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Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 Convertible Review: A ThinkPad X390 Yoga Alternative

Daily workhorse for travelers. For a 13.3-inch business convertible, it nails all the right wireless connectivity features including optional Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and LTE-A. However, it's still a tad on the heavy side when compared to other convertible subnotebooks in its size class.

Dell unveiled the 13.3-inch Latitude 5300 series at Dell Technologies World 2019 to replace last year's 12-inch Latitude 5290 series. While the display may be larger, the PC maker is promising that both weight and size will remain about the same because of the new narrow-bezel chassis design of the Latitude 5300 series. The mid-range family sits comfortably in between the entry-level Latitude 3000 series and higher-end Latitude 7000 series to ultimately offer a combination of both extremes.

The Latitude 5300 series comes in both clamshell and 2-in-1 options, but we'll be looking more closely at the 5300 2-in-1 for today. Current SKUs range from the Core i5-8265U up to the Core i7-8665U with 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB to 512 GB of NVMe storage. The 1080p IPS touchscreen and integrated UHD Graphics 620 come standard on all configurations. The test unit we have here is the middle SKU consisting of the Core i5-8365U CPU with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD retailing for about $1400 USD.

The Latitude 5300 2-in-1 competes directly with other 13-inch business convertibles including the Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga, Microsoft Surface Book 2, and HP EliteBook x360 1030 as well as the consumer-centric Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, Asus ZenBook Flip S, and the Acer Switch 7.

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Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 (Latitude 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, 25.20.100.6577
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, 10-point capacitive, native pen support, LG Philips LGD05DC, IPS, 133WF7, Dell P/N: V0GPY, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.7 x 306.5 x 207.5 ( = 0.7 x 12.07 x 8.17 in)
Battery
60 Wh, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dell Command, Power Manager, Digital Delivery, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.43 kg ( = 50.44 oz / 3.15 pounds), Power Supply: 275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds)
Price
1400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

As is typical amongst Latitude laptops, The 5300 2-in-1 is MIL-STD 810G certified for several tests including shock, vibration, pressure, and sand and dust. Chassis rigidity is slightly weaker with more flexing and creaking than the magnesium alloy skeletons of higher-end Latitude 7000 and XPS laptops. The center of the keyboard, for example, is more susceptible to warping when applying pressure with a finger whereas a tougher Latitude 7000 would be more rigid around these weaker areas. The system was made to look like a pricier Latitude 7000 down to the smooth matte texture without necessarily using the same metal alloy materials. The difference is noticeable in the hand but not significant enough to impact usability or the core user experience.

The lid is relatively stiff especially when compared to the flimsier lids of the LG Gram 13 or Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and the hinges are firm with no teetering up to the maximum of 360 degrees. Thus, we find the process of switching between different modes seamless despite the system being a mid-range Latitude offering. Our main complaint is the somewhat heavy weight of the system which makes one-handed presentation or operation more difficult than lighter alternatives.

Speaking of weight, the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 is one of the smaller but heavier 13-inch business convertibles available. The competing ThinkPad X390 Yoga, for example, has a larger footprint even though it is slightly lighter by about 100 g while the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is both marginally smaller and lighter. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen continues to be the lightest 13-inch convertible with a 15 W Intel ULV CPU at just under 1 kg. Users who want a more Surface Pro-like experience can consider the thinner Latitude 5290 2-in-1 instead.

Polycarbonate replaces magnesium for the Latitude 5300 series. Visually, however, the chassis looks a lot like the Latitude 7390 2-in-1
Polycarbonate replaces magnesium for the Latitude 5300 series. Visually, however, the chassis looks a lot like the Latitude 7390 2-in-1
The "chin" bezel is slightly narrower than on the ThinkPad X390 Yoga
The "chin" bezel is slightly narrower than on the ThinkPad X390 Yoga
Hinges are uniformly rigid with no creaking when changing angles. Attempting to twist the base side-to-side will cause slight creaking
Hinges are uniformly rigid with no creaking when changing angles. Attempting to twist the base side-to-side will cause slight creaking
Fingerprints will accumulate quickly on the smooth matte surface. The outer lid is reinforced carbon fiber which attributes to its above-average rigidity
Fingerprints will accumulate quickly on the smooth matte surface. The outer lid is reinforced carbon fiber which attributes to its above-average rigidity
310.4 mm / 12.2 inch 206.5 mm / 8.13 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 998 g2.2 lbs310.4 mm / 12.2 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 15.95 mm / 0.628 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs306.5 mm / 12.1 inch 207.5 mm / 8.17 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs305.8 mm / 12 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 15.8 mm / 0.622 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs292 mm / 11.5 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 1.3 kg2.82 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 211.1 mm / 8.31 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs

Connectivity

Port options and positioning are respectable albeit some are optional including Thunderbolt 3, WWAN, and the Smart Card reader. Users will have to rely on the Thunderbolt 3 port for all their docking needs now that Dell has been slowly phasing out its proprietary E-Port dock.

