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Slight unevenness between materials can be spotted on the rear of our specific test unit, but its occurrence is insignificant and only superficial.
We can't help but to have expected at least some improvement over its immediate predecessor in this regard.
Best Displays , for University Students. In terms of size and weight, the Latitude is not significantly larger or heavier than its closest competitors.
This is generally expected from a business notebook as the design is not a race to the thinnest or lightest, but to the most functional and unyielding.
Overall dimensions have changed very little from the outgoing Latitude E while managing to shave off about g to g due partly to the removal of the proprietary docking port.
Ports are evenly distributed around the three edges of the notebook with one USB 3. Thunderbolt 3 support is optional but recommended to further increase the versatility of the notebook.
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Please, switch off ad blockers and support us! Nonetheless, transferring 1 GB worth of data from our SD card to desktop will still take about 12 seconds since the mechanical drive is a bottleneck to write speeds.
An inserted SD card sits flush against the notebook edge to allow safe carrying without damaging or bending the card.
Our test unit comes equipped with the Intel capable of theoretical transfer rates of up to Mbps. A real-world test standing one meter away from our Linksys EA router returns a transfer rate of Mbps and we experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the unit.
Wigig, however, is not compatible with the Intel Both Dell and HP have been pushing multi-factor authentication to make unauthorized entries more difficult.
No included extras are in the box outside of a Quick Start guide and AC adapter. Users may want to consider configuring with Thunderbolt 3 compatibility in order to utilize external docking stations and 4K monitors since the Latitude has dropped the dedicated E-port found on the older E Serviceability is straightforward as the bottom panel comes off easily with only a Philips screwdriver.
When compared to the E, the has relocated its ventilation grilles to the rear where of the unit where exhaust will be less noticeable.
Dell provides a handy manual for users who wish to disassemble the notebook further. As usual, Dell offers extensive warranty options for its business-class products.
The standard one-year limited warranty can be extended to up to five years with optional data protection software and accidental damage protection.
Both the layout and feel of the keyboard keys are untouched from previous iterations. This is far from being a complaint, however, as we've always found the keyboards on the Latitude 55x0 series to be firm with solid feedback.
Clatter is relatively quiet and the keys themselves are rigid and do not wiggle in place. When comparing directly to the keyboard of the XPS 15 , the one on the Latitude offers deeper travel, lower-pitched clatter, and stronger tactile feedback when pressed.
Users who are frequently typing long emails should find the Latitude to be very comfortable to use. A two-level white backlight comes standard across all SKUs.
Backlighting is even from one corner to the other with no dead zones. The firm trackpad Multi-touch inputs are reliable and applying pressure on the trackpad will not significantly warp its surface.
The familiar pointing stick is still available should users prefer it. The five dedicated mouse keys surrounding the touchpad are not as impressive.
While feedback is very quiet, the keys feel spongy to press. The front two keys in particular wiggle in place more than we would like and feel cheap compared to the rest of the notebook.
Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this particular panel if display quality is an important part of the purchase. Contrast is low, backlight is merely average, and colors are poor.
Even subjectively we can tell that the panel is in dire need of calibration with its shallow colors, overly cool color temperature, and muddy blacks.
The HD display has only minor graininess issues that are often present on matte panels. Pulse-width modulation is detectable on all brightness levels except maximum and so users sensitive to onscreen flickering may want to consider running the notebook permanently on its maximum brightness setting or purchase another notebook entirely.
This is comparable to most TN panels found on cheap laptops and netbooks whereas modern Ultrabooks tend to cover a wider range of the sRGB standard for deeper and more accurate colors.
The entry-level Latitude configuration is definitely not recommended for digital graphics work. Further display measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal very inaccurate colors and gayscale out of the box.
Color temperature in particular is much too cool, which is common amongst inexpensive TN panels. A calibration improves both colors and grayscale dramatically as shown by our results below.
Blue, unfortunately, remains very inaccurate and will appear more violet than it should despite our calibration efforts.
Colors will become increasingly inaccurate the higher the saturation level due to the panel's imperfect sRGB coverage.
The display backlight flickers at There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting. The frequency of If PWM was detected, an average of minimum: Outdoor visibility is poor because of the combination of a dim backlight and low contrast ratio.
Texts and images appear washed out even if working under shade let alone on an overcast day or under direct sunlight. Likewise, the limited TN viewing angles make it more difficult to reduce glare without impacting color quality.
While Dell does not specify on its product page, we can only assume that SKUs with the p panel will be brighter than the p SKU we have on hand.
The performance gap between these two processor classes is significant especially for multi-threaded loads, so users intending to purchase the for anything other than word processing, streaming, or conferencing may want to consider a HQ-class CPU for faster performance if running more demanding applications.
CPU performance from the iU is in line with other notebooks equipped with the same CPU, so there is no manufacturer-imposed throttling to limit raw processing performance.
The CPU is about 10 percent faster than the Skylake iU in both single- and multi-threaded workloads according to CineBench benchmarks. Moving up to the iU or iU will only bring about minimal performance boosts especially in multi-threaded workloads.
Since we currently have no notebook in our database with the iHQ , we've included the similar iHQ from the MacBook Pro 15 in the comparison below.
Running CineBench in a loop results in no CPU performance degradation over time as shown by our graph below. Scores remain steady and anything otherwise would have left us very disappointed since this is an entry-level low-power configuration.
See our dedicated CPU page on the iU for more technical information and benchmark comparisons. PCMark ranks our Dell configuration in the same ballpark as its closest competitors without any notable discrepancies in final scores.
We experienced no software or hardware hitches during our time with the test unit. A total of three internal storage bays are available in the form a 2.
Note that the M. Performance is also not significantly better than the last generation HD Graphics in the Miix Pro , so users shouldn't expect any notable leaps in gaming performance when jumping from Skylake to Kaby Lake integrated graphics.
We stress the notebook with unrealistically high processing loads to identify for any potential throttling issues.
When under Prime95 load, the CPU is able to maintain a clock rate of 3. This drop to 2. Core temperature appears to plateau at a relatively cool 65 C and never any higher.
It would be interesting to see if SKUs with the faster quad-core iHQ will also plateau at a core temperature in the 65 C range. If so, this could potentially have a negative impact on the Turbo Boost performance of the Latitude The fan is always active during low loads at around 32 dB A , which is still quiet enough to be tolerable in a home or office setting.