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Dell Latitude 15 3590 (i7-8550U, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

Poor display, inefficient GPU. It's the least expensive 15-inch Latitude available and so cut corners are not unexpected. The number of drawbacks, however, may be a bit too much to bear. Find out what you'd be sacrificing when purchasing the Latitude 3590 instead of the pricier Latitude 5590.

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The Dell Inspiron family consists of the low-end 3000 series, mid-range 5000 series, and higher-end 7000 series. Unsurprisingly, the Dell Latitude family is also organized in a similar fashion. Our unit today is the 15.6-inch Latitude 3590 as part of the budget 3000 series to succeed last year's Latitude 3580. It also acts as a less expensive version of the pricier 15.6-inch Latitude 5590.

As one of the most affordable business laptops from Dell, the Latitude 3590 starts at just $450 USD with a Celeron 3865U CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and a 768p TN display while the highest-end SKU is equipped with a Core i7-8550U CPU, 8 GB of RAM, discrete Radeon 530 graphics, and a 1080p TN display for $1070 USD. Our test unit is the higher-end SKU but with a primary HDD instead of a SSD for about $150 less.

The Latitude 3590 competes directly with other budget 15.6-inch business laptops including the Acer TravelMate P2510HP ProBook 650 G4Lenovo ThinkPad E580, and the Toshiba Tecra series.

Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP (Latitude 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon 530 - 2048 MB, Core: 1024 MHz, Memory: 1125 MHz, GDDR5, 23.20.768.12
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1200 MHz, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics AUO38ED, TN LED, B156HTN, Dell P/N: 28H80, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Base PCH
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ACF050, 500 GB 
, 7200 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.7 x 380 x 258 ( = 0.89 x 14.96 x 10.16 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Dell Command Update, Dell Mobile Connect, Waves MaxxAudio Pro, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.136 kg ( = 75.35 oz / 4.71 pounds), Power Supply: 313 g ( = 11.04 oz / 0.69 pounds)
Price
900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

We're accustomed to smooth flat surfaces on nearly all Dell laptops including those from the Inspiron, Latitude, XPS, and Precision families. The Latitude 3590, however, bucks the trend by having rough plastic surfaces from top to bottom for a more budget impression. Gone are the magnesium alloy and carbon fiber makeup of the Latitude 5590 or XPS 15 to save on costs and the result is a visually stale matte design.

There are a couple of advantages for the plastic chassis. When compared to the traditionally white HP ProBook or XPS, the Latitude 3590 is able to mask fingerprints and smudges more easily. Scratches are also much less noticeable. Overall, however, the system is just slightly more flexible around both its base and lid while still promising MIL-STD 810G certification. Our particular test unit exhibits no unattended gaps or production defects.

The size and weight of the system are very similar to other budget office laptops like the TravelMate P2510, HP ProBook 650 G4, or ThinkPad L580. In this regard, the Latitude 3590 does not particularly stand out from the competition in terms of visual appeal or portability. To the target office user, however, these factors may not be deal breakers. Users who want something more portable should consider the EliteBook 850 or consumer laptops with narrow-bezels like the XPS 15.

Bottom panel rises over the edges and corners. Servicing is very dfficult as a result
Bottom panel rises over the edges and corners. Servicing is very dfficult as a result
Surfaces hide fingerprints very well
Surfaces hide fingerprints very well
Rough matte plastic surface contrasts the smooth magnesium of higher-end Latitude models
Rough matte plastic surface contrasts the smooth magnesium of higher-end Latitude models
Rigid hinge up to the maximum angle of ~150 degrees
Rigid hinge up to the maximum angle of ~150 degrees

Connectivity

The most notable port is the aging VGA port that is becoming increasingly uncommon on newer business laptops. Otherwise, available ports are standard fare with an optional Micro-SIM slot on some SKUs. We're hoping that future models will incorporate USB Type-C charging in lieu of the proprietary AC adapter port like on most newer Ultrabooks.

Port positioning is good as all ports are easy to reach. A few ports are close to the front edge where cables can potentially get in the way on an external mouse.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: SD reader, USB 2.0, VGA-out, Noble Lock
Right: SD reader, USB 2.0, VGA-out, Noble Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, USB 3.1 Type-C w/ DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, RJ-45, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: AC adapter, USB 3.1 Type-C w/ DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, RJ-45, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm combo audio

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SD Card Reader

Transfer rates from the integrated card reader are slow. Moving 1 GB worth of images from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 40 seconds compared to just 6 or 7 seconds on the XPS 15.

