This week, Dell South Africa hosted a media roundtable to show off its latest devices and speak about the services and software it’s made available to the local market.

It quickly became clear that Dell South Africa has a handful of key objectives locally: offering powerful solutions for remote workers, developing innovative software based on AI, executing its sustainability objectives and offering world-class after-sales service.

The brand has always been one to push boundaries with its well-known commercial portfolio. And it was good to experience some hands-on time with some of its premium devices.

Latitude range

Dell’s Latitude series includes sleek and slim devices specifically developed for the boardroom or the home. The Latitude 9440 offers well-built audio and video collaboration features, incorporates sustainable materials and offers mini-LED keyboard tech that supposedly saves on battery life. That keyboard is stunning though, with wider keys and zero-lattice gaps.

The Latitude 7340/7440 Ultralights both sport a 16:10 display and a 5MP camera, along with dedicated buttons on the trackpad that helps with collaboration during video calls.

Of course, you can expect upgrades like the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation Laptop GPUs. The introduction of the 16-inch Precision 5680 is interesting – it packs a punch in a lightweight package. It offers a 16:10 UHD+ display.

An XPS upgrade

On the topic of 13th Gen, Dell’s XPS 13 Plus 9320 receives a substantial upgrade, now equipped with the latest Intel processors. This flagship 13-inch laptop looks like it can pack a punch.

It includes some unconventional UX features, which makes the XPS 13 Plus an interesting contender in a competitive segment.

The home office

Now that the laptop’s cover, you’ll need some peripherals. This week Dell also showcased some of its monitors and productivity tools.

Dell’s UltraSharp 49 Curved USB-C Hub Monitor is made to work on. It offers a super-ultrawide screen, split display options, and various connectivity features. The monitor’s USB-C hub provides diverse connectivity options, so you can dock just about anything to it.

Then there’s the 6K monitor with IPS Black technology. The Dell UltraSharp 32 6K Monitor features a higher contrast, deeper blacks and increased clarity. The crowning feature here, however, is the built-in 4K HDR webcam that boasts Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and offers up to 140W of power delivery.

Then there’s Dell Optimiser. It can add useful productivity features to your workflow, like smart audio privacy, connectivity enhancements, and collaboration tools that adapt to your work style. Dell Optimiser helps you simplify the management of displays and peripherals.

Sustainability and security

We probably can’t name a tech company that doesn’t set greenhouse gas emissions goals, and Dell’s no different. The company is actively enforcing the use of low-carbon emissions of aluminium and increased recycled content. Innovations like ‘Quiet Mode’ within Dell Optimiser’s thermal management settings contribute to power savings, furthering environmental goals.

Security and manageability are paramount, and Dell is seemingly on top of it. Collaborations with industry leaders like CrowdStrike, alongside hardware supply chain security offerings and managed detection and response services, bolster the security of Dell’s commercial PCs.