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Dell Latitude 7030 Rugged Extreme tablet review
6:32 pm | May 31, 2024

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Having tested out a number of the best rugged tablets, we've always enjoyed Dell's durable devices. For us, the Dell Latitude Rugged series remain top contenders for anyone who needs a robust tablet for outdoor use. So, we put the Dell Latitude 7030 Rugged Extreme to the test to see how this hybrid tablet-laptop with detachable keyboard performs under pressure. 

Dell Latitude Rugged 7030 Tablet

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Dell Latitude 7030 Rugged Extreme: Unboxing and First Impressions

While the box is pretty basic, once I got past the packaging, I immediately noticed the compact durability I had in my hands. The 10.1-inch form factor does take a moment to get used to, as it is pretty tiny. But once I got into setting things up in settings and using this to get some work done, I stopped feeling like it was a limited device but rather a massive computer eloquently crammed into a niche format. 

For those on the go outdoors, working on a job site, out for days at a time, or even if you need something rugged for another reason, this laptop might be what you are looking for. Frequently, if you need a device that you can take to rugged places, you will be moving in and out of that place. Having a highly portable, smaller device that can still get the job done with ease computing-wise is a brilliant move in those situations.

While the size is small, the heft and rigidity of the Latitude 7030 are still very much noticeable. Right away, when I grabbed the handle of this laptop/tablet, I was thrilled to feel like I could swing this computer around by the handle without any issue. This device is reinforced in the corners, covers all the ports and cameras, and has a nice coating around the edges, protecting it from scuffs or damage.

Dell Latitude 7030 Rugged Extreme: Design and Build Quality

Specs

Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260U

RAM: Up to 32GB LPDDR5

Storage: Up to 2TB NVMe SSD

Display: 10.1-inch FHD (1920 x 1200) outdoor-readable, 1000 nits brightness

Operating System: Windows 11 Pro

Battery: Dual removable batteries (up to 18 Wh each)

Ports: USB-C 3.2 (Thunderbolt 4 Optional), USB-A 3.2, microSD slot,

Connectivity: 5G, GPS, Wi-Fi 6E with Dual Band Support, FirstNet, Bluetooth

Weight: 2.2 lbs

The more I looked at this laptop-tablet hybrid, the more areas for mounting and modular swapping I noticed. The Latitude 7030 Rugged has an entire ecosystem of accessories that can be added and removed anytime to help customize the tablet to your needs. 

These accessories range from the handle itself to a hand strap for ease of holding, the stylus, an external battery charger (as opposed to charging via the laptop, this charges the hot-swappable batteries so you can keep the tablet on the go), a magnetic mount, a kickstand, shoulder straps, vehicle docks, and chargers, and the detachable keyboard. 

You can create whatever working machine you need through these accessories, let alone the modular portion of the computer's optional I/O bay. You can outfit this bay to fit another USB-A, an RJ-45 jack, a barcode scanner, or a universal audio jack. Lastly, you can utilize the programmable physical buttons to launch applications, run programs, control features, and do things of that nature.

Dell Latitude Rugged 7030 Tablet

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

Along the side are some covered ports for the various IOs that come standard, along with the customizable port. On the back live are the hot-swappable battery bays, the power button, an optional fingerprint reader, a SmartCard reader for authentication methods, a flash, the rear camera, and VESA mounting points. You can find the front-facing camera on the front top of the device, along with an IR Camera. You can find four programmable buttons and the docking connector at the bottom of the device.

Dell Latitude 7030 Rugged Extreme: In use

While I am not a first responder, trekking up a mountainside, working a job site, or wearing a hard hat where I work, I was able to imagine just how helpful this tablet might be to those who are. Customizing a computer to complement your work rather than molding your way of working around the device's limitations is excellent. The included front and rear-facing cameras allow for, for example, a construction site's general contractor to take photos of progress or areas that need to be addressed directly on their device without pulling out a camera or personal phone.

Dell Latitude Rugged 7030 Tablet

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

For first responders, the ability to mount this computer to their cruiser or truck and connect to FirstReady net for reliable coverage that first responders use is not only helpful but vital.

Sure, you can get a lot of these features on any number of other devices, but with this rugged tablet, you get all of that in a compact and discrete 10.1" tablet that you can hot swap features with, swap out batteries to keep going, and even un-mount from any docking station to take with you while you move around.

Dell Latitude Rugged 7030 Tablet

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

Dell Latitude Rugged 7030 Tablet: Final verdict

If you need a laptop that is as mobile and active as you are, the Latitude 7030 might be the perfect device for you, especially after you customize it to fit your needs beyond what the base model offers. Dell has numerous software features that I didn't get a chance to mention that make the overall experience of this tablet feel much more desktop-like than tablet-like, which is perfect for those who need a tried and true version of their trusty Windows 11 Pro to get their job done.


