Dell releases latest Rugged laptops

Today Dell released three new laptops for use in extreme conditions, adding to its lineup of Rugged devices.

The new Latitude 7424 Extreme, Latitude 5424, and Latitude 5420 all have passed MIL-STG-810G testing, says Dell. Since the MIL-STG-810G doesn’t have an attainable certificate, Dell designed its own testing methodologies for these machines.

Durability tests for the Latitude 5424 and the 5420 include being dropped 26 times from a height of 0.90m, exposure to rain, blowing dust, vibration, functional shock, humidity, altitude, and temperatures between -29 Celsius to 63 Celsius. They carry an IP-52 rating.

The Latitude 7424 Extreme must – and did – pass a more rigorous test consisting of 78 drops from 0.91m, 1.52m, and 1.22m. Furthermore, the test involves having to ward off blowing rain, sand, vibration, functional shock, humidity, salt fog, and explosive atmospheres. The system carries an IP-65 rating.

Dell is also offering a fingerprint reader, contactless SmartCard reader, TPM 2.0, and Dell security tools as optional security options.

Internally, the rugged Latitude laptops can be configured with up to an 8th generation Intel quad-core processor,  32GB of RAM, 2TB PCIe SSD/1TB self-encrypting SSD, and AMD Radeon RX 540 graphics. All models feature a 14″ FHD display with optional touchscreen and ultra-bright panels.

Device Dell Latitude 7424 Dell Latitude 5424 Dell Latitude 5420
Processor 8th Gen Intel Core i5, i7 quad-core processors, 7th Gen Intel Core i3 dual-core processors, 6th Gen Intel Core i5 dual-core processor
Graphics Intel HD 520, 620, UHD 620 / AMD Radeon 540 and RX540
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 2,400Mhz DDR4
Storage Primary drive: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD, Secondary and tertiary drive: up to 1TB SATA SSD Primary drive: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD, Secondary drive: up to 1TB SATA SSD Primary drive: up to 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Display 14″ FHD WVA 16:9 Anti-Glare display
Weight 7.6 lbs 5.5 lbs 4.9 lbs
Ports
  • 3x Full-size USB3.0
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x RJ45
  • 1x RX232 Serial port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3x Full-size USB3.0
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x RJ45
  • 1x RX232 Serial port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3x Full-size USB3.0
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x RJ45
  • 1x RX232 Serial port
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x 3.5mm audio jack
Price Starting at $3,399 Starting at $1,499 Starting at $1,399

The latest devices will be available starting October 23 and will be available online and in-stores starting at $1399 USD (CAD pricing to come).

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Tom Li
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As an avid technology enthusiast, Tom loves to fix, break, and talk about electronics. Now he gets to writes about them. Talk about a dream career.

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