Are you in need of a business laptop with incredible performance? If yes, you need to check out this Dell Latitude 5400 review.
Itechguides' Take on Dell Latitude 5400
The Dell Latitude 5400 is a business laptop that offers an impressive CPU performance as well as an optional touchscreen FHD display. Furthermore, this laptop comes with a comfortable keyboard and an excellent battery life. There is hardly anything to dislike about this laptop aside from its unattractive design.
- Impressive CPU performance
- Excellent battery life
- Optional touchscreen display
- Comfy keyboard
- Multiple storage options
- Unattractive design
In this review, I will provide a thorough breakdown of the laptop’s design, features, and specifications. Following that, I will also include an extensive analysis of the laptop’s performance in areas such as CPU, RAM, storage, GPU, and battery life.
Furthermore, I will be comparing the laptop’s performance with some of its close competitors using benchmark test results. Additionally, I will include a rating on a scale of one to ten in each section of this review.
These ratings are going to be based on my personal perspective and the laptop’s performance. Therefore, when you read this review article all the way through, you should have enough information to make an informed purchase decision.
My Initial Thoughts
Since its announcement in 1994, the Dell Latitude lineup has offered us numerous business laptops with excellent performance. So, in 2019, as a means of expanding the lineup, Dell released the Latitude 5400.
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As expected, the Dell Latitude 5400 is a business laptop that boasts a lot of exceptional specs with incredible performance. Impressively, these exceptional specifications and performance come at a reasonable price.
To be more specific, the Dell Latitude 5400 had a starting price of $595.51 when I published this review in March 2022. However, does the Dell Latitude 5400 have enough features and performance to compete with other business laptops in the Latitude lineup?
To get an answer to that question, you have to read on!
Dell Latitude 5400 Design, Dimension, and Weight Review
As with most business laptops in the Latitude lineup, the Dell Latitude 5400 does not feature an exciting or stunning look. However, this laptop has a lot of rigidity and some amazing design specs.
To give more details, the laptop features a simple slate-gray plastic chassis. Impressively, despite being made of plastic, this laptop does not feel cheap or fragile.
As a matter of fact, the laptop is so sturdy and rigid that you will hardly notice any creaking sound or flex.
That said, the lid of the Dell Latitude 5400 and base are firmly attached together by a set of sturdy plastic hinges. Speaking of the lid, you will find a “Dell” logo boldly stamped at the center of the lid.
However, this logo is the only thing you will find on the lid’s bland surface. Nevertheless, the silver highlight around the logo adds a little bit of elegance to the lid.
Upon opening this lid, you will discover that the Dell latitude 5400 features a 14-inch non-touchscreen display with HD (1366 x 768) resolution. However, you can purchase another model of this laptop that features a 14-inch touchscreen display with FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
Besides, this review is based on the Dell latitude 5400 with a 14-inch touchscreen FHD display. This display offers decent picture quality and color accuracy for video streaming and web browsing.
Also, this display is made with a glossy IPS panel. The primary benefit of having a display made with a glossy IPS panel is that the display offers a vivid presentation of colors and wide viewing angles.
As a result, the contents and colors on the laptop’s display can be viewed from numerous angles without losing quality. Thus, it is fair to say that the Dell Latitude 5400 with the 14-inch FHD display offers nothing short of an excellent viewing experience.
However, that doesn’t mean the laptop with an HD display isn’t good. As a matter of fact, the laptop’s HD non-touchscreen display also offers decent picture quality for casual video streaming and web browsing.
That said, the Dell latitude 5400’s 14-inch display is flanked by narrow side bezels and thick top and bottom bezels. Moreover, at the top bezel, you’ll find an HD IR sensor webcam.
Due to its IR sensor, this webcam supports facial recognition for easy login via Windows Hello. However, the HD webcam doesn’t seem ideal for taking pictures as it delivers blurry and grainy image quality.
Nevertheless, the webcam is quite decent for video calls and regular skyping.
Moving on, the Dell Latitude 5400 features a chiclet-style keyboard. The keys on this keyboard are well spaced in a manner that supports all finger types.
In terms of performance, the keys are bouncy and respond swiftly to inputs. Thus, enabling users to get a comfortable and enjoyable typing experience.
As for the touchpad, the Dell Latitude 5400 offers a wide touchpad at the bottom of the keyboard. In addition to that, the touchpad comes with a set of dedicated click buttons.
Performance-wise, this touchpad is impressively smooth and responds to touches seamlessly. Also, it supports multitouch gestures like pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling.
For port options, the Dell Latitude 5400 features a generous number of ports around its sides. Precisely, on the left side, the laptop offers a USB Type-C (DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 3) port, a USB Type-A port, and a DC-in power connector.
Meanwhile, on the right side, you will find two USB Type-A ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI 1.4b port, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack.
