Dell Latitude E6430 ATG: Universal Soldier

Over the past few years, familiar desktop computers have transformed into dozens of configuration options and form factors for any task: from real “monsters” for demanding office work to ultra-thin lightweight ultrabooks and tablets for those who are constantly on the move. Against this background, devices that are, for one reason or another, stand out from all this diversity are always interesting. One of these, of course, is the Dell Latitude E6430 ATG laptop - a real universal soldier for working in difficult conditions, but with the usual office productivity. Dell Latitude laptops are aimed at corporate customers, they are not available for sale in ordinary electronics supermarkets. However, for all the seemingly narrow audience, Latitude will surely find its connoisseurs. On a Russian scale, where there are frosts, жара или повышенная влажность случаются неожиданно
both for housing and public utilities, and for ordinary citizens,
many will appreciate the opportunity to “get” a laptop in the most severe
Caution! Traffic!

The new generation of Latitude laptops officially introduced in Russia on July 10 is equipped with Intel Ivy Bridge processors. What does this mean for the user? Great performance, long battery life, support for all modern wireless networks, the latest USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 interfaces. In this model, we also used the advanced Intel vPro technology, which provides the broadest remote management capabilities for system administrators of large (and not so) companies.

All this fully applies to the Dell Latitude E6430 ATG, which is positioned
like a laptop to work in extreme conditions.
A couple of photos especially for those who have not yet seen our "monster":
The case is made of aluminum using Tri-metal technology. In addition, the corners are reinforced with magnesium alloy material, and the display cover is anodized, which enhances external protection. Powder-coated metal hinges and a powder-coated base increase the overall strength of the laptop. Such measures will protect the laptop when dropped from a height of 75 cm.

By the way, we checked that, with its not-so-light weight, the laptop is easily held by the display cover in the open state. Hinges stand tight! :)


All external ports are covered with special covers to prevent dust, dirt and moisture. The E6430 ATG complies with the MIL-STD 810G and IP65 IP5X environmental certifications — in other words, it complies with the harshest military standards for use in combat environments.


A bit about ports.

"Out" deduced:

  • network RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps);
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 and combined USB / eSATA;
  • combo jack for stereo headphones / microphone;
  • VGA + HDMI;
  • Card reader and ExpressCard reader (54 mm);
  • dock connector (bottom).

Convenient: the laptop uses USB Powershare technology - even if the computer is in sleep mode, the connected devices can be charged.

Display and keyboard

Protected by shock-resistant glass, the 14 "display produces a high-definition picture (1366 x 768). As an option, a resistive touch screen is also available, which is also protected. The
keyboard is waterproof and dustproof, with a standard layout, there is a backlight. Optionally available: a fingerprint scanner, a pen for convenient transportation, red keyboard backlight.


Well, now let's take a closer look at the proposed "filling." We start, as usual, with the processor. At the moment, there are four options for the third generation Intel Core, working on the Mobile Intel QM 77 Express chipset, all with the possibility of activating Intel vPro technology:

  • Intel Core i5-3320M (2.6 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache);
  • Intel Core i5-3360M (2.8 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache);
  • Intel Core i7-3520M (2.9 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache);
  • Intel Core i7-3720QM (2.6 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache).

RAM DDR-3 1600 MHz SDRAM is available in 2 GB (one module), 4 GB (one or two modules), 6 and 8 GB (two modules).

The choice of the disk subsystem is also very flexible and depends on the intended tasks and the size of the wallet. This is a standard HDD at 7200 rpm with a volume of 320/500/750 GB, and an SSD at 128 or 256 GB, or a hybrid disk at 500 GB. To ensure the stability of the hard disk against vibration, a rubber damper is used, and for additional information protection, a high-speed free fall sensor is installed.

The integrated graphics card Intel HD Graphics 4000 is responsible for the graphics capabilities by default. However, if its capabilities do not suit you, you can stop your choice on the discrete NVIDIA NVS 5200M (GDDR5 1 GB) card.

The laptop also features a wide selection of wireless technologies. So, a Wi-Fi card can be selected from several options:

  • Dell Wireless 1504 802.11g / n (single band);
  • Dell Wireless 1540 802.11a / n (dual-band, high speed);
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11n;
  • Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 802.11n;
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 802.11n.

Bluetooth - Dell Wireless 380 Bluetooth 4.0 LE (with reduced power consumption and full compatibility with standards 1.1, 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0).

Convenient: To all this, if desired, you can add a multi-mode mini-card HSPA-EVDO Dell Wireless DW5630 (Gobi 3000) with A-GPS function.

And now, perhaps the most curious is the DVD drive. More precisely, not the drive itself (the device is rather dying out), but the basket in which it is installed - E-Modular bay. It is here that additional modules can be installed to enhance the functionality of the laptop. In addition to DVD-ROM (optionally writing ± RW), there are the following options: a hard disk of 320 GB 7200 rpm; additional USB 3.0 ports or an additional three-cell battery for 30 Wh, which, coupled with the main one for 97 Wh, will provide autonomous operation for as long as 32.7 (!) hours (this will also be facilitated by the SSD and technology of the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors). Note, the drive can be removed "hot", which means you can add the battery without turning off the laptop!
By the way, the second such basket can be equipped with a docking station and turn the laptop into a real office wagon. For example, a DVD-drive can be "settled" on a docking station - you must admit, it is unlikely that anyone would think of starting a Recovery DVD, being hundreds of kilometers from an office or home, although, admittedly, anything can happen.

Дополнительную защиту информации и контроль доступа призваны обеспечить технология Dell Data Protection | Access in conjunction with a contact or contactless smart card, as well as the unique Dell System Center Configuration Manager extension system, which allows you to remotely wipe hard drives on a separate channel using Intel vPro technology (note: will be launched in September 2012). Data recovery from disks or guaranteed data destruction with the issuance of a certificate - if necessary, will be provided.

Operating system - Microsoft Windows 7 in versions Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, 32 or 64 Bit, with support for XP Mode or without it. Since Dell has prepared Latitude for full use in large companies, we are ready to offer a whole range of services to make life easier for IT departments. The customer can count on our help in the implementation and use of equipment at all stages. For example, it is proposed to prepare a special OS image with a set of the necessary software, store it and update drivers as necessary.

Recall about Dell's traditionally serious approach to the entire Latitude family:

  • continuity of generations with regard to accessories - most accessories (batteries, docking stations) for the previous generation Latitude are compatible with the new generation;
  • extensive customization options, various options for expansion cards (3G / WiMAX), etc. - for each project of the customer we will select the right one;
  • excellent service, comprehensively “sharpened” to ensure business continuity — the standard 3-year warranty includes departure to the customer on the next business day (“NBD on Site”), and the extended ProSupport - immediate departure to the customer with a spare part within four or eight hours from the moment determining the cause of the malfunction (however, there are some restrictions on the territory associated with the scale of Russia and the large distances between settlements).

Thanks to the flexible configuration when ordering a laptop, every customer can “assemble” their ideal version of the Dell Latitude E6430 ATG. Of course, the reliability of data storage, more than decent battery life, wide communication options and protection from adverse environmental influences will primarily interest people who work in difficult conditions (exploration, oil production, construction, topography, rescue operations and emergency assistance and other). In particular, we are proud that our laptops are used by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. There are advantages in Dell Latitude for individual retail customers - for example, those for whom the best vacation is extreme sports or active tourism.

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