Dell Latitude 7490 evaluate | TechRadar

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These are the identical chips that each one the opposite laptop computer makers have entry to, so the problem Dell has is to make the 7490 stand out in different methods.

Dell makes use of the Latitude model for a variety of computing merchandise, together with laptops, tablets and Ultrabooks. They’re primarily geared toward enterprise customers, although probably a number of the cheaper gadgets could be of curiosity to college students too.

Of those, the 7000 Sequence is an Ultrabook vary and accommodates machines which have 12, 13 or 14-inch shows, and both Seventh-gen Intel {hardware}, or, as with the brand new Latitude 7490 mannequin reviewed right here, Eighth-gen processors and chipsets.

Dell Latitude 7490

Worth, availability and worth

If you’re keen to simply accept earlier era Intel expertise and comparatively little space for storing, a Dell Latitude 7490 will be purchased for as little £1,119 ($1,049).

Nevertheless, should you’d like one thing with extra present silicon inside and SSD storage, then the associated fee is £1,219 ($1,209). A flagship mannequin, with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is £1,529 ($2,039). In contrast with what Lenovo, HP and Toshiba ask for equally specified {hardware}, that worth appears, like the entire 7490 collection, very aggressive.

Lenovo has the ThinkPad T480, though it doesn’t supply the identical processor on that mannequin (but). It isn’t on the Lenovo X1 Carbon both, and that prices extra for a decrease spec.

On worth, the HP EliteBook 1040 G4 is an effective match, even whether it is nonetheless utilizing Intel Seventh-gen silicon on that mannequin.

Asus has the wonderful ZenBook Three Deluxe UX490UA that may be discovered for just a little extra, however comes with a Core i7 class CPU, 16GB of RAM and double the storage of this evaluate mannequin.

As with a lot of the Dell vary, customization choices can be found on the level of buy, however with this collection, the quantity of RAM and storage is mounted for every mannequin.

When you don’t just like the mixtures on supply, some reminiscence and storage enhancements are attainable by the top person.

Dell Latitude 7490


For good or unhealthy, the Latitude 7490 is made principally of plastic.

The place others obfuscate the precise nature of their gadgets with paint and skinny metallic facings, Dell embraces plastic as its materials of selection, and the floor end achieved with it’s admirable.

Poorly designed plastic machines flex and buckle, however the Latitude 7490 feels ridged and strong in all of the essential areas, just like the hinge, and the place you place your palms to sort.

The display hinge is powerful and permits the show to lie solely flat. What worth this may need on a machine that doesn’t have a contact show we’re uncertain, however there could be some benefit we’ve neglected. Some 7490 fashions do have contact shows, we’re instructed, though on the time of writing we couldn’t discover any on the UK or US Dell websites.

Due to the 180-degree hinge journey, Dell saved the rear of the 7490 solely clear, with no ports or vents in anyway on the again. All of the ports are on the edges, and the vents are beneath. Due to this fact, it’s price making an allowance for that it’s best to by no means place the machine on a comfortable floor the place the vents might grow to be blocked, as it could undoubtedly overheat.

The ports haven’t modified in any respect from the 7480 collection, with triple USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Sort-A ports and a single Thunderbolt Three USB Sort-C. There’s additionally an RJ-45 Ethernet port, Good Card slot, microSD card and SIM card receptacles.

The evaluate machine didn’t have the LTE module to utilize the SIM slot, and as the usual for these isn’t a world one, the choices for the LTE {hardware} shall be totally different world wide.

Not offering a full-size SD card slot is mildly annoying, however adapters for Sort-A USB ports don’t price a lot.

The keyboard and trackpad are each higher than we’d anticipated and exude the standard we’d anticipate from a dearer model. We particularly preferred the trackpad, which has keys at each high and backside as an alternative of utilizing a versatile decrease edge.

Dell Latitude 7490

Given the quantity of gutter house to the left and proper of the keyboard, possibly a wider design might have been employed. That stated, the keyboard design works properly sufficient for typing, even with giant arms.

One other sturdy level is the AU Optronics 14-inch IPS panel that’s an honest brightness and has a wholesome colour gamut. It additionally doesn’t use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate brightness, with the unfavorable impression that may have on eyesight.

Ergonomically, this is among the smaller machines on this class, if solely by just a few millimeters. There are smaller machines, just like the Lenovo X1 Carbon, however this system is definitely very transportable.

As a substitute for the earlier 7480 fashions, the brand new 7490 seems a lot the identical from the surface, however has had a whole overhaul internally.

New Intel Kaby Lake R processors have gone past what designers might beforehand think about with a 15W price range, and the evaluate mannequin had an Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core 1.7GHz (Turbo 3.6GHz) processor underneath the hood, which is the equal of many desktop CPUs.

Technically this chip can take 25W in a dash, but in addition gear all the way down to 10W ought to longevity be the first goal.

Dell Latitude 7490

The processor isn’t person upgradable, however it’s attainable to take away the bottom by undoing eight screws – then you possibly can improve the quantity of RAM and alter the storage choices.


Enterprise machines are extra centered on safety than shopper notebooks, and the Dell Latitude 7490 is properly endowed to maintain its contents protected.

Spec Sheet

Right here is the Dell Latitude 7490 configuration despatched to TechRadar Professional for evaluate:  

CPU: Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core 1.7GHz

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620

RAM: 8GB DDR4 RAM (2400MHz)

Display screen: 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 decision IPS

Storage: Intel 545s M.2 256GB SATA SSD

Ports: Three x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 with PowerShare), 1 x USB Sort-C, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, headset/mic combo jack, SD 4.Zero reminiscence card reader, exterior uSIM card tray (elective)

Connectivity: Twin-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

Digicam: 720p

Weight: 1.4kg

Dimension: 331 x 220.9 x 17.9mm (W x D x H)

Battery: 7,500mAh

The three primary items of the safety puzzle are a Good Card reader, NFC sensor and fingerprint reader. Those that additionally need face recognition can add it as an choice, however the evaluate machine simply had a easy 720p 2D digital camera.

Those that are inherently paranoid, and all of us needs to be by now, shall be involved that the digital camera doesn’t have a privateness cowl.

The fingerprint reader is a high-quality system that hardly ever misinterpret in our checks. As that is prone to be the safety mechanism most individuals will use, it’s an enormous plus level that it really works reliably.


The Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core CPU is quickly changing into the darling of laptop computer designers. It delivers a lot of the facility that the Intel Core i7-8550U gives however has a decrease unit price and a much less detrimental impression on battery life.

The 8GB of DDR4 system reminiscence and 256GB of storage is sufficient to run, however heavy customers may discover that storage will get considerably cosy after just a few months use.

The Dell coverage on reminiscence and storage is that these items aren’t usually adjustable within the customization a part of the acquisition path, and due to this fact if you’d like extra, then it’s essential select a unique mannequin. Or, get a screwdriver out and supply the components for a person improve.

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