Robust Windows 8 business notebooks from Dell – Specs, price and reviews

Are you are looking for a robust notebook with world class business features? You should read this post to know specs, price and reviews for two such Dell laptops complying with US Military test standard.

Robust Windows 8 notebooks

Though robust is the key to reliability of a notebook for users that are working in worst working conditions but what if you get a robust laptop capable to handling not only rough environmental conditions but also designed to serve world class business standards? If you are goggling for such a computing device, here I have picked some of such ultrabooks from Dell that are sturdy, durable, simple looking and powerful in respect of performance. Both of these notebooks hail from most popular 'Latitude' family of Dell and operate on Microsoft's latest operating system but both vary in respect of their size and various built-in features.

These notebooks are shockproof and packed with security systems like vPro technology giving remote access to monitor and there Dell Data Protection/ Encryption software also available on both for locking your personal files.

Though you will find them expensive in compare to other notebooks already available in market but their robustness quality supersedes price issue. Secondly, customers looking for a reliable device and trusted brand easily compromise on price.

My first pick is 13.3 inch Latitude 6430u notebook from Dell comes with high speed processing chip and very fast solid state drive.

And the second 14 inch latitude 6430u notebook packs with powerful graphics card, SSD storage and powerful battery. So, let us have a look over descriptive specifications and reviews for both Dell machines:

Dell Latitude 6430u notebook with 13.3 inch display

Dell Latitude 6430u
Out of the two, this is the smaller notebook designed for business customers with its ultimate performance and sober look. But it can let the customers down who are looking for outstanding a gaming and video featured device. With legacy from latitude family, the working style and handling is very simple and here business men can handle spreadsheet, check emails and run their business applications very easily, as expected from a latitude family member.

Specification and features

It features 13.3 inch HD display and standard resolution of 1, 366 x 768 pixels. Running on Windows 8 operating platform the device embeds touch feature and users are provided option to opt any of Core i3, i5 or i7 Intel processing chip with integrated Intel HD4000 graphics card. For very fast booting performance you will find 256GB of Solid state drive and 8 GB of RAM on device to boost up system performance.

It is designed to handle wear and tear and having drop support feature. The ultimate new feature for turning off hard drive on sensing change in gravity most welcomed by customers. This is highly portable device with just 3.7 lbs weight and 20 mm of thickness with solid built and nice gripping to hold it. It has an attractive with solid metal rim edges but looks little bulky.

Its full sized keyboard is designed to be sill resistant for providing robustness with responsive and rubberized touch feel keys and the trackpad below supports Windows 8 gestures also. Also there is a pair of high quality speakers on top of device for giving you immense video and music experience.

Battery backup and connectivity

This device is stronger in battery support when compared to large version and comes loaded with a 6-cell battery and packed with various connectivity ports such as USB 3.0, Bluetooth, VGA, HDMI, 3G network, one webcam, Gigabit Ethernet and WLAN option support.

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The 13.3 inches 6430u notebook from Dell is available to purchase in market at $899.

Dell Latitude 6430u 14 inch notebook

Dell Latitude 6430u - 14 inches
This is a large, stylish, slim and expensive notebook in compare to previous laptop. This is also business oriented machine but having less battery life than small version. This 14-inch notebook is claimed to meet all military standards and shows reliability even in very harsh conditions. It is 3.7 pounds in weight with 13.3 x 9 x 0.82 inches measurement.

Specs and features

This expensive Latitude machine from Dell is robust and meets military testing standards like MIL-STD-810G (a US Military test standard). It features 14-inch HD touch display with optional two resolutions – first 1, 600 x 900 pixels and second 1, 366 x 768 pixels. This is the refreshed version of older 14-inch Latitude notebook and 33 percent slimmer as well as 16 percent lighter in weight (a perfect mobile companion) comparatively.

With Win-8 operating platform it includes vPro management technology and energized with Intel's Core i3 or i7 processor coupled to 8GB of RAM. There is a 128GB of Solid state drive available on device for reasonably fast boot up and a powerful integrated Intel HD4000 graphics chip, for ultimate graphics capability.

Battery and connectivity

Built to cater business need of customers this notebook also provides full day battery backup performance with a single full charge with a 3-cell battery. And for connectivity, like its companion it also has USB 3.0 port, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, webcam support, Bluetooth, SD Card slot and 3G network supports.

Besides this, it also has Wilocity/ Qualcomm-Atros tri-band chipset for wireless docking and providing networking capability and let user connect this machine with multiple I/O devices, wirelessly.

Pricing and availability

Dell set the price of its 14 inch robust notebook at $1,278 (for Core i5 processor and 128 GB SSD) and also available to purchase in market.

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