Dell’s Latitudes Let You Feel Secure In Your Workability
As my regular readers know, I love tablets. It is possible that said love is a bit more than any human should have for inanimate objects. I insist that this is healthy. My loyal tablet never leaves my side; my daily routine is wake up, check mail on tablet; stow; come to the office, dock the tablet; switch to the PC for work; switch back to the tablet to check personal emails and read on my break; and then back to the PC. You know what would be awesome? If I never had to switch.
The main focus of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement has been for people to bring their own smartphones to the workforce. This makes sense; who wants to carry multiple devices? By the same token though, who wants to switch from a perfectly powerful tablet to a possibly overpowered desktop.
Unfortunately, my personal tablet is not up for that task. With apologies to the Reese’s company, I’d get my personal life chocolate in my work peanut butter, and it would not result in deliciousness. However, there are tablets that can handle such a technological confection artfully. Take the Dell Latitude 10 tablet.
Unlike certain tablets that just skim the surface, the Latitude 10 doesn’t run a stripped down version of Windows. By running Windows 8 Pro instead of RT, you can run every single one of the applications that you’re used to without making any sacrifices. You’re not at the mercy of developers who may or may not make an “app” for that. In some ways, it’s better than a new PC: New PCs tend to not come with the latest Microsoft Office pre-installed.
Perhaps more importantly is a feature that you simply will not find on any other laptop – fast user switching. A central part of Windows since ye olde days of XP, anyone from a household with multiple users knows how to juggle their information vs everyone else’s. Want to make a work account with limited administrative rights so you don’t risk the servers? Done, and you can run it side by side with an account dedicated to your more casual pursuits. And I do mean “side by side” – fast user switching means you’re both logged in. This is a feature that alternate tablet OSes keep saying they’ll get around to making live.
As a plus for the corporate overlord types, they’re almost certain to get more work out of users that way. Smartphone use has shown that if we can check our work emails at home, we will – even though we’re not getting paid to. Heck, it’s even more effecient during work hours. Leave something behind in your office for the big meeting? Don’t worry – it’s on your Latitude. You can even hook it right up to the projector via Mini-HDMI. Heck of a lot easier to lug than a laptop, and more casual too; there are plenty of times I’ve forgotten I even had a tablet on my person.
I love the idea of a tablet-based workflow. I could alter my daily routine significantly. It could become wake up, check mail on tablet; stow. Come to the office, dock my Dell Latitude 10 in the Productivity Dock; switch to my work account, maybe using a wireless bluetooth keyboard and mouse; Undock the tablet and head to lunch, checking those personal emails and whatnot; not freak out that I’m ten minutes late getting back because I’ve already logged back into my work account, and can see that no situations have arisen while I was being OSHA compliant. An in-depth look at the device reveals oodles of other fun features that make me wonder why anyone would even consider purchasing a desktop at all.
“But Mordechai”, you protest “What if 10” is too small? What if I want a laptop?” Well, in that case you’ve a plethora of options. All the above notes about Windows 8 still apply to systems like the Dell Latitude e6540 (recently announced on 6/4). Featuring high-end security solutions like a fingerprint scanner and coming with McAfee Securyt undled, the 15.4” HD screen and Intel Haswell family chip will get the job done anywhere, swiftly and securely. When work is over, you can feel free to play with powerful graphics and great sound to enjoy the multimedia of your choice.Work can feel secure that no one *but* you is playing with it.
Heck, you don’t have to settle either way. For a limited time, when you order a Dell Latitude e650 (or any Dell computer with a value greater than $899), you can get a Dell Latitude 10 tablet for a mere $299. That’s a steal for a Windows 8 Pro tablet. If you don’t want it, I’ll take it.
No really. I mean it. Shipping information available on request.
This is a paid post in conjunction with IDG and Dell