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We need a real Business Laptop with a real 16:10 screen

Apr 23, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

Dear Dell:I am CEO of a small company and what you would consider a "power user".  We have been buying Dell Latitudes for our company for many years. They were reliable professional no-frills laptops. I am sad to say I am forced to buy legacy 2010 Latitudes from Ebay because Dell NO LONGER MAKES a business version of their flagship business laptop! I'm not kidding.A Real business laptop should have:-a 4:3 or 16:10 screen-Be thin and light. Yes, this is possible now.-Have a real keyboard with real arrow keys and real function keys-Have good battery life/removable battery-Be dockableRead on:1.) Power users need REAL screens with vertical height. 16:9 screens are painfully short and make it hard to do real work. Work = Reading, Scrolling, Coding. Think about the new Microsoft Office that wastes the top 1/5 of the screen with an even bigger space-wasting ribbon. Do we really need LESS vertical space?  This [redacted by moderator] everyone even harder that are using toy laptops with 16:9 screens. Say goodbye to productivity in the American workplace.16:9 screens are a joke and are only being made so manufacturers can save $$ by making a smaller screen.Business users are not buying a laptop to watch movies! We would HAPPILY pay a premium to get a real business laptop with a REAL 16:10 (or 4:3) screen.NO- please don't tell me 16:9 screens are wider and that I should get with the times. A 16:10 screen can do everything a 16:9 screen can do - except that it can do MORE because the top hasn't been chopped off. Why on earth should people think a smaller screen is better? It's not!2.) Business users prefer REAL keyboards. The Latitude is the LAST computer on the planet that has a real keyboard (not these toy chicklet keys). Look at the beautiful keyboard from the Dell Latitude E6500/6400. A real business keyboard also has REAL FULL SIZE arrow keys and practically-sized function keys. Power users are using these keys constantly! Stop making them smaller!!!A new line of Latitudes came out this year (7000 series I think?). I was excited to see if Dell was smart enough to give it a REAL keyboard and a real 16:10 screen. Nope. Fake screen, fake keyboard, fake arrow keys. I guess these laptops are being designed for kids getting their first college dorm laptop. Or for people who play "Farm Ville" all day.Lenovo's new thin/light computers are beautiful.. but they FAIL on the keyboard, FAIL on the screen, and now some models even require a special button to make the F keys function normally. Who is buying these things? Farmville players!Apple, believe it or not, is the only manufacturer smart enough to retain the 16:10 screen on their laptops. Too bad they have the most ridiculously useless keyboards ever made. The F keys and arrow keys are almost non existent. If they were smart enough to include a real latitude-style keyboard, I would buy Macbooks running Windows 7. A no-brainer!Please, Dell, think about it. If you don't start doing it someone else will and you'll lose a considerable base of business customers.  Copying the "trends" of HP, Lenovo, etc is just making your laptops are bad as theirs. The "Average" users won't know the difference one way or another. They will buy whatever's at Best Buy so that Facebook works. BUT... the power users will see that there's ONE CLEAR FLAGSHIP CHOICE and you'll have a monopoly on this market.Please comment on this. We need a movement to bring back the REAL BUSINESS LAPTOP.My company already stopped buying new Latitudes.Dell, I am available for consulting if your Laptop Design teams need some inspiration and guidance.  I also give seminars and speak publicly to thousands of people a year at Fortune 500 companies. I would happily endorse the Latitude to these people if you were making a proper machine.Until then, we will be buying Legacy Latitudes on Ebay and paying engineering firms BIG BUCKS to modify the motherboards if the future requires us to do so.Sincerely,RP.

1 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Enterprise, Small Business,

A place to post stories of startups involving Dell computers, or Dell the company

Jan 29, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

Since this is a crowdsourcing site, could some part of IdeaStorm become a location for people to tell interesting stories of their business startup stories involving either Dell computers and other products, and/or Dell as a company in the communities where it operates?

1 Votes | 3 Comments

Categories: Dell Community, New Product Ideas, Small Business,

A decent 14" thin laptop with Radeon 8850M

Dec 16, 2013

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

I recently saw the Latitude 3540 test at notebookcheck.net, the configuration sparked my interest; a low voltage Intel i5 CPU with Radeon 8850M GDDR5. It is perfekt, exactly what I need. I can work on it, while in the background I can Litecoin mining with the GPU. However I need smaller laptop, so than found Latitude 3440, but that is build with Nvidia 740M unfortunately. Will it come with option Radeon GPU or other thin 14" laptop?

2 Votes | 4 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas, Small Business,

More i5 Options for the Latitude E6540

Dec 10, 2013

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Please either allow customization options for the new E6540 or at a bare minium offer more pre-built options for the i5 processor.Currently the only options for the i5 include 4 GB of RAM and a standard hard drive.Ideally I would like to purchase more RAM (8 GB) and include the hybrid drive as well.For my road warrior users there is no option to add a broadband card, this must change before I can purchase this product.

