The E6540 basically has two configurations to choose from; despite the "Customize and Buy" link, their hardware configurations are not customizable/configurable.
Yes, one could work with a Sales Rep (probably only an experienced one that knows what they are doing) to get the configuration needed, but let's be honest - not many people are going to do that and may simply forego the model (or brand) altogether in favor of one they can configure to their liking.
My take on the E6540: If I were to purchase this one, $1800 is too much money to spend, so I would start at the $1000 model - I would want Windows 8.1, 8GB RAM (with only dual-core procs available, 8GB is all I'd need), an SSD, and full HD display. I should be able to configure this for around $1200 - right on budget.
IF I were able to spend $1800 on a laptop, it would not be this one. I would purchase a Precision laptop that has a quad-core/HT processor.
Thank you very much for taking the time to describe the Latitude E6540 configuration problem so well. I am amazed that a Dell person (Robert) could write such a mis-informed response (twice) on this thread.
Dell really seems to have lost the plot on providing good Latitude laptop configurations. If they plan to scrap the Latitude range, I wish they would just withdraw it, not make configuration of a decent configuration impossible.I have since been contacted by Dell management and they are trying to push me to configure Precision laptops instead, which work out over 50% more expensive per laptop than equivalent latitudes.
Its all very frustrating. I have even tried looking at other laptop companies but none seem to provide the old (wonderful) configurable service that Dell used to on sensibly priced business laptops like the Latitude.
Dell management - anyone listening to your customers???
I`ll see if I can find some one to help you.
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I've checked the Latitude 6540's and see that they have quite a lot of features, and I'm not sure what further customization would be needed. http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/latitude-e6540-laptop/pd
Your company should have a dedicated Sales Rep assigned to it, if you've purchased so many products from us. Have you tried speaking to them to help with gettiing your new purchases configured with the customized features you want? If you are unable to contact your Sales Rep, please let me know and I'll have them give you a call. Thanks.
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