Dell Latitude E5410 review

Not outstanding in any area, but it’s a solid and highly configurable business laptop

Darien Graham-Smith
27 Aug 2010
5
Price when reviewed 
1,307

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Thanks to the host of configuration options on offer, configuring a Dell system can be both challenging and rewarding. That’s especially so in the business-friendly Latitude range: the ordering process for the E5410 walks you through no fewer than 33 decisions as you pick your components and tack on – or reject – accessories and services.

What doesn’t change is the exterior. However you spec it, the Latitude E5410 is a 14.1in notebook in a tough grey and black chassis. Its size strikes an appealing balance, with a screen that’s big enough to work from all day, set into a frame that will fit comfortably in a satchel. And you don’t need to be too anxious about carrying it about, as the hard disk heads will automatically park if the unit detects it’s been dropped. At 2.4kg, though, it’s a tad too heavy to cart around comfortably all day.

Aesthetically, the E5410 errs on the side of understatement. The keyboard has a pleasingly chunky feel, but sags in the middle when you type: you quickly get used to it, but the rock-solid Sony VAIO S11 is streets ahead. As usual, you get both a trackpad and a trackpoint controller, and there’s a fingerprint reader at the right-hand side. The speakers are loud and clear enough to project a presentation around an office, though they lack bass.

Dell Latitude E5410

In terms of look and feel, the E5410’s trump card is its screen. You can choose a regular 1,366 x 768 display, which is a comfortable resolution for a laptop of this size, but we moved up to the matte 1,440 x 900 panel, which gives text and icons extra sharpness. Brightness and colour vibrancy are impressive too, and though the contrast naturally can’t match that of a glossy panel, the pay-off is a glare-free display that should remain easy on the eye in any environment. As an added bonus, there’s a two-megapixel camera set into the bezel.

When it comes to connectivity, the Latitude E5410 looks slightly bare: on all models, the only video output is an analogue VGA port, and for external peripherals you’re limited to four USB 2 sockets and a mini-FireWire connector. There’s no PS/2, parallel or serial ports for legacy hardware, nor the more modern luxuries of USB 3, eSATA or ExpressCard (the slot at the side is an old-school PCMCIA card slot, which can be optionally swapped for a SmartCard reader). If you need more connections you’ll need to buy one of the various types of dock Dell offers.

Networking options are more generous: Gigabit Ethernet is included as standard, and you can optionally add Bluetooth 3.0 and a range of 802.11 options, all the way up to Intel’s dual-band Ultimate-N 6300 adapter, which supports triple 802.11n streams for a theoretical bandwidth of up to 450Mb/sec. Dell’s website refers to an internal wireless broadband adaptor too, though this doesn’t appear to be available to order right now.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions338 x 244 x 33mm (WDH)
Weight2.410kg
Travelling weight2.8kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i7-620M
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM55
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size14.1in
Resolution screen horizontal1,440
Resolution screen vertical900
Resolution1440 x 900
Graphics chipsetIntel HD graphics
Graphics card RAM64MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity320GB
Hard disk usable capacity298GB
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Hard diskSeagate ST9320423AS
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical driveTsst TS-L633C
Battery capacity5,000mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots1
USB ports (downstream)4
FireWire ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readerno
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad, trackpoint
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationBeside keyboard
Hardware volume control?yes
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating2.0mp
TPMyes
Fingerprint readeryes
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use4hr 36min
Battery life, heavy use1hr 25min
Overall application benchmark score1.79
Office application benchmark score1.46
2D graphics application benchmark score1.92
Encoding application benchmark score1.71
Multitasking application benchmark score2.06

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Professional 32-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodWindows disc
Software suppliedMicrosoft Office Starter 2010, Trend Micro Internet Security

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