Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1: All work and no play, however in a great way


Over time, Dell has turn into synonymous with laptops. A lot in order that irrespective of the worth vary or the form of laptop computer one is on the lookout for, there are at all times one or two choices from the device-maker to be thought-about. The vary of merchandise from Dell is one thing that works to its benefit and whereas its laptops might not at all times be the best-looking or the lightest ones within the enterprise, they’re very practical. So once we obtained a chance to overview a Dell product geared toward enterprise prospects and critical professionals, we took it. Enterprise machines needn’t be nice lookers, however want to come back filled with options and safety cowl. The Dell Latitude collection is for critical consumers and the worth displays that too. The ‘2-in-1’ Dell Latitude 5290 is what we examined.

A convertible for enterprise? Don’t be shocked. The Microsoft Floor Professional, the primary identify amongst high-power convertibles, has been utilized by professionals for some time. A strong convertible can swimsuit the wants of massive enterprises in addition to start-ups and executives who’re largely cellular.

Design options

Whereas we’re on cellular, the Latitude 5290 felt a little bit on the heavier facet. Nothing to balk at, and nonetheless very moveable, but it surely felt at house in a backpack quite than a briefcase once we carried it round. That little further weight additionally deters you from holding it up for too lengthy and it’s best set on a desk or a flight’s tray-table (it’s the right measurement for it). It even has a neat kickstand on the again that pops open when pressed down thanks to 2 little buttons and tilts 150 levels to offer customers show flexibility. The darkish gray and black aluminium physique is kind of rugged and Dell advised us that it was constructed to resist drops and tough use, which we most definitely didn’t take a look at.

The 12.3-inch touchscreen is sufficient for work and though some might choose a bigger display, that may take away the portability of the Latitude 5290. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the show is vivid and vivid, and really straightforward on the attention. You’ll be able to work away on the machine for hours collectively with no pressure and given the crisp brightness and readability, we really loved engaged on it — sure, even the mundane paperwork and excel sheets. The 1920 x 1280 decision additionally renders photos and movies very effectively and this the place you begin to want the display was bigger to benefit from the photographs extra.

Ports and buttons are practical and effectively positioned. The ability button is on the highest proper, when the machine is held horizontally, with the magnetic dock for the keyboard on the backside. The left has an everyday USB port and two Sort-C ports which are additionally the charging docks. As soon as the kickstand is flipped open, you uncover that the Latitude 5290 has a microSD card slot positioned under. General, the machine feels strong to carry, and offers a agency grip.

Specs and dealing

Underlining its pill credentials, the Latitude 5290 will get bells and whistles like a gyroscope, a compass, and an accelerometer. However the true deal is the eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor that powered our overview unit. It helps distant administration and is generally constructed for heavy-duty duties. Throughout our expertise with it, there was hardly a hiccough or a stumble within the laptop computer’s functioning and it handles heavy-duty web shopping, together with a number of video-streaming tabs, with ease. Contact was additionally silky clean with no glitch and the stylus that got here with overview unit (to be bought individually in any other case) glided throughout the display when highlighting and making notes. The stylus nonetheless, is usually for workplace use, so designers and artists might need to look elsewhere. The keyboard, which is offered together with the laptop computer at no further value, is kind of mild and it does the job. Nonetheless, the fake leather-based really feel and the plastic-y nature of the keys and the touchpad don’t go effectively with the Latitude 5290’s premium credentials. Nevertheless it works effectively, with adequately spaced keys providing good journey. It’s also back-lit. Like another parts, it feels much like the Microsoft Floor’s keyboard.

Battery life on the laptop computer is what one would count on from such machines — about 4 hours, after a full cost. It isn’t nice shakes, however will swimsuit these flights and cab-rides effectively. Clients can even buy the Dell hybrid adapter energy financial institution that may juice up not simply the laptop computer, however different gadgets as effectively, other than doubling up as an adapter. A helpful addition, however Dell may contemplate providing these equipment bundled with the laptop computer at discounted costs.

On the enterprise entrance, the machine comes with numerous safety features like TPM as normal, and different optionals just like the Dell Knowledge Safety and Administration Software program. On the {hardware} entrance, a contact fingerprint reader is non-obligatory. The Dell SupportAssist is a helpful utility that helps run a prognosis of the machine and likewise offers you replace alerts.

Dell claimed that the machine might be an all-rounder and whereas the show backs that declare, audio is one division the place the Latitude 5290 fell quick, regardless of the presence of Dell Waves Maxx Audio Professional. The audio system sounded weak and may hardly fill a room up. The eight MP and 5 MP digicam set does a great job and might be helpful for convention calls in addition to for sharing fast photographs.

All in all, the 2-in-1 Latitude 5290 is up there with the Microsoft Floor and has been designed for extremely cellular professionals. It’s expensive however numerous top-notch specs and options, together with the eighth-gen Intel Processors, justify that to an extent. If work is worship, this can be a good altar, however if you’re on the lookout for extra than simply work, possibly contemplate praying elsewhere.

Value: ₹1,09,990 (plus GST, contains keyboard)

Professionals: Nice show, high specs and {hardware}, enterprise purposes and safety

Cons: Battery isn’t stellar, barely heavy, weak audio