Dell Latitude 5400 (2019) is a business laptop
4.4Overall Score
Name: Dell Latitude 5400 (2019)
Price (RRP): $1759-2419
Manufacturer: Dell

The Dell Latitude 5400 is part of the Latitude 5000 series focusing on enterprise and business use. It is a little different to consumer notebooks in terms of fast charge, reliability and warranty.

When we review Dell, we generally see the Inspiron consumer range, the Vostro Small Business range, and if we are lucky the XPS uber-sexy range. The Dell Latitude 5400 is quite different.

Consumer devices are generally all about ‘eye-appeal’ to make you select one brand over the other. They are built to a price and sold via major electronic retailers.

The Latitude series – 3000, 5000, 7000, Education and Rugged are sold directly by Dell online where it is all about selecting exactly what you need via one of the best customisable on-line ordering systems I have ever seen.

Want more ram, different hard disk, optional ports – you name it? It is built-to-order in a nearby factory (Malaysia, China, Brazil, India, Ireland, and the US) and shipped directly to you. Customisation, quality assurance and consistency are hallmarks that make Dell so appealing to business.

The 2019 Dell Latitude Range

The 14-inch 5400 is a 2019 model and joins its existing 5300, 5400, 5500, 5501 on 13, 14 and 15-inch models. Dell likes to have consistency – it makes corporate ordering easy.

Dell Latitude 5400

Dell Latitude 5400 Business Laptop

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Let’s start with the options that fit into this 14-inch chassis

  • Intel i5-8365U, or i7-8665u VPro class
  • Intel UHD graphics 620 and Radeon 540X graphics
  • 8 or 16Gb (usually using one of two SO-DIM sockets to allow for expansion)
  • M.2 PCI NVMe Class 35 SSD (think mid-range speed) with options for class 40 (top speed)
  • An  optional 2.5-inch SATA 600, 5400 or 7200RPM 1TB SSD
  • 14-inch 1920 x 1080 non-touch or touch screen
  • One-year standard on-site warranty up to five-years ProSupport
  • Heaps of ports and a Thunderbolt 3 option
  • Standard keyboard with options for back-lit
  • Intel AC9560 Wi-Fi AC and BT 5.0 or Qualcomm adapter
  • 4 Cell 68Wh Express charge battery or a three-year battery

Prices for three off-the-shelf (pre-built) range from $1759 to $2419 with the obligatory Qantas Business rewards points as well. Delivery is 2-3 working days. Custom orders are usually up to 14 days.

Dell Latitude 5400

In the box

  • The Dell Latitude 5400 laptop
  • Brick 19V/3.34A (64W) charger with barrel plug

Our review unit has the i7-8665U, 16GB DDR4-266 RAM, 512GB Class 35 SSD and a touch screen – cost $2419, which is reasonable value for a business class machine.

First impression

Sorry, business class may mean big seats and luxury in Qantas world but here it is very utilitarian. Basic matte grey/black, post-industrial moulded carbon fibre including up to 16.96% post-consumer recycled material, which prevents over 2 million pounds of carbon fibre annually from ending up in landfills.

Carbon fibre is good, probably better than a metal chassis and far more rugged. It is just a bit bland.

Not much more to say – typical screen with largish bezels and a large, well-spaced keyboard and trackpad. Apparently, you can also order it with a GH spot (a.k.a. IBM’s centre pointer between the G and H keys).

Screen

The LG made display – FHD, 16:9, 144ppi, 60Hz touch screen has 220 nits (typical) and 700:1 contrast. That is fine for office productivity apps under office lighting. It’s not dull, but it is not overbright or saturated either. From our quick tests, its Delta E was 2.2 (0 is perfect – 4 is bad) but don’t ask for sRGB or DCI-P3 – that costs a lot more.

The touch panel has 80° horizontal/vertical viewing to reduce office snooping.