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We like the shortcuts on the arrow keys that allow you to activate the keyboard backlight and cycle it through four brightness levels, and the screen brightness controls. There are also tiny buttons for volume control and mute in this area. Some may find these buttons fiddly to use, but squishing things up like this provides more room for the wrist rest and the touchpad.
White LEDs indicate that Caps Lock is on, and illuminate the status icons in the narrow panel above the screen. There's also a circle of white light around the power jack to remind you that the Latitude E is charging. A duplicate set of status lights on the back of the lid shows disk activity, power status and battery charge status when the ultrabook is closed.
The touchpad is slightly recessed, and very responsive. Physical buttons beneath it are large and deliver an audible click when pressed. It's a far cry from the integrated buttons on many notebooks, but it's utilitarian and it works.
There's a fingerprint scanner in the bottom right corner of the wrist rest and an HD webcam above the screen. The Two screen choices are offered: non-touch with 1,bypixel resolution, or a 1,by-1, touchscreen. Bizarrely, on Dell's UK website the touch panel is offered with a Windows 7 configuration, while the Windows 8 option has the lower-resolution non-touch panel.
VAT review unit was the top-of-the-range model with a 2. VAT model has a 1. Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Professional are both available on this notebook, but only the entry-level preconfigured model comes with Windows 8 Pro. It's not possible to change the OS choice, Windows 7 Professional, for our top-end review sample on Dell's website. Wireless connectivity options are strong, encompassing Wi-Fi There's a microSIM card slot under the battery for the latter.
Connectivity on the chassis has been well thought out, with ports and slots intelligently placed. Unusually, the back edge of the chassis is used for some of these — it's available because the battery fits on the underside of the notebook. This arrangement means you can keep trailing wires to a minimum. The left edge houses a toggle switch for the wireless radios and a smartcard slot.
The wireless toggle is unusual these days, and it means you can disable all wireless connections with one easy action. This is a wider array of connections than we're used to seeing on ultrabooks, and welcome for it. The WEI rating of 6. As so often with notebooks, integrated graphics is the biggest performance bottleneck. The remaining scores were all over 7, with 7. So long as you restrict yourself to graphically undemanding workloads, the Latitude E will deliver excellent performance.
The battery provided with our review sample was a 4-cell, 42Wh unit that slots into the underside of the chassis. We had no trouble getting through a day's work on this battery, including at least an hour's Wi-Fi usage. Sound quality is particularly good, with unusually deep bass tones; you can also actually hear stereo effects from the laptop itself.
Volume is loud, and the bass distortion at higher volume is, for a notebook, minimal: Dell has delivered the best sound we've heard from a notebook in a long time. Presentations involving music content could easily be delivered direct to a small audience using the Latitude E The Dell Latitude E is a curate's egg of an ultrabook. It's solidly made and well connected, with impressive performance and excellent audio output. It also benefits from a cable-conscious attitude to the arrangement of ports and connectors.
Unfortunately it's let down by a keyboard that we can only describe as poor, and a lack of configuration options for operating system, storage capacity and type, screen resolution and touch support in the UK at any rate. It's a pity Dell didn't go the extra mile to create a truly superb business ultrabook. As it stands, it's merely a very good one. Why you can trust ZDNet. Our recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping.
We may earn a commission when you purchase a product through our links. The stability of the base unit is not perfect either. It visibly bends from side-to-side twisting. Although this does not impair everyday use, the flexural rigidity cannot keep up with the ThinkPad S 's and slightly reduces the premium quality impression. Dell advertises that this laptop meets the MIL-STDG standard in a video about the Latitude series, but it does not specify what portions of the standard it fulfills.
MIL-STDG consists of tests with extreme temperatures, air pressure, sunlight, moisture, chemicals, accelerations, and vibrations. The build quality of the Dell Latitude E is very good ; the palm rests show no depressions when pressed with a finger, the display hinge holds the screen safely in place and the design of the case appears to be solid.
The replaceable battery and the conventional docking port are advantages. The connectivity is good for an ultrabook. Apart from USB 3. In addition, it has a card reader and a conventional Gigabit LAN interface. In our opinion, the interface layout is good.
There are sufficient interfaces for connecting the usual peripherals like printer, external display, hard drives or optical drive on the rear side without disturbing cables left or right of the notebook. The right side houses another USB port, which can be used to quickly connect a digital camera or a smartphone. In addition, a card reader is placed there, making it easily accessible. Our test model comes with a Dell Wireless Wi-Fi module and two antennas.
It uses the 2. Signal strength and connectivity to our The results are between 4. Our test model does not have a built-in Bluetooth module. For example, Dell's Wireless does, but it is not yet available. An HD web cam, a dual array microphone both in the display bezel and a standard Gigabit Ethernet port complete the communication equipment. Despite focusing on premium quality, the web cam 's image quality is only modest and might only fulfill basic requirements of video conferences.
Colors hardly look natural, there is visible noise and brightness differences worsen the impression. The security features of our test device consist of only the usual BIOS and system passwords. A fingerprint reader, Dell's data protection security solution with several security and encryption tools and a smartcard reader are optionally available for a surcharge. All-important components are below the bottom plate. It is easy to get to the fan and clean it. The WWAN slot of our test model is unoccupied too.
However, due to missing antennas, a later integration is not that easy. Although the Dell Latitude E is an ultrabook, you can remove and replace the battery as you would from any normal business notebook. The warranty period of Dell's Latitude series is 36 months by default. The warranty includes basic service on the next workday.
