Product Notes: Dell Latitude E6520
March 16, 2011
In February 2011, Dell announced the Latitude E6520 15.6-inch widescreen notebook, which is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform. The E6520 supplants the Latitude E6510 and is a significant update. It is accompanied to market by the updated Latitude E6420 14.0-inch widescreen notebook.
Design and Changes
The biggest single internal change for the Latitude E6520 is that this generation of the E-series moves to Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform.
The Latitude E6520 is slightly larger than the Latitude E6510 it replaces, but weight has remained almost exactly the same. As with the rest of the revised E-series, the E6520 has a substantially modified appearance, including a new keyboard and a more rounded look. Despite this, the E6520 uses the same power supplies and docking solutions that the E6510 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 E6520 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a Latitude E6520 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 E6520 to the mid-weight notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,250 to $1,550. The University's Computer Connection will have at least one E6520 configuration available to order as soon as possible.
ISC sees the Latitude E6520 as being a competitive choice among 15.6-inch mid-weight notebooks available in early 2011, though the market is moving somewhat toward smaller systems. The transition to Sandy Bridge architecture and the new case design make the E6520 among the most significantly updated of the current generation of enterprise class notebooks.
Latitude E6520 graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (March 16, 2011)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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