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?
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.
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...
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).
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.