by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces New Slate of Workstations

Dell has made it clear that the company is focusing on "unified workspace" for end users more than ever with their latest slate of mobile workstation announcements at this year's Dell World. They’ve also expressed enormous interest in the “new economy,” which translates to worker productivity and inspired workforces as key to a successful business. And Dell believes that IT plays an important role in it. The challenge is that IT isn't necessarily equipped to deliver an inspired, productive work environment: there can be a lot of troubleshooting, unneeded hassles and issues, and not much flexibility. End users (or workers) might not be able to seamlessly transition between to device to device to access their data. Dell sees a big opportunity here and has certainly shown a lot of innovation with their newly announced line up, which promises to address all of these efficiency issues that affect today's workplace.

Dell Precision

Dell has announced two new budget-friendly mobile workstations with the latest Dell Precision 3540 and 3541. Those needing a workstation-class performance in a small footprint will find a lot of value in the Dell Precision 3540, as Dell dubs it their “most affordable mobile workstation” it’s highlighted with the latest 4-core Intel Core 8th generation processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro graphics with 2GB of dedicated memory, and 2TB of storage.

Dell’s new Precision 3541 mobile workstation will offer a bit more oomph with its equipped 9th generation 8-core Intel Core and 6-core Intel Xeon processor options. It will also be outfitted with next-gen NVIDIA Quadro professional 4GB graphics. Dell has also put a huge focus on battery life (even going as far as boldly claiming that it might have the longest battery life in its class), which is perfect for those who need on-the-go productivity. Both workstations come with comes with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity as well as optional security features including fingerprint and smartcard readers, an IR camera and their first-ever camera shutter.

The new Precision solutions feature a narrow-edge 15.6” screen and are 10 percent smaller and lighter than the previous generation, weighing in at 4.04 and 4.34 pounds for the 3540 and 3541, respectively.

Both workstations are also Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified. This means they have gone through “rigorous testing” with professional applications such as Autodesk Inventor and Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Moreover, the bundled Dell Precision Optimizer software automatically customizes system settings so that users will get the best software performance possible. This also means users don’t have to waste time doing it manually.

The Dell Precision 3540 is now available on Dell.com starting at $799, while the Precision 3541 is slated for a release sometime this May.

Vostro workstations

Dell has also announced the latest additions to the company’s Vostro portfolio with the Vostro 13 5000 and Vostro 15 7000. These new solutions are designed specifically to address the needs of small businesses.

Designed for on-the-go business professionals, the 13-inch Vostro 13 5000 is touted as its thinnest and lightest model to date. It measures just 14.9mm thin and weighs in at very light 2.6lb. and is encased in a sleek, yet durable, aluminum cover. The FHD display is surrounded by a slim 3-sided bezel and comes equipped with the new 2.7mm HD webcam. The Vostro 13 5000 also features MaxxAudio Pro boosts volume and SmartByte software, which improves video-conferencing by receive network bandwidth priority to reduce buffering. Professionals who do a lot of remote meetings will find this particularly useful.

The Vostro 15 7000 is Dell’s newest 15” laptop designed for professionals in need of an affordable high-performing mobile solution. Like the 13 inch model above, the 15-inch version features an aluminum enclosure with a narrow border FHD display. Component customization includes up to a Core i7 Intel Coffee Lake-H 6-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, a 97 WHr battery and an optional triple drive expandability storage option. These specs certainly make it an ideal solution for content creators or businesses need workstations that run intensive applications in addition to a blend of storage and performance capabilities.

All Vostro laptops come with some pretty good security features. You can outfit them an optional single-sign-on fingerprint reader and built-in hardware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip, which allows users to instantly authenticate their systems while protecting against malware and cyber threats.

Dell also offers the optional support packages, including Dell Pro Support. This gives our customers 24/7 direct telephone access to locally based, advanced-level technicians. Both the Vostro 13 5000 and Vostro 15 7000 will be available on May 16 starting at $849 and $1,149, respectively.

Dell Commercial Docks

Dell has also added new models to their Commercial Dock portfolio, including the WD19 130W, WD19 180W, WD19TB, and WD19DC models. With these solutions, Dell wants to help boost productivity for end users by giving their customers a way to quickly and easily connect to and charge their PCs. Overall, they are seamless to set up and deploy. They are also easy to manage and upgrade as needed, which takes a load off IT staff so companies can better deploy resources.

The new Dell docks increase power delivery and charge speed for mobile workstations with its 130/90 (the WD19 180W and WD19 130W, respectively) and 130/210 (the WD19TB and WD19DC, respectively) watts of power, indicating an 80% charge in just one hour via Dell ExpressCharge. Users can also leverage ExpressCharge Boost for a 35% charge in just 20 minutes on compatible systems.

