Dell Latitude is a laptop brand targeted for business use. This means that standardised parts are used throughout the line and are available for several years for support purposes.
The Latitude design is intended to simplify maintenance and support tasks for large corporations, allowing components to be easily swapped between models. Dell Latitude computers are also built to Dell's RoadReady specification which includes a durable magnesium-alloy casing, internal metal frames and Strike Zone shock protection in case the computer is dropped or suffers a severe impact. Many models also feature free-fall sensors or solid-state drives. Latitude models are also generally considered more durable and higher quality than the Inspiron line, and even above the premium Studio and XPS models.
Latitude computers are also differentiated in their feature sets, due to their business focus. For example, they often include security features such as smartcard and contactless smartcard, and TPM security, which are not needed by most consumers.
The mainstream models are separated into two categories: essential and standard. The essential models are the E5420 and E5520, while the standard models are the E6420 and E6500. The Latitude series also include a number of specialty models. The E4200 and E4300 are ultra-portable notebooks. The Latitude E6420 XFR is a ruggedized version of the E6410 / E6420 The Latitude XT3 is a touch-screen convertible-tablet computer.
The latest models to arrive in the Latitude section is the E6320, E5420, E6420 and E6520. The high performing laptops are built for the new mobiile business class with the durability, security and easy manageability as with all the Latitude E-Family laptops.