It's strange that the Latitude continues to include a proprietary AC adapter for charging when competitors like the EliteBook X360 1030 or aforementioned ThinkPad X390 Yoga have already made the full transition to USB Type-C charging only. Dell could have made the 5300 2-in-1 even lighter and potentially slimmer had it dropped its AC adapter port or replace it with a second USB Type-C port. To Dell's credit, the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 can accept both AC adapter and USB Type-C charging and so owners will have two charging options.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Noble Lock, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, MicroSD reader, MicroSIM reader (optional), 3.5 mm combo audio
Right: Noble Lock, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, MicroSD reader, MicroSIM reader (optional), 3.5 mm combo audio
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Thunderbolt 3 (optional), AC adapter
Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 1.4, Thunderbolt 3 (optional), AC adapter

SD Card Reader

Dell integrates a faster MicroSD card reader than most competing systems. Transferring 1 GB worth of pictures from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 7 seconds compared to twice that on the ThinkPad X390.

A fully inserted MicroSD card protrudes about 1 mm for easy transporting and ejecting.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
184 MB/s ∼100% +17%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
157.1 MB/s ∼85%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
80.5 MB/s ∼44% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
79.1 MB/s ∼43% -50%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.6 MB/s ∼41% -52%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.6 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
187.9 MB/s ∼98%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
89.65 MB/s ∼47% -52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
86.5 MB/s ∼45% -54%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.8 MB/s ∼42% -56%

Communication

The Intel 9560 comes standard with integrated Bluetooth 5 and 802.11ac connectivity up to a theoretical 1.73 Gbps. Note that performance can be higher than what we've recorded below since our server setup is limited by a 1 Gbps line. Users can upgrade to Intel AX200 wireless for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity much like on the upcoming XPS 13 7390 2-in-1.

Although our test unit doesn't support them, WWAN and Micro-SIM LTE are available on some configurations. Unfortunately, the WWAN slot on our unit lacks the necessary antenna meaning that users will have to purchase WWAN-specific SKUs to use this feature.

Users cannot simply install a WWAN module on any SKU as the necessary antenna are not provided on all configurations
Users cannot simply install a WWAN module on any SKU as the necessary antenna are not provided on all configurations
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 (min: 636, max: 689) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
651 MBit/s ∼97%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
649 MBit/s ∼97% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
646 MBit/s ∼97% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
653 (min: 322, max: 702) MBit/s ∼96% 0%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
652 MBit/s ∼96%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
539 MBit/s ∼79% -17%

Security

Dell Command comes pre-installed as well as TPM, a power button fingerprint reader, and optional Windows Hello. A webcam shutter slider or camera "kill switch" is not available unlike on the HP Spectre x360 15. Users who want a hands-free sign-in experience may want to consider the higher-end Latitude 7400 2-in-1.

It's worth noting that current configurations offer IR camera or WWAN but not both simultaneously.

Accessories

There are no included extras in the box other than the usual Quick Start paperwork. Dell offers plenty of optional accessories including the PN579X Active Pen stylus and the very handy DA300 USB Type-C docking station that provides extras ports like VGA, DisplayPort, and RJ-45. Competing alternatives like the Surface Pro or ThinkPad X390 Yoga ship with active pens at no extra cost.

PN579X Active Pen sticks magnetically to the right edge of the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 only
PN579X Active Pen sticks magnetically to the right edge of the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 only
Dell DA300 USB Type-C adapter with integrated VGA, HDMI, USB Type-A, USB Type-C, RJ-45, and DisplayPort
Dell DA300 USB Type-C adapter with integrated VGA, HDMI, USB Type-A, USB Type-C, RJ-45, and DisplayPort

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by just 8 Philips screws for easy servicing. Users will have direct access to the M.2 2280 storage slot, both SODIMM slots, both WLAN and WWAN slots, and internal battery. We find the system easier to service and upgrade when compared to other convertible notebooks like the Asus ZenBook Flip S or EliteBook x360 1030.

