Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 Review
The latitude 9000 series is the pinnacle model of dells business laptop lineup. When we tested the latitude 9410 two inch minus one. A year ago, we noted it had a sky high price tag, but was a top notch corporate choice this years, latitude 9422 inch 1, is even more expensive, but its a machine with few compromises that should satisfy enterprises with deep pockets and entitled employees who expect a Premium notebook as a perk of the job, still making few compromises isnt the same as making none between its coster and its battery life. The 9410 leads us to suggest that companies look one rung down the price ladder to the editors choice award, winning dell latitude 7420 series competing with lenovos thinkpad t and x models. Both the mainstream latitude 7420 and the flagship latitude 9420 are 14 inch laptops available as both conventional clamshells and 2 inch. 1 convertibles with 360 degree screen hinges with few exceptions. The 2 inch 1 and clamshell versions have nearly identical features other than this formers ability to pivot from laptop mode to presentation, friendly, tent or easel modes, or pan input tablet mode. So most things we like about our 9422 inch 1 review unit also apply to the plane latitude 9420. The bass configuration comes with an 11th generation intel core i511357g7 processor, 16 gigabytes of memory, a skimpy 128 gigabyte, solid state drive and a non touch screen with full hd resolution. Those are disappointing specs for a 2 000 laptop but youre paying a premium both for the latitude name and for subtle enhancements such as a standard.
Three year warranty. Stepping up to our review configuration adds more than eight hundred dollars to the already high starting price, but it gets you a much more capable system for getting work done. Our review unit flaunts a quad core core, i 71185 g7 cpu, a 512 gigabytes ssd and a far superior qhd display with touch support. It also bumps up the battery from the standard 40 watt hour pack to 60 watt hours, a plus for the on the go executive who spends a lot of time away from power outlets. Unfortunately, the 6 cell 78 watt hour battery optional on last years, latitude 9410. 2 inch 1 is not available on the new laptop. The internal component, layout and design has been reworked to accommodate a new cooling system, and else says the renovations left no room for the jumbo battery dells main competition for the latitude 9422. Inch 1 is the lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga gen 5., although it has an older 10th generation intel processor, lenovos 14 inch. Convertible has many of the same features as the latitude, including optional, qhd and 4k displays and intels v pro manageability technology, whether you choose the convertible or clamshell version of the latitude 9004. The chassis stays mostly the same it measures 0.54 by 12.2 by 8.5 inches, which makes it compact enough to compete with many alternative corporate machines that have smaller 13 inch screens, let alone 14 inchers. For instance, the 13 inch dell latitude 7 322 inch.
1 is 0.67 by 12.1 by 8 inches the thinkpad x1 yoga measures 0.59 by 12 by 8.5 inches choosing the 2 inch 1 version of the latitude 9420 does add a bit of weight. It starts at 3.2 pounds with the smaller battery versus 2.8 pounds for the clamshell. Still the convertibles weight is close enough to the three pound mark that we consider the standard for outputable laptops. Dell employs two main approaches to keep the latitude 9420s weight and size down. The first is rather obvious use lightweight materials that are still strong enough to withstand the unavoidable abuse of a corporate road warriors daily routine, in this case its vnc machined aluminum with modern. Looking diamond cut edges in a hairline brushed finish, unlike many consumer laptops with aluminum unibody designs, the latitudes bottom cover is separate from the rest of the laptop and can be easily removed by loosening the eight screws that hold it in place. This allows it staffers, relatively simple access to service or replace the ssd battery system fan and a few other key components. Dell claims that the latitude 9420s chassis also prioritizes heat dissipation with finely tuned sensors that adjust power consumption to match the processing requirements of the task. Youre performing heat then gets shunted out through two pipes that vent to the side and rear of the laptop replaced by cool air flowing in through the fan inlet on the bottom. In practice, i frequently noticed the fan spool up, even when the laptop was idle, suggesting that the default cooling settings may need further tweaking to keep things as quiet as youd expect from a premium ultra portable dell says it.
Managers can make these tweaks in the laptops. Bios settings: the second approach to keeping bulk down is to limit the size of the borders around the latitude 9420s screen. The result is a 91.6 screen to body ratio and the narrow bezels go a long way toward limiting the laptops size and enhancing its corporate chic. Aesthetic between the bezels, the screen itself is excellent. The 2 inch 1 version of the 9420 is available exclusively with the touch enable qhd screen, which has fewer pixels than a 4k panel, but more than the by 1920×1 coma 200 display. That is the clamshell models. Only option the qhd panel benefits from a capable backlight rated at 500 nits of brightness, as well as a corning gorilla glass covering and the ability to show the entire srgb color space, while the full hd screen has a lower resolution and lacks touch support. It too comes with 500 nits of brightness and 100 srgb coverage. Both options feature a 1610 aspect ratio a bit taller than the 16 to 9 rectangle, commonly seen on widescreen laptops. I appreciate that the extra vertical space affords a bit more room to display a web page before you must scroll to the next section. A robust port selection is a must have for corporate laptops, and the latitude 9420 does not disappoint. As part of the internal reconfiguration to accommodate the dual exhaust cooling system, the location of the ports has been changed from the latitude 9410.
Nearly all of the ports are now on the left edge here. Youll find an hdmi 2.0 video output, two usb c ports that support thunderbolt 4 and are also used to charge the laptop a microsd card reader and a universal audio jack. Meanwhile, the only port on the right edge is the usb 3.2 gen1 type, a connector. The remainder of the right edge is dedicated to one of the two outlets for heat exhaust. Any object you place next to this port will get warm its great if youre right handed on using an external mouse on a cold day, but not so much if its hot out and you suffer from clammy hands. Standard wireless connections include bluetooth, 5.2 and wi. Fi 6e, which means the laptop is capable of operating on six hertz channels that are now available for wi fi networking few other devices such as routers support this protocol. Yet, but once they do, the latitude 9420 will be ready. You can also configure the system with the qualcomm snapdragon x20 or x55 cellular modem. The latter supports the 5g networks of at verizon and t mobile and uses a micro sim card. The latitude 9422 inch 1s audio experience is above average for such a compact laptop. This is thanks in part to the speaker layout two speakers: fire upward through grilles flanking the keyboard, while two fire downward through the bottom cover a total of four noise. Cancelling microphones also help with audio quality, automatically adjusting echo cancellation gain and noise reduction above the screen.
Theres, a webcam that offers unremarkable picture quality but adds a nifty privacy feature called safe shutter. It keeps the physical shutter closed when youre, not using the webcam as soon as you open, an app to which youve granted permission for camera use like windows, camera or zoom. The shutter automatically snaps open if youd rather control the shutter manually, you can press the f9 key to open or close it. The camera has optional ir sensors, which lets you log into your windows account using face recognition, as with other latitude laptops. You can also enable or disable a proximity sensor. It will automatically wake the laptop from sleep mode when you sit down in front of it and prompt the camera to scan for your face to log you in. Alternatively, you can tap the optional fingerprint reader integrated with the power button to log in without needing to type your password. The latitude 9420s typing comfort is above average for a sleek ultra portable as well. It should be along with an hdmi port to connect to conference room avenue systems. A well designed keyboard is an essential feature on business laptops. I also appreciate the oversized glass touch pad which tracks effortlessly and has a sturdy hinge for clicking dell currently ships, the latitude 9420 with windows 10 pro and the company plans to offer ubuntu linux version. Starting later this year, the intel core i7 1185 g7 in our latitude 9422 inch 1 is a quad core 8 thread chip from intels latest tiger lake cpu family.
Its base frequency is as low as 1.2 gigahertz in low power mode, while its maximum boost clock is 4.8 gigahertz. With the cpu coupled with 16 gigabytes of memory and a speedy ssd, i experienced no lagging or sluggishness during several days of streaming. Videos browsing the web and performing other everyday tasks to see how the 9420s performance stacked up against the competition. I compared its results in our benchmark tests against those of a few similarly priced business laptops. They include the hp elite dragonfly max in addition to the latitude 7420 latitude 7322 inch 1 and thinkpad x1 yoga. The principal role of a premium business laptop is to handle everyday tasks like word, processing and video conferencing. We measure performance on these and similar workflows using the pc mark 10 suite, which the latitude 9422 inch minus one aced with a score of over 5000 points thanks to its speedy ssd. The latitude 9422 inch 1 had no trouble with our pc market storage test. Although these results are clustered together since most modern solid state drives breeze through this benchmark on more complex cpu intensive tasks, the latitude 9420 also offered class leading performance in part because its rivals used older 10th generation processors or slightly slower core i5 chips in max and Cpu crunchings in bench r15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. The dell again finished. First sinbench is often a good predictor of our handbrake video editing trial, another tough threaded, workout thats, highly cpu, dependent and scales.
Well, with cores and threads in this case, however, the latitude 9422 inch 1 trailed, the thinkpad x1 yoga and elite dragonfly max the latitude 9420 returned to the top of the class in our adobe photoshop image, editing benchmark in which we apply a series of 10 complex Filters and effects to a standard, jpeg test image timing, each operation and adding up the total gaming is possible with the latitude 9422 inch 1. Although its not the primary focus of any business laptop as the results of our superposition and 3dmark game. Simulations show intels, 11th general iris, integrated graphics are significantly quicker than the older uhd graphics. Silicon of the thinkpad x1 yoga, the latitude 9422 inch 1s time in our battery rundown test was admirable at more than 14 hours. The system should easily get you through a full day of work away from a wall outlet which the thinkpad x1 yoga might not be able to do, but its a far cry from the nearly 24 and a half hours. That last years, latitude 9410 2 inch 1 managed, with its optional large battery available either as a conventional clamshell or a 2 inch 1 convertible. The latitude 9420 is dels ultimate 14 inch. Business laptop youll pay a princely sum to own it, as evidenced by the sticker of our well equipped review unit. In exchange, you get a sleek compact machine with few drawbacks other than a smaller battery pack than its predecessors. If you block at the 9420s price youll want to consider the 2 inch minus 1 version of dells latitude 7420 instead, the clamshell version is our current top pick among premium business notebooks and while its chassis is a bit more portly, it offers most of the same Headlining features available on the flagship unit or, if you prioritize a 4k screen and typing comfort, above all else, in a business 2 inch minus 1.
The also excellent lenovo thinkpad x1 yoga is also worth close considerations. One yoga is also worth close considerations.