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Dell Latitude E6420 Business Class Notebook Details, Specs and Features

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The Dell Latitude E6420 business class laptop is slightly smaller than the Latitude E6520 which was also announced at the alongside the rest of the Dell Latitude E Family of laptops in San Francisco. Both of these laptops offer a more rugged machine with Mil-STD 810G tested metal casing and other security and durability options. These laptops are in addition to the Dell Latitude E5420 and Latitude E5520 notebooks which don’t offer the same features, but offer a more affordable entry point.

Dell Latitude E6420 Processor and Graphics Options:

The Latitude E6420 uses the latest Intel 2nd Generation Core i family of processors which make use of better integrated graphics, but can also be configured with NVIDIA NVS 4200M discrete graphics.  The E6520 can support up to 8GB of RAM in the two memory slots. The E6420 can be configured with numerous hard drive options ranging from standard to encrypted or SSD and even accommodate two drives using the modular bay. The 14″ anti-glare display can be configured with two finger multitouch and with up to a 1600×900 resolution.

Dell Latitude E6420 Durability Features:

The Dell Latitude E6420 has a Mil-STD 810G tested Tri-Metal casing and a powder coated underside which are designed to keep your notebook safe while you get your work done. Also built in is a spill resistant keyboard, reinforced metal hinges and a LCD seal that keeps unwanted items from  getting between your screen and keyboard.

Dell Latitude E6420 Usability and Battery Options:

The Dell E6420 has several features that will enhance the notebook’s usability for power users including a backlit keyboard and a screen that can open to 180 degrees so that you can be sure to find a comfortable angle for working. There are also a wide range of battery options including modular bay and slice to keep you going all day long if need be. There are also several mobile broadband connectivity options to get you connected when you are out of the office.

Dell Latitude E6420 Security Options:

The Latitude E6420 is a business class notebook with options for protecting data through a fingerprint reader or contactless smart card reader. The Dell Latitude E family also uses Dell Data Protection and ControlVault to keep data secure including the ability to lock down ports. There is also a hard drive freefall sensor to protect your hard drive in the event of a fall.

Dell Latitude E6420 Detailed Specs:

Processor Options 2nd Generation Intel® processors
Operating System Options
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate
Genuine Windows Vista® Business
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
Linux Ubuntu 10.10
Chipset Mobile Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
Display 14.0” HD (1366×768) Anti-Glare LED

14.0” HD (1366×768) Anti-Glare LED w/2 finger multi-touch touchscreen

14.0” HD+ (1600×900) Anti-Glare LED

Dimensions (WxDxH) Width: 13.86” / 352mm; Height: (front/back) 1.06”/26.90mm to 1.28”/32.40mm; Depth: 9.49” / 241.00mm
Weight1 Target Starting weight: 4.56lbs / 2.07kg (with 4-cell battery and airbay)
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 3000

NVIDIA® NVSTM 4200M Discrete Graphics

Memory 2 DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz) 2 slots supporting 1G11, 2G or 4GB DIMMs
Battery 4-cell (40Whr) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge™

6-cell (60Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge™

9-cell (97Wh) Lithium Ion battery13

9-cell (87Wh) 3 Year Warranty Lithium Ion battery

9-cell (97Wh) Extended battery slice

3-cell (30Whr) E-Modular Bay II Battery

AC Adapter 65W or 90W AC Adapter (150 Watt AC Adapter for BFR/PVC-Free option)

90W Auto/Air DC adapter (optional)

Primary Storage Options 7200 rpm SATA up to 500GB

Encrypted 7200 rpm 320GB12

Mobility Solid State up to 256GB

Dell Fast Response Free Fall Sensor (standard on the motherboard)

E-Module Bay II Secondary HDD Option

Optical Drives Removable DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW Media Modules

Other Media Modules available for: Hard Drive, Battery and USB 3.0

Connectivity Options 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless LAN and WiMAX Options:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205; Intel® Centrino® Advanced -N + WiMAX 625013; Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300; Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1×1); Dell Wireless 1530 (802.11 a/g/n 2×2)

Mobile Broadband2 & GPS Options11:

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

Bluetooth Option: Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth® 3.0

Multimedia High Quality Speakers; Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack; Integrated, noise reducing array microphones; Optional Integrated HD video webcam and Dell Webcam Central software
Expansion slots 5-in-1 card reader  (supports MS, MS pro, SD, MMC and SDHD)
Ports and

Connectors

Network connector (RJ-45); USB 2.0 (4) – 1 USB/eSATA combo; Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack; Memory card reader, 54 mm ExpressCard; Docking Connector, VGA, HDMI; 1 Full and 2 Half Mini Card Slots; SmartCard Reader, optional Contactless SmartCard Reader/Fingerprint Reader; USB 3.0 Module option via optical bay, integrated modem (RJ-11) option
Input device DDual Pointing Keyboard: Standard or Backlit11; Multi-touch Touchpad; Touch screen option (2-finger touch)
Systems Management DASH 1.1; Dell KACETM systems management appliances option
Regulatory and Environmental Compliance Regulatory Model: P15G; Regulatory Type: P15G001; Energy Star 5.0; EPEAT Gold

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

5 Comments

  1. All laptops compared

    February 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Kudos for the 1600×900 resolution, but why did they have to change the excellent keyboard layout from the E6420!? The old layout was *perfect*, with Home/End/Page Up/Down/Insert/Delete placed exactly like on a normal keyboard. Why did you have to fuck this up, Dell? What was broken with the old keyboard? And it’s not like the new one has the context menu key. Total failure in this department.

  2. MT

    February 25, 2011 at 1:48 am

    This laptop is the result of focus groups and is a disappointment. It’s much better to have a team of “old” experienced people knowing what a business laptop means and with every series to improve, improve, improve. This laptop looks like an ordinary one and with drastic changes. You can’t play with the keyboard layout so easy. I will not pay a premium price for this.

  3. Modelle

    May 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

    This laptop does not have a webcam? please someone confirm that.

  4. InDeed

    July 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Sad story. :( I’m glad i’ve got E6410 – perfect one. That new one absolute dropdown in Dell business laptops. Good question what to buy now. If Dell (Latitude) is not about to do something very soon, this will be great drop of sales for business laptops fo sure.

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