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Dell Latitude XFR D630
There aren’t many laptops that can claim to meet Department of Defense standards for electronics that continue to function in extremes of temperature, weather and geography. The Dell Latitude XFR D630 is ruggedized and outfitted to withstand the shocks, bumps, jolts and drops that are inevitable when you depart from the beaten path. Dell isn’t usually the preferred brand of seasoned combat veterans and grizzled lumberjacks, but with the Dell Latitude XFR D630 on the market, that might change soon.
• Durable solid state hard drives available
• Dust and moisture resistant keyboard
• Superb connectivity
A simple glance lets you know that the Dell Latitude XFR D630 means business. It resembles a lockbox used for transporting weapons grade plutonium more than it resembles a typical laptop. The die cast magnesium alloy chassis of the Dell Latitude XFR D630 is rock solid. The sturdy chassis, in conjunction with internal shock protection ensure that the Dell Latitude XFR D630 will survive drops and jostles. Factor in a sealed keyboard that is water and dust resistant along with the ability to operate at temperatures from -20 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s from -9 to 60 degrees for the civilized world using Celsius). From Antarctica to Everest, the Dell Latitude XFR D630 is up for the challenge. The 14-inch monitor is outdoor viewable too. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing in blizzards, monsoons or under the desert sun.
Based solely on the exterior, the Dell Latitude XFR D630 certainly manages to impress. But what about the goods inside? The Dell Latitude XFR D630 boasts an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor that runs at 2.2GHz. Given that the Dell Latitude XFR D630 doesn’t have vents for cooling, that’s an impressive processor speed. The Dell Latitude XFR D630 ships with up to 4GB of RAM, so running multiple apps presents no problem whatsoever. The 128GB shock mounted solid state hard drive ensures that important data would survive a mortar blast.
At upwards of $4000, the Dell Latitude XFR D630 is slightly more expensive than the Panasonic ToughBook 30. But if your data is of critical importance and you demand performance in addition to durability, we think the Dell Latitude XFR D630 is worth the hefty price tag.
Summary of Reviews from Across the Internet
Users dig the military look and feel of the Dell Latitude XFR D630. Reports confirm its ability to stand up to the outdoors, Iraq and temperature extremes. However, they weren't impressed with how much the laptop weighed. The Dell Latitude XFR D630 weighs in at 9 pounds. Even with a handle, that’s heavy for a 14-inch laptop.
The Dell Latitude XFR D630 is available in a desert sand tan and a coal black. These are pretty appropriate choices when you consider that the Dell Latitude XFR D630 is the laptop of choice for soldiers and ninjas. Superb hardware and the durability sufficient to withstand heavy hits and elemental extremes make the Dell Latitude XFR D630 a contender for toughest laptop ever.