Dell has revealed substantial updates to its Latitude lineup of business laptops, including the lightest device in the range so far. The new Ultralight configuration of the Latitude 7330 weighs just 0.96kg (2.12lbs), making it one of the lightest laptops you’ll find anywhere. In this new world of hybrid work, the benefits of such a portable device are clear.
The Latitude 7330 is available as a regular ‘clamshell’ laptop or a 2-in-1 which, naturally, is heavier, starting at 1.36kg (3lbs). Both versions have a 13.3in LCD screen with a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. That means it retains a 16:9 aspect ratio, despite many laptops now shifting to 16:10 or 3:2. If you prefer something bigger, the Latitude 7430 has a 14in display and the Latitude 7530 a 15.6in panel.
All are powered by
Intel’s latest 12th-gen chips, with a choice of i5 or i7 vPro CPUs alongside Iris Xe integrated GPUs. Gaming might be a stretch, but that’s not what Latitude laptops are designed for. You can have up to 32GB of RAM, though, alongside SSDs up to 1TB. However, it’s not clear what specs are available on entry-level configurations – we’ve reached out to Dell for clarification on this.
The 41Wh battery on entry-level models is a slight concern – it’s quite a low capacity – so the optional 58Wh cell will be a better bet for most people. Dell has made no specific claims regarding battery life, but you do get fast charging options ranging from 65W to 90W.
Other features consistent across all three include an optional Full HD webcam, two noise-cancelling microphones and dual speakers. There’s also a solid port selection, with USB-C (including Thunderbolt 4), USB-A, HDMI and 3.5mm headphone jack all included. You also have the option for a fingerprint sensor built into the power button.
However, the new Latitude laptops don’t end there.
The new Latitude 9430 has a very specific claim to fame: Dell says it’s the world’s smallest 14in 16:10 business laptop.
As a convertible, that 14in display is a 2560×1600 LCD panel, while the regular clamshell model drops down to 1920×1200. Slim bezels make Dell’s next claim possible – the 9430 apparently has the best screen-to-body ratio of any 14in business PC.
Plenty of other specs are consistent with the Latitude 7000 Series, including 12th-gen Intel CPUs and SSDs ranging from 256GB to 1TB. You also get a Full HD camera that uses IR to scan your face and works with Windows Hello,
Wi-Fi 6E – the latest standard supporting 6GHz – and 5G support.
On a bumper day of announcements, Dell also rolled out five new models in the Latitude 5000 Series (5330, 5430, 5530, 5431, 5531), plus new Precision workstations. The latter includes the Precision 5470, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful 14in mobile workstation you’ll soon be able to buy.
Speaking of which, all the new Latitude and Precision devices will be available at some point in April 2022 via
Dell’s US site. The following starting prices have been confirmed so far – the Latitude 7330 Ultralight ($1,899), Latitude 7430 ($1,969), Latitude 7530 ($2,023), Latitude 9430 ($2,245), Latitude 5330 ($1,562), Latitude 5430 ($1,419), Latitude 5530 ($1,442).
International pricing and availability are yet to be revealed, but it’s clear these are all high-end, premium devices. Still, they could all be contenders for
our best business laptop chart.
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