New Dell Latitude Chromebook Targets the Enterprise

Posted on August 11, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Chromebook, Chrome OS with 11 Comments

Dell today has announced the new 14-inch Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, which is available in laptop and 2-in-1 convertible form factors.

“This is not just another Chromebook,” Dell senior vice president Rahul Tikoo says in a prepared statement. “Our latest Latitude Chromebook Enterprise is designed equal parts for employees and IT managers adopting Chrome OS in the enterprise. Employees will appreciate its sleek design and collaboration features that help them navigate new work dynamics, while IT managers have the management and security features they expect when deploying devices in a corporate environment.”

Key features include:

Modern components. The Latitude 7410 comes with 10th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Wi-Fi 6, and an available 4K display with Low Blue Light technology built-in.

Killer battery life. The Latitude 7410 is rated for up to 21 hours of battery life, and it offers quick-charging capabilities that can charge 35 percent in just 20 minutes, or to 80 percent in one hour.

Premium design. The Latitude 7410 can be had in machined aluminum or carbon fiber, and there’s a new silver color for a more modern look and feel.

Management and security. Dell’s Technologies Unified Workspace reduces IT complexity and allows IT leaders to secure, manage, and support the Latitude Chromebook Enterprise. The device is available in more than 50 countries and can be had with 14 localized language keyboards, and customers can service and upgrade storage and batteries as needed.

The Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is available now for prices starting at $1,299.00, but a Core i3 configuration that starts at $1,099 will be available soon.

You can learn more on the Dell website.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “New Dell Latitude Chromebook Targets the Enterprise”

  1. ronh

    Wht big businesses would give employees a $1300.00 laptop?

    • anoldamigauser

      In reply to RonH:

      What company would give employees a $1300.00 Chromebook? The point of a Chromebook is cost and simplicity, and this one is as expensive as an expensive PC.

      • eric_rasmussen

        In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:

        If it saves IT people even just a few hours per year in support costs then it will pay for itself. Windows is expensive to maintain because you need to spend so much time babysitting it that you can't spend that time on things like infrastructure upgrades. If Chromebooks free up that time on IT departments, they can spend time on things that have been sitting in the technology backlog for years.

        • winbookxl2

          In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:

          I agree, we spend on average 520.00 per year per user per device on support related charges. This will allow us to have a unified experience across all desktops and laptops with ChromeOS. Most of our team remotes into a VPN for windows apps which work as great as it would on a native windows machine.

        • wright_is

          In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:

          For our fleet (~400) Windows PCs, I would guess we spend less than 15 minutes per device per year on maintenance - that is averaged out over the hundreds, where we don't have to do anything and the odd one that causes problems. The biggest time investment is the 20 minutes setting up a new PC, before it is given to the users.

          Most of our support time is service rollout and maintenance, server rollout and maintenance and application support. It is more often the ERP, finance or other applications that causes the real time-sinks.

          As to prices, desktop users get a 500€ Dell Optiplex and laptop users get a Dell Latitude, both i5 models. The exceptions are our CAD/CAM users. Replacement cycle is 4 - 5 years at the moment.

        • anoldamigauser

          In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:

          Fair point.

          I wonder though, what information Google is collecting about the business, because Google's business is siphoning information.

          Where I worked, there was a push to use G-Suite...three months later, its use was banned. There was no word what happened, and whether it was user error, or Google's actions; but the rumor was that some very sensitive information ended up compromised.

    • jchampeau

      In reply to RonH:

      That's probably a list price. Companies that buy these in large quantities don't pay anywhere near list price, just like they don't pay anything close to prices you might see on Dell's website.

    • Paul Thurrott

      Most of them?
  2. ebraiter

    I still don't know anyone who has a Chromebrick and I work in a very large IT company. Even for those outside the company, nobody I know owns one.

    Had comments like, "If I was given one, I'd format it and put on a real distro."

    • Paul Thurrott

      Let us know when you do know someone who uses a Chromebook. That's how we can tell it's successful. :)
  3. crp0908

    I don't understand who Dell is marketing this towards. I suppose some people believe that they can be just as productive on a Chromebook as they can on a Windows laptop. Perhaps this is being marketed towards a VIP or executive Chromebook user. I know of no such user in our enterprise. Some of our users whom are handed a Chromebooks respond by saying, "Am I not good enough or important enough to receive a real laptop?" We see Chromebooks as a cost-savings opportunity for users that need to do certain tasks where a Windows laptop may be overkill and not necessary. We have no interest in a Chromebook that costs as much or more than a standard business / enterprise Windows laptop.

    • SvenJ

      In reply to crp0908: No, Sir. You are important enough to get a decent piece of hardware, but all you do all day is live in e-mail, chrome and the company portal. ChromeOS is harder for you to screw up, and it only takes one click to fix it. Would you prefer the machined aluminum or carbon fiber?

    • proftheory

      In reply to crp0908:

      Those that bring themselves to buy Macbook Pros?