Dell Latitude 14 E7480
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Dell Latitude 14 E7480
Source: PC Mag
The Dell Latitude 14 7000 (7480) is a top-notch business laptop when configured with top-of-the-line components, though it is a bit more expensive than rivals when so equipped.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Overall, the Dell Latitude E7480 rounds all of the important bases for a premium business-class notebook, and we’re glad to send it off with a well-deserved recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: Dell’s Latitude line has been a familiar sight in the business market for over two decades. It is currently offered in three tiers, starting with the entry-level 3000 series, then the mid-level 5000 series, and finally the top-tier 7000 series. The Dell Latitude 14 7480 belongs to the top-tier of the series. The exterior of the Dell Latitude E7480 is all black and business-centric. Its lid has a strong carbon fiber construction. As for the lid and palm rest area, it has a silicone soft-touch finish. It's exposed weave is a nice touch. Its straight edges and a no-nonsense look are right at home in a corporate office environment and almost anywhere else. Most surfaces on the notebook are anti-glare except for the display. The Latitude E7480 is just 1.7 cm (0.67 inch) thin, while the rest of the chassis measures 33.02 x 22.1 cm (13 × 8.7 inch). It is very lightweight to carry at just 1.36 kg (3 lb). For a business laptop, security features are essential to have. On this model, it offers biometric features such as a fingerprint reader, an infrared camera, and physical and contactless Smart Card readers. With Dell Data Protection | Protected Workspace, data stored in the laptop is safe across all endpoints, including external media, self-encrypting drives and in public cloud storage.
The keyboard on the Latitude E7480 is mostly full-size. The arrow key cluster and Function row (F1-F12 keys) are half-size. The touchpad is slightly offset to the left in the palm rest to align with the keyboard. This orientation keeps it right between wrists as the user is typing, minimizing the risk of the cursor jumping somewhere due to an inadvertent brush with palm. The Latitude E7480 is offered with four display choices: QHD (2,560×1,440) touch panel, FHD (1,920×1,080) anti-glare display, FHD (1,920×1,080) anti-glare display with infrared camera and 720p (1,366×768) panel with an anti-glare surface. The QHD panel uses IPS technology for wide viewing angles, which allows the picture to appear consistent when not looking at the display head-on. This technology also allows for excellent image quality. The Latitude 7480 is based around the new Intel 7th generation processors, codenamed Kaby Lake. It specifically uses Core i3, i5, and i7 dual-core processors with a 15-watt thermal specification. These are mainstream processors with ample performance for general usage and more demanding tasks such as photo editing. This notebook has two DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 memory. A maximum of 32 GB is supported, via two 16 GB DIMMs. This is a normal level of expandability for a notebook in this class. As for storage, it has just a single M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) slot for solid-state storage (SSD). Storage options ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB were offered.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
The Dell Latitude lineup is regarded as one of the most common notebook series used in businesses and still is today. As this is a business centric notebook one can expect a myriad of biometric features on the Dell Latitude E7480, starting with the fingerprint reader, infrared camera, and physical and contactless Smart Card readers. Going along with the business theme the E7480 has a standard black colour scheme, with straight edges and a no nonsense look. Display-wise Dell offers a choice between a sub-FHD panel with no touch support, a FHD anti-glare panel with no touch support or a Corning Gorilla Glass FHD touch panel, the latter of which helps with intractability and perhaps productivity. At 1.35 kg the E7480 is comparatively similar against its nearest Lenovo Thinkpad competition. While the lid sports a strong carbon fiber construction, which adds to its looks, the same thing cannot be said about its main body chassis, which is made of plastic especially. Considering the fact that this is a premium model, it could have been made with better premium materials. Although the internal structure including the bottom cover is of a metal alloy, nonetheless it remains rigid enough under stress.
For a business notebook the E7480 is quite up to date starting with its Intel Core-i7-7600U processor which provides a balance of performance and battery life, 8GB of memory and a fast 256GB Toshiba SSD solution. Moving along the E7480 also supports the latest input connectors notably a USB type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support. User inputs is somewhat a mixed bag especially with the keyboard, despite its mostly full size the F keys are of half width. One major turnoff of the keyboard is its Home and End keys being relegated to secondary functions instead of the usual dedicated keys which can impede productivity. Another downside ist hat keyboard backlight is an addon instead of being the default option, which is disappointing assuming the user has to type through dark business presentations. Overall however, the keys provide decent feedback and are quite quiet when typed on. As for the touchpad it remains a pleasant experience to use, a thing to note here is its slightly offsetted position to the left which prevents a brush with your wrists while typing minimizing cursor jumps. Should the user prefer other modes of point and clicking they can also use the integrated nubbin at the center of the keyboard just like its Lenovo counterparts. Additionally, the dedicated buttons for left and right-clicking is quite solid-feeling and quiet. Audio performance is a bit lacking since the speaker is recessed which causes sounds to be slightly muffled unless set on a solid surface which does amplifies the sound. However general audio quality is quite full with the addition of a strong bass. Lastly battery life is neither good or bad but solid for a notebook of this class putting it at about 5 hours 30 minutes of real world use. To wrap it up if you can live with certain misgivings of this notebook it is still a worthy choice.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i7-7600U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.8 to 3.9 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process. Integrates a HD Graphics 620 clocked at 300 - 1150 MHz and is manufactured in an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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