Product Notes: Dell Latitude E6420
March 15, 2011
In February 2011, Dell announced the Latitude E6420 14.0-inch widescreen notebook, which is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform. The E6420 supplants the Latitude E6410 and is a major update. It is accompanied to market by the updated E6520 15.6-inch widescreen notebook.
Design and Changes
The biggest single internal change for the Latitude E6420 is that this generation of the E-series moves to Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform.
The Latitude E6420 is approximately the same size as the Latitude E6410 it replaces (the E6420 is slightly heavier and larger). There are some changes due to the move from a 14.1-inch 16:10 display to a 14.0-inch 16:9 display. As with the rest of the revised E-series, the E6420 has a substantially modified appearance, including a new keyboard and a more rounded look. Despite this, the E6420 uses the same power supplies and docking solutions that the E6410 used.
All models in this generation of the Latitude E-series transition from DisplayPort to HDMI video output while continuing to include VGA. The new digital video output marks a notable change from the last two E-series generations.
The Latitude E6420 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a Latitude E6420 through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration guidelines. As of March 2011, configuring a Latitude E6420 to the mid-weight notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,150 to $1,450. The University's Computer Connection will have at least one E6420 configuration available to order as soon as possible.
ISC sees the Latitude E6420 as being a competitive choice among 14.0-inch mid-weight notebooks available in early 2011. The transition to Sandy Bridge architecture and the new case design make the E6420 among the most significantly updated of the current generation of enterprise class notebooks.
Latitude E6420 graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (March 15, 2011)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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