Easy access to internal components as is tradition for a Dell Latitude laptop
Easy access to internal components as is tradition for a Dell Latitude laptop

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with options to extend up to five years. Dell offers a wider variety of warranty options than most since it is one of the world's largest OEMs.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit chiclet keyboard keys offer low clatter, moderate travel, and soft feedback for a generally quiet typing experience. Users who prefer firmer or crisper keys will find the keyboards on the HP Spectre 13 or EliteBook x360 1030 to be the better option.

A notable drawback relates to its layout of the keyboard. The Arrow keys, Page Up key, and Page Down key are half the size of the main QWERTY keys for a spongier and less satisfying feedback when pressed. Furthermore, these smaller keys are grouped together very closely and so accidental inputs can an issue especially for users with larger fingers. There's nothing more annoying that trying to scroll left or right on an Excel sheet only to accidentally jump up or down the entire page instead.

Touchpad

The trackpad is small (~9.2 x 5.1 cm) when compared to the trackpads of the XPS 13 (~10.5 x 6.0 cm) or Elitebook x360 1030 G3 (11.1 x 6.5 cm). Even so, we still prefer the trackpad on the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 because of its dedicated mouse keys. Clicks are more accurate and reliable than integrated clickpad keys which have a tendency to make dragging and dropping more difficult. The mouse keys here are actually quieter than expected with moderate travel and soft feedback.

Gliding on the slightly roughened trackpad surface is smooth when moving at fast or moderate speeds. There is slight sticking if moving at slower speeds, but we don't find it to be distracting during use.

Identical keyboard layout to the Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Identical keyboard layout to the Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Soft key feedback
Soft key feedback
Small trackpad with dedicated mouse keys
Small trackpad with dedicated mouse keys
Active Pen attaches to the right edge and not the left. Say goodbye to all those ports it's blocking!
Active Pen attaches to the right edge and not the left. Say goodbye to all those ports it's blocking!

Display

The Latitude 5300 2-in-1 uses an LG Philips LGD05DC IPS panel in contrast to the AU Optronics panel on the XPS 13 9380. Results are mixed because while black-white response times are faster for reduced ghosting, the backlight is dimmer at only about 300 nits. The competing Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and EliteBook x360 1030 G3 are both significantly brighter by almost 50 percent each. Having a very bright display is especially important for a convertible notebook as users are more likely to do work outdoors or on-the-go.

Onscreen content is crisp with no graininess issues as one would expect from a glossy panel. Our test unit exhibits slight uneven backlight bleeding around the corners that only becomes noticeable during video playback with black borders.

Edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass touchscreen with active pen support. Top bezel remains somewhat thick
Edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass touchscreen with active pen support. Top bezel remains somewhat thick
Narrow side bezels responsible for the small footprint of the chassis
Narrow side bezels responsible for the small footprint of the chassis
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Sharp subpixel array
Sharp subpixel array
283
cd/m²
297.7
cd/m²
282.8
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
316.2
cd/m²
298.8
cd/m²
295.7
cd/m²
310.5
cd/m²
294.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 316.2 cd/m² Average: 297.6 cd/m² Minimum: 17.53 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 316.2 cd/m²
Contrast: 1171:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.67 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1, calibrated: 1.26
ΔE Greyscale 7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
95.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 61.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.64
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
LG Philips LGD05DC, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
LP133WF7-SPB1, IPS LED, 13.3, 1920x1080
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
BOE075E, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
ID: AUO 282B B133ZAN Dell: 90NTH, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
LGD0588, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Chi Mei CMN1380, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-48%
-23%
-52%
-36%
-9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
57.6 (28.4, 29.2)
-53%
49.2 (33.2, 16)
-31%
58 (26, 32)
-54%
51.6 (25.6, 26)
-37%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
-5%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (13.2, 10.8)
34 (18.4, 15.6)
-42%
27.6 (17.6, 10)
-15%
36 (20, 16)
-50%
32.4 (16.4, 16)
-35%
27.2 (14.8, 12.4)
-13%
PWM Frequency
3049 (99)
26040 (62)
Screen
25%
-5%
2%
19%
17%
Brightness middle
316.2
356
13%
473
50%
404
28%
329.8
4%
467.2
48%
Brightness
298
336
13%
441
48%
389
31%
318
7%
445
49%
Brightness Distribution
89
88
-1%
88
-1%
85
-4%
74
-17%
91
2%
Black Level *
0.27
0.16
41%
0.57
-111%
0.37
-37%
0.25
7%
0.4
-48%
Contrast
1171
2225
90%
830
-29%
1092
-7%
1319
13%
1168
0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.67
3.6
37%
3.72
34%
3.72
34%
2.37
58%
2.41
57%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.97
5.5
31%
7.83
2%
7.38
7%
4.08
49%
5.58
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.26
1.1
13%
2.14
-70%
2.06
-63%
1.33
-6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7
4.7
33%
5.1
27%
4.44
37%
2.8
60%
3.7
47%
Gamma
2.64 83%
2.48 89%
2.31 95%
2.34 94%
2.145 103%
2.37 93%
CCT
6440 101%
6374 102%
7569 86%
7095 92%
6441 101%
7158 91%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.4
61.3
0%
58.9
-4%
60
-2%
67
9%
62.5
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95.7
95.7
0%
90.8
-5%
93
-3%
98
2%
99.6
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-12% / 13%
-14% / -8%
-25% / -6%
-9% / 10%
4% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers sRGB almost in its entirety to be comparable to most flagship consumer Ultrabooks including Dell's own XPS 13. For a business subnotebook, colors are deeper than many others in the same category including the new HP ProBook 430 G6.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal inaccurate grayscale and colors out of the box which is disappointing considering the wide color gamut of the panel. A calibration addresses these shortcomings for a significantly more accurate display; grayscale and ColorChecker deltaE values drop from 7 and 5.67 to just 1.1 and 1.26, respectively. We recommend an end-user calibration if possible to get the most out of the display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9429 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average at best and poorer than on the XPS 13, EliteBook x360 1030 G3, MacBook Pro 13, or Samsung Notebook 9 Pen as all these alternatives have brighter displays than our Latitude. Glare is inevitable even if working under shade and anything brighter will immediately wash out the screen. The wide viewing angles can only do so much to make up for the relatively dim backlight.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles with minimal impact to colors and contrast
Wide IPS viewing angles with minimal impact to colors and contrast

Performance

Our unit comes equipped with the uncommon Whiskey Lake-U Core i5-8365U. When compared to the Core i5-8265U, their base clock rates (1.6 GHz), cache sizes, and integrated UHD Graphics 620 GPUs are all identical. The only notable difference is that the i5-8365U offers 5 percent faster maximum Turbo Boost clock rates than the i5-8265U (4.1 GHz vs. 3.9 GHz), but our benchmarks below will show that this makes essentially no difference in practice.

RAM is expandable up to 32 GB across two SODIMM slots. It's too bad that there are no Ryzen options for users who want something faster than the integrated UHD Graphics 620 since the Latitude 5300 series offers no dedicated GPU options.

Latencymon shows poor suitability of real-time audio recording even when running on Power Saver mode with the wireless radio disabled.

 

Processor

The performance delta between Kaby Lake-R and Whiskey Lake-U is generally marginal including even the Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs. As shown by our CineBench R15 benchmarks below, the i5-8365U is within 5 percent of the Core i5-8250U in the Latitude 3390 and 10 percent of the Core i7-8550U in the XPS 13 9370. Real-world performance between the less expensive Core i5-8265U and more expensive Core i7-8665U configurations will be almost identical in all scenarios as a result.

We're able to observe Turbo Boost sustainability over time by running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop. The initial score of 626 points steadily drops over time before stabilizing at about 540 points to represent a performance dip of almost 14 percent. Business convertibles like our Latitude 5300 2-in-1 are not designed to maintain maximum Turbo Boost clock rates indefinitely and so the performance drop is to be expected. The ThinkPad X390 Yoga, Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, and Ryzen-powered Lenovo Yoga 530 all exhibit similar dips when subjected to the same test.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-8365U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø554 (538.97-625.75)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00 UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø517 (498.14-623.19)
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø454 (446.34-529.84)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø573 (548.16-653.78)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
176 Points ∼81% +8%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
169 Points ∼78% +4%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
168 Points ∼77% +3%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
165 Points ∼76% +1%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-8365U
163 Points ∼75%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
153 Points ∼70% -6%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
148 Points ∼68% -9%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
148 Points ∼68% -9%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66% -12%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel Core i7-7500U
142 Points ∼65% -13%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
127 Points ∼58% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
768 Points ∼18% +32%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
670 Points ∼15% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel Core i5-8265U
666 Points ∼15% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
639 Points ∼15% +10%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel Core i5-8365U
580 Points ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel Core i7-8565U
572 Points ∼13% -1%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
554 Points ∼13% -4%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
537 Points ∼12% -7%
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8665U
524 Points ∼12% -10%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel Core i7-7500U
337 Points ∼8% -42%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
336 Points ∼8% -42%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
16518
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6557
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6080
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.74 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
37.78 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.91 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.77 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
580 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
163 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are comparable to the XPS 13 9380 to suggest that users can expect the Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 to perform similarly to its consumer counterpart during day-to-day loads. Alternatives with dedicated GPUs like the Huawei MateBook 13 are able to outscore our Latitude especially in Digital Content Creation where graphics horsepower is more relevant.

