Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet, hands on: Fully equipped for harsh environments Review

Dell has crafted a popularity as a supplier of rugged tablets, and the Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet is a strong addition to the range. It has been through army-quality (MIL-STD 810G and 810H) testing (together with transit and operating drop-exams), can work in temperatures ranging from -28°C to 62°C, and is IP65 rated for dust and water resistance — as befits a tablet that’s manufactured to survive the hardest of ailments. 

The 11.six-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) touch monitor has a maximum brightness of a thousand nits, so it really is totally outside readable. It can also be employed with gloved fingers. The monitor sits in deep bezels and has a chunky, rubberised surround that’s even further bolstered at the corners by an added layer of safety. The aforementioned drop testing contains transit drops from 1.22m (four feet) and operating drops from .91m (3 feet).

You can find a caddy in the best edge for a compact, lightweight but serviceable stylus that’s tethered properly to the entire body. If you really don’t want the stylus and the tether, equally are quickly eradicated.

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Dell’s 11.six-inch Latitude 7720 Rugged Extreme Tablet operates on 8th-era Intel Main (i3, i5 or i7) processors with 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. It’s extremely configurable, with many choices for connectivity and add-ons.


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As you would anticipate given all the safety, the Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet is chunky for its 11.six-inch monitor measurement. It measures 312.2mm wide by 203mm deep and is 24.4mm thick (twelve.3in. x seven.99in. x .96in.). It’s significant as well, starting up at 1.33kg (2.93lbs). None of these measurements are as pertinent as they would be if you had been picking an each day tablet or notebook — in simple fact, the added measurement and bodyweight to some extent point out the degree of safety for the innards.

This safety extends to placing the ports and connectors powering hinged handles. These all sit on the ideal edge (in landscape method), and comprise a mini serial (RS-232) port powering its individual hinged include, the electricity connector (once again powering its individual include), and then, all powering a single include: USB-C with DisplayPort USB 3. 3.5mm headset jack and MicroSD card slot. 

Beneath the monitor (in landscape method) there’s an array of 8 buttons, three of which are person configurable. The non-configurable buttons are quantity up and down, monitor brightness up and down, and car-rotate toggle. All of these buttons light-weight up an eerie green when a single is pressed.

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On the back again there’s a smartcard reader and a fingerprint scanner, additionally a removable include for an optional scorching-swappable secondary battery (£20.15 ex. VAT). Each the major and secondary batteries are 2-mobile 32Wh Li-ion models.

There is an optional ‘all or nothing’ digicam set up that comprises a 5MP digicam and Windows Hello IR digicam on the entrance, and an 8MP digicam at the back again. Each the principal cameras have sliding privacy handles, even though the IR digicam does not. A keyboard is also optional, but I was not sent a single to full the test kit.

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As befits a totally rugged tablet, all ports are effectively safeguarded powering hinged handles.


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The style is exceptionally modular, allowing for for a lot of configuration choices. You can leave out the cameras, for illustration, conserving you £28.sixty (ex. VAT), or specify 802.11ax wi-fi (Wi-Fi six) instead of 802.11ac a shoulder strap will value you £15.46 (ex. VAT), even though a smooth handle is just £10.02 (ex. VAT).

Actively playing all around with other specifications can be more high-priced. Moving up from the foundation 8th-era Main i3-8145U processor to the best-stop Main i7-8665U adds £207.35 (ex. VAT), even though storage upgrades from the foundation 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD can mount up: a 256GB push adds just £29.twenty five (ex. VAT), but opt for a 1TB push and you might be searching at £324 (ex. VAT). Meanwhile, cell broadband (Snapdragon X20 LTE) adds £103.35 (ex. VAT) to the value.

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Even at the foundation cost, where by the Main i3-8145U processor is teamed with 8GB of RAM and an 128GB SSD, the Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet will established you back again £1,791.40 (ex. VAT £2,149.68 inc. VAT) or $1,899. Start introducing in extras and the cost definitely mounts up. But that’s the way with rugged tablets, and the exceptionally configurable nature of this a single, along with its ultra-vivid monitor, stylus, programmable buttons and excellent safety absolutely make it in good shape for goal.

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