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#Fail: New Dell BIOS Updates Bricks Laptops & Desktops 

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 23, 2021 by itnerd

If you have a Dell laptop of desktop, and you were keen on updating the BIOS to make sure you’re up to date, my advice is don’t do it because you run the risk of bricking the machine. Customer reports shared on Dell’s official community website which you can see here and here along with Reddit which you can see here and here, warn that the latest BIOS version which is version 1.14.3 for Latitude laptops, 2.8.0 for Inspiron, and 1.0.18 for Aurora R8) will cause booting issues. The impacted systems will power up, peripheral lights and displays will not turn on. Then when they boot up, they’ll go straight to a blue screen and shut down again.

The unofficial fix until Dell releases an update to address the bugs leading to boot issues is a downgrade to a previous firmware version. A user describes the process to do so here which doesn’t exactly sound easy. But this may not work for everyone. Thus you might be better off contacting Dell if you are in this situation for assistance.

Talk about getting a lump of coal for Christmas.

My Desk Setup – The 2021 Edition

Posted in Products with tags , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2021 by itnerd

Last week, I reviewed the FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk which is a great desk and a serious upgrade to my work from home game. Now I’ve fully set up my desk and I want to show you what that looks like as it really helps me to be productive:

I’m going to start with the FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk. I was able to dial in my ideal position so that I can work in comfort with ease. I highly recommend this desk for that reason alone. But if you want more reasons, I would suggest reading my review on the desk. Let’s go underneath the desk.

With the exception of the desk which is plugged straight into the wall, all the electronics are powered from the APC BackUPS 600. In my condo, I have UPS units all over to protect my various electronics as a UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply will keep your gear running if there is a blackout thanks to the built in battery. Plus it will protect you from power surges and sags thanks to said battery. It also has a USB-A cable that connects to your computer so that if the UPS needs to shut down your computer due to a power event, it can use that cable to send that command to your computer. I highly recommend these to any computer users to make sure that their equipment is protected from any electrical issues.

I have a monitor on my desk which is the Dell E2210Hc monitor. It’s ten years old but still works fine as it does 1920×1080 resolution without a problem. I do plan on upgrading this monitor at some point. But I want to find a monitor that matches the quality of the display on my 16″ MacBook Pro as that display destroys pretty much any monitor including Apple’s own Pro Display XDR. The monitor sits on top of an old Fellowes monitor stand that I am experimenting with and may remove at some point.

The monitor and the UPS connect to my 16″ MacBook Pro via the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Apple. This adapter has a USB-C port, USB-A port, and a HDMI port. So I plugged the monitor into the HDMI port and the UPS into the USB-A port. Then I just plug it into my Mac via a single USB-C cable. It’s a simple solution and works for me. On the other side, I have the USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable that is plugged into the Apple 140W power adapter to keep the MacBook Pro charged.

In front of the monitor is the InvisQi wireless charger that is placed under the desk so that I can charge my iPhone 12 Pro or AirPods Pro. Beside it an Asus mousepad that I got at an Asus event along with a Logitech V470 Bluetooth mouse. It’s a simple mouse powered by two AA batteries that works well for me.

One thing that I needed is storage for things like cables, portable hard drives, tools and the like. That’s where these multi-coloured slide out bins from Really Useful Boxes which I got at Staples comes in. They allow me to keep my stuff such as cables and tools organized so that I can find it when I need it with ease.

Below that, I have a old Rubbermaid clear storage bin which holds more cables. And at the bottom is a Gry Mattr Three Drawer Cabinet that I got at Staples. This holds my files, pens, and assorted stuff. It also can be locked which is a big plus for me.

You’ll also note that I have the usual pens, pencil, stapler, and a cordless phone on my desk. Because people still call me even in 2021.

