So, it feels like Dell is starting over with the naming of their Latitude brand. More specifically the numbers they use. This resulted in the newborn Dell Latitude 14 7400 for example. Surprise, surprise – this is exactly the device we have with us today.

Make no mistakes, guys, this laptop sits deep in the premium segment. It starts at $1299, but you would surely want a higher spec configuration, as at this price you only get 4GB of RAM and a 768p display. So, Dell is basically pushing you to get the $1499 version with 8GB of RAM and a Full HD IPS display – not cool, Dell. Either way, let’s see how does the device fare against some of its brightest competition.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-14-7400/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 14 7400 – Specs


Battery


60Wh, 60Wh, 4-cell


Dimensions


321 x 214 x 16.8-18.2 mm (12.64″ x 8.43″ x 0.66″)


Body material


Aluminum, Carbon (Silver devices are made out of aluminum, Black ones – of carbon fiber)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 1.4a
  • Card reader Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/x
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo
  • LTE (optional)

Features

  • Fingerprint reader optional
  • Web camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • IR face recognition (optional), fingerprint reader (optional)

What’s in the box?

Inside the not so premium box (perhaps Dell has focused the resources in their device), we found only a 65W power brick, some paper manuals and the Latitude 14 7400 itself.

Design and construction

Similarly, to the Latitude 13 7390, the Latitude 14 7400 comes with a different choice of materials. With that said, we have to keep in mind that the materials are color-dependent. This means, that if you get the silver version of the laptop, you are going to have an aluminum device, however, if you go for the black one, it is going to be made out of carbon fiber. Obviously, from the images, our unit was of the latter type. It weighs 1.35 kg and measures at 16.9mm on its thinnest side, up to 18.2mm on the thickest.

Opening the lid with one hand is possible, however, as soon as you reach 90 degrees, the hinge feels like it stucks and the bottom side lifts up. This is probably because Dell has implemented a solution, seen on many of the latest ASUS ultrabooks – the lid is used as a lever to lift the backside of the base to give it more breathing space. However, we feel that the technology is not very refined, because the screen ends up too far away when you push it enough for the base to lift up.

Its keyboard is clicky and the travel is … satisfactory – somewhere in between. Additionally, the size of the keycaps is smaller than what we see on the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s but they are decently spaced. Further below, you can see a touchpad that is extremely accurate and has dedicated buttons – yay!

Let’s turn the laptop upside down, and we’ll see a very substantial area taken by the ventilation grills, while the speakers are on the front side of the plate – firing against the desk.

Ports

The Latitude 14 7400 charges via a barrel-styled plug. It is placed on the left side, and right next to it you can find a Thunderbolt port (they could have used that one to charge the thing up… just saying), then there is an HDMI 1.4a port as well as a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port. There is also an optional SmartCard reader that would sit on the left side as well. Then on the right, there is another USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, a MicroSD card reader (underneath it there is the other optional feature – the LTE card slot) and it finishes with a 3.5mm audio jack.

Display quality

The display information segment will be ready soon…

Drivers

You can get all of the drivers and utilities for the Latitude 14 7400 on Dell’s official website: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/latitude-14-7400-laptop/drivers

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Our very unit is equipped with a relatively bulky for a 14-inch laptop 60Wh battery pack.

CPU options

What is driving the Latitude 14 7400 are Intel’s Whiskey Lake processors – the Core i5-8265U and the Core i7-8565, as well as their vPro versions.


GPU options

The only option for you here is the Intel UHD Graphcis 620.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

GTA-V-benchmarks

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-8265U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 14 7400 3.05 GHz (B+91%)@ 97°C 2.44 GHz (B+53%)@ 93°C 1.97 GHz (B+23%)@ 79°C
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s 2.76 GHz (B+73%)@ 75°C 2.74 GHz (B+71%)@ 84°C 2.11 GHz (B+32%)@ 74°C
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s 3.43 GHz (B+114%)@ 91°C 2.69 GHz (B+68%)@ 91°C 2.19 GHz (B+37%)@ 80°C
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333 3.12 GHz (B+95%)@ 89°C 2.50 GHz (B+56%)@ 95°C 2.27 GHz (B+42%)@ 83°C
HP ProBook 450 G6 2.69 GHz (B+59%)@ 64°C 2.53 GHz (B+60%)@ 68°C 2.09 GHz (B+31%)@ 71°C
Acer Swift 3 (SF314-56G) 2.67 GHz (B+67%)@ 93°C 2.16 GHz (B+35%)@ 86°C 1.66 GHz (B+4%)@ 71°C

Dell Latitude 14 7400 boasts a lifted base, that should enhance its cooling “substantially”, as we saw on the latest ZenBook devices. However, as you can see from the table above, it doesn’t really sit this way. First, the Latitude 14 7400 gets up to heat very quickly. At the first part of the test, we measured 97C on the CPU, which, as you can imagine, is extremely hot. Further along the way, the temperature decreases by 4C, while the frequencies go down by more than 600 MHz. Fast forward to the end of the test and the frequency is now 1.97 GHz and the temperature went down to 79C. Interestingly, the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s was working at higher clock speeds and lower temperatures, while at the same time being thinner and lighter than its counterpart.

Verdict

Let’s put it straight – Dell Latitude 14 7400 is an amazing device. Yes, you need to pay a premium to get it, but you also get pretty much what you pay for – optional IR face recognition, as well as a fingerprint reader, a choice of aluminum and carbon fiber build, both resulting in a balanced, feature-packed laptop.

It has some shortcomings, of course. Keep in mind that most of the shortcomings of this laptop are mainly referred to its high retail price, which makes it look like nitpicking. The reason for that is… because it is nitpicking. First – its keyboard is good for typing, but the key travel feels a little short. Then, there is some slight bend on the base when you are more emotional while typing.

Additionally, the laptop tends to heat up a little bit. Despite the base-lift hinge mechanism it utilizes, it still can’t fare very well with the temperatures of its processor. On the bright side, this results in a good performance, especially in day-to-day work tasks, where it really shines.

Now the time has come for the biggest feature of this laptop – its battery life. We were able to get… wait for it… 20 hours and a half of Web browsing, as well as more than 14 hours of video playback. This catapults it straight onto the top step of the podium of our Best Battery Life chart.

Last but not least, we should note that the Carbon Fiber look is sick. And when we set aside the slight bendy base, the build quality is on point. However, we feel that the Lenovo ThinkPad T490s is a better all-rounder of a device.

Pros

  • Good performance in short tasks
  • Comfortable for typing keyboard
  • Good build quality with a choice between aluminum and carbon fiber
  • Optional IR face recognition and fingerprint reader
  • Amazing battery life

Cons

  • Gets warm pretty quickly
  • Keycaps are on the smaller side
  • High retail price

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-14-7400/





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