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Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme 7414 Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Jan 25, 2017 5:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Dell

Physical Overview

 

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The large box on the bottom contains the two smaller ones. One of the smaller boxes contains the accessories and documentation while the other is designed to protect the notebook. Everything is well protected by the boxes, but the notebook itself will probably arrive fine even if one of the boxes is damaged, it is, after all, an extremely rugged product.

 

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As I have seen with most notebooks, the accessory package is small. You get some manuals and a recovery DVD, as well as the AC/DC power supply/charger. The charger looks like that I received with the XPS 13, but it's rated 19.5v at 3.34A for 65W, 20W more than the XPS 13's charger. There is a 90W charger option as well, I would assume is charges up the notebook faster.

 

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The top and bottom of the notebook use a very strong magnesium-alloy shell with large rubber ultra-polymer corner stops/shock absorbers. If you drop the notebook, the rubber corners are much more likely to make contact than the actual surface of the notebook. The notebook does have a very large rubber handle, and the base of the notebook is slightly longer than the display portion.

 

Indicator LEDs are also visible when the notebook is closed, so you see system status without having to open the lid. A tether for the stylus pen is the only free hanging part of the notebook. The underside of the notebook has come proprietary docking connectors as well as some vents for the fan.

 

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The rubber handle is secured well into the notebook; it didn't feel flimsy. There are holes in the rubber corners, presumably to attach to already existing mounts such as those in a police cruiser. A speaker sits beneath the handle.

 

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All the ports are protected by little doors to ensure that particulates and water stay out. At the rear of the notebook, we find two 1Gbit NICs, two COM ports, VGA(d-SUB), DC power input, and a USB 2.0 port. There is also a magnesium reinforced Kensington lock slot.

 

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The left side of the unit features a headphone jack, HDMI, USB 3.0, a SIM card slot for mobile broadband, and the bay for the removable battery. The little blue tab allows you to pull the battery out of the bay after you push the blue side-lock aside.

 

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The right side of the notebook features a PC/EC (Express Card) slot, a removable SSD bay (you remove it the same way you do the battery), an SC (smart card) slot, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot.

 

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The keyboard is nice and big, easy enough to use with gloves on. There is also an NFC reader under the NFC sticker near the touch pad. The keyboard is waterproof and is backlit by RGB LEDs. Our unit did not have a fingerprint reader, but that is an option you can have added. The touchpad is a little small; I found myself using the touchscreen display more than the touchpad as the touchpad wasn't very responsive.

 

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The display is vibrant, but it is also anti-glare. Dell prides themselves on the fact that their daylight viewable screen is actually very easy to view in daylight. Its anti-glare capabilities are top notch, something that is very useful in the field when you can't control your environment. The resistive touchscreen's 14-inch display has a resolution of 1366x766, which is basic HD.

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