Latitude 3300 sits on the bottom end of the Latitude family by Dell. This time, it is not aimed at high-profile businesses and people that need their laptop entirely for work. However, it can be more appealing to students who are in for something durable, that is going to last them throughout the entire day at school, and still has some juice left for entertainment.

This is why, Dell has opted for the yester-year processors, ranging from the Pentium 4415U all the way up to the Core i5-8250U. Additionally, you have the choice of a 768p TN panel and a Full HD IPS display. Despite, aimed at students, this laptop is not one of the cheapest on the market. What then is going to make them buy it? Let’s find out.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-3300/

Contents


Specs Sheet

What’s in the box?

Its packaging includes the laptop itself, as well as a 65Wh charging brick and the mandatory manuals and guides.

Design and construction

Let’s begin by saying that the laptop is entirely made out of plastic. However, this doesn’t stop it to be built like a tank! No, seriously, the Latitude 3300 looks like it can take a lot of beating, and Dell is confident enough that they stated that on their own website. They also say something about surviving a 30″ drop onto a steel surface, however, we cannot entirely believe such in-house tests. Moreover, they say that their warranty doesn’t cover accidental damages and if you want one, you need to buy it.

This is completely normal, though. What is not very normal these days is to see a 13-inch laptop that is 22mm thick and has a starting weight of 1.59 kg.

It also has a rubberized material going all the way around the sides of the laptop. They spread evenly onto the lid, which by the way, cannot be opened with a single hand.

If we move on to the base of the notebook, it has a spill-resistant keyboard that lacks a backlight has a rather short travel, but on the bright side, the feedback is clicky and provides a decent typing experience.

On the bottom plate, you can see the ventilation grills, as well as the speaker cut-outs and one more ventilation grill that helps the thermal management of the M.2 SSD.

Ports

On the left side of the laptop you’re going to find the barrel-style charging plug, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1), an RJ-45 connector, followed by an HDMI port and a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port. On the other side, there is another USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port a MicroSD card slot and an audio combo jack.

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for the Latitude 3300 can be downloaded from here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/latitude-13-3300-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. Latitude 3300 in our configuration came with a 56Wh battery pack.

Combining the relatively high battery capacity and the 13-inch 768p display results in a very respectable battery life figures. We were able to get around 15 hours of web browsing and a little over 13 hours of video playback.

CPU options

Dell Latitude 3300 comes with one of the following – Pentium 4415U, Celeron 3865U, Core i3-7020U, and the most powerful of the bunch – the Core i5-8250.


GPU options

There is no choice of a dedicated graphics card here. Depending on the processor you buy the laptop with, you’re going to get the HD Graphics 610, 620 or the UHD 620.


Dell Latitude 13 3300 GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Dell Latitude 13 3300 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell Latitude 13 3300 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.


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 8250U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 3300 3.13 GHz (B+96%) @ 95°C 2.54 GHz (B+59%) @ 96°C N/A
Lenovo IdeaPad 330s-14 2.32 GHz (B+31%) @ 57°C 1.72 GHz (B+7%) @ 56°C 1.68 GHz (B+5%) @ 57°C
Xiaomi Notebook Air 13 2.84 GHz (B+78%) @ 80°C 2.16 GHz (B+35%) @ 71°C 2.03 GHz (B+28%) @ 76°C

Dell Latitude 3300 started the test is a great way – 3.13 GHz, which is significantly higher than the opponents we put it against. However, the temperatures were also a lot higher. After the second checkpoint, we saw a significant decrease, although still better than the opposition. However, temperatures refused to go down – 96C after the second measurement. By the way, we should mention that the fan turns on after about 20 seconds into the torture. What we didn’t expect, though, was that the laptop won’t be able to finish our 15-minute Prime95 stress. The laptop simply shut down after 8 minutes of 100% CPU load. Honestly, we weren’t expecting that the Core i5-8250U is going to be a very capable CPU for video rendering, but we were certainly not prepared that it is not going to pass the test whatsoever.

Just before it shut down, the clock speed was 2.14 GHz, while the temperature was 86C. If someone has this device and has encountered such a problem and had it resolved, make sure you leave a comment, because the device we tested was not an engineering sample but an actual retail unit from the store.

Comfort during full load

Obviously, we weren’t able to run the stress test for the full 15 minutes, but after 8, the laptop was a little warm on the outside – around 44C.

Verdict

Dell Latitude 3300 started off as a very good option for students. It is incredibly sturdy and has a rubberized sturdy edge all around it. However, it is a little pricey, and we are frankly wondering why is it marketed towards students. I mean, most of us have been students and prioritizing your expenses will never put that amount of money for a laptop. Or… a laptop like this one, more specifically.

For the same amount of money, you can get a budget gaming laptop or if you don’t a laptop for games you can opt for an Ideapad or even some Inspiron devices. Yes, they won’t be that sturdy and their battery will probably last less time. This makes us think that the Latitude 3300 will be more suitable for a working environment, where there is a chance to drop your laptop at any given time.

In terms of the I/O and its input devices, the notebook is not bad at all. Basically, you can’t ask for more and despite the keyboard lacks a backlight and its key travel is pretty short it is really pleasant to type on.

Sadly, we have to tell you that the Latitude 3300 probably is not the best purchase as of the moment of writing this review. We noticed that it has a problem sustaining high load during longer periods of time. More specifically, we have never had problems with a laptop during our full load tests. Well, before we had this device with us. After 8 minutes of torture, the Latitude 3300 just randomly shuts down. We tried a couple of times and at some point, it shut down only 5 minutes into the test. Probably Dell can address this issue in some of the future updates but it is frustrating to have such a problem with a brand new laptop.

Pros

  • Very rigid and durable design
  • Keyboard is pleasant for typing
  • Exceptional battery life

Cons

  • Gets hot under heavy load
  • Shuts down by itself after some time of full load (less than 10 minutes)
  • Keyboard lacks backlight
  • Pricey for a student notebook

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-3300/





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