Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Broadwell) Laptop Review (Page 1)

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Broadwell) Laptop Review

Dell's Latitude 12 Rugged tablet / laptop is not only rugged but also stylish and capable. But is it for you? Let's see.

| May 12, 2017 at 8:20 am CDT
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Dell



I have looked at Dell's Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook with extreme water and ingress protection, and today I am taking a look at one of Dell's slightly less rugged tablets meant for heavy duty use. While the tablet is technically a tablet since it doesn't have a keyboard, it has more powerful hardware than some notebooks and uses a Windows 10 OS.

The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is certified MIL-STD-810G for everything from drop height to tactical standby and solar radiation. It can operate in extremes from -29C to 63C. It also carries IP-65 ingress protection, MIL-STD-461F electromagnetic interference, and ANSI/ISA.12.12.01 hazardous location certifications. It's very rugged, and while the certifications are on paper, I did have a chance to use one as a real-time GPS enabled map strapped to a jet ski. It survived hours and hours of intense water, sun, and vibration. Today I am not evaluating its ruggedness, but instead its performance.


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Our configuration is the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet used a 2C/4T Intel Core M-5Y71 Broadwell-Y based processor, 8GB (dual channel) 1600MHz DDR3 memory, 256GB SanDisk X400 M.2 drive, Intel HD5300 Graphics, Intel 7265 Wireless-AC, Realtek based audio, TPM 2.0 module, and NFC sensor. Our unit also came with a magnetically detachable keyboard and kickstand, which are optional accessories. It's equipped with notebook level hardware and uses some of the most reliable controllers. The reason this tablet uses Broadwell instead of Skylake is because Broadwell has been tested thoroughly to ensure there are no issues that might pop up down the line with the microarchitecture.

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Our unit uses Windows 10. The unit has two 26Wh batteries, a fingerprint reader, a 11.6" daylight visible 1366x768 resolution touch display, front and rear webcams, a NFC proximity sensor, TPM 2.0, a BayHubTech/O2 MMC/SD card reader, a Smart Card Reader, a USB 3.0 port, mini-HDMI, a headphone jack, and Serial Port #1/COM1 port.


The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet starts at $1849.

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