Dell introduces new aluminum design option for its Latitude line of notebooks


Aluminum is probably one of the nicest materials you can get on any device and now Dell is bringing that option to its Latitude line of notebooks. Dell will offer the option on select configurations of their 13″ and 14″ 7000 series Latitude notebooks. The internal configurations aren’t changing, only the option for aluminum which will, of course, cost you a bit more.

We reviewed the Dell Latitude 7490 recently and rated the design factor an 8.5. I’m confident that score would have been higher had the aluminum option been included. There’s no doubt the 7000 series is a solid laptop lineup and with this new aluminum option, it gives users more flexibility over their look. But Dell does remind us that the 7000 series is built for business and productivity.


Because productivity slows when you can’t connect, we introduced a unique Active Steering Antenna (ASA) to Latitude 7490 to deliver stronger, more reliable WiFi connectivity. Intelligent Wireless, as we call it, automatically chooses and maintains the best WiFi connection without you having to micromanage settings. This minimizes lag, reduces drops and improves throughput by about 40 percent.

Because it’s hard to be on-the-go if you’re out of juice, we offered the option of a Super Low Power (SLP) display on Latitude 7490 series laptops to extend life away from the plug. The display is one of the biggest sources of battery drain, and our SLP display is 50 percent more efficient than standard FHD panels without compromising performance. Now, that sounds like magic, but it’s really just hard work.

To make Latitude a smarter mobility solution that’s easier and more comfortable to use, customers now enjoy intelligently-controlled system performance which regulates both processing power and thermal output. How? Your Latitude pays attention to what mode you’re working in (if it’s a 2-in-1) and automatically optimizes performance based on your work patterns and chosen settings. Using it in your lap? Latitude can detect that and manage lower system temps for comfort. We have four customizable thermal presets to choose from (Optimized, Cool, Quiet or Ultra Performance). IT can manage those settings or set and hide them from the user if desired.

But while the Dell Latitude lineup is made for productivity. Dell wanted to give a nod to those users who also value aesthetic design by offering these new aluminum options. The aluminum option should be showing up on Dell’s website some time today. The company also hinted at some big announcements at CES 2019 so stay tuned for more on that!

What do you think of the new aluminum options? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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