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November 21, 2018

Optimal security is key in new business tablet

Dell Latitude 12 7275.
Dell Latitude 12 7275.

Design 

Dell's device certainly looks good for a Windows tablet. Sports some extremely thin side bezels, a design touch borrowed from the XPS range, as is its use of a magnesium unibody chassis. This gives it a solid and sturdy feel without adding much bulk. 

Device clamps onto its keyboard dock with a single magnetic connector ensuring that the tablet doesn't just slide off.

Only two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 on the left edge, but unfortunately there's no full-size USB port. A big omission for a device broadly intended as a laptop replacement. 

The Premier Keyboard, provides for a slightly more solid-feeling, laptop-like typing experience than most other keyboard covers we've tried. There's also a fabric loop on the side for holding a Dell Active Pen stylus, although like both keyboards these are sold separately.

Display
While the basic model features a 12.5in FHD touchscreen, I tested the cream-of-the-crop 3840x2160 UHD edition with Gorilla Glass NBT. Bottomline? This makes it preposterously sharp, with an incredibly dense 352ppi. Colours are vibrant and well balanced and the display can be set to brilliantly bright. 

Operating system and software

Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 Pro pre-installed to accommodate businesses still reliant on older Windows systems. The Continuum interface allows it to optimise for touch controls and, when the tablet is docked into the keyboard, a more desktop-like scheme. As for business-specific features, both operating systems support Encryption File System, which allows protection of individual files. Regardless of which OS is chosen, Dell will load the Latitude 12 7275 with some bonus security and management software These include Protected Workspace, Dell's collection of anti-malware safeguards, as well as Dell Client Command Suite, an admin-oriented tool for tweaking BIOS and system settings.

Specifications
1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M7-6Y75, choice of Core M3, M5 and M7 Skylake, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD or 512GB SSD storage option, well spaced backlit keys and decent sized track pad, optional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. 

Price

Sh. 105,000 (USD1049)

 

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