The Latitude 7000 series was once dels top end business laptop for executives and others looking for a great looking solidly built corporate fleet. Notebook. The top spot, however, has since been taken over by Dell’s New Latitude 9000 series, which was introduced in 2020 and just reviewed on P.c, Match.com. But the 7000 series continues on as a premium line for corporate users. Dell just updated it.
The four in the 74 10 model number tells you that this is a 14 inch laptop.
Dell has also updated the 7000 line at other screen sizes. So just 12 and 13 inches. And you can get these machines as classic clamshell laptops or as a two and one models with screens that rotate into tablet mode.
The one we have here is a clamshell. But the big difference with this lattitude model this time around is that it has the option for a four K screen. Our test unit had it and it rang up at a bit over two thousand dollars at twenty one eighty nine.
That’s a pretty hefty price for a productivity laptop. So what does that get you?
Like always. Latitude seven thousands are all about how they’re built. The body construction on this machine is first rate.
It’s all aluminum. And his past military standard tests for shock, vibration, extreme temperatures and other environmental hazards.
The light metal helps keep the weight down, but there’s a consequence for the semi rugged design. The 74 10 is not particularly light for a laptop at the 14 inch screen size. At three point one pounds, the four K screen is really the thing that sets this test machine apart, though the bezels are really thin and the panel itself is super crisp, especially considering the high resolution at the relatively small screen size.
The panel is covered by Gorilla Glass to protect it from everyday harm. It also has a low blue light feature
to take it easy on your eyes when you’re working for long stretches into the night.
The other aspect of this Fourcade display that’s interesting is that Dell rates it as a low power consumption panel. We’ve done pretty often that a Fourcade display really kills a laptop battery life, because if the push that many more pixels versus, say, a 10 ATP screen and this screens efficiency was indeed illustrated in our battery down test.
The machine lasted for 13 and a half hours, running video straight through. That’s not extraordinary overall for a business laptop, but it’s excellent for one with a four K screen.
As for the components inside, Dell offers the 70 10 with a variety of parts and the low end model started a little over 15 hundred.
Our model we tested had an Ice Lake Intel Core AI seven, processor 16 gigs of main memory and a five hundred twelve gig solid state drive.
Labs performance tests showed it right on par with core ICE seven equipped business laptops from its competitors, including some from Intel’s previous generation. One place that this machine doesn’t skimp on is connectivity. You get to USGBC ports on one side and two USP eight ports on the other.
Along with a full size HDMI port, the laptop relies on U.S. speed charging for its batteries.
So one of the USP seas will be taken up by the charging cord. When you need to get plugged in, the machine also supports Wi-Fi six wireless.
On the whole, the latitude seventy 10 is a solid machine, but it’s up against a lot of competition from the likes of HP and Lenovo, including our current favorite business, ultra portable Lenovo’s think pad X1 Carbon Gen’s seven. We don’t think the latitude 74 10 quite tops the X1 carbon.
We like the carbons keyboard feel better and the pricing for similar configurations tends to be more aggressive with the Lenovo laptop.
But if your company is buying latitudes in bulk and can negotiate some better pricing than the direct prices on the Dell site, you’ll find this is a very solid laptop and holds up the Latitude 7000 series reputation. It’s built like a tank.
The keyboard feels pretty good and the screen, if you get the four K model, is first class and doesn’t run down the battery as fast as most such screens.