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Dell Latitude 7440 Review – The office Ultrabook laptop

Dell Latitude 7440 is an office Ultrabook laptop with many advanced technologies in a machine weighing less than 2 kg. The Dell Latitude 7440 version that we used to review has a Core i5-4300U chip configuration, a full HD 1080p touch screen and a high speed 256GB SSD. This Dell Latitude 7440 detailed review will help you better understand the machine.

Design Dell Latitude 7440

The Latitude 7440 has an eye-catching black design. The lid is made of carbon fiber definitely reminds us of the Kevlar version of the old Motorola phone. The carbon fiber shell of the device is wrapped in an aluminum area and a sturdy steel screen hinge.

Design Dell Latitude 7440

Underneath, the chassis is made of metal that has been certified to military-standard MIL-STD-810G durability. This means that the 7440 is more resistant to high temperatures and high impact force than regular notebooks.

The keyboard of the Dell Latitude 7440 possesses a surface similar to that of a laptop computer case, which feels comfortable when typing. The black keypad of the 7440 has a few details adorned with a soft blue color that looks very eye-catching. The screen on the Dell Latitude 7440 can be opened 360 degrees if desired.

Measuring 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.79 inches and weighing 1.7 kg, the Dell Latitude 7440 has a heavier weight than the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s (13.3 x 8.89 x 0.8 inches, 1.6 kg).

Dell Latitude 7440 display

The touch screen of the Latitude 7440 has a size of 14 inches, resolution of 1920 x 1080 with vivid color quality, but not the brightest screen in the segment.

Dell Latitude 7440 display

The screen of the machine has a measured brightness of 238 lux, beating the 169 lux result of the Toshiba Tecra Z40 as well as the thin-sized notebook average of 209 lux.

The touch screen of the Dell Latitude 7440 is very smooth. While using the device in touch mode, we did not have any difficulty navigating through the Windows 10 operating system.

Sound

The Dell Latitude’s bottom-mounted speakers have a relatively large volume compared to the modest size of the machine. The 7440 sounds louder than regular notebooks. With a measured volume of 88 dB, the Latitude 7440 outperformed the Toshiba Tecra Z40 (79 dB), Travelmate P345 (83 dB), and Lenovo ThinkPad T440s (81 dB). Its volume results are also better than the small notebook average of 82 dB.

Keyboard Dell Latitude 7440

Keyboard Dell Latitude 7440

The Dell Latitude 7440 has many strong points, but its keyboard is not on that list. The traditional keyboard of the machine gives quite weak feedback when typing. The keyboard sank slightly when I strongly pressed the G and H buttons. Key travel was quite deep, but not as good as the Dell Latitude 6430. The ThinkPad T440’s keyboard gave a much better user experience with firm responsiveness in use.

Touchpad and Trackpoint Dell Latitude 7440

The Latitude 7440 has a 3.5 x 1.8-inch touchpad with a smooth surface. Using the touchpad to control the mouse cursor was almost no lag. The touchpad gives quick feedback when using the swipe gestures of Window 10. The touchpad’s 2 buttons give a firm feel when pressed.

The trackpoint of the machine is located in the center of the 7440’s keyboard as an alternative to the touchpad. The trackpoint’s rubberized surface makes it easy to control the mouse pointer without having to take your hands off the keyboard.

Dell Latitude 7440 serial port

Built for the efficient office work, the Dell Latitude 7440 comes equipped with all the serial ports you need. On the right side of the camera body is a headphone-microphone jack, a USB 3.0 port and a lock slot. On the left side of the camera body there is 1 power cord jack, 1 HDMi port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 DisplayPort port and 1 Ethernet port.

Temperature when used

The Latitude 7440 is equipped with air vents in the body to help the notebook effectively dissipate heat. After watching a fullscreen video for 15 minutes, the measured temperature on the undercarriage was 32 degrees Celsius, lower than the acceptable threshold of 35 degrees Celsius. In the center of the keyboard and touchpad there was a measured temperature. 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Performance

The Dell Latitude 7440 version that we used to review has a 1.9GHz Intel Core i5-4300U chip with 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The harmonious combination of components makes notebook multitasking easy. With 10 apps open at the same time, including the camera app, Internet Explorer, Bing News and Windows Store, with a few videos played in the background, the Latitude 7440 still functioned normally without any sign of slowing down.

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The Latitude 7440 showed mixed results in performance tests. On the PCMark 7 overall performance test, the machine scored 4544, higher than the small notebook average of 3493. This result is higher than its competitor Tecra Z40 with a score of 3215.

When using Geekbench 3 to test CPU performance, the Latitude 7440 scored 5259, which is well below the small notebook average of 5939. This result is also lower than the Tecra Z40 (5326) and TravelMate P645 (5945).

The Dell Latitude 7440 transferred a 4.97GB file in 39 seconds, for a speed of 130.5 mbps. This speed is twice the small notebook average of 60 mbps and much faster than the Tecra Z40 (23 mbps).

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