Dell Latitude, rugged attitude

Dell today unveiled its Latitude XFR D630, the company's first fully ruggedized notebook PC. The new laptop meets the Defense Department's Mil-Std 810F standards for products that can function in extreme environments. The newest Dell can even hold its own in 'salt fog spray,' company officials said.

Dell Latitude XFR rugged notebookThe XFR D630 uses the same components as Dell's existing Latitude line, so it can share AC adapters, batteries and docking stations with the Latitude laptops users already own, company officials said in a statement.

The ruggedized laptop also offers better graphics performance than its competitors, thanks to a thermal management system that keeps the unit cool.

Dell officials said that the XFR D630 has five times more data durability than its leading competitors with solid-state drives; charges batteries at least 30 minutes faster than its competitors; has an outdoor-readable screen; shock-isolated mounting to protect the hard drive, LCD and core electronic elements; and a sealed keyboard designed to withstand rain and dust.

'We are taking a multidimensional approach that focuses on simplified deployment, service and durability without sacrificing performance,' said Brett McAnally, director of Dell's product group. 'Most competitors focus their efforts on 'rugged' only.'

Targeted at government and commercial customers, the XFR D630 goes on sale today and starts at $3,899.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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