That’s my desk setup for 2021. In 2022, I can see myself doing a monitor upgrade like I mentioned earlier. And I may alter how that monitor sits on the desk. But what do you think? Do you think I am missing any anything that would up my desk setup game? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Dell Just Patched A 12 Year Old Vulnerability That Exposed Hundreds Of Millions Of Dells To Being Pwned

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2021 by itnerd

If you own a Dell PC, you need to pay attention to this. Hundreds of millions of Dell desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets will need to update their Dell DBUtil driver to fix a 12-year-old vulnerability that exposes systems to attacks:

The bug, tracked as CVE-2021-21551, impacts version 2.3 of DBUtil, a Dell BIOS driver that allows the OS and system apps to interact with the computer’s BIOS and hardware. In a report published today and shared with The Record, security firm SentinelOne said it found a vulnerability in this driver that could be abused to allow threat actors access driver functions and execute malicious code with SYSTEM and kernel-level privileges. Researchers said the DBUtil vulnerability cannot be exploited over the internet to gain access to unpatched systems remotely. Instead, threat actors who gained initial access to a computer, even to a low-level account, could abuse this bug to take full control over the compromised PC — in what the security community typically describes as a privilege escalation vulnerability.

This is a big deal that affects home and business users. Dell has a document that you should read here which speaks to this issue and how to address it. Thus I would strongly suggest any Dell user take heed of this and act accordingly.

Dell Announces The Latitude 7320 Detachable

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 27, 2021 by itnerd

Dell has announced the all new Latitude 7320 Detachable. This is Dell’s latest laptop that will literally enable you to work from anywhere.

Key features include:

  • The latest 11th Gen Intel CoreTM i7 vPro processors
  • 5 MP front-facing camera and a 8 MP rear-facing camera with Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) to bring brighter, sharper visuals to video calls so you can have clear picture quality.
  • Connectivity options include Intel Wi-Fi 6, 4G LTE or eSIM capability with an integrated WWAN.
  • Stylus that It charges to 100% within 30 seconds and will last for up to 90 minutes of continuous usage. 
  • Detachable keyboard that can be used wirelessly
  • AI based Dell Optimizer is included to manage your battery life
  • A bright 500 nit screen screen with ComfortView Plus low blue light technology 
  • Waterborne paint is used on 100% of painted parts. Ocean-bound plastic (25%) and HDPE recycled plastic (75%) comprise our packaging trays. It is EPEAT Gold registered.20

The Latitude 7320 Detachable is available today on, starting at $1,549.00.

New Dell Inspiron Family & XPS 13 OLED Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 13, 2021 by itnerd

Today, Dell Technologies announced a redesigned, new line up of Inspiron laptops and there’s a device for every type of user – from students doing remote learning and parents juggling WFH to young professionals binging the latest shows, blogging, keeping up with friends, etc. Here are the highlights:

  • A variety of sizes and form factors — From 13, 14, 15 and even 16-inch screens, the new Inspiron devices come in minimalist, modern designs to fit all your computing needs.  
  • Packed with the latest PC innovations— A nearly borderless display, expansive keyboard, larger keycaps and spacious touchpad make it easier to view and navigate your content.
  • Look your best while streaming online — An HD webcam helps you look your best even in low-lit environments. Paired with the finely tuned microphone, you’ll come through crisp and clear in all your virtual hangouts. 
  • There’s also an OLED screen version of the XPS 13 for the best viewing experience

Check out the Inspiron blog post for more details.

New Launches From Dell Technologies For Students

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 12, 2021 by itnerd

Dell Technologies made a series of announcements for exciting new devices for students. To support students while they study remote:

  • The New Latitude 3120 offers better performance and speed with Intel’s new Pentium® Silver and Celeron® processors. Available as a laptop or 2-in-1, students can collaborate with the best Wi-Fi technology for video conferencing, audio and learning apps, seamlessly at the same time.
  • The Chromebook 3100 with LTE is Dell Technologies’ first Chromebook for Education with LTE and is designed for those learning from areas that don’t have reliable, or any, internet access.

The Chromebook 3100 with LTE is coming this spring, and Dell isn’t confirming pricing at this time. The Latitude 3120 is coming on January 19, starting at $429 USD.

Dell Technologies Announces New PCs, Monitors & Software Experiences

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 5, 2021 by itnerd

Dell Technologies unveiled new products and software that reimagine work so anyone can perform at their best. With a new portfolio of intelligent, collaborative and sustainable devices, Dell is transforming work experiences to give people greater flexibility to work from anywhere.

