The most demanding jobs requires a PC that can hold up to just about anything, and that’s exactly what the new Dell Latitude 7212 is designed to do. It’s a Surface Pro alternative with a rugged exterior that can stand up to moisture, shock, grit and grime.
Officially called the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, there’s very little that this $1,899 mobile Windows 10 PC can’t stand up to. It’s rated for extreme cold, heat and humidity. Its rugged frame passed MIL-STD-810G testing for vibration, humidity, salt fog, altitude, thermal extremes and freezing. In short, it works in places where an iPad Pro or Surface Pro with a case simply wouldn’t. Like the iPad Pro and Surface Pro, a cover with a backlit keyboard lets users interact with the device. It’s 11.6-inch FHD is rated for both durability and easy visibility and still lets users interact with touch.
All this does come at a price. With its lowest capacity battery, the Latitude 7212 weighs 2.82 pounds and is nine-tenths of an inch thick. That’s an improvement over Dell’s latest generation rugged tablet, but bulkier than the average tablet for sure.
The updated rugged design holds some updated internals. Latitude 7212 buyers can choose a dual-core 7th Generation Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor. These are the same processors at work in high-end PCs. Businesses with compatibility concerns can opt for a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 7 for their Latitude 7212 tablets instead. The tablet’s RAM options are limited to 8GB and 16GB of RAM.
The Dell Latitude 7212 has options for every kind of work scenario. For those that are in the field all day, the Latitude 7212 supports mobile internet connectivity. Swappable batteries let users go 19 hours without connecting the tablet to power. An optional fingerprint reader and TPM 2.0 switch keep all data inside the tablet safe, and GPS technology provides real-time positioning and mapping details. If photos are a big concern, buyers can add a front-facing and rear-facing camera sensor.
Also, despite its ruggedness, the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet has every essential port a worker could need away from the office. There’s a full-size USB Type-A port, USB Type-C port, headphone jack, SmartCard reader, lock slot and NFC technology so that they can share info with other devices without having to connect a cable.
Because an enterprise PC is only as good as the accessories you can add to it easily, Dell has kept compatibility with all its previous rugged tablet cases, docks, kickstands, straps and batteries. Pins on the back of the tablet allow workers to dock and undock at a desk quickly.
The Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet goes on sale today at Dell.com.
Huawei MateBook - $499
The Huawei MateBook has an attractive price and two configurations for shoppers to pick from.
This machine offers 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor for just $399. More expensive configurations add an Intel Core m5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state storage.
Buyers that like clean design will love the Huawei Matebook. Its sleek metal frame has just a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard. It doesn’t have a kickstand on the back. Instead, users snap the cover accessory onto the bottom to hold the screen up. The 12-inch 2160 x 11440 display dominates the front, and machined aluminum covers the back.
You will need to factor in the cost of the digital pen and the keyboard with your purchase. The MatePen is just $49.99 from the Microsoft Store. The keyboard, which has a kickstand for propping the device up and backlit keys, costs $99. For comparison, a Surface Type Cover costs $129.99, and the Surface Pro 4’s pen sells for $59.99.