The card reader is not spring-loaded as a fully inserted SD card still protrudes by about half its length.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174 MB/s ∼100% +583%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
68.1 MB/s ∼39% +167%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.49 MB/s ∼15%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192 MB/s ∼100% +620%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.6 MB/s ∼41% +195%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.65 MB/s ∼14%

Communication

We experienced no connectivity issues with the Qualcomm QCA6174 wireless. Options for an Intel 8265 module are also available if desired. For regular browsing or streaming, however, the default Qualcomm solution works just fine.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
568 MBit/s ∼100%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
557 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼92% -8%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
575 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
555 MBit/s ∼97%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
483 MBit/s ∼84% -13%

Security

All SKUs have TPM 2.0 and a suite of Dell security software including Client Command, Data Guardian, Encryption, Threat Defense, RSA SecurID Access, and more. Both the IR camera and fingerprint reader are optional extras.

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 9 Philips screws and it is very tightly attached to the rest of the notebook around the edges and corners. Unlike the pricier Latitude 5000 or 7000 series, the 3590 makes servicing much more difficult. Consequently, making use of the 2x SODIMM slots and 2x storage bays is a cumbersome task.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box outside of the AC adapter and warranty card.

Warranty options are extensive beyond the included one-year service. Dell offers up to five years of accidental damage protection and onsite troubleshooting for an additional fee.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The non-backlit chiclet keyboard (~84 x 60.2 cm) has a cheaper look and feel when compared to newer Ultrabooks and pricier Latitude models. Key travel is very short and feedback is softer than what we are used to on the XPS 15. Key clatter is louder than the XPS as well due to the plastic chassis and more hollow design. The only notable exception is the Space key which has a more satisfying click and feel when pressed.

The NumPad keys are smaller than the main QWERTY keys, but they manage to have similar feedback and clatter regardless. In comparison, the competing HP ProBook 650 G4 fits a NumPad without reducing the size of the keys for a more uniform appearance.

Touchpad

The trackpad (10.5 x 8.0 cm) is of adequate size if not slightly smaller than the trackpad on the XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm). Unlike the rest of the notebook, its surface is smooth for excellent gliding properties and responsiveness. Short and slow cursor movements are easy to control.

The integrated mouse keys are reminiscent of inexpensive budget laptops. Travel is shallow and spongy for a cheap first impression. Interestingly enough, clatter is moderately loud despite the soft feedback when pressed. 

No backlight options. Expect the printed letters to rub off over time as well
No backlight options. Expect the printed letters to rub off over time as well
Short keys with short travel and soft feedback
Short keys with short travel and soft feedback

Display

The Latitude 3590 utilizes a budget TN panel with seemingly no IPS options available. Contrast is poor, colors are muddy, backlight is relatively dim, and the matte panel is moderately grainy. Furthermore, it's fairly obvious that colors and grayscale are very poorly calibrated just by looking at the screen. The Asus FX550IU also uses the same AU Optronics AUO38ED panel as our Dell and so both systems share very similar display properties. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found the display on the FX550IU to be one of the weakest aspects of the notebook.

Notable pluses about the display are its fast black-white response times for less ghosting when compared to most IPS panels and the lack of pulse-width modulation for brightness control. Still, this is an unremarkable display all around.

