Dell recently released the new E series corporate laptops. I’ve been deploying these for a few months to our employees and so far I like what I see.
The Dell E6400 laptop has a new design compared to the older D series. It has a sleek black finish and the standard configuration is more than enough for the average user. I feel the E6400 is highly configurable, has an excellent battery, and the screen is excellent quality. The biggest reason I rank this laptop high is the battery life. I get almost 4 hours of nonstop battery out of the E6400. My old D630 got 2 hours if I was lucky. I believe the only downfall I could find is it’s a bit heavier than the D series, but still manageable.
Dell D series laptops have long dominated the corporate world. While they have been good laptops, battery life has always been an issue for our employees. Even the larger extended battery wasn’t that great. That’s where the E series really stepped it up. The E6400 also boasts the new Centrino 2 platform, which probably has a lot to do with the battery life. Our units come standard with a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a 160 GB hard drive, and 2 GB of RAM. We also opted to get the upgraded Nvidia video card. The final price per laptop comes to about $1900 which is decent for a corporate laptop. Another upgrade that was needed for a long time was the backlit keyboard ($49 option).
The base model is around $1100 to start. Even this bare bones model is still a great buy.
A Few Other Optional Features
AT&T/Sprint/Verizon broadband antenna: $150
12 cell “Battery Slice” w/ 19 hrs of battery life: price varies
5 year extended support: $249
Most corporate laptops are not intended for gaming. We did choose the upgraded Nvidia card in preparation for Windows 7 later this year. We also choose the upgraded 7200 RPM hard drive as well. This setup is perfect for our mobile users and so far they have been very happy with the performance. In short, this laptop is well worth the money and would be a great addition to your companies’ laptop line