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Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and durability. The design and screen also get good opinions. The usability and portability get mixed views. The energy efficiency and image quality get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Convertible Review


Robust. The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme feels at home even in the most adverse environments. The convertible has a robust case, combined with a strong processor and good input devices. But at the price Dell is asking, buyers will certainly have to...

Stable case, Certifications, Bright display, Good range of connections, Maintenance-friendly, Runs quietly, Good battery life, 36-month warranty, Good keyboard, The bright display and robust case

CPU and GPU throttle under full load, High price, Though it is understandable why the computer is only equipped with an HD display, a higher resolution display should at least be available as an option

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme


The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is a tough hybrid-convertible laptop with a pivoting screen that gives it tablet-like functionality. It will serve you well if your work takes you to extreme environments.

Ruggedized to withstand extreme conditions. Touch screen is readable in bright sunlight. Screen flips to facilitate touch use. Hard drive and battery are removable without tools. Good battery life. No bloatware.

Big and heavy. Low 1,366-by-768-resolution screen. Lots of extra bezel space around the display.

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is certainly a good choice for the mobile user who cares more about surviving dust storms than surviving suburbia. It can handle most, if not all, the abuse directed toward it, short of a direct hit from small arms...

Oct, 2014

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Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme


While most 12-inch laptops are practically naked when it comes to protection, the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme has serious armor and shielding. In addition to being able to shrug off water, getting dropped and extreme temperatures, the Rugged...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Sam Rutherford (

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Review


Military-grade toughness; Innovative rotating display; Resistive touch screen; Spacious, responsive keyboard; Strong performance

Heavy for 12-inch laptop; Expensive; Runs hot; Below-average battery life

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme features mil-spec toughness, a rotating touch screen and strong performance to justify its hefty price tag.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : William Van Winkle (

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Review and Ratings


The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is a tank of a 2-in-1. Its weight makes it a bear in tablet mode, but its convertible design and hardened exterior make it irresistible for mission-critical field work.

Ridiculous, superhero-caliber ruggedness ; Convertible screen ; Tons of upgrade options ; Amply field-serviceable

Massive weight ; Potentially weak power plug design

After fully recharging each laptop, we set it to Power Save mode (as opposed to Balanced or High Performance mode) and made a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged rundown test. In this test, we loop a video (a locally...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme review


Dell's hybrid laptop is ready to weather the elements

Demonstrably water-resistant ; Long projected battery life ; Resistive touchscreen

Tough to use one-handed ; Very rigid latch ; Blurry display in motion

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme, the first rugged laptop-tablet hybrid, was built to withstand all sorts of environmental hazards, and it shows.

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker Power:1


Battery Capacity:58
Battery capacity (Watt hours):58
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Convertible (Ferris Wheel)
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise / Industrial
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1)


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.00738 x 0.00738
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive / Resistive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive / Resistive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5000
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3


Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:French / US International
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-600 - 360000
Operating altitude:-600 - 180000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):-29 - 63
Operating temperature range (T-T):-29 - 63
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-51 - 71
Storage temperature range (T-T):-51 - 71

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes


Dell E-Value Code:CA001L72042EMEA / CA002L72042EMEA / CA003L72042EMEA

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: Yes
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65


Bus type:DMI2
Chipset:Intel Lynx Point-LP
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel Lynx Point-LP
PCI Express configurations:2x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i3-4010U / i5-4300U / i7-4650U
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i3-4010U / i5-4300U / i7-4650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile Series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75107 / 75114 / 76308
Processor code:SR16H / SR16Q / SR1ED
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot: Yes
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:Multilingual


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions