In an effort to help customers lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) and simplify their IT environments, Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) has released its second generation of E-Series PCs. The E2 series includes an ultraportable, two notebooks and a netbook.
Rick Perez, product marketing manager for Latitude at Dell, said the E-Series first came out last year. Now with the availability of the Dell Latitude E4310, E5410, E5510 and 2110, customers will receive improved performance and cost savings.
“The idea behind the portfolio is that there’s a lot of commonality and compatibility among the systems,” Perez said. “A lot of the peripherals and, in some cases, the battery are the same across all of these platforms. We realize a number of customers use multiple platforms in their environment, so the E-Series products are designed to help lower TCO and simplify customers’ IT environments.”
Perez said an organization’s IT department can also standardize the configurations of the E-Series, so the systems are easier to manage.
The Latitude E4310 is a 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook designed for road warriors and executives who travel or move from office to office. The notebook also comes with an optional backlit keyboard, which comes in handy for these types users, he said. With a six-cell battery, Dell claims up to seven hours of battery life. Pricing for the E4310 starts at US$1,449.
The E5410 and E5510 notebooks are 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch units respectively and are designed for small to mid-size businesses, all the way up to larger organizations. The units also would do well in the education sector, Perez said. These units come with an option of an Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU or the Intel Celeron P4500, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 320GB hard drive, or up to 128GB of solid state storage. The E5410 is priced starting at $759 and the E5510 is $789.
The Latitude 2110 netbook primarily targets educational users and is available in a rubberized case for easy grip and handling. The unit also comes with an anti-microbial keyboard and comes in a colour choice of red, blue and black. The netbook starts at $389 with Linux and $419 for a unit that runs on a Windows operating system.
Across the E2 Series lineup, Perez said Dell has “significantly improved” performance and also the Free Fall Sensor, which is now moved to the motherboard, so there’s quicker response time so if the machine happens to fall or get dropped, the hard drive can park quicker.
“There’s also a three-year warranty on the battery so in any failure or if the battery dies within three years, we’ll replace it free of charge,” Perez said. “There have also been improvements to the paint formulation to help with fingerprinting and smudging.”
All systems are now available either directly through Dell, or through its global network of channel partners.
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