Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) review – trying to boost the popularity of business tablets

Today we have a very intriguing business solution. It can be viewed both as a laptop and as a tablet. And although it bears the “2-in-1” moniker, it doesn’t represent your regular laptop with 360° hinges.

In fact, it’s more similar to a tablet. In order to work in its laptop form, you need to pop the kickstand and use the supplied keyboard deck. Unlike the Microsoft Surface Go 2, however, it has a proper 15W Comet Lake U processor inside. Furthermore, it is actively cooled by a single fan, and most of the top half has holes for ventilation.

Of course, one of the most important features of the device is its touchscreen 3:2 1280p display. Later on, we are going to check its properties, and see how well it behaves.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-12-7210-2-in-1/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) - Specs

  • 6R3F2-LQ123N1 (SHP14E0)
  • Color accuracy  4.4  0.8
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 16GB
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
  • Battery
  • 38Wh, 2-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 292 x 208.8 x 9.35 mm (11.50" x 8.22" x 0.37")
  • Weight
  • 0.85 kg (1.9 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • Card reader
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5 Combo Jack
  • Docking Port
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • Front Facing 5 MP + Rear Facing 8 MP
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphones
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W, Stereo Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Wedge Lock Slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you will find the device, its detachable keyboard deck, as well as a 45W USB Type-C power brick, some paper manuals, and a dedicated stylus.


Design and construction

Obviously, this is not your ordinary Latitude. However, it looks and feels quite premium, thanks to the metal used for the chassis, and the glass cover of the display. It weighs only 850 grams and has a profile of 9.35mm. However, it becomes 15.4mm when you add the detachable keyboard.

It is good to see that the manufacturer views its device as a tablet, thus put an 8MP camera on the back. There is where you can also find the kickstand. Speaking of which, it has a movement of about 150°, which is great. If you turn the device around and view its display, however, you might get a little disappointed. The device has a pretty old look with excessively thick bezels all around the display. And although the top one houses a 5MP camera with an optional IR face recognition sensor.

Now, let’s talk a bit about the keyboard. On its bottom, it has a soft, Alcantara-like material, while the top is made out of metal. This gives it a stunning look but at the same time feels a bit out of place. As for the board, the keys are decent in size, and have decent travel, considering what they are attached to. However, the feedback is a bit mushy.

On the other hand, the touchpad is surprisingly good with its accurate tracking, smooth gliding, and satisfying clicking mechanism.

Ports

On the left side, there are two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, a MicroSD card slot, a volume rocker, and an audio jack. Then, on the top, you will find the power button, while the right side houses a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and a security wedge slot. By the way, there are two stereo speakers, one on each side.


Display quality

Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) in the configuration we tested has a touchscreen IPS display, model number 6R3F2-LQ123N1 (SHP14E0). Its diagonal is 12.3″ (31.2 cm), and the resolution – 1920 x 1280p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 3:2, the pixel density – 216 ppi, their pitch – 0.135 x 0.135 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 46 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Its viewing angles are excellent. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 440 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 406 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 12%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6160K (average) – slightly warmer than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 32% Brightness (White level = 142 cd/m2, Black level = 0.09 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is very good – 1520:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is an essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1)’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 100% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 23 ms

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.


Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1)’s display doesn’t use PWM above 110 nits. This makes it relatively safe and comfortable for prolonged usage.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

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Since our profiles are tailored for each display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) configurations with 12.3″ 6R3F2-LQ123N1 (SHP14E0) (WUGVA+, 1920 x 1280) IPS panel.

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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Sound

Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1)’s speakers produce a crisp sound with decent quality but low maximum volume. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities can be downloaded from here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/latitude-12-7210-2-in-1-laptop/drivers

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with 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. This device has a 38Wh battery pack. It lasts for 11 hours and 40 minutes of Web browsing, and 10 hours and 30 minutes of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.


CPU options

You can buy the 2-in-1 with a Core i3-10110U, Core i5-10210U, Core i5-10310U, Core i7-10610U, or Core i7-10810U.


