Product Notes: Dell Latitude (Ivy Bridge)
June 8, 2012
In late May 2012, Dell announced its next generation Latitude enterprise class notebooks, based on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. These new models, designated E6230, E6330, E6430, E6430 ATG (ruggedized 14-inch), and E6530, became available on Dell's Premier Page for the University in early June 2012 along with the decontented E5430 and E5530 models. The lightweight but full featured 14-inch E6430s will be available through the Premier Page in July. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) sees these Latitudes as a significant upgrade, mostly due to the Ivy Bridge transition.
Design and Changes
The biggest single internal change for the new Latitudes is the move to Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which brings improved general performance, significantly improved integrated graphics via HD 4000, improved battery life, and integrated USB 3.0.
A new configuration for this Latitude generation, the Latitude E6430s (pictured to the right) essentially puts a 14-inch display into Dell's 13-inch Latitude notebook chassis. At 3.8 pounds, the E6430s is substantially lighter than the 4.4 pound E6430 but gives up some configuration flexibility in exchange; for example, screen resolution is limited to 1366 x 768 pixels.
Most of the new Ivy Bridge Latitudes are approximately the same size and have approximately the same configuration as the previous generation Sandy Bridge systems, with the only exception being the E6430s. All new Latitudes include multiple USB 3.0 ports. Most can be ordered with the latest version of Intel's vPro and 4G mobile broadband.
Windows Vista is no longer available as an operating system option for the new Latitudes.
The new Latitudes are EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.2-certified.
Several notes when ordering a Latitude through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for configuration suggestions. As of June 2012, configuring an E6430 in quantity one to the Midweight Notebook specification is approximately $1,500, while configuring an E6330 to the Lightweight Notebook specification is approximately $1,400. An E5430 built to the Value Notebook specification is approximately $1,000. Support providers may be able to generate significantly more competitive pricing for volume purchases, often with the assistance of the University's Computer Connection, which has many Ivy Bridge-based Latitude configurations available for order.
ISC sees these new Latitudes as good upgrades to the previous generation, but little is changed beyond the new chipset. ISC is particularly interested in the new E6430s configuration as the most differentiated. Support providers interested in Dell notebooks should be prepared to compare and contrast these new Latitudes with Dell's newly enterprise-savvy XPS notebooks, such as the XPS 13.
Latitude E6430s graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (June 8, 2012)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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