Smart computing to improve productivity and collaboration

Intelligent devices learn and respond as you work to enhance your technology experience. Dell further modernizes its commercial portfolio with the exclusive Dell Optimizer software, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to automatically fine-tune application performance, battery life, audio quality and connectivity.

The latest Dell Optimizer features elevate connectivity and collaboration experiences across Dell’s new device portfolio. Intelligent background noise-cancelling and auto-mute features make it easier to collaborate with colleagues, and smart connectivity features like ExpressConnect[6] prioritize bandwidth to your conferencing apps to prevent dropped calls.

Designed as the most collaborative business PCs with the best connectivity experiences, the Latitude 9420comes with a powerful built-in speakerphone andcamera enhancements that provide automatic light correction and background blur so you can feel confident in any video call. Get to work faster with the world’s first PC with Intel® Visual Sensing Technology to offer a more reliable auto wake and lock. Multitask on fast connections with WiFi 6E or 5G LTE. Advanced thermals and 11th Gen Intel Core vPro processors coming in January 2021, based on the Intel® Evo™ platform, provide increased performance and simplified manageability. For those wanting larger screen sizes, the Latitude 7520 now comes in a 15-inch screen and offers a 4K UHD display and optional full high-definition (FHD) camera.

Collaboration is easier and more efficient with the Dell 34 Curved Video Conferencing Monitors, the world’s first 34-inch curved video conferencing monitor certified for Microsoft Teams. Also available in 24-inch and 27-inch sizes, the monitors offer secure facial recognition sign-in and hands-free commands to provide enhanced security and convenience. 

With more people in front of their screens and devices, ComfortView Plus is an always-on, built-in solution that reduces low blue light without sacrificing true-to-life colors. It is available on the new video conferencing monitors, the world’s first 40-inch ultrawide curved 5K2K monitor – the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor – and the new Latitude portfolio.

Built for the planet and you

In line with Dell’s Progress Made Real social impact plan, Dell incorporates sustainable solutions, materials and packaging which has resulted in the industry’s most sustainable commercial PC portfolio. With Dell’s commitment to sustainability spanning design, performance and takeback, you can feel confident buying, using – and when done – recycling your Dell systems.

The new Latitude 5000 series and Precision 3560 take this even further as the first PCs to use bioplastic from tree waste in their design. Produced using a by-product of the paper making process called ‘tall oil,’ these devices feature lids containing 21% bioplastic content, supporting Dell’s moonshot goal that by 2030, more than half of our product content will be made with recycled or renewable materials.  By focusing on the second heaviest part of the device – the lid – Dell can make the largest sustainability impact, reducing the product’s carbon, water and energy footprint, while maintaining Dell’s high reliability, durability and performance standards. Dell estimates all recycled and renewable materials in the Latitude 5000 series will:

  • Reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to those created by driving 24.2 million miles (more than 971 times around the Earth)
  • Save enough energy to power 5,564 homes for a year
  • Conserve enough water to fill 226 Olympic-size pools.

All new commercial PCs and displays are ENERGY STAR® certified and EPEAT® Gold and Silver registered to help you reduce energy use.

Intrinsically protected for secure work

Dell’s longtime intrinsic security approach builds intelligent and automated security deep within each system to provide the industry’s most secure commercial PCs. Now, Dell Technologies security capabilities start at the factory with supply chain security and integrity controls and extend to its built-in safeguards designed to prevent, detect and respond to malicious attacks below and above the operating system.

The Latitude 9420 and 9520 deliver advanced security features like SafeShutter, the industry’s first automatic webcam shutter that knows when to automatically open or close by syncing with your video conferencing applications, so you can work securely and confidently from anywhere. Take control of your privacy with secure mic and mute keys to work confidently from anywhere.

Clever design to reshape the workspace

Dell continues to refine the design of its products to more seamlessly blend into new home office environments. Expanding its award winning, modular form factor design that hides the PC in the monitor stand, the new OptiPlex 3090 Ultrais a cost-effective solution for small businesses and educators. It joins the intelligent OptiPlex 7090 Ultra, which now supports up to four 4k monitors at once.

Modernized to meet your needs

Dell Technologies Unified Workspace supports organizations as they continue their modernization journey. For deployment, security, management and support, Unified Workspace provides a tried-and-true approach to modernizing the endpoint environment and optimizing employee experiences.