Matte panel with thick bezels
Matte panel with thick bezels
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
208.9
cd/m²
212.6
cd/m²
206.9
cd/m²
202.2
cd/m²
229.9
cd/m²
208.7
cd/m²
229.6
cd/m²
239.2
cd/m²
230.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 239.2 cd/m² Average: 218.8 cd/m² Minimum: 11.01 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 229.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 451:1 (Black: 0.51 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.49 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 4.01
ΔE Greyscale 12.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
56.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.84
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
AU Optronics AUO38ED, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
LQ156D1, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
Chi Mei CMN15D3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
CMN15D3, IPS LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
LG Philips LP156WFB-SPB1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-104%
-93%
-47%
-59%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29.6 (17.2, 12.4)
46.4 (22.8, 23.6)
-57%
40 (23, 17)
-35%
31 (14, 17)
-5%
36 (18, 18)
-22%
Response Time Black / White *
12.8 (8.4, 4.4)
32 (18, 14)
-150%
32 (13, 10)
-150%
24 (14, 10)
-88%
25 (15, 10)
-95%
PWM Frequency
980.4 (25)
25000 (10)
1000 (90)
Screen
82%
50%
40%
48%
Brightness middle
229.9
494
115%
259
13%
305
33%
231
0%
Brightness
219
457
109%
230
5%
270
23%
227
4%
Brightness Distribution
85
88
4%
82
-4%
80
-6%
88
4%
Black Level *
0.51
0.34
33%
0.19
63%
0.39
24%
0.16
69%
Contrast
451
1453
222%
1363
202%
782
73%
1444
220%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.49
5.2
58%
3.13
75%
3.26
74%
4.83
61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
22.29
17.5
21%
7.81
65%
6.84
69%
8.42
62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.01
3.09
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.6
2.7
79%
1.42
89%
1.98
84%
3.49
72%
Gamma
1.84 120%
2.1 105%
2.36 93%
2.38 92%
2.54 87%
CCT
13565 48%
7038 92%
6391 102%
6540 99%
6233 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35.7
71.2
99%
40
12%
40
12%
34
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56.2
98.8
76%
63
12%
63
12%
53
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / 51%
-22% / 28%
-4% / 25%
-6% / 30%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is only 56 percent and 36 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively. Results are similar to other cheap panels on inexpensive laptops like the TravelMate P2510 whereas flagship Ultrabook displays commonly reach over 90 percent sRGB coverage for more vivid colors. While color accuracy is not priority for word processing or general office work, the muddier colors of the 3590 display are noticeable and a bit of an eyesore.

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

Further analyses with an X-Rite spectrophotometer confirm our suspicions above on the overly cool color temperature and inaccurate colors. RGB balance, grayscale, and gamma are all way off when up against the sRGB standard. Calibration addresses many of these extreme shortcomings as shown by our CalMan results below, but colors are still inaccurate at higher saturation levels due to the narrow color space. If an end-user calibration is not possible, then we recommend applying our ICC profile above to improve image quality.

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
12.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 4.4 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. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8931 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor to average at best. The backlight is simply too dim to overcome ambient lighting. The narrow TN viewing angles don't help and some glare is still visible despite the matte panel.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Narrow TN viewing angles
Narrow TN viewing angles

Performance

Current SKUs include the Celeron 3865U, i3-7130U, i5-8250U, and i7-8550U with integrated UHD Graphics or optional AMD Radeon 530. These 15 W ULV CPUs target general office work or home users whereas power users should consider 45 W Coffee Lake-H CPUs as found on the Latitude 5591. There are unfortunately no other discrete GPU options besides the single AMD solution. A GeForce MX130 or MX150, for example, would have been preferable as our power consumption and performance metrics below will show.

SKUs with only integrated Intel graphics are available. These less demanding configurations are likely to run for longer, cooler, and quieter than what we've recorded below.

 
 

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

CPU performance is in line with the average i7-8550U in our database as shown by our chart below. Users can expect a multi-core performance boost of about 70 percent if jumping from the i7-7500U. Meanwhile, users who opt in for the cheaper SKU with the slower Core i3-7130U will experience a 50 percent drop in CPU performance. Note that the performance delta between a Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U is minor and essentially unnoticeable if simply browsing, streaming, or word processing.

