Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) driver for Latitude E Series with Broadcom USH CV w/ fingerprint reader
DELL should provide a Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) driver for the device Broadcom USH CV w/ fingerprint reader that comes with DELL Latitude E Series laptops to allows using the built-in fingerprint reader with any WBF compatible applications (UPEK, DigitalPersona...) by making it recognized in the Biometric Devices Control Panel from Windows 7. In my opinion this would improve the usability of the fingerprint reader significantly. Status update: Please see Martha's comment and link to the new driver. Thank you all for your patience, and thank you to norbalino for the idea submission!
Can you please add options to the Latitude E-series (particular the E4300) BIOS to allow booting from an SDHC card in the card reader ? A 16 or 32G SDHC card would make an awesome "system drive" to install the OS and apps to, and probably allow for a significant battery life improvement.Alternatively, a similar option to boot from a ExpressCard-based SSD would provide the same benefits, without sacrificing the SD slot.Ideally, also create some modified drivers for Windows to make them look like a non-removable drive, so it, too, could be installed to the SD card.The would give the Latitudes a relatively unique feature in the market - battery life and performance improvements due to primary flash-based storage, but also an on-board "bulk storage" (=regular hard disk) for larger files.Status Update: This idea is now Under Review. Please understand that we will be limited in what we can share during this process. Thanks for posting!
As a PC admin for a company, I see a huge demand for a 12 inch netbook, basically, put the Inspiron 12 in a tux and toss an enterprise BIOS on it. The E4200 is great, but it is too pricey, the netbook has killed the days of charging $2700 for a 12 inch 3LB executive notebook because these $500 toys can do the same job: give me the inspiron 12 in black with optional EVDO and a 2gb dimm. how do I answer when I am asked why I paid $3000+ for something comparable to a $400 toy in the home store? Status Update Check out the Latitude 2100 for more details
this site always comes up with errors nonetheless heres my direct question to Michael Dell..Why is it youre not keeping up with latest technologies hardwares? e.g HDMI ports (i see bluray has been implemented now) at least on a dell laptop, preferably latitude would be nice also latitude D6xx serries there should be a 15" screen version which is compact in dimensions i.e 13" x10.7"x 1"(or less) i see the D8xx series 15.4" but thats very unattractive keyboard position layout area in relation to top part of the laptop..anyway back to the hardware only some have built-in UMTS card facility whereas this should be available more widespread. Also only recently dell have introduced memory card slot whereas a rubbish company like fujitsu seimens had it built in since 2004. a standard MMC slot suffices as an adaptor can be purchased to adapt micro SD cards anyway- there should be at least 4 USB ports on dell laptops (last dell i had only had 2)USB ports should be designed so theres no tight squeeze. There should be USB ports on the side of machine too. More nice blue/green/status LED's :) i did have some more points like external design related e.t.c but im tired now. The only reason i like latitude range is because dual pointing capabilities. Oh yeah by the way the ac adaptors could be smaller in size Status Update Please see bill_b's comment below
I can't believe Dell would shoot itself in the foot like this. After people waiting so long on Dell's tablet only to get a watered down spec list and huge price tag. http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/11/dell-latitude-xt-tablet-is-official-sexy/ "12.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) in CCFL ("outdoor display," up to 400cd/m2) and LED backlight options Capacitive touchscreen(!!) with palm detection (this, if anything, could enable that supposed multi-touch), and active digitizer. Intel Core 2 Solo or Duo ULV at 1.06 and 1.2GHz, respectively ATI Radeon X1250 UMA Graphics Up to 3GB memory, runs Vista Ultimate or Business 40GB or 80GB 4200 RPM drive, 120GB 5400 RPM drive, or 32GB or 64GB SSD HSDPA or EVDO rev A., 802.11a/b/g/n options, Bluetooth 2.0, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity ExpressCard54 and SD slots, 1394, VGA, (3) USB 2.0 Scroll wheel, biometric reader, TPM 1.2, super low profile power adapter Up to 5 hours battery life with standard 43WH pack, up to 9 hours with extended 45WH pack; Energy Star 4.0 compliant 3.57 pounds (presumably without battery), 1-inch thick" At least offer a version without the multi-touch to lessen the cost a bit. I am still in shock that this comes with only 1 speaker. I'm still waiting for a 13.3" tablet with usable specs like the following... http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/66820/Put_some_attitude_into_the_Latitude Status Update Please see jackie_c's comment
The Latitude line boasts the right set of features for many business users, but the lack of a 13.3" model is a serious gap. A 13.3", 4 - 4.5 pound model is ideal for on-the-go computing (trains, planes, etc). I believe Dell would find an eager market among mobile professionals waiting for such a machine. The XPS M1330 is a nice notebook, but it lacks some key business-class features such as a docking station port. Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below
Latitude notebooks are arguably the best you make, packing a lot of processing power while being a discrete business machine that is rugged and has a tough chasis that can withstand lots of travel. However, your current D420 (D430 soon?) and D630 offerings are either too small or too big in terms of screen size. A high resolution 13.3" is the ideal screen size for the mobile power user. A 1440 x 900 resolution on the 13.3" with LED backlighting would be PERFECT. It would be more efficient than the 14.1" counterpart, but have more desktop real-estate for actually doing great work on the go (office work, photo editing, programming, browsing, watching videos, etc.) The other specs for this KILLER ultraportable should be near identical to the D630 (not the D420) with a 1.3 mpixel cam thrown into the top of the screen. Naturally, 802.11n, SSD (32 GB, 64 GB) or HHDD (80 GB, 100 GB), are musts, and the battery life must be as good as the D630 as well. No preloaded software + Vista OR Ubuntu would be nice additions. I'd assume such a notebook, fully loaded would weigh in at around 3.8 lbs with 6 hours of battery life and has the potential to be the #1 seller amongst mobile business professionals who don't want to carry around the bigger 4.5 lbs D630. The m1330 has potential, but lacks the rugged business oriented chassis. But with the technology already in place, it shouldn't be hard to actually build the above notebook. This is my DREAM notebook, and the first manufacturer that comes as close to it as possible gets 3 automatic sales from me. I hope it's Dell. Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below
Dell needs a new Latitude model for people who need a stylish notebook for work but want it to be capable of play activities also. It should have a LED back lit 13.3 inch high resolution/contrast ratio trans reflective screen that swivels like a tablet but without the touch screen (touchscreen could be an upgrade). The option of a non-glossy screen would be available. Media buttons on the monitor would be helpful for times when the screen is turned around and wouldn't be accidentally pushed when resting the notebook on your lap. A good example would be when you're on a plane watching a movie, the notebook would fit better in this configuration allowing you to see the screen easier. Dell should use a design like in this leaked photo of an upcoming ultraportable. It needs to have options like Dual core processor (Quad core when available for mobile), DVD burner, fingerprint reader, SSD, 5-1 card reader(with a cover so the card doesn't fall out), HDMI, Dolby Certified sound as well as a video card that is DX10 with at least 256mb of RAM(perhaps use cards from the Precision line for things like video editing) . It needs to be dual hard drive capable, 2 headphone jacks, built in microphone and the option of a built in camera 2MP or better. A WiFi hot spot finder would be helpful. Don't forget the docking port and gigabit Ethernet. Please, Please, Please do not skimp on bandwidth, only the newest technology please. A LED light that can illuminate the keyboard in dark rooms and media connect must be standard. I would actually recommend using a black light over the keyboard as the white letters would pop without using a very bright light. Vista Sideshow could be an option as well. At least a small monochrome screen with basic information so you don't have to power up the system. I think there would be a large market for this type of system. The advertising would be a great boost to Dell's image. Showing how your "new L-attitude" has changed your life. I've always looked at the Apple VS PC ads and wondered why can't I have both. I think Dell can supply the notebook that finally brings work and play together in a stylish but professional looking package. What other options do you think should be added? Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below
Dell needs a more powerful ultra-portable. This will obviously come with a higher price, but I think if the options were available, people would go for it. Now I'm not going to be like some posters who suggest a top of the line video card in this model -- frankly, it's an ultra-portable machine and people buy it for battery life and size. 1) Change the ram configuration. If nothing else changes, integrate at least 1gb so we don't have to waste a 2gb stick in the additional slot (to still end up with 2gb). Better yet, change the chipset to something that supports more ram (and dual channel if the current does not). 2) Flash: Best option would be to offer a 1.8" flash drive option (esp when those 64gb models hit the market). This would greatly improve performance over the current 4200rpm drive (which is the biggest current required trade off for the D420). Alternatively, at least integrate a few gigs of flash somewhere within the notebook. I hate a flash drive sticking out of something this small when trying too use readyboost. 3) There are better batteries out there in terms of size, weight, and power. Consider offering them. People will pay for them. Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below
The Latitude 620 is pretty powerful when it comes to performance. However there are a coupld of things i miss when i compare it with an IBM TP. 1. A kepboard light is extremely useful, especially when you are working in poor lighting conditions 2. A scroll button is somthing that would help when you are on the move and dont have an external mouse 3. The laptop could be a little lighter Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below