Dell PCaaS provides these latest devices with full lifecycle services including support and software and responsible retirement at an affordable, predictable monthly cost. This gives companies the ability to refresh their devices every 36 months while ensuring employees have the right device for their work to be productive and collaborative anywhere.

Additional Dell news:

In case you missed it, check out Dell’s additional news and announcements:

  • New Dell UltraSharp and Collaboration Series monitors help power users and multi-taskers to work more seamlessly and collaborate in new ways. Learn more here.
  • Dell Technologies ushers in the Renaissance of the PC, an era that delivers new customer experiences never possible before. Learn more here.
  • New neurological research exploring people’s relationship with technology helps businesses combat employee burnout and improve the bottom line.Learn more here and here.
  • Dell’s Experience Innovation Group doubles down on the circular approach to sustainability to reduce future e-waste. Learn more here.
  • Dell’s Experience Innovation Group shares its visions for the future of work in – and beyond – the office. Learn more here.

Product pricing & availability

  • Latitude 9420, available in spring 2021, starting at $1,949. Latitude 9520, pricing and product available in spring 2021.
  • Latitude 7520, available January 12, 2021, starting at $1,649.
  • Latitude 5420, available January 12, 2021, starting at $1,049.
  • OptiPlex 3090 Ultra and OptiPlex 7090 Ultra, available January 28, 2021, starting at $659 and $769 respectively.
  • Precision 3560, available January 12, 2021, starting at $1,189.
  • Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD Monitor (U4021QW) available January 28, 2021, starting at $2,099.99.
  • Dell 24 Video Conferencing Monitor (C2422HE), Dell 27 Video Conferencing Monitor (C2722DE)Dell 34 Curved Video Conferencing Monitor (C3422WE) all available February 16, 2021, starting at $519.99 (C2422HE), $719.99 (C2722DE) and $1,149.99 (C3422WE).

Early Access Black Friday Deals from Dell Technologies

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 13, 2020 by itnerd

Whether for work, play or learning, Dell Technologies has you covered!

Dell Technologies launched their #EarlyAccess Black Friday deals available on Shop the lowest prices of the season all the way till December 7.

Please note, Doorbusters are updated with new offers everyday!

Below you will find more information on our top picks for your reference and stay tuned for more upcoming offers.

Aurora R10 (AMD) R7/16/2+512/3080/1000w

  • Original: $3,399.99
  • Final: $2,299.99
  • Discount: $1,100

Alienware 27 Monitor – AW2720HF        

  • Original: $809.99             
  • Final: $529.99
  • Discount: $280

Dell G5 Desktop i7|16|1+512|1660S

  • Original: $1,899.99 
  • Final: $1,399.99
  • Discount: $500

Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop i7| NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070| 15.6 inch FHD| 512GB SSD

  • Original: $2,338.99
  • Final: $1,849.99
  • Discount: $489

XPS 13 Laptop i7-1065G7 | 13.4″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) | 8GB

  • Original: $2099.99 
  • Final: $1,749.99 
  • Discount: $350

New Inspiron 15 7000 11th gen i5| 15.6-inch FHD| 512 SSD | Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

  • Original: $1088.99
  • Final: $849.99
  • Discount: $239

Please note all the above prices are in CAD.

A Sneak Peek Of Black Friday Deals From Dell Technologies

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

With this year’s holiday season fast approaching, Dell Technologies’ focus is simple: provide technology at a great value for the entire family! Whether for work, play or learning, Dell Technologies will start Black Friday deals earlier than ever and offer new ways to shop directly on for the lowest prices of the year spanning seven weeks

Starting now, catch a sneak peek of Black Friday deals available for consumers. Please find below more information on Dell’s top picks and stay tuned for more upcoming offers.

