Targeting small businesses and schools, Dell has unveiled a new notebook that packs pretty respectable hardware for its sub-$500 asking price. For $419, the Latitude 3330 delivers a dual-core, quad-thread 1.8-2.7GHz Intel Core i5-3337U, 2GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 720p webcam and a 13.3-inch 1366x768 display. Connectivity includes Ethernet, Wi-Fi, WiDi, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0, optional USB docking and a card reader.
Although it doesn't offer any specifics, Dell says the system lightweight enough to be carried by a young student and sturdy enough to survive the ordeal. Additionally, the 3330 purportedly offers enough juice to make it through a full day courtesy of its six-cell battery, though no actual run time estimate is noted. Other perks include full support for Windows or Ubuntu as well as Dell Data Protection | Encryption security.
Separately, it's worth noting that Dell's jumbo-sized tablet slash all-in-one crossover is now officially available for preorder starting at $864. That price gets you the lowest-configured XPS 18 Touch, which features an 18.4-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen, a 1.8GHz Intel Pentium 2117U processor with an HD Graphics 4000 IGP, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive and a copy of Windows 8 Pro 64-bit.
For another $96, you can upgrade those specs to an Ivy Bridge-based 1.9GHz Core i3-3227U and 500GB of storage, while a $1,296 model pushes that to a 2.7GHz Core i5-3337U, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD paired with a 32GB mSATA SSD, and a full-blown raised display stand. All three support Wireless-N as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and they ship with a Dell KM714 wireless keyboard and mouse combo and a one-year warranty.