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Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Broadwell) Laptop Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri | May 12, 2017 08:20 am CDT
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Dell

Physical Overview


The Dell components come in separate boxes, all of which reside in one larger box. Our unit came with a keyboard and kickstand combo to make the tablet more like a notebook PC.


Accessories include an AC/DC power brick, AC power cord, and manuals. The power brick itself is rated 45W (19.5v/2.31A).


The rugged tablet has a few tablet-like buttons on it, and other than the fact it has no attached keyboard, it is much more of a notebook than a tablet. The display is a fully daylight visible (I tested it in many conditions, and it is), and has excellent touch capabilities and will even work with gloves. There is a camera not only at the front of the tablet but also on the back. The rear of the tablet has connection pads (Dell's Pogo) that allow the pads to dock. You can access both batteries from the back of the tablet, and yes, you can hot swap them. There is a fingerprint reader, camera, NFC sensor, and smart card slot on the rear of the tablet.


The top of the unit is where the stylus resides, where the microphone is located, and where you can open and close the front-facing camera guard. The bottom of the unit offers a second set of docking connectors (Dell Pogo) as well as an RF pass-through to allow the dock to act as a bigger WIFI antenna. On the left side of the unit are a microSD card reader, HDMI output, and headphone jack. It's also where the exhaust vent and Kensington lock slot are located. On the right side of the unit are the power button, USB 3.0 port, serial/COM port, and DC input jack. All the ports and jacks are protected from dust and water by rubber covers. While they don't make the tablet waterproof, they do make it quite splash resistant. All four corners of the tablet are protected by tough rubber, allowing the tablet to survive many drops from over 3 feet.


The keyboard/kickstand combo makes the tablet significantly more like a notebook. The keyboard is full QWERTY, has integrated RGB LEDs, and offers a touchpad. I missed having my mouse buttons removed from the touchpad; it makes things much easier for those of us who are more tactile. The keyboard is also rugged, just like the tablet.


With the keyboard, touchpad, touchscreen, and stylus you have multiple ways of entering data and interacting with the Windows 10 OS. I like having all the options, the stylus is like a much more precise finger, and sometimes you just have to type with a real keyboard. The stylus is tethered to the tablet, and it seems quite strong.

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