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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does UT Arlington recommend Dell Latitudes and not, Dell Inspiron laptops?  Aren't the Inspirons the better laptop?

Question: Why does UT Arlington recommend Dell Latitudes and not, Dell Inspiron laptops?  Aren't the Inspirons the better laptop?

In order to orderly manage and facilitate our campus computing experience, it must contain tested and relevant technologies that are optimized for managed environments such as ours.  Dell describes the Latitude line in the following way, "Latitude emphasizes networkability, image and hardware stability and Total Cost of Ownership by supplying business-class systems that don't become obsolete every time a new system or technology hits the market. Dell works with its Latitude notebook customers to offer a roadmap for future product transitions.   Latitude notebooks incorporate relevant, industry-standard technologies that enable the creation of an organizational notebook standard. Long product lifecycles, shared peripherals across product families and managed product transitions help maximize Return on Investment (ROI)."

Whereas Dell Inspiron Notebooks are aggressively priced notebooks that feature some of the latest mobile technologies and options, including wireless networking and are at the cutting edge of their product line,  these features have received less time in use and testing than those incorporated in the Latitude line.  It is for these and other reasons we have chosen to support the Latitude line at this time.