Dell Latitude 7212 Is a Surface Pro Alternative for Work  

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. 

Read: 12.9-Inch iPad Pro vs 2017 Surface Pro  

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.

16 Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives in 2018

Huawei MateBook

Huawei MateBook
$378.00 from Amazon

The Huawei MateBook's low cost is what makes it a solid Surface Pro 4 alternative. 

This Windows 2-in-1 offers 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor for just $378. An enhanced model has an Intel Core m5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256 of solid-state storage for $459.98. 

Factor in essential accessories and you save even more. The MatePen, this 2-in-1's digital stylus, is $49.99. That's $20 less than Microsoft's Surface Pen. The Windows 2-in-1 detects 2,048 different levels of pressure as you write or draw with this stylus. The Huawei Matebook's keyboard costs $99.99. That's $30 less than the Surface Type Cover. It acts as the Matebook's kickstand. Backlit keys let you see what you're typing in the dark.

You still get a premium-looking Surface Pro 4 alternative with all the right ports when you buy the Huawei Matebook. A USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard sit on its rounded aluminum edge. The only thing breaking up the aluminum design is the 12-inch 2,160 x 1,1440 display on the front. 

The Huawei MateBook and Surface Pro 4 both last 9 hours on a charge. 

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