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Dell Latitude 9440 Business Laptop Review
12:45 pm | July 18, 2023

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The Latitude 9440 2-in-1 from Dell is an outstanding laptop. It might just be the best business laptop available right now. For everything I would use this for as a business user, The Latitude 9440 handles it with flying colors. The computer is beautiful, the speeds are quick, and the laptop is excellent.

Dell Latitude 9440

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Unboxing and First Impressions

Unboxing the laptop was nothing exciting until I pulled the wrapper off the computer. That is when I first felt the matte finish on the 9440 2-in-1, and let me say, I love it. I am a massive fan of matte black and dark greys, so this laptop is a dream finish. While signing in, I noticed the keyboard and the touchpad. The touchpad, first of all, feels enormous. After doing some research, I found out the touchpad is, in fact, over 15% larger than the previous model. Second, the keyboard immediately felt comfortable, which says a lot about a keyboard. It felt natural to type from the first word I wrote.

Dell Latitude 9440

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The last thing I noticed right away was the need for more ports. If you are fully moved over to the new standard of USB-C with your devices, or if you plug into one of the best Thunderbolt docks at your desk, you're golden. If not, you'll run into the same problem MacBook Air users have where no legacy ports are available, so you'll need to resort to an adapter, dongle, or dock.

Dell Latitude 9440

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

Design and Build Quality

Specs

*as tested

Dimensions: 12.20 x 8.46 x 0.64in
CPU: 13th-generation Intel Core processors
GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 64GB
Display: 14-inch, 16:10
Resolution: 2560 x 1600 or 2660 x 1600
Storage: Up to 2TB
Weight: 3.38 lb

The Latitude 9440 2-in-1 from Dell has a screen that measures 14 inches but feels gigantic. This phenomenon is partially because of the high-resolution screen and partially because of the near bezel-less borders.

The touchpad, as mentioned, is significantly larger than the last generation of Latitude laptops. While not entirely necessary because this is a 2-in-1 laptop and has a full touchscreen, the larger trackpad is greatly appreciated when you need to get things done with a trackpad like a standard laptop.

The keyboard above the trackpad is quite comfortable to type on. This keyboard also has the same matte finish the laptop case does while remaining a very easy-to-use keyboard. While writing this review, my fingers don't feel any sense of discomfort or unfamiliarity, which means that the keys are spaced out well.

As mentioned, this laptop is almost entirely made of a matte dark grey material. Around the computer's edges, a band of slightly shiny material helps it pop visually and gives this computer a bit of a fancy look.

Dell Latitude 9440

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

There are not a ton of ports on this laptop; outside of the three Thunderbolt or USB-C ports, there is only a single headphone jack. I have gotten to the full USB-C or Thunderbolt life, so I have an adapter with me at all times in my laptop backpack just in case I need it, and then my desk setups have Thunderbolt docks. If you don't have a system like that, you should pick up a Thunderbolt dock unless all your peripherals are USB-C or non-existent.

The last thing about this laptop is that the 16:10 aspect ratio is warmly welcomed. I love having a more vertical screen real estate, which boosts business productivity, particularly quite a bit.

Dell Latitude 9440

(Image credit: Collin Probst // Future)

In Use

Using this laptop for the last few weeks has been fantastic. I love this laptop. It hits all my marks in what I would want in a professional business laptop, and it looks good while doing it. Dell's Latitude line has been high-ranking on our lists for quite a while, and with good reason.

The 14-inch screen, as mentioned, feels massive. I can fit plenty of reference documents, websites, productivity tool windows, and so on without feeling like I want more while portable.

Dell Latitude 9440

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Whenever I grab this laptop, I love feeling the matte texture on my fingers. It's soft yet rugged while feeling premium. It's hard to describe in words, but it's incredible. I've already mentioned that the keyboard and touchpad are both excellent. The touchpad has integrated collaboration features which sadly only work for Zoom. However, when I have been able to use them, having soft buttons pop out of a touchpad feels like something out of a movie.

Dell Latitude 9440

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One more remarkably impressive part of this laptop is that it can actively be connected to two networks at once and switch between them as needed to keep the strongest and fastest connection. This feature is impressive, especially for power business users who take vital calls and can't risk losing connection. The way the business world is going, dropping a call is as good as losing a sale, contract, or business sometimes. So, being constantly connected to two networks with one as an always-ready, redundant network is incredible.

