Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 Laptop Review
The Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is a flexible business partner that can let its hair down.
There are many times when I need a potent portable puter, so the chance to live with the Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 was too good an opportunity to pass up. This convertible touchscreen tour-de-force boasts an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, all-day stamina, a fingerprint reader and face-recognition camera for security. But, did I like it?
There are a lot of things to like about having a 2-in-1 laptop and, when given the option, I tend to be attracted to these over the regular clamshell variety. However, I can possibly count the number of times I flip that keyboard over to use the said device as a tablet. So, it is perhaps worth noting that the 7390 is also available in regular lappy flavour.
Dell 7390 Design
The Dell 7390 comes wearing a black, soft-touch slim-fit work suit. It is obviously more ready for work than play which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It does feel solid, and the keyboard certainly feels like it can take some hammer. Additionally, the screen stands up to some severe prodding too.
The Dell measures 0.75- x 12- x 8.3-inches (HWD) and so makes for a pretty portable PC. Weighing in at a respectable 3.2 pounds it also makes for a good bag companion.
Flipping the lid up and the full HD display is surrounded by slim bezels. Of course, the top bezel is a tad thicker to make room for the webcam. The infrared webcam is Windows Hello face-recognition friendly allowing you to log in with your grinning mug. For the more self-conscious password dodgers, there is a fingerprint reader.
The Latitude 7390 2-in-1 has connectivity options aplenty with a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports on the left that can also be used as DisplayPorts. Furthermore, either of those ports can be used with the supplied AC adapter for power. Additionally, there’s also an HDMI port and a SmartCard slot.
On the right-hand side, you’ll find an audio jack, a microSD card slot, and a micro SIM tray for optional mobile broadband. The power button and volume rocker are also on the right. Rounding things off are a brace of Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one on each side. Wireless support includes 802.11ac, Bluetooth, and near-field communication (NFC).
Rounding off the design is the nicely-sized backlit keyboard.
All-in-all, a good looking laptop that keeps it stealthy.
The Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is powered by an Intel Core i7-8650U processor with a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU boasting Intel’s vPro manageability features and UHD 620 integrated graphics. The processor is buddied with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe solid-state drive (SSD).
Power and handling
With all of that pushing things along in the engine room, most tasks are dealt with quick-smart. Large Excel workbooks are despatched, documents are dispensed and even photos edited without the 7390 breaking a sweat.
Naturally, integrated graphics aren’t going to handle the latest gaming titles on insane settings, but it will play your Netflix boxsets nice and smoothly. A real bonus when those meetings start to circle around the same discussions.
The Latitude accompanied me to work and also to some press bashes and when using it rested on my knees it all felt solid. The screen doesn’t flex that much when being prodded and poked and the chassis didn’t feel like it was going to buckle when typing away on it.
This brings me nicely on to the backlit keyboard. The keys have a pretty fast and responsive feel. Dell has even managed to make way for real Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys. At first, the keys did feel slightly closer together, but it wasn’t long before I was happily touch-typing my way through presentations.
Also worthy of note is the relatively small touchpad. Again, nicely responsive it picks up gestures well and clicks when you mean it rather than by accident. The two buttons beneath it have a grippy texture and do their job wonderfully.
Sound and vision
The speakers on the Latitude 7390 3-in-1 are found underneath the keyboard. They are reasonably loud but not what I’d call audiophile quality. However, they will add music and sound effects to brighten up any PowerPoint presentation or watching a film in the Travel Lodge.
The convertible’s 13.3-inch screen is nice and bright with deep colours and wide viewing angles. Contrast is remarkably decent and helps to make those HD videos look pin sharp.
Stamina isn’t bad either racking up around 14 hours of video playback. That result equates to easily getting you through a day’s work with an episode or two of your favourite series on the commute. Alternatively, a flight and a meeting for you jet-setters.
This is a very capable machine.
Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 review conclusion
The Latitude 7390 convertible is an excellent workhorse. Its soft textured rubberised outer will brush off the rigours of the road, while the 8th Gen i7 will power it through the day. Keeping the lights on is excellent battery stamina and the keyboard, while a little snug, is great to use. Finally, the screen is bright and colours deep with contrast that will do justice to movies.
Add to that it can be used as a tablet or display screen in ‘tent mode’, and you have an extremely useful executive tool.
I would definitely be happy to have one on the road with me.
Price and availability
The Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 is available now with prices starting at £1,232. The model we had to review comes in at £1,732.