Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Review
Written By arupchou| 25 February 2012| No Comment
Table Of Contents:
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Looks and Feel
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Keyboard and Touchpad
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Features
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Heat
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Specs
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Screen/Display
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Graphics
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Performance
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Battery Life
- Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Price
Are you someone who works in outdoors in tough situations? If yes, then you need to a machine which can bear the heat and the hazards of an industrial environment. Dell Latitude E6420 XFR is one laptop which has been designed to withstand tough situations at ease. This fully rugged notebook can withstand drops from 6 feet and is ideal for those working in tough conditions. The machine is equipped with a core i7 processor, bright display and several other features which allow the machine to handle difficult tasks at ease. But does that justify it’s over $ 5000 price tag. Check out our Dell Latitude E6420 XFR review to find out the answer.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Looks and Feel
The notebook looks more like a tank rather than a machine. The chassis is carved out of PR-72 ultra-polymer and magnesium alloy which can take a lot of beating. There is the XFR logo on either side of the notebook which gives it a tough look. On each corner of the notebook, you will find a rubber bumper which provides it extra protection against drop. There is a sturdy metal latch which is located in front of the system to protect the lid.
The interior of the notebook is made up of the same material as that of the lid. The notebook weighs 6.6 pounds which is lighter than its predecessor E6400 XFR which weighs 8.5 pounds. Still at 6.6 pounds, the notebook is quite heavy. But thanks to the large rubber black handle in the front, it is very easy to carry the machine. Overall the machine sports a solid look and built and Dell has done a fine job in lending durability to the machine. The durability comes from the usage of PR-72 ultra-polymer usage in the chassis. The rubber bumpers also play their parts in giving the notebook a rough and tough look and feel.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Keyboard and Touchpad
The notebook sports a black matte full-sized backlit keyboard which provided a great typing experience. The keys are flat, medium-sized are resistant to fingerprints and provided a firm feedback with a little bit of flex. The keyboard is backlit in nature which helped us to type in dark room.
The 3.1×1.7 inch frictionless surface of the touchpad offered great navigation with accuracy. But we found that it was very difficult to execute multi-touch gestures and many a times the touchpad misinterpreted our movements. The soft touch mouse buttons however, provided a springy feedback.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Features
Durability is the prime feature of Latitude E6420 XFR. The high quality PR-72 ultra polymer used in the chassis helps the machine to survive a fall from 4 to 6 feet. Let us check out some of the other features of Latitude E6420 XFR.
Just like the design of Latitude E6420 XFR, the ports and the slots of the machine are protected by doors which use PrimoSeal technology. When it is closed then it keeps water and dust from entering the interior of the notebook. On the right side, there is a large cover with a couple of USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard/54 slot, DVD burner and a Wi-Fi radio switch. On the small door next to it, you get a HDMI and a USB/eSATA port. On the left side there is a VGA and a Serial port.
The notebook is equipped with several utilities and software such as
- Dell Backup and Recovery
- Dell System and Devices Manager
- Dell Access
There are some third-party software such as
- Internet Explorer
- MS Office Starter
- Windows Live
- Trend Micro 3.5
The speakers are located at the bottom front of the notebook. The audio performance of the notebook was quite decent. Music playback was quite better and the speakers delivered rich and clear audio.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Heat
Though the machine is equipped with QuadCool thermal technology, it gets quite hot. After streaming a full HD video for about half an hour, the machine ran quite hot.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Specs
Here are some of the technical specifications of Latitude E6420 XFR:-
- Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2620M
- OS: MS Windows 7 Professional
- RAM: 6GB upgradable to 8GB
- HDD: 128GB
- HDD Speed: N/A
- HDD Type: SSD Drive
- Display Size: 14 inches
- Display Resolution: 1366×768 pixels
- Touchpad Size: 3.1×1.7 inches
- Size: 14×11.7×2.2 inches
- Weight: 6.6 pounds
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Screen/Display
The machine is equipped with a 14 inch matte HD display which displays pictures of resolution measuring 1366×768 pixels. The colors displayed are quite rich and vivid. The brightness of the notebook is above than average notebooks. If you pay an additional $ 500, then the display can be equipped with a resistive touch screen. However, the touch screen will be limited to one-and two- finger input unlike capacitive touch screens. There is a small attached stylus with the help of which we highlighted text in websites and documents.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Graphics
The notebook is equipped with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU which helps Latitude E6420 XFR to handle HD movies and play conventional games. The overall graphics performance of the notebook is decent.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Performance
It is not the body of the laptop which impresses. The specs of the machine are too quite impressive. With a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-2620M CPU, along with 6GB of RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, the notebook is capable of handling heavy tasks at ease.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Battery Life
It is quite natural to believe that a machine with such high specifications will be poor in battery life. But Dell Latitude E6420 XFR is an exception. The machine gave us a solid battery runtime of around 8 hours which is quite impressive. Since the machine has been designed for field use, hence its extra battery life is quite important for users.
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR Price
The notebook comes at a premium price of $ 5560 (approx).
Dell Latitude E6420 XFR unites solid durability with an overall sturdy performance. The notebook has all the ingredients of a rugged notebook. The notebook is an impressive choice for users who are looking forward for a high performance machine for using in rugged conditions.