We did not experience any hardware or software hiccups during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3645 Points ∼33% +19%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3125 Points ∼28% +2%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3051 Points ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3050 Points ∼27% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2985 Points ∼27% -2%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
2548 Points ∼23% -16%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7281 Points ∼75% +12%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6480 Points ∼67%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
6279 Points ∼65% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
6273 Points ∼65% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6101 Points ∼63% -6%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
5253 Points ∼54% -19%
Essentials
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8382 Points ∼79% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8033 Points ∼75% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
7982 Points ∼75% +1%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
7920 Points ∼74%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7656 Points ∼72% -3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
7376 Points ∼69% -7%
Score
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4344 Points ∼56% +12%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3863 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3835 Points ∼49% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3832 Points ∼49% -1%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3753 Points ∼48% -3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
3313 Points ∼43% -14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4911 Points ∼75%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4896 Points ∼75% 0%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4887 Points ∼75% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4709 Points ∼72% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4302 Points ∼66% -12%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
4149 Points ∼64% -16%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3629 Points ∼60% +4%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3616 Points ∼59% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3519 Points ∼58% +1%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3485 Points ∼57%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3342 Points ∼55% -4%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
3306 Points ∼54% -5%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3485 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4911 points
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Storage Devices

Only a single internal M.2 2280 slot is available for storage. Our particular test unit comes equipped with an entry-level 256 GB SK hynix PC401 NVMe SSD in contrast to the Toshiba XG6 on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1. Transfer rates from the SK Hynix drive are slow when compared to the Intel SSD Pro and Samsung PM981 as found on the ThinkPad X390 and MateBook 13, respectively. Sequential write rates in particular top out at just 500 MB/s according to AS SSD to be less than one-third the speed of the aforementioned Samsung. For general word processing and office purposes, however, the performance deficit will have almost no impact on real-world performance.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Thankfully, the storage bay is easy to access and service. Dell offers 256 GB to 512 GB NVMe options as standard
Thankfully, the storage bay is easy to access and service. Dell offers 256 GB to 512 GB NVMe options as standard
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
AS SSD
94%
123%
5%
89%
Copy Game MB/s
452.49
1146.79
153%
981.8
117%
838.95
85%
989.72
119%
Copy Program MB/s
395.49
436.55
10%
385.59
-3%
300.87
-24%
453.91
15%
Copy ISO MB/s
818.35
1290.04
58%
1799.53
120%
1492.46
82%
1947.34
138%
Score Total
1456
3095
113%
4147
185%
1998
37%
3484
139%
Score Write
516
1328
157%
1871
263%
590
14%
1032
100%
Score Read
638
1198
88%
1502
135%
968
52%
1634
156%
Access Time Write *
0.051
0.024
53%
0.032
37%
0.13
-155%
0.036
29%
Access Time Read *
0.04
0.037
7%
0.041
-3%
0.121
-203%
0.041
-3%
4K-64 Write
350.4
1041.48
197%
1571.07
348%
404.1
15%
790.01
125%
4K-64 Read
474.14
865.4
83%
1257.1
165%
724.86
53%
1407.92
197%
4K Write
115.72
139.8
21%
118.45
2%
91.36
-21%
104.31
-10%
4K Read
40.1
63.84
59%
55.51
38%
29.84
-26%
46.05
15%
Seq Write
500.26
1462.29
192%
1812.34
262%
945.31
89%
1373.63
175%
Seq Read
1236.05
2688.86
118%
1888.96
53%
2133.49
73%
1797.58
45%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2616 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 823.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 382.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 334.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1428 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 820.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 43.27 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 118.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated UHD Graphics 620 in the Dell performs exactly where we expect it to be when compared to the average UHD Graphics 620 in our database. Intel hasn't updated its integrated graphics solution in years and so overall GPU performance has remained essentially unchanged since the early Kaby Lake or even Skylake days. Users who want more graphics horsepower should consider the Dell latitude 14 5495 with RX Vega 10 graphics or Asus ZenBook S13 with dedicated GeForce MX150 graphics instead. If you're willing to wait about a year, then the upcoming Ice Lake Iris solution will offer a significant upgrade over the UHD Graphics 620.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 620 for more technical information and benchmark comparison. 

