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There’s plenty of latitude with the Latitude

Aug 28. 2019
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By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

A sleek, powerful and compact laptop, the new Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 boasts a 14-inch touch screen that can be fully rotated to rest on the back of its keyboard to morph into a tablet. It can also be rotated into a tent shape and placed on your desk with display and keyboard resting on the surface and function as a tablet with a stand. It’s a handy size as well, just 14.89mm thick and weighing in at only 1.36 kg. 

It is well up to the manhandling too, with a chassis machined from a solid piece of aluminum through a 27-step process that maintains its good looks thanks to hairline-brushed, bead-blasted and diamond-cut finishes.

The laptop uses a new asynchronous hinge system, providing smooth one-handed opening. This design allows it to glide from laptop to tent and then to tablet mode. And the 360-degree hinge design also allows for smaller bottom borders and a larger screen size, allowing Dell to pack a 14-inch display into a 13-inch body.

The 16:9 FHD WVA Touch display has 1920x1080 pixel resolution. It uses anti-reflective and anti-smudge design, is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass and also supports Active Pen stylus, allowing you to draw with precision.

The display is sharp with 300 nits of brightness and the high Full HD resolution is great for watching movies. 

And the laptop is fast for business and general applications in line with its mission of being the ultimate portable computer for office workers on the go.

The one sent to me for review was powered by 8thGeneration Intel Core i7-8665U running at 1.9 GHz and installed with 8 gigabytes of DDR3 working memory or RAM. It uses fast 256GB SSD (solid state drive) storage and an Intel Integrated UHD Graphics 620 graphic engine. Like all new laptops, it runs on Windows 10 Pro operating system.

During the test, I found the Latitude 7400 ran Microsoft Office and other business applications fast and without glitches. HD video clips played smoothly and beautifully on the FHD display. Web pages were also rendered fast.

The laptop comes with MaxxAudio Pro stereo sound system speakers and I was suitably impressed by the quality of the soundtracks of the HD movies I watched. 

The laptop uses Adaptive Thermal Performance (ATP) technology to prevent the computer from overheating. The ATP works with a gyroscope that senses different profiles when in various use modes to intelligently adapt the power from the battery to the style of working, thus enables all-day battery life.

The laptop also comes with double security measures – fingerprint reader and facial recognition so your data is securely protected.

The Latitude 7400 is generous in terms of devices, boasting two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one on each side, plus two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) and an HDMI 1.4 port on the left side and a micro SD 4.40 memory card reader and a microSIM slot on the right side.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has a starting price of Bt63,990, depending on the configuration of CPU, memory and storage.

Key specs:

OS: Windows 10 Pro

CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8665U 1.9 GHz

Graphics: Intel Integrated UHD Graphics 620

Memory: 8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

Storage: 128GB SSD

Display: 14-inch 16:9 FHD (1920x1080) WVA Touch, Anti-reflective and Anti-Smudge, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Super Low Power, 300 nits, Active Pen Support

Sensors: Gyroscope, eCompass/Magnetometer, Accelerometer, GPS (via WWAN Card only), Ambient Light Sensor, Adaptive Thermal Performance (via Gyroscope/Accelerometer), Dell Proximity Sensor (~1 metre)

Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (with PowerShare, USB Type-A) 2 x Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery & DisplayPort (USB Type-C) HDMI 1.4 uSIM card slot (WWAN only) uSD 4.0 Memory card reader Noble Wedge Lock slot

Battery: 4-Cell, 52 WHr6 Polymer, Express Charge capable

Dimensions: 319.77x14.89x199.9mm

Weight: 1.36kgs

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