As usual, you can add further services and enhance the warranty period. Dell e. The standard keyboard features full-sized keys in a 19mm grid and includes a backlight feature. The latter has four brightness levels and improves the already good legibility of the key labels in low light conditions. The FN combinations have a different color bright blue and can be easily distinguished from the standard functions.
While the keyboard is slightly springy around "J", it is rather stiff in general. Because of the medium key travel, the quiet tapping and the decent pressure point, prolific writers will like the keyboard and you will only need a short time to get used to it. Standard commands work well, but the size is often too small for multi-touch gestures. We like the separate buttons with their rubberized surface. They are responsive and quiet.
Our test model does not feature a TrackPoint. Our Dell Latitude E comes with a matte This gives a pixel density of dpi. The compromise of screen real estate and image size is good and will be liked by many users. Dell wants to offer a full HD display with touch support soon. However, alike many other options, it could not yet be configured at the time of testing. This brightness is often sufficient and comfortable for the eyes indoors.
The brightness is not reduced on battery. Combined with a matte surface, you can work rather comfortably outdoors. However, the Dell Latitude E allows only limited use on particularly bright summer days or in direct sunlight. The contrast of is too low for multimedia applications. Black looks grayish and colors look pale. The same is true for gray levels, color precision, and color saturation with factory settings. You can clearly see the differences with naked eyes as the average DeltaE values are about 9.
Although calibration will visibly improve the values, the small color space and the significant deviations in blue and magenta clearly show the limitations of the display. The viewing angles of the HD display are typical for TN technology. In the vertical direction, colors invert or the picture gets brighter with increasing angles. In addition, you can see slight color changes. In the horizontal direction, the viewing angles are much wider.
Therefore, the display is readable for several persons. Brightness decreases and colors change only slightly here. Three pre-configured models of the Dell Latitude E were offered at the time of testing. Despite discounts, none of the three is a bargain compared to Dell's usual prices. The power demands of chipset, memory controller, and Intel's integrated Graphics are already included in the low thermal design power of 15 Watts.
So, the total power consumption is low, which is important for practical battery life. The test model achieves points single rendering and points multi rendering in Cinebench R10 bit. In a realistic test , we converted video and audio files. If the conversion tool can use Intel's Quick Sync Video, conversions can sometimes - depending on the source and the destination format - be done quickly. If a conversion task only runs on the CPU, it might take significantly longer because of a high system load.
In contrast, audio conversions with iTunes profit from high CPU clocks. The performance does not fall on battery power. The CPU clocks with its base clock of 1. The system performance of the Dell Latitude E under review is, overall, balanced. A second module will not only increase the RAM capacity but also activate dual channel mode. The Dell Latitude E is too slim to house a 2. However, the available capacity is only sufficient for basic requirements and can only be extended by replacing the mSATA module.
The low access time of 0. The Intel HD Graphics integrated in the processor is fast enough for many kinds of tasks and is a good solution in a business ultrabook. Full HD videos run without stuttering, Intel Quick Sync Video can accelerate video conversion and the performance is sufficient for undemanding games. Several features including support of Intel's Wireless display and up to three displays simultaneously are appreciated in the business range. Still, the frugal graphics unit is not powerful enough for demanding 3D tasks.
Dedicated graphics cards are much better here and achieve significantly higher frame rates. Adding a second RAM module would activate dual channel mode and the shared memory graphics card would profit from the improved memory performance. The graphics performance falls neither under full load nor on battery.
Even undemanding titles including World of Warcraft can be played very well with medium settings. Higher resolutions or slightly higher details are possible in this game. You should definitely deactivate anti aliasing in Diablo III so it will run smoothly and the performance will increase.
Like many Dell models, the Latitude E does not support several usual resolutions including x and x pixels on external monitors leaving our tests limited to the available resolutions. The Dell Latitude E only gets louder when the performance requires it. In low load scenarios, it works quietly or with very low fan activity most of the time. When the fan runs for a short time between the silent times, we measure a quiet The noise of Under full load the noise increases to a maximum of We did not observe a high frequency or pulsating noise.
Although the Dell Latitude E is hardly audible under low load, the case remains cool with a maximum of But, this changes under permanent full load for at least one hour. The rotating fan causes a noise of We measured temperatures from The temperature even increases to You should not use the laptop on your lap in this load scenario. However, you can use it on your desk without problems, as the temperatures stay uncritical in the keyboard and touchpad area.
The sound is dominated by trebles, but you can hear more basses and mid tones than usual in a business notebook. Although the sound is not sufficient for a great multimedia experience , Internet videos, radio broadcasts and background music profit from it. You can change the volume from zero to by two steps.
The maximum volume is good and virtually distortion-free. But, external speakers are necessary for presentations to a larger audience. You can connect such via 3. The power consumption of the Dell Latitude E is very low.
We measured 3. Both results indicate the possible range of power consumption and are not realistic. Under full load the power consumption falls by about Watts after a short time, as the CPU clock decreases to 1. The power consumption is about 6.
The relatively low power consumption is necessary, as the battery capacity of 31 Wh is rather low. Dell offers a 41 Wh model as an alternative, but neither price nor availability was known at the time of testing. We could not run the usual Battery Eater tests on our test model due to an incompatibility problem, which we could not solve.
Therefore, we manually measured the time with the same settings. During reading with low load and maximum energy settings, minimum display brightness and disabled Wi-Fi, the Dell Latitude E achieved a battery life of hours.
In our Wi-Fi test with brightness level 7, the battery life decreases to hours. Under full load maximum display brightness, profile maximum performance, Wi-Fi on, Battery Eater Classic without recording , the device ran for hours.
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