GPU options

Unsurprisingly, the only graphics card you get is the integrated UHD Graphics 620.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Average FPS 64 fps 36 fps – fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Average FPS 92 fps 40 fps – fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-10210U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) 3.61 GHz (B+126%) @ 92°C 2.72 GHz (B+70%) @ 85°C 1.97 GHz (B+23%) @ 73°C
HP Probook 450 G7 2.54 GHz (B+59%) @ 59°C 2.12 GHz (B+33%) @ 67°C 1.81 GHz (B+13%) @ 72°C
Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IML 3.08 GHz (B+93%) @ 73°C 3.00 GHz (B+88%) @ 82°C 2.55 GHz (B+59%) @ 80°C
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 3.04 GHz (B+90%) @ 97°C 2.10 GHz (B+31%) @ 97°C 2.12 GHz (B+33%) @ 79°C
ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 3.26 GHz (B+104%) @ 94°C 2.77 GHz (B+73%) @ 98°C 2.06 GHz (B+29%) @ 71°C
Dell Vostro 5590 3.50 GHz (B+119%) @ 94°C 2.68 GHz (B+68%) @ 97°C 2.36 GHz (B+48%) @ 79°C
Lenovo Yoga C740 (14) 3.09 GHz (B+93%) @ 96°C 2.66 GHz (B+66%) @ 97°C 1.96 GHz (B+23%) @ 71°C

Despite its small form factor, the Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1) showed decent cooling capacity, when compared to other notebooks.

Comfort during full load

Indeed the fan was spinning swiftly, which resulted in some noise. This by itself makes it louder than the practically silent tablets from Microsoft. And while the 40°C temperature on the backside of the tablet may not seem like a lot, we don’t see it as particularly comfortable. However, the big perk here is the cool keyboard, which does not have direct contact with any heating element.


Verdict

There is a lot to be said about this device. Before we start, we have to mention the use of last-gen processors. This will definitely cripple the performance of the machine, especially compared to the graphics power of the Tiger Lake CPU’s integrated solutions.

However, for strictly business use, the laptop seems more than okay. Actually, a “laptop” doesn’t seem to be a suitable term for what this device really is. Instead, it is a tablet that functions as a laptop thanks to its surprisingly good detachable keyboard, and stable adjustable stand.

Dell Latitude 12 7210 (2-in-1)’s touchscreen IPS panel has a decent resolution for its size, wide viewing angles, and a maximum brightness in excess of 400 nits. Additionally, its contrast ratio is good and manages to cover the sRGB gamut completely. Interestingly, the color accuracy was way off by default. However, our Gaming and Web design profile are really helpful, as it brings the Average dE from 4.4 down to 0.8, which is right into the standard. And while the panel uses PWM, it does so only below 110 nits of brightness.

Also, it is impressive that there are two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, as well as a MicroSD card reader, and a full-size USB Type-A port. And although the memory is soldered to the motherboard, you get one M.2 slot for storage upgrades.

In terms of portability, this machine is a champ. It is extremely light – at about 850 grams. Also, it offers optional LTE and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. However, the weird thing about it is its design. The bezels around the display remind us of the tablets back in 2015. Yes, it is a last-gen product, but even in 2020, this type of look already looked dated.

We are not sure if Dell is going to offer an updated version of this device. Or if such machines even make sense, considering the fact that conventional 2-in-1s provide a similar if not better experience (minus the back camera).

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-12-7210-2-in-1/

Pros

  • Light and strong metal chassis
  • Covers 100% of sRGB colors (SHP14D2) and has a great color accuracy with our profiles
  • 12+ hours of battery life
  • Windows Hello thanks to the IR face recognition
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 connection + MicroSD card reader
  • Optional LTE support
  • Good detachable keyboard + Pen inside the box
  • 8MP back camera + 5MP on the front


Cons

  • Soldered memory
  • Last-gen hardware
  • Dated design

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