Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is a tablet with impressive business credentials, but Dell hopes to steal some of its thunder with the new Latitude 12 7000 series tablet. The machine bears a striking resemblance to Microsoft's premium 2-in-1, but offers a few extra features that workers will really appreciate.
For starters, the 12.5-inch slate – which is due out Jan. 26 for a starting price of $1,049 – lets buyers choose between two difference keyboard docks. The more portable option, dubbed the Slim Keyboard, is a lot like the Surface Type Cover, offering a fully adjustable kickstand to prop the Latitude 12 up while you're typing. It also folds to protect the display when not in use. The Premium Keyboard is more of a desktop dock, since it doesn't fold up to cover the screen, but it offers deeper, more comfortable keys.
The Latitude 12 7000 is also lighter than the Surface Pro 4, at just 1.61 lbs., which is a perk for commuters. And while Dell's Slim Keyboard is relatively thick, it's thicker and sturdier than the Surface keyboard, which makes the whole package feel more durable.
Other hardware highlights include the option of Intel's latest-generation m3, m5 and m7 processors, and up to 8GB of RAM, which should provide plenty of speed for everyday productivity. Buyers can also choose between a full HD touch screen and a super-sharp 3840 x 2160-pixel display.
And you know it's a true Surface competitor since it's compatible with an active stylus for digital note-taking. Dell's pen offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, so writing feel smooth and natural.