Having said all that, let us proceed to discuss the weight and size of the laptop. In that regard, the Dell Latitude 5400 weighs just 1520 g and measures 323.1 x 216 x 19.6 – 20.8 mm (W x D x H).
With the above-mentioned weight, we can say this Dell laptop is not particularly heavy. Hence, you should be able to easily carry the laptop around in your backpack.
In fact, when compared with some of its closest competitors, the Dell Latitude 5400 weighs less. For example, the HP Notebook 15 ay011nr weighs 2140 g and measures 384 x 255 x 23.7 mm (W x D x H).
To end this design review section, I will rate the Dell Latitude 5400 an eight out of ten for its decent design and lightweight.
Dell Latitude 5400 Processor (CPU) Performance Review
For processing power, the Dell Latitude 5400 employs a quad-core Intel Core i7-8665U processor. In case you are wondering, a quad-core processor is a CPU that has four cores on its chip.
Thus, this processor assures a faster and better performance than a dual-core or single-core processor. In addition to its quad-core, the Dell Latitude 5400’s processor offers 8 MB cache memory.
Not just that, this processor also has a base frequency of 1.90 GHz and a maximum frequency of 4.80 GHz. As a result, with this CPU, the Dell Latitude 5400 should be able to handle both simple and demanding computing tasks efficiently.
For more insights on this laptop’s processor performance, I will now share its Geekbench 4.4 test result. To clarify, Geekbench 4.4 is a cross-platform benchmark test that evaluates the processor’s performance of a computer by running a series of workloads.
Moreover, the higher the score on this test, the better the processor’s performance. Thus, based on the test result, the Dell Latitude 5400 scored 18275 points.
When compared with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, this Dell laptop performed better. Specifically, on the Geekbench 4.4 test, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 scored 17234 points.
It is worth mentioning that this Lenovo laptop also features an Intel Core i7-8665U processor
In summary, the Dell Latitude 5400 comes with an impressive CPU that offers adequate performance for running most computing tasks. Furthermore, with this processor, this Dell laptop outperformed most of its competitors on a CPU benchmark test.
Hence, the Dell Latitude 5400 deserves a rating of nine out of ten in this processor review section.
Dell Latitude 5400 Memory (RAM) Performance Review
The Dell Latitude 5400 comes with a 2666MHz DDR4 memory type and a standard 4 GB RAM. Moreover, this laptop does not limit you to 4 GB RAM because it features two memory slots.
As a result, you can upgrade the laptop’s memory to a maximum capacity of 32 GB. However, I don’t think an upgrade will be necessary because the 4 GB standard memory is enough to keep things running smoothly.
Specifically, with 4 GB RAM, this laptop should be able to effectively run 15 Chrome tabs concurrently with two videos streaming on YouTube. Not just that, switching between these Chrome tabs and the videos should be very easy for this laptop.
In order to further verify this laptop’s memory performance, let us consider its PCMark 10 test result. PCMark 10 is a benchmark test that determines the performance of a computer’s memory by simulating everyday tasks such as word processing.
It would interest you to know that a high score on this benchmark test indicates a good memory performance. So, based on the test results, the Dell Latitude 5400 scored 4088 points leaving most of its rivals behind.
For example, this laptop surpassed the Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i which scored 3862 points on the PCMark 10 test. Therefore, due to its impressive benchmark performance, I will rate the Dell Latitude 5400 a nine in this memory review section.
Dell Latitude 5400 Storage Options and Performance Review
In terms of storage, the Dell Latitude 5400 comes with several options that should meet most users’ demands. Specifically, you can purchase this laptop with either a 5400 RPM SATA HDD or a 7200 RPM SATA HDD.
Also, you can purchase the laptop with an M.2 SATA SSD or an M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe SSD. The two HDD storage options and the M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe SSD support a maximum storage capacity of 1 TB each.
The M.2 SATA SSD, on the other hand, supports a maximum storage capacity of 512 GB. Therefore, with these available storage options, I believe you will definitely find the one that best satisfies your storage needs.
However, for the purpose of this review, our focus is on the Dell Latitude 5400 with 1 TB M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe SSD. Honestly, 1 TB of storage space should be sufficient for most users to save their documents, application, e.t.c.
As a matter of fact, the Dell Latitude 5400 comes with a microSD card reader for storage expansion. With that being, let us now discuss the laptop’s performance on a file transfer test.
On this file transfer test, one would expect the laptop to deliver an impressive performance because it uses an SSD storage option. Well, that’s exactly what the laptop delivers – an outstanding performance.
Precisely, on the file transfer (copy) test, the Dell Latitude 5400 was able to copy 4.97 GB of multimedia files in just 12 seconds. It does this at a super-fast transfer rate of 434.1 MBps (megabytes per second).
To further prove this laptop’s performance with its NVMe SSD storage option, I will now highlight its CrystalDiskMark test results. Briefly, CrystalDiskMark is a benchmark test that assesses a computer’s storage performance.
