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Dell's Latitude laptops are finally getting more stylish

They're taking a few cues from the XPS lineup.
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CES was just the start for Dell's Latitude business laptops. In January, we were surprised by the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, an enterprise-focused convertible that actually managed to look pretty slick. Now, Dell is rounding out the line with more stylish options inspired by the company's popular XPS machines. They've got thin bezel displays, all metal cases and enough features to be just at home in conference rooms as they are in coffee shops.

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There's the Latitude 7200 2-in-1, a detachable Surface-style PC for corporate users. It's a bit thicker than Microsoft's hybrid tablets, but it actually comes with a keyboard. And best of all, Dell says it's fully serviceable by IT departments -- you just have to remove the rear of the case above the kickstand. It feels a bit chunky, and the kickstand isn't as smooth as the Surface's, but there are plenty of companies that could use a capable PC tablet from Dell.

Additionally, Dell is launching 13-inch and 14-inch Latitude 7000 laptops. They'll feature either aluminum or carbon fiber cases, narrow bezel screens and hinges that practically disappear when you open them. They're basically the standard laptop versions of the 7400, and they feel just as sleek. Imagine something like a MacBook Pro made from Dell, with the same sort of solid metal cases, and you'll get the idea. The 7000-series machines also feature the company's SafeScreen technology, which makes it tough for other people to see what's on your screen. In a brief demo, it looked sharper and brighter than HP's comparable technology, and Dell says it doesn't take a toll on your battery life, either.

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The Latitude 5000-series machines, meanwhile, bring over the compact design of the XPS 13. They'll be available in 13, 14 and 15-inch designs, all with carbon fiber reinforced cases. And of course, there's a convertible option too: the Latitude 5300 2-in-1, which Dell claims is the smallest folding business laptop around.

Spec-wise, the new Latitudes will be powered by Intel's 8th-generation vPro CPUs, up to 32GB of RAM and WiFi 6 support. On the 7000-series, you've got the option of gigabit LTE, and Dell claims they'll get up to 20 hours of battery life. The 5000 machines, meanwhile, should get around 22 hours of battery life.

All of the new Latitude machines will be available starting on May 1 at Dell's site. The 7000-series notebooks will start at $1,299, while the 2-in-1 model will go for $999. The 5000 models, meanwhile, start at $819, and the entry level 3000 series will go for a low $599.

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Devindra has been obsessed with technology for as long as he can remember -- starting with the first time he ever glimpsed an NES. He spent several years fixing other people's computers before he started down the treacherous path of writing about technology. Mission accomplished?
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