On Tuesday Dell introduced the Latitude 3330, an upcoming laptop that easily integrates into a school's existing IT infrastructure. That's because it comes packed with a complete set of automation tools, making it easy for IT admins to deploy, monitor and update the device quickly and efficiently. It will be made available in late April 2013 with a starting price of $419.
"Dell developed the Latitude 3330 to help increase student access to technology and to work in as many IT environments as possible," the company said. "The new laptop offers the robust computing features required to maximize learning productivity, compatibility with Dell’s existing solutions and services for education and support for personalized learning opportunities in the classroom."
The new laptop fully supports Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux Ubuntu. Customers have four processor options to choose from, ranging from the Intel Celeron 1007U processor to the Intel Core i5-3337U CPU. Memory options include 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB of DDR3L RAM, and GPU options range from Intel HD Graphics for Celeron to the HD 4000 Graphics GPU.
Customers also have four storage options including a 64 GB SSD, a 128 GB SSD, a 500 GB Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) and a 320 GB 5400 RPM HDD. Connectivity ports include Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, VGA, HDMI, and a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack. There's also an SD card reader although Dell didn't specify its capacity limit, and a choice between a 4-cell and a 6-cell battery.
The laptop also sports a 13.3-inch anti-glare screen (1366 x 768), a 720p HD webcam, an optional external DVD writer and optional WiDi connectivity. Dell offers a handful of wireless LAN, mobile broadband and GPS options including Bluetooth 4.0, the newer dual-band Wireless AC, multi-mode HSPA+ and EVDO connectivity, among others.
"A snap to deploy, the Latitude 3330 easily integrates into a school’s existing IT infrastructure, speeding up time to classroom and saving time and money," the company said. "It’s sleek, lightweight, and sturdy design stands up to the demands of even the youngest of students, fits easily on classroom desks and in backpacks and moves easily from classroom to classroom or home and back."
Dell also introduced its newest Dell Mobile Computing Cart solution, available in managed and unmanaged options to enable secure storage, charging and transport. It is designed to accommodate a variety of form factors and screen sizes, including Dell tablets, Ultrabooks, laptops and up to 30 Latitude 3330s. It too will be available in late April, starting at $1899.99 for the unmanaged configuration and $2799.99 for the managed configuration.