Dell announces the Latitude 5430 Rugged and the 7330 Rugged Extreme, two extra sturdy laptops that must be able to function in relatively harsh conditions. Optionally, the manufacturer equips them with a Qualcomm modem with 5G and Wi-Fi 6E.
The Latitude 5430 Rugged comes standard with a 14″ non-touch screen display with a maximum screen brightness of 400cd/m², which seems on the low side as rugged laptops are often used outdoors. However, customers have the option for a touchscreen and that screen has a maximum brightness of 1000cd/m². The laptop weighs 1.97 kilograms and has an IP53 certification indicating that it has some degree of protection against dust and water. Dell claims based on testing that the laptop can withstand a drop of about 90 centimeters must be able to survive.
The Latitude 7330 Rugged Extreme is slightly smaller with its 13.3″ screen, but this device is also somewhat more resistant to harsh conditions. Based on its protection against dust and water, this rugged laptop has been given an IP65 rating and Dell has during testing, the system falls from 1.80 meters without significant problems.This laptop comes standard with a matte touchscreen with screen brightness of 1400cd/m².
Dell can equip versions of the laptops with different Intel Tiger Lake vPro processors and amounts of memory. For the Latitude 5430 Rugged, there is a choice of a Quadro T500 video card. There is no such option for the 7330 Rugged Extreme. However, they can both be equipped with a Qualcomm X55 modem that brings 5G and Wi-Fi 6E support to the laptops. Dell also supplies both laptops with two hot-swappable batteries of 53.5 Wh, with which the laptops can last for 25 hours, depending on the configuration.
Dell will start shipping the Latitude Rugged laptops from December 9 with Windows 11 for an undisclosed price.