Dell Takes a Slice At Apple with Super-Thin Latitude Z

dellz-closedComputer maker Dell is looking to take a slice out of Apple in the notebook design wars with its new Latitude Z series. which features a super-thin, high-precision design with a collection of high-end features aimed to appeal to executives and computer fans looking for power and cool features in a small, lightweight package. And Dell isn’t kidding about the Latitude Z’s size and weight: it’s a 16-inch notebook that’s less than an inch thick and starts at weights of 4.5 pounds with battery.

“Dell is introducing ground-breaking innovations that mark many industry firsts,” said Dell’s VP and general manager for business client products Steve Lalla, in a statement. “We’re delivering robust solutions to solve real customer needs. We are committed to our core business and expanding our product line to meet the needs of our customers when they are ready to refresh or add to their existing infrastructure.”

The Latitude Z series sports Intel Core 2 Duo processors (from 1.4 to 1.6 GHz, a 16-inch 1,600 by 900-pixel LED-backlight display (driven by Intel 4500 MHD graphics), 2 to 4 GB of onboard memory, a 64 GB SSD drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a two-megapixel web cam, a multi-touch trackpad, and a backlit keyboard. One thing that’s missing? An optical drive: users wanting to tap into CDs or DVDs will need to carry a separate external unit. The Latitude Z’s also feature a number of connivence features designed to appeal to execs: EdgeTouch enables users to control common apps and media players just by touching a bezel on the side of the screen, and Dell Capture technology in the web cam allows easy scanning of business cards. Dell also includes FaceAware LockOut that locks the system up with a users steps away from the machine.

However, foremost among the convenience features is probably Latitude On, a completely separate ARM-based Linux system (with its own Wi-Fi!) that provides instant, low-power-consuming access to the Web, email, contacts, calendars, and other common tasks—users can tap into email, open Microsoft Office documents, and check calendars without powering up the full-bore Windows operating system. Dell claims that use of Latitude ON to handle common email and access tasks means the Latitude Z’s battery life can be measured in days…at least with an upgraded battery.

dellz-open-sidedellz-incase

The Latitude Z is available now in the U.S. and Canada as well as selected European and Asian markets for prices starting at $1,999. One of the options available with the Latitude Z will be a wireless dock and an inductive charging station; Dell says the options will be available in “coming weeks.”

Product Review

Packed with features, the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired makes home security a breeze

With an integrated spotlight, crystal-clear video, and color night vision, this device makes home security a cinch. Here's why we like the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired as a great choice for outdoor home security.
Computing

Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop 2 runs past the updated MacBook Air

Apple recently updated its venerably MacBook Air, giving it a sleeker and more modern design. That pits it against the Surface Laptop 2, Microsoft's update of its own traditional laptop.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Product Review

From tables to porches, Ring's Stick Up Cam watches wherever you want

Ring’s latest home security camera offers more versatility than ever before, with the ability to mount it, set it on a table, or put it inside or outside. We got a chance to test it out. Here’s how it went.
Mobile

How to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS

You can quickly use Google to search, and reverse search, images on a PC or laptop, but did you know it's almost as easy to do in Android and iOS? We explain how to do it here, whether you want to use Chrome or a third-party app.
Mobile

Be careful who you bokeh, jokes Apple’s latest iPhone ad

With iPhone sales under pressure, you'd think there wouldn't be much to laugh about at Apple HQ. But the company has seen fit to inject some humor into its latest handset ad, which highlights the camera's Depth Control feature.
Deals

Amazon cuts prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 for Presidents’ Day

The Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing the same price cut we saw during the Amazon sale just last week. So if you're hoping to pick up an Apple Watch for less than $250, this $50 discount from Amazon can make that happen for you.
Mobile

Flip from portrait to landscape as we reveal how to rotate a video on iPhone

If you've accidentally shot a video in portrait orientation and you want to flip to landscape, then this is the guide for you. We'll explain how to use iMovie to rotate a video on your iPhone or iPad for free and suggest alternative apps.
Mobile

The 2019 iPhone could put a charge into your other Apple gadgets

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for February 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for February 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Computing

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Deals

Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $100 clearance discount included

Apple is offering the iPhone SE on their online clearance store once again. With discounts of $100, you can get a brand new unlocked iPhone SE for as little as $249. This offer is only available while supplies last.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for February 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for February 2019.