops, in a downpour, dust storm extreme heat or cold. Granted it isn’t the lightest machine in the world but when you’re out in the wilderness making sure your equipment is still working is more important than travelling light.

With the Dell Latitdue E6400 XFR you get a Pentium Processor Duo, which is a tried and true core allowing you efficient speeds and a multitasking capability, you also get a 128 SSD encased in an a shock cage that will keep the hard drive functioning in extreme temperatures.

If you want to find out more about its features, read the PC Site Dell Latitude E6400 XFR review.

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