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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. Reviewers really like the battery and durability. The design and screen are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the usability and portability are mixed, and the energy efficiency and image quality get critical views.

performance, screen, design, durability, battery

price, size, image quality, energy

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 87/100 = 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


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080


Intel segment tagging:Industrial


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI


Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No


Dell E-Value Code:CA001L72042EMEA / CA002L72042EMEA / CA003L72042EMEA

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Processor ARK ID:75107 / 75114 / 76308
Processor package size:40


Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:Multilingual