Dell Releases Extremely Durable Latitude XFR D630

Rob Williams

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Is the Apple AIR a little too lightweight for your liking? Then you might need Dell's new Latitude XFR D630, which should simply be called the 'Tude XFR D630, because it has a lot of it. The D630 is more than just a tough notebook... it's designed to be military-grade, so you know it can take a beating.

Because it includes Windows Vista, chances are the notebook is bound to get beat around a little bit, and at the same time, Dell claims 23% improved performance over Panasonic's Toughbook CF-30. Thanks to its solid-die-cast magnesium alloy chassis, it's one extremely tough machine.

Prices start out high, as expected, at $3,899. That includes a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo T7250, Windows XP, 14.1 outdoor-viewable display, 512MB of RAM and an 80GB shock-mounted hard drive. Considering these somewhat lackluster specs, it's obvious that the chassis is what hogs the bulk of the price. To upgrade to a faster and even more stable solid-state hard drive, it will cost you $210 for the 32GB version or $509 for the 64GB. Certainly pricey, it will no doubt serve its purpose well.

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The Latitude XFR D630 meets MIL-STD 810F standards from the Department of Defense for products that operate in extreme temperatures, moisture and altitude, to name a few. The system shares common images and components with Dell’s current line of Latitude laptops to greatly simplify deployment and maintenance. Also, a patent-pending thermal management system allows the rugged laptop to use latest generation technology and deliver up to four times better graphics performance than the Panasonic CF-30.

Source: Dell Press Release, Via: CrouchGear