Dell Latitude 13 7310 review – you can get it in aluminum or carbon fiber outfit

Even in late 2020, some manufacturers are refusing to equip their devices with the latest and greatest in terms of technology. Dell is one such example, that instead of going for the Tiger Lake, or even the Ice Lake 10nm chips, has chosen the old 14nm architecture of the Comet Lake-U processors from Intel. And the device we have in mind, in this case, is the Latitude 13 7310. A rather expensive business laptop, that has all of the goodies, that come with the Latitude series in terms of security.

In fact, the laptop features the EspressSign-in sensor, which detects your presence and unlocks the device and wakes up the notebook from sleep, and then uses the IR face recognition system to log in, without you even having to touch it – pretty impressive. Additionally, you get the benefits of a fingerprint reader, a privacy shutter on the camera, as well as all of the software Dell has preinstalled for you.

On the other side, we can still see configurations equipped with a 768p TN panel, which is a disgrace for the money you are expected to pay. So, even without getting deep into this review, we want to advise – skip the TN panel, and go for the 1080p IPS one.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-7310/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 13 7310 - Specs

  • Innolux 133HCG-MF95F (CMN1390)
  • Color accuracy  2.6  0.6
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 1000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
  • Battery
  • 52Wh, 4-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 306.5 x 203.2 x 17.5 ~ 18.2 mm (12.07" x 8.00" x 0.69")
  • Weight
  • 1.22 kg (2.7 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Thunderbolt 3, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.0
  • Card reader
  • mSD, mSDHC, mSDXC
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5 Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • optional
  • Web camera
  • Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Microphones
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W, Stereo Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you’ll see a 65W USB Type-C power brick, as well as some paper manuals.


Design and construction

Obviously, when you pay a huge amount of green stuff for a laptop, you should be expecting quality. And here, Dell has not fallen short to deliver. You get two choices, provided that your retailer gives you any choice, nonetheless. The first is to get a carbon-fiber body with the other being aluminum. Here, we have the latter, and we can’t say we were disappointed. It is cool to the touch, feels premium, and has a strong structure. At the same time, it weighs only 1.22 kg and has a profile of 17.5-18.2mm, making it a fairly portable machine.

Thankfully, the lid of the notebook opens easily with a single hand, and we found something interesting. The entire frame that surrounds the matte display has a rubberized finish. Another thing worth mentioning is that the bezels are relatively thin, and the top one houses the IR face recognition sensors, the HD camera, as well as the optional “smart” proximity sensor. And despite the resistance to flex, we found something peculiar. The lid features a mechanism similar to the ASUS ZenBook series, and the Swift 5 series of Acer – the backside of the base lifts up to ensure a better airflow to the fans. Unfortunately, in order to make it work, you have to open the lid to what feels like 120°, which a bit uncomfortable in most scenarios.

Next, we have the keyboard. Here, we noticed a slight deck flex, but honestly – nothing to worry about. The key travel was a bit short, but the clicky feedback makes the entire experience comfortable. Well, the keycaps, themselves are slightly smaller than average, but at least, the unit features a backlight with two brightness settings. By the way, the Power button, which is placed in the top right corner, doubles as a fingerprint reader.

Further down below, you have the touchpad. It has a glass surface, which offers very good gliding, but we felt a bit of latency of the input.

And when you turn the laptop upside down, you’ll find the ventilation grill, as well as the speaker cutouts. One pleasant surprise was that the exhaust vents were placed on the back, and when they are unobstructed when you choose to use the laptop with a closed lid and external display.

Ports

On the left side, there is one HDMI 2.0 connector, followed by two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, both being able to supply power in and out, and outputting a DisplayPort signal. Then, there is the MicroSD card reader and the optional SmartCard reader. Switch sides, and you’ll find a Wedge-shaped security slot, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an Audio Jack, and an optional SIM card tray.


Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

To get inside of this device, you need to undo 8 captive Phillips-head screws. Then, pop the bottom panel open, starting the prying process from the hinges.

The cooling here includes two relatively thin heat pipes, a very small heat spreader, and a tiny fan. Interestingly, there is a metal bracket covering the CPU slot, as well as the memory chips. And while the storage can be upgraded via the M.2 PCIe x4 slot, you won’t be able to add more RAM. This notebook is sold with up to 32GB of dual-channel memory, but all of it is soldered to the motherboard, which kind of sucks.

As far as the battery goes, Dell has supplied this laptop with a 52Wh unit.


Display quality

Dell Latitude 13 7310 is equipped with a Full HD IPS panel, Innolux 133HCG-MF95F (CMN1390). Its diagonal is 13.3-inch (33.78 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, their pitch – 0.153 х 0.153 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 53 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Viewing angles are excellent on this screen. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 300 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 273 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 16% in the top left corner, which is unacceptable. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 7400K – colder than the 6500K standard temperature 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 47% Brightness (White level = 140 cd/m2, Black level = 0.107 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 excellent – 1300:1.

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. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the 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 13 7310’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 98% 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 13 7310 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 = 32 ms.


