Product Notes: Dell Latitude E6510
March 31, 2010
In March 2010, Dell announced the Latitude E6510 15.6-inch widescreen, which is based on Intel's Calpella notebook platform. The E6510 supplants the Latitude E6500 and is a moderate update. It is accompanied to market by an updated 14.1-inch widescreen (E6410) and an updated ruggedized 14.1-inch (E6410 ATG).
Design and Changes
The biggest single change for the Latitude E6510 is that this generation of the E series moves to Intel's Calpella notebook platform. The discrete video card is upgraded from 256 MB to 512 MB and RAM changes from 800 MHz DDR2 to either 1066 MHz (for dual core processors) or 1333 MHz DDR3 (for quad core processors).
The Latitude E6510 enclosure is approximately the same size as the Latitude E6500 it replaces, though there are some changes (it's slightly heavier, wider, and shorter) because of the move from a 15.4-inch 16:10 display to a 15.6-inch 16:9 display. Along with the Latitude E6410, the E6510 has a new brushed aluminum ("Slate Silver") cover. The E6510 uses the same power supplies and docking solutions that the E6500 used.
When appropriately configured, the Latitude E6510 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a Latitude E6510 through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of March 2010, configuring a Latitude E6510 to the mid-weight notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,200 to $1,450. The University's Computer Connection will have at least one E6510 configuration available to order as soon as possible.
ISC sees the Latitude E6510 as being a competitive choice among 15.6-inch mid-weight notebooks available in early 2010. The three year warranty battery is an interesting innovation for removable batteries.
Latitude E6510 graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (March 31, 2010)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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