Rugged PC Review’s full review of the Dell Latitude E ATG semi-rugged notebook. Dell’s Latitude laptops are well-respected business machines, and the ATG- branded editions ratchet these hard-wearing corporate workhorses. Dell Latitude E ATG – 14″ – Core i5 M – 4 GB RAM – GB SSD – English overview and full product specs on CNET.

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It’s tougher than a consumer laptop, but not as tough as a fully rugged one and the term “rugged” isn’t really defined either. Lenovo’s top 2-in-1 perfected.

Drops from a desk or coffee spilled onto the keyboard won’t faze the R6430 whereas they can kill a lesser laptop. For even longer battery life, Dell offers a secondary media bay battery.

The protective doors provide physical protection, not sealing, and this is one area of the ATG that looks a bit unfinished. Standard 3-year next business day on-site service after remote diagnosis.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen for If you prize toughness over sheer speed, though, this is certainly worth the price.

Finally, speaking of speed, the ATG booted into Windows very quickly from a complete cold start. It’s not the most elegant solution ever as that extra third hangs off the back of the ATG, spoiling its neat laptop profile. And much to Dell’s credit, for this latest ATG model, the company has scaled back the flowery prose in earlier ATG marketing materials and replaced it with more straightforward information about the materials and methods used to make the machine tougher. The flat but slightly concave keys are black with white letters, numbers and symbols.

The original Latitude ATG see our review was a half-hearted effort and quickly replaced with the ATG D that introduced a superb outdoor-viewable display technology called DirectVue we were impressed; see our full review of the ATG We generally prefer fanless designs for rugged and semi-rugged systems, but even efficient components in this class of machine do generate a lot of heat that must be removed to facilitate longevity and performance under less than ideal thermal circumstances.


On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper. The picture below shows the two laptops on an open meadow in bright sunshine. Having almost watt-hours, however, does come in handy even in a machine like the ATG that turned out to be remarkably frugal. Larger displays mean larger and heavier laptops, and switching to wide format displays can make them incompatible with existing mounting systems.

There usually is a rigid magnesium or aluminum frame upon which the various components and sub-components are mounted on. An attractive and overall very competent contender in the semi-rugged laptop market Very solid and well-made Excellent performance with third generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors Impressive battery life Optional nVidia discrete graphics Bright display with good outdoor viewability Protective bumpers and protective doors for all ports Clean, uncluttered backlit keyboard Very responsive capacitive touch pad Resistive touch screen available Reasonable starting price But keep in mind: Part of the problem is that there really is no official definition of what “semi-rugged” means.

And while glossy displays look wonderfully vibrant indoors, reflections can make them all but useless outdoors.

Dell Latitude E6430 ATG – 14″ – Core i5 3340M – 4 GB RAM – 128 GB SSD – English

Ports and connectivity are all around the ATG laptop, including the front that features, besides the prominent carry handle, an unprotected SD Card slot and two speakers. Though designed primarily for indoor use, the Lifebook display is actually quite good, remains readable outdoors, and has, like the ATG, mercifully abandoned the glossy displays that bedeviled practically every consumer notebook the last few years.


To the right of the keyboard are three rubber push buttons to rise or lower audio volume, or turn e640 off. Below the keyboard is the unit’s touch pad. The other is the peculiar ruler thing shown to the right. Video Output Discrete Graphics Processor. Power and Battery Life The days when a couple of hours of battery life was enough for a laptop are long gone.

Made to please creative pros Debuting just ahead of CESthe updated two-in-one gets a premium redesign and improved pen functionality. Compared even to other semi-rugged laptops, the Dell Latitude E ATG leads the pack in terms of performance, durability, and battery life. What really makes a mobile device screen readable outdoors.

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So what differentiates the ATG model from a regular Latitudeand what e64430 it “all terrain grade? Semi-rugged devices aren’t sealed either. It’s a very well-engineered unit and it’s quite clear that a lot of thought went into its design. Dell itself offers stands and port replicators that work with both ATG and standard versions of the Latitude 64×0 platform, and there are a number of third party solutions specifically designed for the ATG.

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