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
39385 Points ∼21% +350%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
21260 Points ∼12% +143%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
18378 Points ∼10% +110%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
11232 Points ∼6% +28%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
10773 Points ∼6% +23%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8565U
10638 Points ∼6% +22%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
10126 Points ∼5% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
9533 Points ∼5% +9%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=139)
9101 Points ∼5% +4%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8947 Points ∼5% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
8826 Points ∼5% +1%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8365U
8748 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
8462 Points ∼5% -3%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
21325 Points ∼36% +167%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
14722 Points ∼25% +84%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
11751 Points ∼20% +47%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
9514 Points ∼16% +19%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
8942 Points ∼15% +12%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8565U
8938 Points ∼15% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
8813 Points ∼15% +10%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5821 - 10155, n=139)
8021 Points ∼14% 0%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8365U
8000 Points ∼14%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
7687 Points ∼13% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
7685 Points ∼13% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
7644 Points ∼13% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
6985 Points ∼12% -13%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7598 Points ∼34% +450%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4163 Points ∼18% +201%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
2698 Points ∼12% +95%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1945 Points ∼9% +41%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1838 Points ∼8% +33%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
1795 Points ∼8% +30%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1755 Points ∼8% +27%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8565U
1696 Points ∼8% +23%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1548 Points ∼7% +12%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 1968, n=153)
1526 Points ∼7% +10%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1485 Points ∼7% +8%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8365U
1381 Points ∼6%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
1362 Points ∼6% -1%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7658 Points ∼15% +339%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4514 Points ∼9% +159%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 3700U
4056 Points ∼8% +133%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
3080 Points ∼6% +77%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
2124 Points ∼4% +22%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1915 Points ∼4% +10%
Dell Inspiron 13 7380
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8565U
1851 Points ∼4% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9380 2019
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
1815 Points ∼4% +4%
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8365U
1744 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1979, n=153)
1705 Points ∼3% -2%
HP ProBook 430 G6-5TJ89EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8265U
1698 Points ∼3% -3%
Dell XPS 13 9360-4764
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1631 Points ∼3% -6%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1597 Points ∼3% -8%
3DMark 06 Standard
10108 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1896 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
51629 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8000 points
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System Noise

The cooling solution consists of a single fan and a short heat pipe extending over the CPU. The fan will idle during low loads like word processing or video streaming for a silent experience. If running consistently heavy loads, background updates or installations, however, expect fan noise to jump to 35 dB(A) which is about normal for most subnotebooks with ULV CPUs. The fan will power down again almost immediately once the high processing load has ended.

At worst, we're able to record a fan noise of 42 dB(A) when toggling Ultra Performance mode via the Dell Power Manager software to be louder than the ThinkPad X390 or EliteBook x360 13. This mode will not be necessary for most usage scenarios and anyone needing the extra horsepower should really consider a proper clamshell like the Latitude 5491 with Core H series CPUs.

We're able to notice very slight coil whine from our unit when placing an ear near the keyboard keys. It is otherwise inaudible when sitting at a normal distance from the notebook.

Small cooling solution since there is no dGPU
Small cooling solution since there is no dGPU
Small ~35 mm fan is quiet when browsing or word processing
Small ~35 mm fan is quiet when browsing or word processing
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8365U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Noise
2%
-1%
2%
7%
6%
off / environment *
28.5
29.2
-2%
28.6
-0%
29
-2%
28.2
1%
28.5
-0%
Idle Minimum *
28.5
29.2
-2%
28.6
-0%
29
-2%
28.2
1%
28.5
-0%
Idle Average *
28.5
29.2
-2%
28.6
-0%
29
-2%
28.2
1%
28.5
-0%
Idle Maximum *
28.5
29.2
-2%
28.6
-0%
29
-2%
28.2
1%
28.5
-0%
Load Average *
35.5
34.8
2%
34.2
4%
32.6
8%
30.7
14%
30.8
13%
Load Maximum *
42.1
34.8
17%
47
-12%
36.7
13%
32.9
22%
32.8
22%
Witcher 3 ultra *
43

