The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security ($1,028.59 direct bundle, $779 alone) tablet joins its mainstream sibling in the quest for the perfect business Windows 8 tablet. As its name suggests, the Latitude 10 Enhanced Security adds physical security locks to the Editors’ Choice-winning business tablet. The Latitude 10 series is notable as being the only tablets on the market with removable batteries and a laser-straight business focus. The Enhanced Security model joins its fraternal twin on the podium as our Editors’ Choice for business tablets.
Design and Features
The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is a very compact tablet, with a 10.1-inch IPS (In-Plane Switching) capacitive touch screen. The frame is made of magnesium alloy, but the exterior is covered in a soft-touch material. The front of the tablet is a seamless piece of Gorilla Glass. The Latitude 10 measures about 11 by 7 by 0.52 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.6 pounds with the standard battery, making it very portable. The bottom of the system has a micro-USB port which can be used to charge the unit if you don’t have the supplied charger that plugs into the docking port. This makes it very handy if you forget your Dell charger at work but still have the micro-USB charger for your phone.
Around the other three sides, you’ll find a full-size USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, volume control, power button, mini-HDMI port, and a Kensington lock port. Unfortunately, the USB port isn’t the speedier USB 3.0, but it will fully power external hard drives, something that can’t be said about one of Dell’s rivals, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 ($729 list).
The Enhanced Security model is almost identical to the mainstream Dell Latitude 10 we looked at recently, at least from the front. From the side, you’ll notice that the Enhanced model is a bit thicker at the top. The top of the tablet holds the system’s added smart card and biometric fingerprint reader. The smart card lets a user present electronic credentials to your servers, network domain, and applications. The fingerprint reader is situated so that you can swipe your index finger on the reader when you’re holding the tablet without moving the rest of your hand. Both are convenient, or at least as convenient as can be when you have extra layers of security due to corporate policy. The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security comes with TPM 1.2, Dell Data Protection | Access, and support for Microsoft BitLocker. Basically, the Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is ready for many government offices, health care, and academic security policies.
The IPS screen has a 450-nit rating and a 1,366-by-768 resolution. This makes it bright, but the resolution is lower than true 1080p HD. This means that the screen natively displays less pixels than the Editors’ Choice for Windows 8 Slate tablets, the Microsoft Surface Pro ($999 list), which has a 1080p screen. That said, at this size, 1,366 by 768 is perfectly adequate for viewing Word, PowerPoint, and other work documents.
You can drive a 1080p external monitor using the Latitude 10 Enhanced Security ‘s mini-HDMI port or via the system’s productivity dock. The $100 productivity dock comes with four more USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, audio, Ethernet, and power connector. The Latitude 10 supports dual-monitors, whether you connect directly or use the HDMI port in the dock. Like most Windows 8 setups, spanning and mirroring dual displays are supported. The front mounted webcam is 720p HD/2MP, and the rear camera with flash is 8MP.
The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security’s screen supports 10-finger touch gestures, and you can add a $34 Wacom stylus to your purchase. The Wacom stylus supports pressure sensitivity, right click, and erase. This is similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro’s stylus, and is actually better than the Lenovo Tablet 2′s stylus, which lacks the eraser function. The stylus even has a pocket clip. When you bring the stylus tip near the screen, it activates the Wacom digitizer and disables the touch screen. This way it won’t register your hand or palm when you try to draw on the Latitude 10 Enhanced Security’s screen. It would have been nice to have a way to clip the stylus to the Latitude 10 directly, but you can use a case or your pocket to store the stylus when it’s not in use.