Alienware M15 R3 i7 6C|16|1TBSSD|RTX2060|FHD 144Hz No GYSNC|240W            

  • Original – $2,899.99       
  • Savings – $600

Dell G5 15 Gaming i5|8|256|1660Ti| 240w|FHD 120Hz (250n)|AX201|BLACK   

  • Original $1,538.99
  • Savings – $339

XPS 13 9300 i7|8|256 M.2 SSD|UMA UHD|NOODD|Wifi6 AX1650||FHD NT|silver

  • Original – $1,799.99
  • Savings – $200

Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 i5|8|256 SSD|UMA|NOODD|Wifi 6|FHD T|METAL            

  • Original – $1,088.99       
  • Savings – $209

Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C Monitor – U2520D

  • Original – $639.99
  • Savings – $210

Please note all the above prices are in CAD.

New Dell UltraSharp Monitors & Meeting Space Solutions Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 6, 2020 by itnerd

New displays and meeting systems from Dell Technologies help creatives and office professionals work productively and comfortably in hybrid work environments.

According to IDC research, 81% of employees believe monitors with higher resolution, better ergonomics and color improve the overall working experience. This expanded UltraSharp portfolio features state-of-the art technology, including mini-LED, built-in colorimeter and low blue light reduction screens.

As world’s number one monitors brand for seven years running, Dell offers an end-to-end ecosystem of collaboration tools that can meet the needs of every worker and offers the most EPEAT® Gold registered monitors globally.  

Exceptional color accuracy, contrast and precision for creatives

Design professionals rely on color accurate displays to produce their creative masterpieces. The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) is the world’s first professional monitor with 2K mini-LED direct backlit dimming zones4 where the individually controlled backlight zones on the monitor provide contrast with deep blacks and bright whites. 

With the widest DCI-P3 color coverage in a professional monitor at 99.8%, 4K resolution and VESA DisplayHDR 1000, the 32-inch UltraSharp enables precise and uniform color reproduction of film and video content. It is the world’s first 31.5-inch professional monitor with a built-in Calman® Powered colorimeter giving creators the flexibility of on-demand or scheduled calibration with or without the PC attached.  

Enhanced eye comfort and broader screen space for desk-centric professionals

For desk-centric professionals who frequently work with spreadsheets and data-driven tasks, the Dell UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub Monitor (U2421E) and Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Hub Monitor(U3421WE) offers the ideal balance between comfort and functionality.

Designed with wellness in mind, the 24-inch UltraSharp Monitor has a 16:10 aspect ratio and is Dell’s first monitor with ComfortView Plus – a built-in, TÜV Rheinland-certified Hardware Low Blue Light solution that maintains color accuracy on the screen and minimizes blue light emission to optimize eye comfort. The 16:10 aspect ratio in this 24-inch InfinityEdge display provides more on-screen real estate. The 34-inch UltraSharp Monitor features WQHD resolution, 95% DCI-P3 color coverage and delivers an immersive audiovisual experience with three-sided ultra-thin borders and built-in dual speakers.

Meeting Space Solutions for seamless onsite and remote collaboration

As offices gradually return to site, businesses will need to reconfigure their meeting spaces to better support essential onsite employees collaborating with colleagues who may be best served working from home. 

Dell’s newest Meeting Space Solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms offers a complete group collaboration ecosystem that includes the OptiPlex 7080 Micro running the Teams Room experience on Windows, Dell Large Format Monitors as well as audio and video peripherals. With proximity detection and one-touch join, employees can start meetings on time and instantly project content in the room and to virtual participants. 

Plug and play magnetic soundbar

New P-series monitors (P2721QP3221D, P3421W) and the new 24-inch UltraSharp monitor can be paired with our latest audio innovation – the Dell Slim Soundbar (SB521A)– which attaches magnetically to the bottom of the display and allows users to tilt, swivel and pivot the monitor without the soundbar getting in the way. As the world’s slimmest and lightest soundbar5 the powerful 3.6W speakers deliver high quality sound in an easy plug and play setup – no software required.

Availability and pricing:

  • The UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) is available on Nov. 5, 2020 worldwide starting at $4,999.99 USD.
  • The UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub Monitor (U2421E) is available now worldwide starting at $449.99 USD.
  • The UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Hub Monitor (U3431WE) is available on Dec. 1, 2020 worldwide starting at $1,199.99USD.
  • The Dell Meeting Space Solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms is available on Oct. 15 worldwide. Contact Dell sales representatives for pricing.
  • The Dell Slim Sound bar (SB521A) is available now worldwide starting at $54.99 USD.