Physical Overview Continued
The hinges on the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme are very important. Users of this product have different protocols that are a bit different from that of the normal consumer. For instance, a police officer is supposed to close the display on their notebook every time they exit the vehicle. Because of the different usage scenarios, Dell has a hinge-testing machine I was able to see when I visited them. The hinges will last.
You can have the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme shipped without a camera, but if you want privacy and a camera, there is a built-in camera blocking slider door so even if a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) enables the camera and you do not notice, the door will block the image.
The camera is FHD (1080P), which is impressive considering most consumer cameras are only HD (720P), and the screen is only 1366x768. If you leave the door open, you are still okay because when the camera turns on a bright white LED shines in your face. There is also a dual array microphone built into the notebook.
Upon closer inspection, we see that each door has a foam insert which makes contact with the connectors to provide element-proofing. Each door has a little hinge you must push down to open.
The stylus has a little tab on the handle allowing you to remove it from the stylus bay. The tether will keep it attached so that you won't lose it, but it could potentially snag on a surface. The stylus can be extended to pencil size.
Dell's Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme comes with Dell's handy pogo-pin docking connectors as well as three RF passthrough, so that the dock's antennas can be used for improved range and signal strength. The fans Dell uses are dust and waterproof, and the notebook also has speakers.
The battery that came in our unit is rated 97Wh, that is a lot. It is very easy to pull the battery out of the notebook, and if you have spare batteries, you can check their charge by pressing the charge button to illuminate up to five LEDs indicating remaining charge capacity.
The SSD is the only storage device that comes with the unit. Not only are SSDs much faster than traditional HDD, but they are also much more durable and shock resistant. Our model is 256GB and has decent operating specifications.
The backlit keyboard offers four color options. You can cycle through them by pressing "Fn+C." You get the standard white, blue, red, and green colors. Dell has included RGB LEDs in the keyboard because different colors are easier on the eyes in different conditions, for example, red is preferable in the dark.
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