Product Notes: Dell Latitude XT2 XFR
October 30, 2009
Dell announced the Latitude XT2 XFR on October 27, 2009. The XT2 XFR is Dell's first rugged Tablet PC and enters a small market - its only major competitor is the Panasonic Toughbook 19. With its 5.4 pound minimum weight and convertible configuration, the XT2 XFR has the potential to meet the needs of the University's Windows-based users who need rugged Tablet PC capability (examples of such needs include field work, manufacturing, and law enforcement).
Design and Changes
The Latitude XT2 XFR is a single-spindle, 12-inch widescreen convertible Tablet PC. It uses a 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor.
The display is an extremely bright DLV display designed for outdoor viewing. For input, the screen is a capacitive multi-touch screen, allowing input from both finger and pen.
The Latitude XT2 XFR includes standard 4-pin FireWire along with an Express Card 54 slot and a SecureDigital card slot. Three USB ports are included, one of them shared with an eSATA port.
Ruggedness is accomplished with features such as sealed keyboards (one backlit and rubberized), rugged hinges, doors for I/O ports, and shock-mounted drives. As is common with highly ruggedized notebooks, the XT2 XFR is MIL-STD-810G-certified.
The Latitude XT2 XFR is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several considerations when ordering a Latitude XT2 XFR through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Tablet PC Computer Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of October 2009, configuring a Latitude XT2 XFR to the Tablet PC specification can be done for approximately $2,800 to $3,350.
ISC sees the Latitude XT2 XFR as being an important option among rugged Tablet PCs available in late 2009. Adding this product extends Dell's rugged line beyond the mid-weight Latitude E6400 ATG and E6440 XFR products. The combination of multi-touch capability along with extreme lightness for a rugged notebook give users options they did not previously have when in challenging environmental conditions.
Thanks to Erica Hilgeman, Lana Sveda, and Chuck Wilkinson for their help with this product note.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (October 30, 2009)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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