Dell Latitude XT2 XFR
A tablet PC / laptop hybrid
Dell has decided to start producing what is seen as the first ever multi-touch compatible rugged tablet, the Latitude XT2 XFR. This comes as the company’s way to draw even more attention and a larger fan base to its side. The gadget combines manageability, compatibility and security with the mobility of a tablet. The interface remains the same as on other Dell devices, security features for enterprise-class have been much improved and the body is very light. Some are of the opinion that the performance could be better. We tested the product and wrote this review.
Shock resistant device
The design of Dell’s new baby, the Dell Latitude XT2 XFR, makes us think that the device will resist almost any shock it receives along the way, especially considering the fact that the body is fully rugged, thus tough. We knew it had been tested to MIL-STD-810G standards, but we wanted to see it with our own eyes; we can confirm that the tablet is very solid and remains unscathed even when dropped from almost 1 meter. Using it at an altitude of 4.572 meters and temperatures well below 0 degrees Celsius yielded the same results as to the tablet’s resistance to shocks of virtually any type. The ports, as we saw, were sealed beneath panels which could be locked so as to prevent damage done by liquids and dust. Even though the product has a weight of 2.6kg, it can be carried around without effort, mostly also thank to the rubber padding put on its edges.
Powered by Windows 7 OS
The screen of the Dell Latitude XT2 XFR measures 12.1″ and it is in no way fragile; manufacturers tested it to see whether it would withstand impact and the tablet did. It also did during our own testing phase. The display is multi-touch; rotating, scrolling and zooming documents were all done with the utmost ease. There’s even a stylus which helps with taking notes. The screen’s visibility and image quality are among the best we’ve ever seen and the matte finish works wonders when it comes to preventing reflections. Not to forget contrast, sharpness and color, we’ll simply say they were great. When we looked at the display in direct sunlight we could manage to understand what it was written on it. As for keyboard, the Latitude XT2 XFR tablet has one that is both responsive and spacious; using it was a delightful thing to do. On the other hand, the touchpad was way too small for our taste.
As said in the beginning of our review, the tablet launched by Dell comes with Windows 7 operating system and this means real computing power.
Core 2 Duo processor
In the processor department, this first ever multi-touch compatible rugged tablet runs on a last-generation Core 2 Duo processor which doesn’t fare that well when comparing it to the Intel Core processor. It did manage to offer enough power for running office applications, but other things moved very slowly. As for storage matters, that’s another aspect where the Latitude XT2 XFR fails to deliver as it should: the 128GB of space are simply not enough for more demanding programs, documents and such.
Security fares well, mainly due to the device’s optional TPM BitLocker encryption and a Kensington lock slot. The battery provided the tablet with less hours of work time than we would have liked, compared with the battery life of other similar tablets.
In conclusion, the Dell Latitude XT2 XFR might be a well-built tablet with fairly good performance, it sure is disappointing when it comes down to battery, specifications and power.
|Speed : 1.6 GHz|
|Cache : 3 MB L2|
|Type : Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo (SU9600)|
|Up to 5GB DDR3 SDRAM – 2 DIMMS|
|Intel® Small Form Factor Montevina Chipset|
|Diagonal Size : 12.1″|
|Technology : DLV outdoor-readable|
|Max Resolution : WXGA (1280 x 800)|
|Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
|Solid State Drive|
|Up to 128GB|
|Up to 160GB 5400rpm|
|Stereo headphone and line out jack|
|LAN : 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11 a/g/n)|
|Dell Wireless 1397 (802.11 b/g)|
|Intel® WiFi® Link 5300 (802.11a/g/Draft n 3×3)|
|Bluetooth : Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth® Module|
|Intel® WiFi® Link 5100 (802.11a/g/Draft n 1×2)|
|Card Reader : SD Card slot|
|Integrated Smart Card Reader|
|Express 54 (34 and 54mm support)|
|3 x USB 2.0 (One is shared with eSATA port.)|
|3 External Antenna Connection (RF pass through)|
|1 x RJ-45|
|1 x 1394|
|1 x VGA|
|9-cell 45WHr Li-Ion High Capacity|
|6-cell 42WHr Li-Ion|
|4-cell 28WHr Li-Ion|