I don’t want to give the game away too quickly but you’re probably aware that this is definitely not a gaming laptop. Either way it’s still awesome. In fact I’m almost obsessed with how phenomenally tough and reliable this beast of a computer is! No you aren’t going to be playing The Witcher 3 on this laptop but we’re not here for that are we?
The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme – 7414 is not an elegant, technological marvel that will put most desktops to shame. It’s not a sleek, business fashionable accessory that’s ideal for dominating the boardroom. This is a heavyweight, tank of a machine that’s designed to withstand extreme stress and keep on chugging no matter what. This laptop can be taken into the vicinity of a hurricane, a blizzard, an erupting volcano or even combat and still provide reliable service.
I know I don’t need a Rugged Extreme laptop but that has nothing to do with how much I want one! That’s enough of my insanity though. Lets get to the detail.
CPU: 6th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series.
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520.
RAM: 32 GB DDR4.
Screen: 14 inch, resistive touch screen, WLED display.
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 2x RJ45 connector, 2x DB9 pin, 1x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, 1x Micro-sim slot.
Connectivity: WLAN Bluetooth 4.1, WWAN, RJ45.
Camera: Optional integrated FHD video front webcam.
Weight: 7.8 lbs (!).
Size: 2.09 x 9.72 x 14.02 inches (H x W x L).
Price At Time Of Review: Starting at £2810.74
In addition to the usual specifications that we list at GReviews I feel we ought to go over the awesome environmental specifications that this Trojan of a laptop has. This thing can withstand temperatures as low as -29 degrees Celsius and as high as 63 degrees Celsius and still actually function! If you turn it off it can go as low as -51 degrees and as high as 71 degrees Celsius! This thing will operate at 15,000 feet in the sky or -50 feet below sea level.
I don’t believe I’ve ever been exposed to any of those kinds of environments (except maybe the cold, bloody Beast From the East…) but now I know that there’s a laptop that will work there I kind of want to go into a volcano and play solitaire.
I should add that whilst I’m having fun with how ridiculously tough this laptop is I should state that this is a dedicated, durable machine designed for people of great courage who put themselves in harms way to learn, protect, repair and fight on our behalf. It is a serious piece of kit for serious and well respected professionals.
I still want one.
In terms of the design I should probably start with the protective casing that gives this laptop it’s main source of protection. The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme – 7414 is built to military grade standards with a combination of ultra hard polymers and magnesium alloy making up the main body of the laptop. It might look like plastic but this thing is more shock resistant than a Casio watch. Seriously though this laptop is built to take more punishment than the odd, clumsy drop. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it qualified as a self defence bludgeon if things get out of hand.
All ports on the laptop are protected by padded and well sealed covers that keep out dust, sand and even liquid. It also features a touch-screen pen that’s attached to the left hand side of the laptop via an extendable wire. This nifty little pen will let you operate the screen without taking your gloves off. Hell you could even use this computer with a HAZMAT suit on.
Come to think of it let’s talk about the display. The touch screen is responsive and the screen itself is, as you might have guessed, extremely solid. It also has great visibility and reflection reduction. I could view this screen comfortably at any angle and in any lighting conditions. Its also designed to conserve battery so you don’t have to worry about blasting the brightness too much. The keyboard is backlit with the option to switch colours so that you can reduce the amount of light you give off.
But for covert operations (I shit you not) this thing comes with Stealth Mode. By pressing FN and F7 you can instantly kill the display, the LED lights, internal speakers, the fan and all wireless radios. You can ‘go dark’ so to speak at the touch of a button, all while keeping the actual systems and programs you were using running.
I can’t think of a single instance this could be used for a pasty office nerd like me but god damn that is a cool feature.
Now I should probably state that the reason I love this thing so much is because in terms of PC gaming I actually use mine more for old school games like Fallout 2, Monkey Island, Rome: Total War, Half Life or Deus Ex. The Rugged Extreme – 7414 can actually handle that so if you don’t mind I’m off to go play Fallout: Tactics inside a volcano.