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Dell Latitude E7240 Ultrabook: Small, fast, and elegant

Jon L. Jacobi | May 8, 2014
Dell's Latitude E7240 is a class act among 12.5-inch business laptops, but you'll need to pay to play: This Ultrabook costs a cool $1795 as configured for this review, though you can get into a lesser configuration for $500 less.

The majority of the E7240's ports are found in the back, which is unusual. There's HDMI, two USB 3.0, and gigabit ethernet. Placing the latter in the hinge area allows Dell to avoid using a drop-jaw RJ-45 port, which is increasingly common on thin-and-lights. Such mechanisms are clever, but too many are also fragile. The docking port on the bottom of the E7240 accepts either the $118 E-Port (with modern ports), or the $153 E-Port Plus (which adds legacy ports, such as serial, parallel, and PS/2).

You don't have to reach around the E7240 for everything. There are USB 3.0, mini-DisplayPort, and headset jacks on the righthand side of the unit. Other connectivity comes courtesy of Intel's AC-7260 wireless chip, which provides state-of-the-art 802.11ac support in addition to the more mundane 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The price of the Latitude reflects its corporate/business focus, and part of its cost can be attributed to its three-year warranty with on-site service (after remote diagnosis). Four- and five-year plans are available at extra cost, as are accidental damage coverage, extended battery service, and data recovery insurance.

If you've read my reviews in the past, you'll know I'm a desktop replacement kind of guy. But if I wanted a new 12-inch to trek about to IT gigs, the Latitude E7240 would be on my short list. 

Note: The price quoted reflect Dell's "instant savings" discount.

 

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