The dual mics are good for Skype.
Wi-Fi and BT
It uses the Intel AC9560 2×2 MU-MIMO adapter. At 2m from our reference D-Link AC5300 router it was 866Mbps (5Ghz) and at 10 metres dropped to 120Mbps (2.4Ghz) – pass.
It uses BT 5.0, which has lower energy use and greater range than 4.2.
There is not much room in the chassis, but it has
- HDMI 1.4b port (up to [email protected] or [email protected])
- Foldout RJ-45 Ethernet adapter
- 3.5mm combo audio
- Micro SD slot
- 3 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
- One USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port (10Gbps) – Thunderbolt 3 with Alt DP is a 20/40Gbps (option)
- An LTE option is available
The review unit has a 4-cell, 7.6V, 68Wh Express charge battery. What that means is that it can use either the 19V charger or a 65W USB-C PD charger via the USB-C/Thunderbolt port. The battery has a 300 full discharge cycle. The
We only had time to run a 1K video loop at 50%, and it achieved just over six hours. That means around eight hours of typical office use.
Recharge time was four hours with the 19V brick and just over three hours with a 65W USB-C PD. Note that it did identify the use of a non-standard charger and rejected our 45W USB-PD.
Size and weight
323 x 216 x 20mm x 1.52Kg – it’s not heavy for its size, but it is a business device.
Dell provides a large range of security and systems admin software. We find the Dell Commander updater excellent. The BIOS has numerous security and secure boot features, and it has a TPM 2.0 chip and i7-vPro option.
GadgetGuy’s take – Dell Latitude 5400 is a rugged business-class device
The Dell Latitude is not sexy or svelte. It’s rugged,
That is why Dell sells truckloads of these and is a preferred supplier to many top 500 companies and Government departments.
It gets an unreserved recommendation for business use. Consumers will be more swayed by good looks – to their eventual angst.