Dell Latitude 9440

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Final Verdict

All in all, this laptop is nearly perfect. If the price were lower, it would be perfect. However, some elements make it worth the cost. Regardless, this is an astounding laptop with great features, high build quality, and one of my favorite finishes in a computer to date. That's why I will happily still give this laptop a near-perfect rating.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro PC review
7:38 pm | March 28, 2023

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The Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro is an impressive little desktop machine that can fit on almost any desk, adding a powerful business computer with to any space with ease. Considering its size, we were impressed with the performance that came from this pint-sized box. 

Unboxing and First Impressions

We were shocked at the small size when we first unboxed the Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro. It doesn't seem, at first glance, like it would be a powerful machine worth relying on for business tasks. However, once we booted up, we noticed that this desktop had a decent amount of power under the hood.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro with external power brick (Image credit: Future)

Design and Build Quality

This desktop's overall design certainly fits its micro nomenclature. 

Specs

Specs as tested

CPU: 12th Gen Intel Core i7

Memory: 16GB DDR5

Storage: 512GB 

Ports:

Front

Rear

Connectivity: WiFi 6E running AX211

Weight: 2.06lbs / 0.94kg

Dimensions

Height: 7.17in / 182.00mm

Width: 1.42in / 36.00mm

Depth: 7.00in / 178.00mm

The footprint is tiny lying down and takes up even less desk space if upright. The casing is easy to mount to the underside of a desk, cabinet, or shelf if you want it to take up even less desk space. While we have yet to mount this to a desktop or cabinet, Dell's website shows that the Micro can mount just about anywhere with the suitable adapter. The build quality is solid, and it could take a beating before breaking - although, as it's designed for office space, it shouldn't have to do that.

Most of the ports are found on the back of the computer, consisting of three DisplayPort, one HDMI, three USB-A, one Ethernet, and a port for power via a barrel connector. On the front is a power button, an indicator light, a mic line, a headphone line, another USB-A port, and a single USB-C. Though it has an impressive video output ability, the computer is less than 2.1 pounds (less than 1kg) and could hide behind a book thanks to its small stature.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro Upright (Image credit: Future)

In Use

When we first booted up the Micro, we noted its size and assumed its performance would match its stature. However, after using this computer for a few weeks now, we can say with certainty that this is an impressive computer regarding power and performance.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro Back ports (Image credit: Future)

The ports mentioned above have proven to be well-placed. The DisplayPorts on the back, along with the network and HDMI, stay hidden behind the computer without having to see the cables. Additionally, the USB-A ports on the back are great for plugging in headsets, external drives, and more that do not require daily interaction. The ports on the front have been great for quickly plugging in thumb drives, charging devices, and other quick-access devices.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro front ports (Image credit: Future)

The Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro has been our main computer for a few weeks, and thanks to its minuscule size, we can integrate it into multiple desk setups to test efficiently. Whether running one standard monitor or four 4K monitors at 60Hz, this microcomputer can perform and adapt to the setup well. 

Our day-to-day use of this machine has naturally been entirely business focused. We have used it for research, emails, virtual meetings, spreadsheets, text documents, light photo editing, project management, and things of that nature. 

For confirmation, we ran some benchmark tests to see how this machine would compare to the competition, and all in all, the Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro has proven to perform far above what it looks like it can do. After rounds of PCMark testing, our exporting tests, and keeping an eye on the task manager to see how hard it was working, we can confidently say this computer is the little engine that could. 

The overall PCMark 10 score was 5,858, with essentials topping out at 11,870 and productivity hitting 7,606. What was quite impressive was that the digital content creation score was still up at 6,044, which was admittedly higher than we expected, as that is not the focus of this computer.

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro

Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro in Setup (Image credit: Future)

It's not the fastest computer in the world, nor should it be - it is a phenomenal solution for those looking for a more miniature PC in an office, a clinic, a business, or the like. While it’s not meant to rip through 4K video at record speeds, like a professional video editing computer, this machine can operate as a business computer, maybe occasionally touching on those elements but not as a main purpose for the machine.

One thing that we were disappointed about was the lack of Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. However, as the design for this computer is business focused, we understood opting for USB-C instead.

Final Verdict

The Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro is a small-form-factor PC that can get some serious work done. Its frame is well-built, durable, and easy to mount to just about anywhere you may need it in your workspace. 


Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1 laptop
8:08 pm | February 3, 2023

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The Dell Latitude 9330 is a 2-in-1 remote working powerhouse designed for the work-from-anywhere individual due to its lightweight frame, focus on virtual meetings, and high-powered chipset. The Latitude 9330 is the smallest model Dell currently offers, though this is only small in footprint, as the power coming out of this device is truly impressive for its size.

Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1

Fingerprint Scanner (Image credit: Future)

First impressions

Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1

Left Side Ports (Image credit: Future)

Dell has designed this laptop to be ultra-portable while maintaining the power level needed for professional users. The Latitude 9330 is light and slim, with a sleek design, although it does feature minimal ports, which could be an issue for some users - although if you do need one of the missing connections (HDMI, USB-A, Ethernet, etc.), you could utilize an adapter or docking station at your desk.

Another thing that we noticed right off the bat is that the Latitude 9330 doesn’t look like a 2-in-1 device at first glance, instead resembling a standard slim laptop - but when  we took it out in the real world, it performed impressively.

Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1

Right Side Ports (Image credit: Future)

Design and build quality

Specs

Weight: 2.8lb / 1.27kg
Screen size: 13.3 inches
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Processor: 12th Gen Intel Core i7
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 500GB
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7
Ports: 3x USB-C, audio jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2

The Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1 features a 13-inch display, but  is remarkably light and minimal, despite housing up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and LPDDR5 memory. 

The 2-in-1 design can be seen when the keyboard is folded all the way around behind the screen, turning it into a 13 inch tablet for those moments when you want to go hand-held. 

The laptop's right side has one USB-C port and a headphone jack, with theleft side featuring two thunderbolt ports. The device is incredibly portable, weighing just under 1.3kg / 3lb, and is only ¾ inch thick when sitting on a table, closed. All around, this laptop screams portability by design and functionality.

In use

We took this laptop with us everywhere for our tests, including at an office, on transportation, the couch, the coffee shop, as well as just our home, and it performed well in all settings. 

On the go, it's small and light enough to carry around easily, and functional enough to work effectively without having to find the "perfect" spot, whether that’s a kitchen table or countertop at a coffee shop - as unlike those who needed a large table, with a power supply, at the right height, we could be flexible. 

It was much the same when working at  home, where we could use this device on the couch comfortably without needing to contort around a bulky laptop. When we sat at a proper desk with an external monitor (or three) and peripherals, this laptop gave us the feel of a full-powered workstation with the power to tackle any of the tasks we threw at it.

The i7 processor has been able to handle a wide range of daily activities, with word processing tasks, email, spreadsheets, virtual meetings, project management, chat programs, music, and light photo editing all completed smoothly. Even while running on multiple screens, this laptop could handle what we were throwing at it without compromising. Granted, we did not use this to edit 4K footage or rework terabytes of audio files - but for a business professional who primarily works with the previously listed tasks, the Latitude 9330 is more than enough to get that taken care of with room to breathe.

The Latitude 9330 also features a significant focus  towards virtual and remote work due to a suite of included features designed to make collaboration seamless. 

While we usually spend most of our time in Google Meet, we tested a few meetings in Zoom thanks to the Collaboration Touchpad integration with Zoom (we reached out to Dell, and they confirmed this feature would expand to Microsoft Teams and other virtual meeting platforms soon). 

This feature allows four soft buttons to show on the top of the trackpad that gave quick access to enable or disable the camera, mic, chat, and screen share. This functionality made it so we could confidently throw our mic on when speaking and then just as confidently mute afterward without an awkward delay (even if we were on a different screen during the meeting). 

Similarly, we could turn our camera on quickly for a quick demonstration and then confidently know that we had turned it off thanks to the soft button and a camera shutter button integrated into the F9 key. Lastly, the quick button to respond to the ongoing chat in the company meeting and the switch to screen share in an instant proved very useful. 

In addition to these features, the Latitude 9330 has intelligent neural noise cancelation, which makes any background noises in a virtual meeting disappear for those listening. The AI noise elimination tool means your coworkers will hear only you, not the lady ordering coffee at the counter next to you, your dog snoring, or your vacuum running.

The last area worth mentioning  cover the enhanced security and privacy features included. The Latitude 9330 comes with ExpressSign-in and onlooker protection, meaning you  can step away from your device, for example to grab something from the printer, and as you look away the screen, the laptop would dim and lock, protecting your information . When you return, the system awakes and signs you in (thanks to an integration with Windows Hello). 

Elsewhere, one of the coolest added features to this laptop is the ability to detect onlookers to protect valuable or personal content. This tool alerted us a handful of times when we were in a public space to people peeking over our shoulders, texturizing the screen, essentially blurring the content until the onlooker turns away or we disabled the feature. 

Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1

Integrated soft buttons in the trackpad (Image credit: Future)

Final verdict

The Latitude 9330 laptop has impressed us, with its snappy processor, flexible 2-in-1 design, integrated security and privacy features making it a useful workplace ally.

The device is clearly made for the remote worker, though it can be an excellent option for anyone looking for a flexible laptop solution to get the job done.