Our review unit also came with a $50 Dell KM632 wireless keyboard and mouse combo, extra $50 power adapter, and a $55 60Whr extended battery from Dell, bringing the bundle total to $1,028.59. The external keyboard and mouse help the Latitude 10 act more like a desktop when plugged into its docking station, and we’d recommend the dock if you work from a desk for significant periods of time. Keeping an extra power adapter in your travel bag will help keep your tablet charged, as will the extended battery. This highlights one of the Latitude 10′s biggest differentiators among its rivals: It uses replaceable batteries, bucking the sealed battery trend popularized by the Apple iPad
and continuing through the HP Envy X2 and Acer Iconia W510-1422. As seen below, the extended battery can give you more power without the added bulk of a keyboard dock.
The Latitude 10 Enhanced Security has two storage options: 64GB and 128GB of flash storage. You can, of course, supplement this with a SD card, but you will need to choose wisely when initially equipping your tablet. When we took the Latitude 10 out of the box, Windows reported that it had 33.4 out of 51.1 GB free. This is certainly enough for a few corporate apps with some room left over for document storage, but you should consider getting the 128GB model if you need to carry lots of video files along in your journeys. That said, you can of course store your files on your company’s servers. If your company is setup for remote computing, you might even be able to use an app server, forestalling the need to keep anything local on your tablet. You can get to those servers via 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi or using the HSPA+/3G WWAN radio in our review unit. 4G LTE is available as an option in place of of HSPA+ or you can buy a Wi-Fi only model, but the 4G LTE and Wi-Fi-only models will not have the GPS circuitry found in our review unit.
As befits a corporate-oriented system, the Latitiude 10 didn’t come with any pre-loaded apps aside from Skype and a tile from Dell showing users how to get started with Windows 8. This helped with the Latitude 10′s free space, which was a bit better than the 28GB left free on the Acer Iconia Tab W510. The Latitude 10 comes with a one-year standard warranty, which can be extended to three years with options including pro-level 24/7 support.
You wouldn’t expect barn-burning multimedia benchmark results from a system with 2GB of memory and an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, but on the flip side the Atom processor is very frugal with battery consumption. The Latitude 10 scored relatively high on CineBench R11.5 (0.55 points), matching the HP Envy X2. It also had one of the better Atom-based scores on our Handbrake video encoding test (6:27). Its 1,291 point score on PCMark 7 was middling, far behind the Microsoft Surface Pro (4,768 points) and its ultrabook-class competitors. Basically, if you need a fast system, go with one of the ultrabook-class slates like the Surface Pro or Acer Iconia W700.
If you need Windows program and Windows corporate network compatibility with all-day computing, then the Latitude 10 is right up your alley. The Latitude 10 lasted 9 hours, 20 minutes on our battery rundown test using the standard slim 30WHr battery; it lasted a phenomenal 19:38 using the extended 60WHr battery. The HP Envy X2 fell far behind with and without its battery-clad keyboard dock (7:08/12:34), and the Acer Iconia W510 was a bit better alone (10:27), but was short with its keyboard battery dock (17:50). All of these Atom-powered systems lasted many hours longer than ultrabook-class tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro (4:58) and Sony VAIO Duo 11 (3:09). The only drawbacks to the extended battery are that the battery sticks out of the back of the Latitude 10 by a few mm, and add a bit of weight (taking the weight of the system to 1.92 pounds total). That said, the Latitude 10 is still much more portable than the three-pound HP X2 and Acer W510 when you clip on their keyboard docks.
The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security simply adds to the general effectiveness and security of the mainstream Dell Latitude 10. The smart card and fingerprint readers are there for the many companies that require an extra physical layer of security from its workers. All the other benefits still apply: portability, all day all night battery life, Windows 8 compatibility, removable batteries, and general IT-friendly features. The IT buyer in your company will be more likely to approve a secure Windows 8 and Intel-powered tablet instead of rolling out less secure Android or iOS tablets. The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security shares the Editors’ Choice for business Windows 8 slate tablets with its almost identical brother, the Dell Latitude 10.
BENCHMARK TEST RESULTS
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|Screen Resolution||11 x 7 x 0.52 pixels|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional|
|CPU||Intel Atom Z2760|
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