Dell introduced Tuesday a refresh of its Latitude notebooks, OptiPlex desktops and Precision workstations. All the systems will be available with Intel's second-generation Core processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge.
Tucked in among traditional PCs is a 10-inch, "business-ready" tablet that Dell is aiming at a number industries, particularly healthcare, manufacturing and education. The device will have a Sandy Bridge processor, run Windows 7 and have the same security and management capabilities of the company's PCs. The tablet's touch screen will allow finger and stylus input.
The biggest design change in the latest PCs is in the Latitude notebooks. Dell has incorporated aluminum elements to the chassis to make it more durable. Those changes include a brush aluminum back and metal inserts behind the LCD screen that make it 69% more rugged, Lord says. In addition, all the models use the same modular bay that can support an optical drive, external hard drive or battery. This kind of similarity is expected to make it possible for businesses to buy external components in volume and use them in any of the Latitude systems. "If you know one system, you know them all," Lord says.
The OptiPlex desktops come in four sizes, ultra-small, small, mini-tower and standard desktop. The Precision workstations include a new entry-level model. The T1600 is the successor to the T1500. The latest system is a single-socket PC designed for 2D and entry-level 3D applications. Customers can choose a Xeon server processor over a Sandy Bridge chip.