Dell adds Venue 10 Pro and Latitude 11 to its education device portfolio

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 18 February 2015
Dell adds Venue 10 Pro and Latitude 11 to its education device portfolio

Dell has unveiled a range of new devices, which form part of its portfolio of education solutions.

Included in the new line-up is the Venue 10 Pro tablet, the Latitude 11 Education Series laptop and the Dell Interactive Projector S510.

All devices have been built to withstand bumps, drops and spills. In particular they all feature a rubberised trim to absorb shock when accidentally dropped. The Latitude 11 Education Series has also been subjected to MIL-STD 810G testing for pressure, temperature, shock and vibration, and has a 180-degree LCD hinge designed to reduce stress on the hinge.

“The classroom is changing quickly, and innovative technology is a major way for students to enjoy a collaborative educational experience,” said Sam Burd, vice president and general manager of the Dell Personal Computing Product Group. “Education devices need to be really robust to make it through a school district’s lifecycle. They also need to be powerful and flexible enough to suit individual learning needs, and make collaborating within the classroom simple. Our latest education solutions give students, teachers and IT managers the tools they need to provide an engaging learning experience.”

The Dell Venue 10 Pro, which runs on Windows 8.1, has a 10.1-inch HD or full HD display to help bring content to life and allow students to work in five different positions when configured with the optional, attachable and reversible keyboard. The five positions make the most of different learning environments and include clamshell for test scenarios and to use as a laptop, tent and stand positions to promote collaboration and sharing, and slate configuration for keyboard storage while in tablet mode. The laptop also comes with an optional stylus.

The Dell Latitude 11 Education Series is a purpose-built laptop for students. It has an 11.6-inch touch or non-touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, and a full-size fully sealed keyboard and touch pad to protect against spills. Schools can use the laptops in conjunction with Dell’s mobility and managed cart solution, which lets IT managers push software updates overnight and gives educators the confidence that laptops are fully updated, charged and ready to go.

“The quality of technology is important but Dell also provides a level of support and service that truly makes them a model partner,” said Jeff Terry, chief information officer of Roanoke County Public Schools in the US. “Today, we support more than 6,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers as part of our 1:1 laptop programme using Dell Latitude laptops. We also use Kace systems management appliances to manage over 13,000 total end-user devices. With Kace, we have drastically reduced the time it takes to reimage our devices, which frees up my department to invest in more meaningful curricular projects that benefit our students.”

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