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 13 7310’s display uses PWM to adjust its brightness until 75 nits. Thankfully, the flickerings have a high frequency and are not harmful in this aspect.

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.

Conclusion

Dell Latitude 13 7310’s IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio, and 98% of sRGB coverage. Additionally, it only uses high-frequency PWM until 75 nits, which is nearly ideal. Moreover, our Gaming and Web design profile helps it reach incredibly high color accuracy with an Average dE of 0.6. This makes the panel appropriate for designers, photo and video editors, architects, and e-commerce traders, looking for the most accurate color representation. However, its biggest disadvantage is the lack of uniformity of the colors across the area of the display, which declassifies the panel for design work.

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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.

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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 13 7310’s speakers sound pretty well. However, its low, mid, and high tones have some deviations from clarity.


Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/latitude-13-7310-2-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 notebook’s 52Wh battery pack lasts for 17 hours of Web browsing and 15 hours and 50 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

This laptop comes equipped with one of the following: Core i5-10210U, Core i5-10310U, Core i7-10610U, or Core i7-10810U.

Dell Latitude 13 7310 CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Dell Latitude 13 7310 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell Latitude 13 7310 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


GPU options

In terms of graphics, you only get the integrated Intel UHD Graphics.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Average fps 52 fps 30 fps – fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Average fps 72 fps 34 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 i5-10310U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 13 7310 3.52 GHz (B+107%) @ 89°C 2.31 GHz (B+36%) @ 77°C 2.06 GHz (B+21%) @ 71°C
Dell Latitude 14 9410 2-in-1 3.28 GHz (B+93%) @ 97°C 2.68 GHz (B+58%) @ 98°C 1.63 GHz @ 74°C
Dell Latitude 13 5310 3.26 GHz (B+92%) @ 85°C 2.58 GHz (B+52%) @ 89°C 2.27 GHz (B+34%) @ 85°C
Dell Latitude 15 5510 3.39 GHz (B+99%) @ 88°C 2.49 GHz (B+46%) @ 79°C 1.83 GHz (B+8%) @ 65°C

We were surprised by the high clock speeds at the beginning. All in all, the tiny fan and heat spreader managed to do the job, with a clock speed at the end of above 2.00 GHz and a temperature of a tad over 71C.

Comfort during full load

Although the laptop doesn’t get too warm on the outside, we found the fan to be ramping up quite rapidly even when there is only a light load applied.


Verdict

As we said at the beginning of the review, we are not entirely happy with Dell’s decision to pair this notebook with Comet Lake-U processors. However, even though it doesn’t provide great performance, you have efficiency. Our unit got 17 hours of Web browsing out of the battery. And if you are on a movie marathon, it will last you about 15 hours and 50 minutes. Yep, this translates into roughly two light workdays of use.

Dell Latitude 13 7310’s IPS panel (Innolux 133HCG-MF95F (CMN1390)) has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio, and 98% of sRGB coverage. Additionally, it only uses high-frequency PWM until 75 nits, which is nearly ideal. Moreover, our Gaming and Web design profile helps it reach incredibly high color accuracy with an Average dE of 0.6. This makes the panel appropriate for designers, photo and video editors, architects, and e-commerce traders, looking for the most accurate color representation. However, its biggest disadvantage is the lack of uniformity of the colors across the area of the display, which declassifies the panel for design work. Well, you are hardly going to use the laptop for video editing, or 3D modeling either, since the power it provides is not great.

One of the great things about the device is its premium feel and rigid structure. Our particular unit had an aluminum chassis, which is lightweight, rather thin, and very strong. Additionally, you can get the Latitude 13 7310 with a Carbon fiber body, which should have relatively similar properties, albeit probably being a bit lighter.

Also, you have two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, a standard USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, optional LTE support, a MicroSD card reader, an HDMI connector, M.2 PCIe x4 slot for storage upgrades, Wi-Fi 6 support, and much more. According to Dell, one of the highlights of the model is the proximity sensor that detects your presence and activates the IR face recognition sensors, thus unlocking the device as soon as it detects, and confirms it is you in front of it.

Here, as well as on other Dell products, we found this to work flawlessly. However, there is one feature that is less…flawless. The mechanism that lifts the backside of the base. Not that it is going to affect your day-to-day use, but if a company is going to put a feature, it is better working than not, right? In this case, you just need to open the lid too further away, so that it becomes uncomfortable for use.

So, ladies and gents, before you make your boss buy you this device, wait a couple of days, when we release our review of the HP EliteBook 830 G7, which sounds very promising on paper.

Pros

  • Premium build materials (aluminum or carbon fiber)
  • Excellent battery life
  • PCIe x4 support
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 connectors and a MicroSD card reader
  • 98% of sRGB coverage and great color accuracy with our Gaming and Web design profile (Innolux 133HCG-MF95F)
  • Doesn’t use aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment (Innolux 133HCG-MF95F)


Cons

  • RAM is soldered to the motherboard
  • High deviation in luminance in the top left corner (Innolux 133HCG-MF95F)
  • Rather expensive

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-7310/

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