In the present day, Dell introduced availability of recent fashions in its Latitude Rugged and Latitude Rugged Excessive laptop computer traces: the 5420, 5424, and 7424. These comply with up on the earlier 4414 and 7414 fashions.

The road is geared toward skilled customers working in factories, on offshore oil-rigs, within the army, in disaster-relief conditions, and the like. Dell says it selected the Latitude model, which is normally focused on the enterprise house, partly as a result of it goals to align the configurations of its Rugged and Excessive Rugged traces with these of the usual Latitude line in such a method that directors can use the identical picture to deploy and handle methods throughout product traces.

The opposite key function is interchangeable twin batteries. The thought right here is that when you’re working on-site someplace, you may fill your truck with backup lithium-ion batteries to swap out and in. The laptop computer solely wants one to run, so you may swap every one out as wanted whereas the machine remains to be working to maintain the laptop computer going for prolonged durations of time and not using a energy cable.

For customers working in these fields, numerous what’s supplied right here is acquainted. However for the remainder of us, it is attention-grabbing to see what a laptop computer targeted on sturdiness and legacy expertise help seems to be like, as in comparison with lots of immediately’s well-liked shopper and workstation laptops which can be design- and aesthetics-driven.

Skinny machines and wonderful designs are good, however they usually sacrifice legacy (or soon-to-be legacy) applied sciences like USB-A, they usually can demand that customers be very cautious with their machines—to the purpose that many customers can be too afraid to even purchase a laptop computer with out some sort of accidental-damage insurance coverage.

The story may be very totally different with these three rugged units.


As with numerous Dell laptops, there are many configuration choices. Typically, they’re the identical for every laptop computer; kind issue and resilience are the differentiators between fashions. The “Rugged Excessive” mannequin (the 7424) can deal with extra, whereas the easy “Rugged” 5424 handles rather less.

The 5420 is all about making these beastly machines just a little extra moveable than your common rugged laptop computer. In any other case a by-product of the 5424, it’s as much as 22-percent lighter and thinner than the earlier fashions, with the identical sturdiness guarantees because the 5424. The tradeoff is the dearth of secondary hard-drive or optical-drive choices.

Environmental protections

Dell’s spec sheets declare the next for the 7424:

MIL-STD-810G testing: Transit drop 72″/.91m, 60″/1.52m, 48″/1.22m; single unit; 78 drops, working drop (36″/zero.91m), blowing rain, blowing mud, blowing sand, vibration, useful shock, humidity, salt fog (with rubberized keyboard), altitude, explosive ambiance, photo voltaic radiation, thermal extremes, thermal shock, freeze/thaw, tactical standby to operational.

Working thermal vary: -20°F to 145°F (-29°C to 63°C)

Non-operating vary: -60°F to 160°F (-51°C to 71°C)

IEC 60529 ingress safety: IP-65 (dust-tight, protected in opposition to pressurized water)

And the next for the 5424 and 5420:

MIL-STD-810G testing: Transit drop 36″/.91m; single unit; 26 drops, working drop (36”/zero.91m), blowing mud, vibration, useful shock, humidity, altitude, thermal extremes

Working thermal vary: -20°F to 140°F (-29°C to 60°C)

Non-operating vary: -60°F to 160°F (-51°C to 71°C)

IEC 60529 ingress safety: IP-52 (dust-protected, protected in opposition to dripping water when tilted as much as 15°)

Specs and pricing

When discussing the brand new units, Dell Director of Product Advertising Umang Patel advised Ars that rugged laptops are sometimes like “three-day-old pizza” in that they do not have the newest applied sciences and choices obtainable in different workstations.

To deal with that time, Dell is providing eighth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPU choices for these machines, together with some older CPU decisions. The usual graphics choices embrace built-in Intel HD 520, 620, and UHD 620, relying on CPU. However you may configure the machines with AMD Radeon 540 or RX540 discrete GPUs.

All the brand new machines have 14-inch screens. The corporate claims the laptops’ 1080p shows—which may attain 1,000 nits of brightness for viewing in vibrant, sunlit environments—have improved coloration gamut in comparison with earlier fashions.

Strong state storage is customary, after all. Moreover, the 7424 and 5424 provide a Blu-ray optical drive possibility (in addition to DVD). Wi-fi connectivity is vital for a lot of rugged laptop computer use circumstances, so we’re taking a look at GPS and Cat16 4G/LTE with deliberate elective help for FirstNet with Band 14 entry.

By way of ports, all three embrace a number of USB-A and one USB-C, SD card, Ethernet, HDMI, and audio jack customary. Non-obligatory add-ons embrace VGA, PCMCIA, or DisplayPort. Ports are shielded from the weather with closable doorways.

The Latitude 7424 Rugged Excessive begins at $three,499, whereas the 5424 Rugged begins at $1,499, and the 5420 Rugged begins at $1,399. All three can be found immediately.

These are steep costs for what’s included: you might be undoubtedly paying a premium for the sturdiness options. However they’re attention-grabbing examples of laptops with polar-opposite priorities from what you see in, say, a MacBook or a Microsoft Floor.

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