As the name of the series itself mentions that this is exclusively for the students to do all their academic works such as creating presentations, documents, play Web videos, attending online classes, casual gaming and for online research. Dell Latitude 13 is available for starting price at $539 and configured version available for $769 and it looks to offer the exhaustive experience for the K-12 environment by packing the Windows 8.1 Pro package into its durable body and offers the touch screen as optional. Let s have a look at its specifications.
Design and Display
Latitude 13 comes with beast look but not the sexy kind. As it is exclusive for students it is covered by a rubber coating around the screen, bezel and the bottom lid protects the machine from the scratches and dings and the gray plastic which is grip friendly and blur resistant helps when the students are rushing with the laptop. The edges of this laptop contains the black rubber which helps to absorb the shocks.
It has a glossy Dell logo which features a network status indicator above it which allows the teachers to see at a glance whether the students are working or just browsing the web. In the interior part there is a black-island keyboard which is comfortable to type and to the right of it there is a power button along with the indicator lights which show the power, battery status and Wi-Fi. There is a trackpad centered below the G and H keys with the two buttons below it. The screen can be opened till 180 degrees so its screen can lie flat.
It’s screen size is of 13,6 inches with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and touch screen is optional. Touch screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT and protects the LCD screen from the scratches. It weighs around 4.28 gms which is bit light compared to other small business laptops.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Latitude 13’s keyboard is very comfortably spaced island keyboard which makes typing comfortable and key travel is adequate and keys are slightly curved giving more comfortable finger placement. The functions of the top row keys are reversed so no need to press Fn key to trigger the commands such as Increasing/decreasing volume and brightness.
Coming to the touchpad it is 3.4 x 2 dimension touchpad with more responsiveness and allow the users to easily launch the Charms menu on Windows 8 by swiping in from the trackpad’s right edge. Two finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom works well on the web pages and images too.
It has the speakers at the bottom and they let you enjoy the loud and accurate music. In the certain audio test it produced notching 88dB and it speakers are louder than average thin and light notebook.
Security and Durability
It cannot be considered as the completely rugged system, but can take more abuse than the typical notebook. It is built to meet the military standards for the durability and it features the rubber case around the LCD and base can survive the drops from 30 inches height. It’s fully sealed touchpad and keyboard prevent the spilled liquids into the device’s circuitry. A cable lock is present on its side allows the students to secure the laptops to prevent thefts. It also features the TPM for secure storage and Dell’s Data Protection Encryption which defends the data on the external devices in the cloud. It also runs on the protected workspace and can find and block the malicious behavior.
Ports and Webcam
It’s webcam is adequate to take the selfies and to make the video calls, but you can’t expect high quality images. Dell doesn’t offer the separate camera app. It offers plenty of connectivity options, on the left side there is power input, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 3.0 and miniDisplayPort and on the right side there is another USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, 3.5 mm audio jack and security cable slot.
Performance and Battery
It packs 1.2 GHz Intel Core i3-4005U processor coupled with 4 GB RAM and with this specifications it promises to deliver the day-to-day performance. It features 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive which is decent storage and it features the Intel HD 4400 graphics card which can support the games with intense graphic load. It can stream 1080p on YouTube even when five or more tabs opened on the browser.For the students and who don’t run the heavy applications this laptop is the best option and its price worth its features.
Coming to the battery it offers whopping 13 hours and 10 minutes when browsed continuously. It is one of the best in battery life when compared with its counterparts.
- Display : 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 resolution.
- Processor : 4th Generation Intel Core i3-4005 U
- Operating System : Windows 8.1 64 bit.
- RAM : 4 GB
- Graphic Card : Intel HD Graphics 4400.
- Hard Drive : 500 GB Solid State Hybrid hard drive.
- Ports : Two USB 3.0, Ethernet Network, HDMI, mini Display Port.
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