It does this by measuring the read and write speed of the computer’s storage drive. For clarity, read and write speed simply means the time it takes for a storage drive to open and save files respectively.
Therefore, a high “MBps” value on the CrystalDiskMark test represents a fast read and write speed. Thus, based on the test results, the Dell Latitude 5400 has a sequential read speed of 2800 MBps and a sequential write speed of 2150 MBps.
Comparatively, the Lenovo ThinkPad E580 has a sequential read speed of 1280 MBps and a sequential write speed of 638.6 MBps. Clearly, the Dell Latitude 5400 has a better and faster storage performance than the Lenovo ThinkPad E580 which also uses an SSD.
Hence, I will rate the Dell Latitude 5400 a nine out of ten in this storage review section.
Dell Latitude 5400 Graphics Card Performance Review
For graphics, the Dell Latitude 5400 offers two graphics card options. The first option is an Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card which is an integrated GPU.
Thus, the graphics card is embedded into the laptop’s processor and shares memory with the CPU to perform graphics-related tasks. As a result, the GPU might not be able to perform graphics-demanding tasks effectively
In terms of speed, this integrated graphics card offers a base frequency of 300 MHz and a maximum frequency of 1150 MHz.
The second GPU option is an AMD Radeon 540X graphics card. Furthermore, this GPU offers a base frequency of 980 MHz and a maximum frequency of 1219 MHz.
Also, unlike the first graphics card option, this GPU is a dedicated graphics card with 2 GB DDR5 VRAM. As a result, with this GPU, the Dell Latitude 5400 should be able to handle graphics-demanding tasks like video editing efficiently.
As a matter of fact, the laptop should be able to run a few modern games. Speaking of games, while playing Back 4 Blood 2021, the Dell Latitude 5400 with the dedicated GPU option delivered an impressive frame rate of 62.7 fps.
To further ascertain the performance of this laptop with its dedicated GPU, I will now share its 3DMark test result. 3DMark is a benchmark test that evaluates the 3D and 2D graphics rendering abilities of a computer.
Also, the higher the score on this test, the better the graphics performance of the computer. So, according to the 3DMark test result, the Dell Latitude 5400 scored 11989 points.
In comparison, this Dell laptop has a better graphic performance than the Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491 which also uses an AMD Radeon 540X GPU. Specifically, on the 3DMark test, the Acer Swift 3 SF314-41G-R491 scored 11545 points.
In conclusion, the Dell Latitude 5400 offers multiple GPU options including a powerful dedicated graphics card. Also, this laptop performed better than one of its closest competitors on a GPU benchmark test.
Thus, the Dell Latitude 5400 deserves a rating of nine out of ten in this graphics review section.
Dell Latitude 5400 Battery Life and Performance Review
For the battery, the Dell Latitude 5400 offers multiple options. Specifically, you can acquire the laptop with a 3-cell 42 WHr Lithium-ion, a 3-cell 51 WHr Lithium-ion, or a 4-cell 68 WHr Lithium-ion battery.
However, this review is based on the Dell Latitude 5400 with a 4-cell 68 WHr Lithium-ion battery. According to Dell, with this battery, this laptop can last up to 12 hours.
To validate this claim, I will now highlight the laptop’s result on a battery rundown test. Moreover, the battery rundown test involves surfing the web using a WIFI connection until the laptop’s battery dies.
Thus, at the end of this test, the Dell Latitude 5400 delivered a battery life of 13 hours and 19 minutes. Interestingly, this laptop’s battery life exceeded Dell’s initial claim of 12 hours.
In fact, when compared with some of its closest competitors, this Dell laptop offers a longer battery life. For instance, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 delivered a battery life of 9 hours and 30 minutes on the same battery test.
Therefore, to conclude this battery review section, I will rate the Dell Latitude 5400 a nine out of ten.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Dell Latitude 5400 was released in 2019.
Yes, it does. The Dell Latitude 5400 comes with an HD webcam located at the top of its display bezel.
The Dell Latitude measures 323.1 x 216 x 19.6 – 20.8 mm (W x D x H).
During the time I wrote this review in March 2022, the Dell Latitude 5400 had a starting price of $595.51.
The Dell Latitude 5400 offers two GPU options which are the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics card and a dedicated AMD Radeon 540X graphics card.
My Final Thoughts
The Dell Latitude 5400 offers exceptional performance for everyday computing tasks as well as demanding computing tasks. Furthermore, as a business laptop, this laptop features an all-day-long battery life for maximum operations.
That’s not all, this Dell laptop also offers an optional touchscreen FHD display and a comfortable keyboard for typing. Honestly, in terms of performance, this laptop checks all of the right boxes.
However, the laptop isn’t the type you can flaunt to your friend due to its unattractive design. Nevertheless, if you need a high-performing business laptop with outstanding battery life, you should consider the Dell Latitude 5400.
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