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Dr. Peaceful May 31, 2011, 03:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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They have changed their Latitude series of business laptops from the elegant / professional looking black & squared design to round cornered silver & black design, which looks more like their lower grade consumer Inspiron laptops.

Just WTF are they thinking?! Am I the only one don't like the "redesigned" Latitudes?

Last generation Latitudes
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/latitude-e5400/pd
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/latitude-e5410/pd

Current generation Latitudes
http://www.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/notebooks/latitude-e5420/...&s=biz

Current generation Inspirons
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-laptops.aspx?c=us&cs=19&...amp;~ck=mn


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john albrich May 31, 2011, 05:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 31, 2011, 05:22pm EDT

 
>> Re: WTF is Dell thinking?!

If I'm looking at the right pics, I think they did ok...at least they didn't Gaga-fy it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I
(just pick any costume in the video...any one*...bleeeaaack)

The "new gen" e5420 looks pretty decent. It's a "clean" design and not pimped-out.

The "prior gen" e5400 looks virtually identical to my reeeeallllly old CTX "EZbook" notebook. The basics don't go out of style...but then again, they won't win any of those weird-ass avante-garde design awards. (the Pentagon's $600,000 "Fairy on Gurgling Toad" sculpture comes to mind
http://www.alexandrianews.org/2011/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/...pture2.jpg
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/03/3...-sculpture


*Except the "red strips" number, and when she's just wearing tats.

Jon Bailey May 31, 2011, 05:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I actually like the latitudes.

But when I saw the advert for the changable covers on the inspiron, all I could think was "WTF were they thinking?"

"The world is a temple to the self, and these days, there's alot of believers"
Dr. Peaceful May 31, 2011, 06:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Somehow I think the newer Latitudes (E5x20) are not as serious professional / business looking with the huge round corners and silver color. The screen hinges and build quality doesn't look as strong as the previous line of Latitudes (E5x00 and E5x10).

In fact, it is true that Dell now further distinguishing between the E5x20 series and E6x20 series by significant differences in the chassis. With the latter (E6x20) significantly more rugged than the former (E5x20). The E6x20 has lesser round corners, too. This was not the case before with the E5x00 and E6x00, which are mostly differ in hardware configuration, not much in the chassis.

http://notebooks.com/2011/05/04/dell-latitude-e6320-and-latitu...-hands-on/

I guess it's their strategy to save cost and make more profit, by having bigger differences between the standard and premium business laptops. One needs to pay quite a bit more for E6x20...

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/configuration-compare.aspx?o...rt%3Dprice

Ecosse May 31, 2011, 06:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just looks like the latest HP's. They'll be on Piano Black next!

I don't think they'll look too shabby in the corridors of power.

The 1st 2 links you dropped looked like 10 year old IBM's to me?? Black bricks!

Ecosse

Specs here > > > > > http://tinyurl.com/ecosse08
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Dr. Peaceful May 31, 2011, 11:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Now come to think of it, you're right, it looks like some of the HP DV series laptops, with round corners and silver skin.

And dude, I love black bricks! ;) It means business, and nothing more.

Ecosse Jun 01, 2011, 02:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Got the HP silva things in our work now both i5 & i7, nice lookin' machines but you can't throw them at people like a good old Dell Latitude Pen III brick, those things hurt! :cool:

Ecosse

Specs here > > > > > http://tinyurl.com/ecosse08
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G. G. Jun 02, 2011, 10:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Currently my work unit is a Latitude E6410... it has a Core i5 M560 (2.67Ghz) with a nVidia NVS 3100M. It works nicely.

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Dr. Peaceful Jun 02, 2011, 03:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jun 02, 2011, 03:26pm EDT

 
>> Re: WTF is Dell thinking?!
My business brick is a E5500. Rock solid build and weights a ton. You will get a pretty good size bump, if someone tossed that onto your head. ;)

I read they are using more magnesium alloy (think Lenovo) for the laptop construction, hence reducing some of hard plastic they used before. I guess laptop manufacturers are just running out of ideas, and simply copying each other, from external designs to internal materials...

john albrich Jun 05, 2011, 11:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Something I'll just toss out for consideration...

Personally I'd prefer a laptop that looks like a piece of absolutely obsolete junk. Would make it a much less attractive target for theft, car break-ins, etc.

I could even see a bit of a market for "camouflage" kits to make your high-end laptop look like crap.

I always carry my laptop around in the rattiest looking bag/case I have. On the inside it's a totally different matter...good compartmenting and excellent protection.

It's the same reason I "distress" my airline luggage so it all looks like it belongs to someone who can't afford better. Probably even helps keep my stuff safer from luggage handler thieves...I've never had a problem with theft of or from my luggage while traveling, and I've traveled quite a bit...much of the US and Europe, and over 6 in the Far-East so far (disclaimer: attaching the label of "country" to Taiwan and Hong-Kong under Brit rule).

Dr. Peaceful Jun 06, 2011, 02:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: WTF is Dell thinking?!
Duck tape makes everything, John. http://www.instructables.com/id/Duct-Tape-Messenger-Bag-Hardware/ Just add a layer of bubble wrap (one with 1" bubbles) inside, there you have a highly protective laptop case!

When go on to a business trip, use the above for your laptop and documents. Then use a Glad black trash bag for your clothing, including your suit. That makes a highly functional, very economical and environmentally friendly luggage system, plus no one will know you're a businessman. ;)

Furthermore, don't look down on black trash bags, they're a highly fashionable item. See for yourself. http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=976&bi...l=&oq= I am considering giving my GF one of these water proof dresses, I am sure she will like it. ;)

Here is more casual trash bag attire. http://tea.armadaproject.org/Images/ellison/ellison_functional_fashion.jpg You should wear it to the airport. I am sure no one will pay attention to you. XD

john albrich Jun 06, 2011, 04:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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re: the Duct tape...DAMN IT Doc...you gave away my latest camouflage package design. Iwas THIS close to a tip-top secret highly valuable Design Patent, too.

I was going to sell it for $29.99 (if you act now, you get 2) on late night advertising!

re: the 'go se' google trash bag fashion link...thanks for the ROFL!!! :D


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