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When it comes to computing devices used in different working environments, tough features are usually required. Laptops now need to have that added rugged features in order to be an ideal computing device in a working environment that is not necessarily that of a conventional office. There are now laptops like the new Dell Latitude E6420 ATG that will be the ideal laptop for a rugged and tougher than normal working environment.

The Dell Latitude E6420 ATG is a rugged laptop that’s built for environments that can be considered as more than just a conventional workplace.  It is built and designed to have that added toughness with its armored casing made out of MIL-STD 810G tested Tri-Metal and with powder coated magnesium alloy base. It also comes with a spill resistant keyboard and protective covers for its ports.

The Dell Latitude E6420 ATG Rugged Laptop also comes with an Intel Core i5 or i7 quad core processor, up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000 NVIDIA NVS 4200M video card and a 14.0 HD LED display with a touchscreen display option. It also comes with up to 750GB hard drive and other features that has become more of a standard for laptops in its category. The Dell Latitude E6420 ATG Rugged Laptop is slated for shipping to interested customers by the last week of March. Price starts at US$2454, depending on the different configurations available.

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HP Z1 crams a Xeon CPU, pro graphics, and a 27-inch display into an all-in-one

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Over the years Geek.com has covered HP’s Z series of workstations a number of times. The Z marked a big step forward for HP on the design front, and a step away from one of the companies biggest fears: commoditization. It combined high-end design with HP’s established workstation formula and resulted in both an immediate hit and a much needed differentiation point from the likes of Lenovo and Dell (who were essentially sell the same computers with a lesser set of features). The Z series models, like the Z600, have been quietly doing their job for some time but now HP is back with more big news: the Z1 all-in-one workstation.

You know the deal with workstations: lots of power crammed into a loud, big, dark grey tower. While that’s the essence of what they are, IT buyers are looking for much more, including ISV certification, expandability, reliability, serviceability, and portability (at times). You’d thing a lot of this runs counter to a workstation ever landing in the all-in-one form-factor, but HP seems to have worked out a way to make it possible. Just look at the image above — the Z1 folds down, flattening the 27-inch IPS display, and opens right up. This exposes the innards for maintenance and upgrades.

And what goes inside the Z1? This can scale from a Core i3 system with integrated graphics (basically a consumer system) to a quad-core Xeon-powered workhorse with up to 32GB RAM (or 8GB ECC) and Nvidia Q4000M graphics. Other perks include a 1080p HD webcam, SRS sound, USB 3.0, Blu-ray, tool-less internal parts, and a 90% efficient PSU.

On the expandability front you’d think the Z1 would be at its weakest, but it’s not terrible. There is no dual-CPU option but it does have four memory slots and four internal expansion slots (PCIe x16 full and three miniPCIe). The bigger hurdle will be storage — it can handle either two 2.5-inch drives or a single 3.5-inch one — and displays, where users have just a single Display Port to add on one more monitor.

The Z1 will never be the beast that you can build a Z800 into but buyers will get workstation features in a handsome, quiet system that doesn’t require any more floor or desk space than a 27-inch monitor. For the majority of buyers — especially those handling workstation-lite duties, like photo editing and less intensive 3D work — the Z1 will be a great fit. If you’re doing serious geo-spatial work and crunching terabytes of data, you’ll still need a more conventional solution.

The computer starts at $1899 and will be available in April.

HP Envy 14 Spectre rolling out

HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP Envy 14 Spectre, the pretty glass covered ultrabook is now available on HP’s website. And rumors have it that there is a 15-inch version of the high-resolution Ultrabook according to the latest reports from DigiTimes.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is finally for sale and this Ultrabook is nearly two pounds lighter than the regular Envy 14 packing a higher-res display (1600px by 900px instead of 1366px by 768px). The Envy 14 Spectre features Gorilla Glass on the lid, keyboard deck and touchpad.

The $1399.99 pre-order price from HP gets you the base model, installed with a 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 128GB SSD drive, 4GB of RAM and a 4-cell battery that is rumored to last 9.5 hours on one charge. Shipping is currently free and the system will ship on March 1, 2012