Moreover, the WD19 130W and WD19 180W leverage USB-C dock technology, which provides data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps and supports up to two Full HD displays (up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz) for more screen real estate and improved work efficiency. The WD19TB and WD19DC both use Thunderbolt 3 technology for data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with the ability to connect up to 4 displays for even more digital workspace. Both of these docks support up to 5120 x 2880 @ 60Hz when using the DP 1.2 Thunderbolt system. Other connectivity includes HDMI, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 and USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, Gigabit Ethernet, and combo/speaker output ports.

The Dell docks also use a single firmware to make management much easier and are already support-enabled in the BIOS from the factory, so no further configuration is required. IT can therefore quickly perform firmware updates without having to restart a system, so there’s no noticeable disruption in day-to-day workflows.

Dell Commercial Docks come with a standard, 3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Advanced Exchange with the option to extend this warranty up to 5 years at an additional cost. 

Dell Latitude

Dell has released a slate of new Latitude workstations that have been completely re-designed with a focus on the needs of modern-day workforces. Dell realizes the changing workforce is evolving towards the desire to work anywhere and at any time, which means instant access to data, multiple days of charge, and an always-on experience are more and more important. Dell is bringing these things to their new 10th generation Latitude portfolio.

Latitude 7400 2-in-1 embodies these desired characteristics. Dell indicates that it is the thinnest workstation in its class (14-inch notebook category) by roughly 16%. It also sports a new, improved design, including an aluminum palm rest on the folio keyboard, which is also brushed with anodized aluminum, as well as new paint finish. Moreover, its edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass DX helps to reduce reflection by 75% for better sunlight readability and durability. Feature and connectivity-wise, the new 7400 includes two Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery & DisplayPort (USB Type-C), one USB 3.1 Gen1 with PowerShare, a uSIM card slot, a uSD 4.0 Memory card reader, an optional Contacted or Contactless SmartCard Reader, and Dell’s exclusive Waves MaxxAudio Pro for an improved speaking and listening experience during conferences.

As far as performance goes, the 7400 can be outfitted with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processors up to i7 vPro 4-Core for pretty much most intensive applications, while its high-density batteries provide up to 80% battery charge in an hour via its ExpressCharge feature.

The Latitude 5300, 5400 and 5500 laptops are touted as the world’s smallest mainstream business notebooks on the market. Crafted from 17% post-industrial carbon fiber reinforced polymer (the 5500 model has an aluminum option), they include up to 32GB in DDR4 memory, up 1TB PCIe SSD in storage and battery up to 68 Whr, which gives workers on the go a good amount of flexibility to adapt to their business needs. They are also equipped with latest 8th Generation Intel vPro Processors (up to i7 4-Core) and a range of different display options:

Latitude 5300

  • 13.3” HD (1366 x 768) Anti-glare (16:9) Non-Touch, WLED, 220 nits, non-touch, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 13.3” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare (16:9) Non-Touch, WLED, 300 nits, Non-touch, Super Low Power, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 13.3” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Embedded Touch, Anti-Glare, 300 nits, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back

Latitude 5400

  • 14.0” HD (1366 x 768) Anti-glare (16:9) WLED, 220 nits, non-touch, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 14.0” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Antiglare (16:9) WLED, 220 nits, non-touch, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 14.0” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Embedded Touch Display with Truelife, 220 nits, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back

Latitude 5500

  • 15.6” HD (1366 x 768) Anti-glare (16:9) WLED, 220 nits, non-touch, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 15.6” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Antiglare (16:9) WLED, 220 nits, non-touch, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 15.6” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Embedded Touch Display with Truelife, 220 nits, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer LCD Back
  • 15.6” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare (16:9) WLED, 300 nits, non-touch, Aluminum LCD Back
  • 15.6” FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Embedded Touch Display with Truelife, 220 nits, Aluminum LCD Back

The new Latitude 3000 Series is comprised of entry-level, accessible business notebooks with feature enterprise-class functionality. Designed for productivity, the new series sports a smaller footprint and an updated look, and are available in 14- and 15-inch form factors. A new 13-inch model is also a part of the updated line, with Dell touting it as the world’s smallest and lightest 13-inch essential business notebook on the planet. 

Dell’s entire 10 generation Latitude portfolio is slated for a May 1 release for the following prices:

  • Latitude 7x00 laptops starting at $1,299
  • Latitude 7200 2-in-1 starting at $999
  • Latitude 5x00 laptops starting at $819
  • Latitude 5x01 laptops starting at $1,179
  • Latitude 5300 2-in-1 starting at $949
  • Latitude 3x00 laptops starting at $599

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