Dell offers more secure version of Windows 8-based Latitude 10 tablet

Dell launched the business oriented Windows 8 tablet, the Latitude 10, a few months ago but the company has decided to launch a new version of the 10.1 inch tablet with some additional security features that Dell says make the Latitude 10 a better choice than Apple's iPad for enterprise customers.

Dell's press release states that this new version is the "enhanced security configuration" for the Latitude 10 and adds an integrated smart card and a fingerprint reader to the hardware, which Dell claims makes it the only Windows 8 tablet with dual-authentication features. Other security features include the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware, Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption, and a way to find a lost or stolen Latitude 10 via Computrace.

Dell claims that a third party study that compared the Latitude 10 to the iPad shows that Dell's tablet was "up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy" in large scale enterprise systems. The tablet, which runs on Intel's "Clover Trail" Atom Z2760 processor, also has 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD. The "enhanced security configuration" costs $779, compared to the regular 64 GB version which costs $579.

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Got one from dell to test with our network. Nothing but trouble. locks up, goes grey screen often. PITA to reinstall win8. Lat10 is just a horrible device.

Our own studies show that it is not cheaper or faster or efficient to deploy in our enterprise since we have to spend so much time troubleshooting.

It is easier to get files off and on it. Play, view, create files also easier out of the box.

Dell, at least, is making an attempt to make a decent business-oriented Windows-8 tablet. There is still a very long ways to go before Windows-8 tablets will come close to replacing Windows-7 laptops and desktops for serious business data/content creation. When one has to add a keyboard, one might as well just buy a laptop or desktop.

The one with the digitizer/pen is a nice alternative for a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2.

Especially because it has a USB port that actually can power an external drive.