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Dell Rolls Out Education Series Laptops, Interactive Projector

Dell interactive projector
The Dell Interactive Projector-S520

Dell has launched a new line of laptops purpose-built for education called the Latitude 13 Education Series. The company also took the wraps off a multitouch-enabled interactive projector and a new mobile cart.

Interactive Projector
The new Dell Interactive Projector-S520 offers wireless display and multitouch interaction, allowing multiple users — up to 10 — to collaborate simultaneously. Using the included whiteboard, users can draw or annotate with their fingers, included styluses or old-time dry-erase pens. It supports Intel WiDi with Miracast for wireless display via Windows, Android and iOS devices. It also supports standard WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n).

Other features include:

  • Single-chip, 0.65-inch DLP;
  • WXGA native resolution (1,280 800);
  • 3,100 lumens;
  • 2,200:1 native contrast ratio;
  • 0.35 throw ratio, with diagonal screen sizes of 70 inches to 100 inches from 1.7 feet to 2.49 feet; and
  • 2 GB internal flash memory for file storage and PC-free presentation.

AV inputs include HDMI, dual RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin), USB-B for USB display, S-video, composite video and microphone. Outputs include RGB and stereo and mono audio jacks. Networking and control ports include LAN (RJ-45), dual USB-B, USB-A and RS-232, in addition to the wireless capabilities.

The Interactive Projector-S520 is available now for $4,129.

Dell Education Series laptops
The Dell Latitude 13 Education Series

Education Laptops
The new Latitude 13 Education Series offers a 13.3-inch screen with optional touchscreens featuring Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. The screen opens 180 degrees, a feature that's designed to reduce stress on the hinges when students use the devices in unconventional configurations. It also includes other ruggedized features, including rubberized trim and a sealed keyboard and touchpad for resisting spills and dust.

Other features include:

  • A light that illuminates when students access the network (billed as a "tattling" feature by Dell);
  • 8-hour battery life (12 hours with optional six-cell battery); and
  • Various security features, including Dell Data Protection, Dell KACE and Microsoft System Center integration.

The Latitude 13 Education Series is available now. Models start at $539.

Dell mobile charging cart
The Dell Mobile Computing Cart

Mobile Cart
The Dell Mobile Computing Cart, available managed or unmanaged, supports up to 30 devices (up to 14 inches) for charging, secure storage, updating and transportation. It features horizontal shelving, locking steel doors, power management features, heat management and a Dell PowerConnect 3548 48-port managed Ethernet switch with cabling. It will run $3,999 when it's available in mid-May. Upgrades for some previous models will cost $799.

Further details on Dell's new education technologies can be found on Dell's K-12 portal.

About the Author

David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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