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CES 2013: Dell offers affordable tablet for small businesses and schools

Hot on the heels of a new crop of touch-enabled laptops, Dell is making another announcement, this time bringing the recently-launched Dell Latitude 10 to schools and small businesses, with more affordable configurations. The Dell Latitude 10 Essential is an enterprise-ready Windows 8 tablet to be used and shared among multiple users. The new configurations retain the basic features of the tablet, but at a more affordable price.

The Latitude 10 Essential is a full-featured Windows 8 tablet that is designed to slot into existing IT environments and support legacy software in addition to new apps. In order to better accommodate the limited resources of schools and businesses, the tablet also supports the sharing of a single device among multiple users. So, for example, the Latitude 10 can be used by different classrooms, or shared among staff members. The Latitude 10 Essentials configuration is also tailored for use with Dell's Education Cloud services, which offers tools for curriculum management, ebooks and digital media, and lecture capture. It also features tools for collaboration among students.

Framed with lightweight and durable magnesium alloy, the Latitude 10 Essential has a soft-touch finish so it's more comfortable and secure in hand. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen from scratches and cracking. Dell's own support programs offer 24/7 tech support by phone or web, as well as optional Dell ProSupport.

The 10in tablet is equipped with a headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, and micro HDMI output. An integrated Kensington lock slot makes it easy to physically secure the device at a desk or workbench. For expanded productive use with keyboard and mouse, Dell also offers a standalone desktop dock, which adds AC power and charging, wired LAN connectivity, full-size USB ports, and an SD card slot.

A 64GB version of the Latitude 10 Essentials configuration is available now, for £430, with a 32GB version coming soon for $499.