Back in September of 2016, I was invited to take a look at Dell's lineup of rugged military-grade notebooks, tablets, and convertibles. My group got a first-hand account of how rugged Dell's lineup was. We toured their labs and even had hands-on experience using rugged tablets strapped onto jet skis as navigation aids. Even with the sun's intense glare and water splashing all over, we didn't lose one tablet. We even had the opportunity to witness the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme get tossed from a boat onto a limestone island.
In the labs, we saw drop tests, hose tests, hinge tests, and even salt water damage tests to name a few of the perils Dell puts their rugged products through. Dell actually has two levels of ruggedness for their products, Rugged and Rugged Extreme.
Today, I will look at Dell's Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme 7414, featuring updated internal hardware with a very tough magnesium alloy external shell and ultra-polymer shock absorbers. While I covered the durability of Dell's lineup here, today I will look at the performance and features of the notebook.
Our configuration is the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme, meaning it has all the certifications Dell advertises for their products including MIL-STD-810G and IEC60529 ingression protection certification. Dell puts the products through more than 30 tests. Dell sent it loaded with an i7-6500U, 16GB of memory, Windows 10 (you can get it with Windows 7), a 256GB SSD, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC, two Wired Gbit NICs, a hefty 9-cell 97Wh battery, and a 14" HD daylight-readable touchscreen.
Our configuration uses integrated graphics, but you can get the unit with a discrete AMD mobile GPU. The notebook can also be shipped with mobile broadband, finger printer reader, and even without a camera. Dell also offers a myriad of protection options and services, something Dell takes pride in. The unit isn't small or light; it weighs in at 7.79lbs with the 6-cell battery and has maximum configurable dimensions of 14.4"x11.5"x2.4" (LxWxH).
The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme in our configuration costs over $4300, but the notebook with an Intel Skylake-based processor starts at $3399.99.
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