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
28.5 / 28.5 / 28.5 dB(A)
Load
35.5 / 42.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.5 dB(A)

Temperature

Minimal exhaust around edges and corners
Minimal exhaust around edges and corners

Surface temperatures are generally warmer on the left half of the system when compared to the right half due to the positioning of the CPU and cooling solution underneath. The difference is more noticeable when handling the system in tablet mode as you are more likely to be touching the warmer areas. When running extreme loads, the hot spots can be as warm as 47 C or even 60 C as shown by our temperature maps below. While this isn't an issue when using the system in laptop mode, it's definitely advisable to avoid running heavy processing loads for extended periods in tablet mode to keep surface temperatures more comfortable.

Temperatures are warmer on the Dell when compared to the ThinkPad X390 Yoga or Samsung Notebook 9 Pen where surfaces top out in the low-to-mid 40 C range at worst.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, the CPU can be observed operating as high as 3.7 GHz for the first few seconds at a very warm core temperature of 99 C. Clock rates steadily decrease to 2.3 GHz in order to maintain a cooler and more manageable core temperature of 85 C. When considering that the base clock rate of the Core i5-8365U is 1.6 GHz, it's impressive that a convertible subnotebook can maintain a Turbo Boost of +700 MHz albeit at the cost of high core temperatures. The Core i7 CPU in the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, for example, settles at both a slower clock rate and cooler 77 C when subjected to the same conditions.

Running on batteries will impact performance. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 2561 and 1119 points, respectively, compared to 6016 and 1744 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime95 stress (>5 minutes)
Prime95 stress (>5 minutes)
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 38
Prime95 Stress 2.3 -- 85
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.9 - 1.1 1000 78 - 83
Max. Load
 43 °C
109 F
47.2 °C
117 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 41.6 °C
107 F
41.4 °C
107 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
30.8 °C
87 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 47.2 °C = 117 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
31.8 °C
89 F
55 °C
131 F
60 °C
140 F
30.8 °C
87 F
44.6 °C
112 F
41.8 °C
107 F
31 °C
88 F
33.6 °C
92 F
36 °C
97 F
Maximum: 60 °C = 140 F
Average: 40.5 °C = 105 F
Power Supply (max.)  41 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.2 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 60 °C / 140 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.2 °C / 88.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-3.1 °C / -5.6 F).

Speakers

Most business laptops have middling speakers and the Latitude 5300 2-in-1 is no exception. Bass is weak with a roll off at about 1k Hz compared to 500 Hz on many larger laptops. In other words, the Latitude shouldn't be your first choice for multimedia or music playback.

For Skype calls and the like, however, the integrated speakers are sufficiently loud and clear as it introduces no static or heavy imbalances at higher volume settings. Note that the palm rests will vibrate to the touch since the speakers are so close to the front corners of the chassis. 

Stereo speakers along the front of the system
Stereo speakers along the front of the system
Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.947.62540.440.23138.339.64039.239.15037.437.96336.1388036.838.410035.744.412534.649.21603355.120033.859.625032.163.431531.763.740030.567.250030.469.963029.670.880029.173.6100029.177.2125028.676.1160028.272.5200028.169250027.968.531502868.4400027.669.3500027.570.3630027.571.6800027.564.41000027.2671250027.268.41600027.364.8SPL40.683.7N460.8median 28.6median 68.4Delta2.23.835.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.71 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 9% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop demands anywhere between 3 W and 7 W depending on the Power profile and brightness setting. The Dell is generally more power efficient during low loads than competing 13-inch systems which contributes to the long WLAN runtimes below. 

We're able to record a maximum draw of 60 W from the small (~10.5 x 6.5 x 2.3 cm) 65 W AC adapter when running Prime95. As shown by our graph, however, this high of a consumption lasts for only a few seconds before inevitably falling and stabilizing at about 34 W. The behavior mirrors our stress test observations above where Turbo Boost is highest only during the first few seconds of the test.

Dell offers a larger 90 W AC adapter for an additional charge, but we don't find this to be necessary based on our measurements with the standard 65 W adapter.