2 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Small Business,

Detect system crash and automatically run Diagnostics

Nov 15, 2013

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Dell computers store an event log in the BIOS due to the following.1. Booting to windows issue2. Thermal Alerts3. Memory changes4. Fan failure5. Video card related alertsSystem can provide an option to run diagnostics / ePSA, detecting these failures / getting info from Event Log of BIOSGive an error - "We have detected a system crash, Would you like to run a diagnostics on your PC" after Dell LogoPress Enter to say Yes and Press Escape to say No. Benefits: Users can run diagnostics on the computer on their own before they call Tech Support.                 Can focus only Hardware or Software issue when they post their queries on Community forum / call Tech Support. Best Regards, VeejDeej

4 Votes | 3 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Enterprise, Small Business,

Provide Dell Partners with better product roadmaps

Oct 25, 2013

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

As a Dell partner being able to provide your clients with a consistent product build is key to being able to deliver a solution. This not only applies to partners, but to all customers as a whole. If Dell is going to change up.. say models within the Optiplex line, then I think they need to keep the partners up to speed on those product changes so that the buyers know that product will be reaching EOL or certain options may no longer be available or a replacement model is rolling out....etc. They should also consider not replacing fully configurable models with pre-configured units. Out of all the Dell units I have order over the past years I cannot think of one instance that I have ordered a preconfigured unit. The reason  is that they are configured with options that do not fit the client requirements.

2 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas, Small Business,

How to make touchscreens more interactive.

Sep 9, 2013

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Hello fellows,I've been thinking why two, among many, prominent technologies in touchscreen interaction haven't been adapted by anyone as of yet and to my knowledge. The two in question is: Stantum.com touchscreen IVSM technology. I know for a fact that Dell has worked with them on the Inspirion model, but for some reason it doesn't seem like the partnership continued? The other technology is developed by a finnish company called Senseg(http://senseg.com/technology/senseg-technology). They have a technology which allows the user to feel textures on the touchscreen, combined with stantum's pressure -sensitive technology, one could develop a new depth of immersion, pun intended. This will make Dell able to meet new segments such as the sightimpaired and children with curiosity. Adopting these technologies open up doors for new game and software development as well. This is one idea, I'll try to keep them coming.Kind regards,Klode 

2 Votes | 4 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, IdeaStorm, Small Business,

Latitude 6430u 1600x900 Screen (When in February)???

Feb 14, 2013

1 Vote

Status: Implemented

I've been waiting for months on this laptop to come out with the configuration that I need.  Can you please announce the DAY that the upgraded resolution is going to be available?  All of your sales brochures say February.  It's February.  It'd be nice if you could tell us what to expect and when. dootndo2 Dell Status Update: This idea has been Implemented with the updated Latitude 6430u now offering the option of a 1600x900 display. Thank you for posting.

1 Votes | 3 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Retail, Small Business,

Lightweight Precision

Nov 19, 2011

7 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

I would like to see a Light Weight (truly portable) PRecision class Laptop.  I need the graphis processing power of a Precision Laptop to run My Graphics intense CAD Software.  I also Travel a lot. When in the office I dock the Laptop and us a Large Screen.  Very few Designers, or CAD jickies work on the 15 or 17 inch screen offered on the current Laptops.  When traveling, it is more convenient to have a computer that I can actually open on an airplane and wont require a roller bag to carry around.  I would like to see a 14" precision Laptop with the same graphics and processing power as the the current 15 and 17 inch models. Previous versions of the Precision line did offer a 14" scfreen on ocassion.Status Update: While it may be a larger screen than you asked for the Precision M3800 starts at only 4.15 Lbs. Thank you for posting!

7 Votes | 2 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Small Business,

SME Server Form Factor

Nov 7, 2011

2 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

My idea is based around the need for Small and Medium sized enterprises to have a new form factor created around their very specific need to get datacenter capable components that cannot be situated in a dedicated datacenter.   Their needs are getting ever more sophisticated but its hard for them to have multiple tower servers or one powerful server situated in an office environment. If they did go for rack servers a large rack dominates the office space and of course remains loud due to the BPU output. I am therefore proposing a new standard be created around the traditional rack platform but meets specific criteria for SME; 1. Size (Office Space) 2. Power (Efficiency) 3. Cooling (Reduced active cooling)   My idea is around taking the traditional server rack 'U' format and shrinking it to a more suitable standard for SME's. i.e. 'Mini U'. It could be around 50-70% of the normal depth and width and a maximum of perhaps 50% of the height. This rack could then take mini U servers, storage, switches, routers, UPS's, patch cabling etc. It would likely need to be an open standard in order for other vendors to build equipment to the new standard or offer rack mount kits for their existing equipment.   With Mini ITX and ATX becoming more commonplace and Intel driving down the TDP of their processors we must surely be in a situation where these servers could be produced effectively. Think along the lines of a blade computer but one that is stand alone and mountable.   These racks could also be used for Enterprises for satellite offices too.   When working for a Microsoft Gold Partner we were frequently told by Microsoft that theres a lot of consultancies going for the large corporates and yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of SME's in the marketplace desperate for more IT maturity.   Obviously cost is always going to be a factor but the volume might become comparable to large enterprises when taking into account the number of businesses out there.   With Microsoft's essentials platforms you could pretty much have an OEM appliance marketplace developed as well as Open source opportunities.   I know for me as an SME consultant I would love to have equipment like this available that allows me to help a small business but allow them the headroom for years to come. Especially because VMWare offer ESX SME solutions too.   Its an idea I have been thinking about for a couple of years so happy for it to be dissected, good or bad, pros and cons.   Richard Status Update: This idea has been Partially Implemented with the announcement of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX converged solution.  Thank you for posting!

2 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Servers and Storage, Small Business,

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