Three are the vital components of a great business notebook: security, stability, and reliability. The main purpose of such a laptop is to keep your information and data safe, so it doesn’t need to best hardware or stunning looks.
This, however, didn’t stop Dell from giving the Latitude 14 5420 the Tiger Lake treatment, while keeping the older Comet Lake-U CPUs as well. While it isn’t the most premium device, it makes up for that by offering excellent battery life and performance.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Dell Latitude 14 5420.
4 reasons to BUY the Dell Latitude 14 5420
The laptop offers two SODIMM slots, one of which is already full. Both of them can handle up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM in total, running at dual-channel mode. There is also a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot, for future SSD upgrades.
Here is our teardown video, which shows exactly how the upgrade process goes. It gives all the info you need, in order to safely get access to both the SODIMM and SSD slots.
2. Battery life
Where this laptop shined, is with its battery life. While the size of the battery unit won’t suggest exactly that, sitting at 63Wh. It performed amazingly in our battery tests, lasting for 18 hours and 53 minutes of Web browsing, and 11 hours and 49 minutes of video playback. As with all of our tests, we have the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
It’s safe to say that the laptop can last through two workdays, without a charger, no problem.
You get a pretty wide I/O, which is split between the left, rear, and right sides. On the left, you will find two Thunderbolt 4 ports, along with an optional Smart Card reader. On the other side, there is a security slot, an RJ-45 connector, one HDMI 2.0 port, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader. On the back, you can see a SIM card tray.
4. Input devices
The laptop comes with a pretty great keyboard + touchpad combo, which is essential for office work. The keyboard has pretty large keycaps, decently long key travel, and clicky feedback, which is also pretty quiet, making for a quiet office atmosphere. The touchpad is also quite good, having a smooth surface, which offers decent gliding and accurate tracking. However, it does lack dedicated buttons, which would have been appreciated.
1 reason NOT to buy the Dell Latitude 14 5420
Dell has you choosing between two displays, both with a 14-inch diagonal and an IPS panel. The first one has a 768p resolution, while the second bumps that up to Full HD. Our device was equipped with the Full HD display, which had comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 283 nits in the middle of the display, and 263 nits as an average for the entire area of the display. The contrast ratio is quite high, sitting at 1350:1.
Sadly, the laptop covers only 53% of the sRGB color gamut.
The color accuracy was pretty off with the factory settings, with a dE value of 6.0. When we applied our Design and Gaming profile, the dE value dropped down significantly, reaching 3.6, which still is nowhere near the standard. Here are the results of our test, with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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Oltre a ricevere profili efficienti e rispettosi della salute, comprando i prodotti di LaptopMedia sostenete anche lo sviluppo dei nostri laboratori, dove testiamo i dispositivi per produrre le recensioni più obiettive possibili.
Lavoro in ufficio
Lavoro in ufficio dovrebbe essere usato soprattutto dagli utenti che passano la maggior parte del tempo a guardare pezzi di testo, tabelle o semplicemente a navigare. Questo profilo mira a fornire una migliore distinzione e chiarezza mantenendo una curva gamma piatta (2.20), una temperatura di colore nativa e colori percettivamente accurati.
Design e gioco
Questo profilo è rivolto ai designer che lavorano professionalmente con i colori, e anche per giochi e film. Design and Gaming porta i pannelli di visualizzazione ai loro limiti, rendendoli il più accurati possibile nello standard sRGB IEC61966-2-1 per Web e HDTV, al punto di bianco D65.
Salute-Guardia elimina la nociva Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) e riduce la luce blu negativa che colpisce i nostri occhi e il nostro corpo. Essendo personalizzato per ogni pannello, riesce a mantenere i colori percettivamente accurati. Salute-Guardia simula la carta, quindi la pressione sugli occhi è notevolmente ridotta.