Relatively constant power consumption when running 3DMark 06
Relatively constant power consumption when running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note the temporary spike in power consumption up to 60 W before falling and stabilizing at 34 W
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note the temporary spike in power consumption up to 60 W before falling and stabilizing at 34 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 5.1 / 7.1 Watt
Load midlight 39.9 / 60.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
8365U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 2160x1440, 13
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
HP EliteBook 735 G5 3UN62EA
2700U, Vega 10, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-14%
-43%
-53%
-40%
-43%
-21%
Idle Minimum *
2.8
3.4
-21%
3.5
-25%
4.4
-57%
5.9
-111%
5.5
-96%
3.4
-21%
Idle Average *
5.1
5.6
-10%
7.5
-47%
11.8
-131%
9.8
-92%
9.4
-84%
7.6
-49%
Idle Maximum *
7.1
8.7
-23%
12.4
-75%
15.5
-118%
10.6
-49%
11.6
-63%
11.5
-62%
Load Average *
39.9
43.6
-9%
64.2
-61%
38
5%
36.6
8%
39
2%
35.4
11%
Load Maximum *
60.3
65
-8%
65.7
-9%
39.8
34%
34.3
43%
45.6
24%
51.9
14%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52.5

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The system carries a large 60 Wh battery for a 13-inch convertible compared to 48 Wh and 39 Wh on the ThinkPad X390 Yoga and Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, respectively. Expect almost 10.5 hours of real-world WLAN use to be one of the longer-lasting business subnotebooks we've tested.

Recharging from empty to full capacity with the included AC adapter still takes the normal 1.5 to 2 hours despite the higher capacity.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
28h 16min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 06min
Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1
8365U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X390-20Q1S02M00
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, 41.7 Wh
Samsung Notebook 9 NP930QAA
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 39 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, 56.2 Wh
Battery Runtime
-23%
-43%
-43%
-18%
-6%
Reader / Idle
1696
925
-45%
873
-49%
WiFi v1.3
626
499
-20%
457
-27%
398
-36%
424
-32%
589
-6%
Load
126
94
-25%
53
-58%
69
-45%
121
-4%

Pros

+ Thunderbolt 3 and fast MicroSD reader
+ wide array of warranty options
+ generally quiet key clatter
+ dedicated mouse keys
+ easy serviceability
+ optional WWAN
+ long battery life

Cons

- very warm surfaces when under high processing load
- display could be brighter for better outdoor visibility
- slightly heavier than other 13-inch convertibles
- inaccurate grayscale and colors out of the box
- no Ryzen or Nvidia options
- no webcam shutter slider
- small Arrow keys

Verdict

In review: Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1. Test model provided by Dell US
In review: Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1. Test model provided by Dell US

The Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 gets the job done, but it doesn't do it any better or worse to set itself apart from other business subnotebooks. Its 360-degree hinges are handy, but it also weighs a bit more than those from Lenovo or HP. It supports an active stylus, but the magnetic holder is less secure than a built-in recess or physical strap. Its battery life is long, but it still ships with a proprietary AC adapter by default instead of the leaner and more universal USB Type-C.

The best aspect of the Latitude convertible continues to be serviceability. Dell makes it very easy for end users to upgrade core components without anything more than a Philips screwdriver. Higher-end features like Thunderbolt 3, Smart Card reader, and WWAN are all optional instead of mandatory to keep prices low for users who may not need those extras. Mid-range models should always be about options and there are certainly plenty for the Latitude 5000 series for users to buy exactly what they want.

If you're willing to spend a little more, then the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is the lighter and brighter option with firmer keyboard keys. Otherwise, the Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 is a fair alternative to the similarly priced ThinkPad X390 Yoga as it is the slightly stronger and longer-lasting model. We recommend skipping the Core i7 CPU and instead investing in a Core i5 SKU with more tangible extras like WWAN, Thunderbolt 3, higher storage, or extended protection.

It's all about service, options, and connectivity. The Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 has all three pillars covered for the typical office and out-of-office scenarios. It could still be a little lighter and brighter for improved outdoor usability and to further exploit its convertible form factor.

Dell Latitude 13 5300 2-in-1 - 06/26/2019 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
71 / 80 → 89%
Weight
70 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
93%
Display
86%
Games Performance
63 / 68 → 93%
Application Performance
92 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
93%
Audio
50%
Camera
47 / 85 → 56%
Average
77%
87%
Office - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2019-06-26 (Update: 2019-06-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.