If you’ve been questioning about whether or not a long-life Qualcomm Snapdragon PC is for you, Dell would love a phrase. Dell’s new 14-inch Latitude 7400 2-in-1 achieves a merely unbelievable 18 hours of battery life utilizing a robust Intel Eighth-gen Whiskey Lake processor. It additionally provides a full complement of ports and a barely gimmicky characteristic known as ExpressSign-in (sure, it’s actually spelled that approach).
As our assessment exhibits, Dell has designed a classy enterprise pocket book optimized for all times on the street. It’s additionally optimized for IT somewhat than private budgets, as our assessment unit clocked in at a whopping $2,800. But if you would like a enterprise laptop computer with all-day battery life and efficiency, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 delivers.
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 primary specs
Other than a surprisingly subpar webcam, Dell’s Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is optimized for the street warrior: A compact kind issue, 1080p show, and an enormous battery imply you’ll have the ability to work for hours.
- Display: 14-inch (1080p) contact
- Processor: Intel 1.9GHz Core i7-8665U (Whiskey Lake)
- Graphics: Intel UHD 620
- Memory: 8GB-16GB LPDDR3 (16GB as examined)
- Storage: 128GB-256GB NVMe PCIe SSD (256GB as examined)
- Ports: Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3, Power Delivery/DisplayPort); Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A; HDMI 1.4; microSD; non-compulsory microSIM WWAN
- Camera: 720p HD Camera (user-facing); Windows Hello succesful
- Battery: 52Wh, 78Wh (78Wh as examined)
- Wireless: Qualcomm QCA61 802.11ac (2×2); Bluetooth
- Operating system: Windows 10 Pro
- Dimensions: 12.59 x 7.87 x 0.59 inches
- Weight: 3.30 kilos, 4.08 kilos with charger (measured)
- Color: Aluminum
- Options: Fingerprint sensor inside energy button; contact smartcard reader
Price: $2,802 (Dell.com) as configured; begins at $2,379
A strong, but chunky construct
The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 invades the long-battery-life territory outlined by Lenovo and Qualcomm’s power-sipping Snapdragon by sheer brute drive. Almost everything of our assessment unit was outlined by its huge 78-watt-hour battery, greater than twice the capability of some competing laptops. That, and a power-sipping show, serves because the Intel ecosystem’s reply to what Qualcomm and its companions promise.
Dell touts the Latitude 7400 because the world’s most compact 14-inch industrial 2-in-1, and that’s most likely correct. What meaning, nevertheless, is that the Latitude 7400 is decidedly chunky, with just a few extra millimeters of Z-height than a thin-and-light design. Dell makes use of this to its benefit, nevertheless, by together with a full cadre of ports.
The Latitude 7400’s 3.3-pound heft, whereas not svelte, weighs lower than anticipated. It’s additionally honest to say that the 78Wh battery possibility will can help you go away the charger at house most often, which might in any other case convey the full journey weight to 4.08 kilos.
Dell’s Latitude 7400 definitely doesn’t appear to be the stereotypical function-over-form enterprise pocket book. The silvery aluminum exterior provides a bit extra type. More and extra pocket book distributors of this technology are trimming the bezels to streamline their merchandise, and the 7400 is not any exception: The facet bezels are simply 0.4mm thick, with a bit extra space (0.6mm) allotted to the highest bezel to accommodate the webcam.
The Latitude 7400’s show additionally emphasizes battery life, with a traditional 1080p show that’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Not solely does the Latitude’s show use extraordinarily low energy, the quantity of sunshine it emits is restricted: Dell charges it at 300 nits, although ours emitted a most of 284 nits. While that’s not sufficient to fight outside glare in the summertime solar, we plopped the Latitude 7400 subsequent to a well-lit window and tapped away with out subject. We didn’t measure its colour accuracy, however after evaluating it to a number of different shows, it matched up properly with a Microsoft Surface Book 2.
All advised, the mix of slim bezels and the compact 14-inch show imply that the chassis measures simply 12.59 inches huge by 7.87 inches deep by as much as 0.59 inches thick. We did not attempt it on an airplane tray desk, however it ought to match simply high-quality. That extra thickness additionally lends Dell’s Latitude 7400 2-in-1 absolute stability, with no detectable flex in any way.
Dell put equal care into the Latitude’s aural ergonomics, too. Dell ships its Power Manager utility contained in the Latitude 7400, with choices for the default Optimized setting, plus “Cool,” “Quiet,” and “Ultra Performance.” I discovered the default Optimized setting not often turned on the system fan even whereas operating benchmarks. Enabling Performance Mode will increase the clock velocity and runs the fan extra incessantly, but fan noise was exceptionally quiet and unobtrusive to the purpose that I needed to cock an ear to even detect it within the IDG workplaces. In the quiet of a house workplace the dearth of fan noise allowed me to listen to a slight, intermittent staticky buzz that louder PCs would have drowned out.
Dell’s ExpressSign-in: A handy gimmick
Dell touts the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 as “the only PC that senses your presence,” with a know-how the corporate calls ExpressSign-in. If configured with Windows Hello, ExpressSign-in will lock your PC mechanically while you stroll away. But it would additionally detect you while you method, then use Windows Hello to log you in.
The know-how makes use of a sensor bundle to find out when there’s nobody close by, then mechanically locks your PC. Windows already does one thing considerably comparable (if enabled through Windows settings): If you pair a cellphone through Bluetooth, Windows can lock you out mechanically as soon as your cellphone goes out of vary. However, Bluetooth’s vary will be lengthy sufficient that Dynamic Lock doesn’t activate till you’re farther away.
ExpressSign-in isn’t that significantly better. It mechanically turns off your PC inside three minutes if it could possibly’t detect anybody in vary. (In testing, it took 1 minute, 3 seconds in an empty workplace.) If somebody wanders by and triggers the sensors earlier than then—poof! your PC is again on, unlocked. Manually locking your PC is more practical, although you may all the time overlook.
ExpressSign-in’s complementary “wake on approach” know-how is considerably gimmicky: As you (or anybody else) nears, sensors detect your method and prepared Windows Hello for fast login. (Otherwise, you’d should faucet the spacebar or energy button, like a savage.) I really like Windows Hello, however ExpressSign-in is the PC’s equal of waving your foot underneath an SUV’s bumper to lift the again hatch. Do you want it? Probably not, although it’s enjoyable and handy.
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