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Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Broadwell) Laptop Review (Page 8)

By Steven Bassiri from May 12, 2017 @ 8:20 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Dell

Here are key points about the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet.

What's Hot

Battery Life: The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet tops our charts in regards to battery life. It's dual 26Wh hot-swappable batteries will let you continuously use the tablet for 10 hours without having to plug into recharge the juice. If you are on the go and will not be near a power source, this rugged tablet might be perfect for you. You can carry a few extra of those batteries and use the tablet nonstop; the batteries aren't oddly shaped or too big.

Extremely Durable: While it's not as rugged as the Rugged Extreme models, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet offers a high level of protection from the elements. You won't have issues using it in the rain or on the water, and it's strong enough to survive drops onto rocky surfaces, multiple times in fact. It has all the proper certifications for durability, and the list is very long.

Good Connectivity: Their wireless AC solution is top notch, and you can have it shipped with a WWAN modem to connect anywhere. It also has a single USB 3.0 port, microSD card slot, serial port, headphone jack, HDMI output, smart card reader, and NFC sensor.

Solid Security: Every camera has a cover, and the tablet has a built-in fingerprint reader. When the camera or microphone is on, easily visible lights are turned on, so you know it's active. That is not the extent of the security measures; you also get a built-in TPM 2.0 with a high level of UEFI based security. Dell also offers extra software security if you need it.

Some Fun: I like the insert that resides in the Smart Card slot which tells you how to find north, Morse code for SOS and help, and acts as a physical ruler. The RGB keyboard is also cool; you could even make this enterprise-class rugged tablet's keyboard light up pink if you wanted.

What's Not

Heavy: It's as heavy as your average laptop from 2010. You will notice its weight in your backpack if it's lightly packed.

You're Going to Want the Kick Stand and Keyboard: I don't find Windows 10's tablet mode that useful, I prefer only using the rugged tablet with the magnetic keyboard and kickstand. That being said, if you are using a program designed to work on a tablet, you will have a different experience.

Final Thoughts

Having used the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet in real life on the water and under the sun, I can attest to the usability and durability of the product. I want to take a second and say I really admire Dell's daylight viewable display although it is a bit small. I enjoyed using the tablet for normal tasks, and I almost never had to turn it off, and its battery life had something to do with it. It has best in class battery life, and while you do give up some faster processing power and add some weight, I think it's a good trade-off.


Whether it is in the wild, in the car, or on the river, the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is designed for almost every environment and has enough horsepower to get the job done. While it will not replace your gaming notebook, it's definitely faster than most tablets on the market and runs a full Windows 10 OS. If you want a very capable and rugged tablet PC capable of taking on the world, give the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet a look.

Product Summary Breakdown

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The Bottom Line: Rugged, stylish, capable, and enduring. The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is prepared to take on the world.

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