Dell Latitude 12-7204 Rugged Extreme Convertible

Dell Latitude 12-7204 is a rugged extreme notebook with a unique flip-hinge design. You can flip the 11.6-inch display to any degree you want. If you rotate it to 180 degree and close the lid, it turns into a tablet. Designed for outdoor use, the Direct-View outdoor-readable display can reduce reflection. The display supports 5-point multi-touch (glove capable), but it’s a resistive touchscreen, not a capacitive like other modern devices. That’s because resistive display has better durability than the capacitive. Created with rigid magnesium alloy chassis, it’s ready to receive serious punishment. It has passed MIL-STD-810G testing, which includes operating drop, transit drop, blowing dust, blowing rain, and other testings to make sure its durability. This notebook is certified by IP-65 too, which means it’s protected from sand, dust and liquid. In extreme temperature conditions, it’s expected to survive thanks to QuadCool thermal management.
Dell Latitude 12-7204

Switch to performance, Dell equips it with latest 4th generation ultra-low voltage Intel Core processors for perfect balance between power consumption and performance. There are three processor choices. First, Intel Core i3-4010U dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with 3 MB of Level 3 cache. Another processor type is Intel Core i5-4300U, with the same number of core and cache, but it has faster performance because of Turbo Boost support to increase maximum frequency from 1.9 GHz up to 2.9 GHz. And the most powerful processor available for Latitude 7204 is Intel Core i7-4650U. It has more cache (4 MB) and Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz. Another reason why the i7 is better than the two other is because it integrates different graphics card. HD Graphics 5000 on i7-4650U is obviously faster than HD Graphics 4400 on i3-4010U and i5-4300U.

Latitude 7204 can have up to 512 GB of Solid State Drive. An SSD offers not only faster performance than HDD, but it’s also more durable, which is very important for a rugged laptop. Unfortunately, there is no information about system memory including type and maximum capacity. With very thick body, it can bring many ports including a stereo headphone/microphone combo, dual USB 3.0, USB 2.0, native RS-232 serial, RJ-45, pogo-pin docking connector, VGA, as well as HDMI. Optional rugged desk dock is also supported. There is a memory card reader and two internal M.2 slots. Buyers can order it with ExpressCard 54 mm or PCMCIA, replacing a USB 3.0 port and memory card reader.

For connectivity, this Dell notebook supportsĀ 10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet andĀ triple RF-passthrough which consists of WLAN, mobile broadband, and GPS. The WLAN is Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 with 802.11 with Bluetooth 4.0 combo. For mobile broadband, you can choose Dell Wireless 5570E single-mode HSPA+ or Dell Wireless 5808E multi-mode 4G LTE (only for U.S. and Canada). SiRFstarV dedicated GPS and antenna is an optional feature that’s very helpful to obtain your current position.

This Latitude 12 7000 series comes with customizable RGB backlit keyboard with optional rubberized one. Not only is the display, the touchpad is resistive too. For camera, there is an 8 megapixels camera with LED flash on the back and optional Full HD webcam with noise-reducing array microphones for video chat. A lot of security features are added on this business laptop. The Steel-reinforced cable lock slot is tougher than standard lock slot on most other laptops. Dell Data Protection | Encryption can be used to encrypt data. The presence of SmartCard reader, Contactless SmartCard reader, and optional fingerprint reader ensures authorized access. ControlVault and FIPS 140-2 TPM 1.26 can store credentials securely. This durable laptop’s weight is starting at 6.0 lbs. It’s also very thick, measures at 1.6-inch, 2 times (or more) thicker than an Ultrabook thickness.

Dell Latitude 12-7204 Specifications

Operating System
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional

Intel Core i3-4010U (Haswell, dual-core, 1.7 GHz, 3 MB Intel Smart Cache)
Intel Core i5-4300U (Haswell, dual-core, 1.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz, 3 MB Intel Smart Cache)
Intel Core i7-4650U (Haswell, dual-core, 1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, 4 MB Intel Smart Cache)

Mobile Intel Lynx

HD (1366 x 768 pixels)
Direct-View outdoor-readable
5-point multi-touch support, glove capable, resistive

Graphics Card
i3-4010U/i5-4300U: Intel HD Graphics 4400
i7-4650U: Intel HD Graphics 5000

Solid State Drive up to 512GB

System Memory

Noise-reducing array microphones
High-quality speaker

Inputs & Controls
RGB backlit keyboard (customizable); optional rubberized
Resistive touchpad

Input/Output Ports
1 x stereo headphone/microphone combo
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x native RS-232 serial
1 x RJ-45
1 x pogo-pin docking connector
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI

Docking (optional): Rugged desk dock
Quick-Disconnect peripherals (optional): rubber handle, hand strap, shoulder strap, nylon handle

Memory card reader
Two internal M.2 slots
ExpressCard 54 mm or PCMCIA (replaces 1 USB 3.0 port and memory card reader)

Dell Latitude 12-7204

10/100/1000 Mbps gigabit Ethernet

Triple RF-passthrough:

  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 2×2 802.11ac (up to 867 Mbps) with Bluetooth 4.0 + vPro
  • Mobile Broadband options:
    Dell Wireless 5570E single-mode HSPA+ card with A-GPS
    Dell Wireless 5808E multi-mode Gobi 5000 4G LTE card with A-GPS (U.S. and Canada only)
  • SiRFstarV dedicated GPS and antenna (optinoal)

8 megapixels rear camera with LED flash
Full HD webcam with privacy shutter (optional)

Battery options:
4-cell 58 Whr Li-ion
4-cell 51 Whr long life cycle Li-ion (3 year warranty)

65W AC adapter
90W auto/air DC (optional)

Battery Life: up to 9.1 hours

Dimensions and Weight
Width: 12.2-inch (311 mm)
Depth: 8.6-inch (219 mm)
Height: 1.6-inch (39 mm)
Weight: starting at 6.0 lbs (2.72 kg)

Security Features
Steel-reinforced cable lock slot
ControlVault advanced authentication
SmartCard reader
Contactless SmartCard reader
NIST SP800-147 secure platform
FIPS 140-2 TPM 1.26
Optional fingerprint reader
Dell Security Tools
Dell Data Protection | Encryption
Dell Backup and Recovery

Other Features
MIL-STD-461F certified
ANSI/ISA.12.12.01 certification
IP-65 certified

Dell Latitude 12-7204

Ivan Andrianto

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