We can test performance sustainability by running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop and recording any dips in scores over time. The initial score of 587 points drop to 544 points by the second loop to represent a performance drop of about 7 percent. Our Stress Test section shows falling clock rates that mirror our CineBench loop results.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8550U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼78% +6%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
168 Points ∼77% +4%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Intel Core i7-8550U
161 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=67)
160 Points ∼73% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
154 Points ∼71% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼67% -9%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
134 Points ∼61% -17%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
111 Points ∼51% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
28 Points ∼13% -83%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
993 Points ∼23% +74%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
768 Points ∼18% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
687 Points ∼16% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
608 Points ∼14% +6%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
623 Points ∼14% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad L580-20LW000VGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
589 Points ∼13% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=69)
575 Points ∼13% +1%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Intel Core i7-8550U
572 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
338 Points ∼8% -41%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
284 Points ∼6% -50%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
92 Points ∼2% -84%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.93 Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.43 - 1.95, n=32)
1.834 Points ∼75%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
1.29 Points ∼53%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.25 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4.38 - 8.56, n=32)
6.28 Points ∼23%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
3.06 Points ∼11%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4202 - 8211, n=30)
6332 Points ∼58%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
4338 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (11694 - 24180, n=30)
17908 Points ∼36%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
9828 Points ∼20%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
567.673 s * ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
490.184 s * ∼6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (258 - 435, n=11)
351 s * ∼4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.4 - 7795, n=81)
1212 Seconds * ∼5%
Lenovo V330-15IKB
Intel Core i3-7130U
744.111 Seconds * ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 20J1005TPB
Intel Core i7-7500U
615.331 Seconds * ∼3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
572 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
46.78 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Latitude similarly to other Office-class laptops including those with just integrated Intel graphics. Its PCMark 8 Home score is the only outlier as it is higher than anticipated. Subjectively, system performance is not all that smooth with longer loading times compared to most Ultrabooks because of the primary HDD.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4804 Points ∼74% 0%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Radeon 530, 8550U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
4781 Points ∼73%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4769 Points ∼73% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4525 Points ∼69% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4418 Points ∼68% -8%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=303)
3953 Points ∼61% -17%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Radeon 530, 8550U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
3983 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3631 Points ∼60% -9%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3566 Points ∼59% -10%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3464 Points ∼57% -13%
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3461 Points ∼57% -13%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=355)
3009 Points ∼49% -24%
PCMark 10 - Score
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4966 Points ∼64% +44%
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3574 Points ∼46% +3%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Radeon 530, 8550U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
3455 Points ∼45%
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3338 Points ∼43% -3%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4269, n=98)
3134 Points ∼40% -9%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3983 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4781 points
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Storage Devices

Two internal storage slots are available (2.5-inch SATA III + M.2 SATA). The 500 GB Toshiba MQ01ACF050 HDD in our unit shows an average transfer rate of 97 MB/s when running HD Tune. It's not bad for a 7200 RPM HDD as it is at least faster than the Seagate ST1000LM035, but performance pales in comparison to even the cheapest SATA III SSD option. If storage space is a concern, then we recommend configuring a small primary M.2 SSD for the (C:) drive with a larger secondary 2.5-inch HDD.

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

Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Toshiba MQ01ACF050
Asus VivoBook 15 F510UF-ES71
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15ARR-81D2005JGE
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
15%
7598%
9873%
-30%
Write 4K
1.216
1.283
6%
96.33
7822%
89.39
7251%
0.217
-82%
Read 4K
0.451
0.493
9%
25.29
5508%
44.64
9798%
0.367
-19%
Write Seq
117.6
79.27
-33%
475.8
305%
829.9
606%
98.79
-16%
Read Seq
120
136.7
14%
464.5
287%
1774
1378%
131.1
9%
Write 4K Q32T1
1.212
2.266
87%
182
14917%
310.6
25527%
0.222
-82%
Read 4K Q32T1
0.844
1.068
27%
264.6
31251%
266.4
31464%
0.781
-7%
Write Seq Q32T1
115.1
108.7
-6%
512.1
345%
830.6
622%
97
-16%
Read Seq Q32T1
121.6
143.7
18%
544.6
348%
2962
2336%
93.25
-23%
Toshiba MQ01ACF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 64.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 128.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 97 MB/s
Access Time: 15.8 ms
Burst Rate: 152.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.9 %

GPU Performance

Raw graphics performance from the Radeon 530 is poor by today's standards as even the older GeForce 940MX is comparable if not slightly faster. Alternatives like the Iris Plus Graphics 655 (as found on the MacBook Pro 13) or GeForce MX130 outperform our AMD GPU while consuming less power in the process. It's still faster than the integrated UHD Graphics 620 found on most Ultrabooks, but the cost in added weight, fan noise, and temperature is a very high price.

Gaming performance is poor as expected. Older and less demanding titles can get away with a native 1080p resolution, but newer titles will be limited to very low settings and resolutions.

See our dedicated page on the Radeon 530 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7598 Points ∼42% +170%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4354 Points ∼24% +55%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2934 Points ∼16% +4%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
AMD Radeon 530, 8550U
2816 Points ∼16%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
2683 Points ∼15% -5%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼13% -15%
Average AMD Radeon 530
  (1549 - 2816, n=3)
2078 Points ∼11% -26%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1837 Points ∼10% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6-20KG0025UK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8350U
1632 Points ∼9% -42%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
330 Points ∼2% -88%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7658 Points ∼15% +189%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4686 Points ∼9% +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
3044 Points ∼6% +15%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
3044 Points ∼6% +15%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2728 Points ∼5% +3%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
AMD Radeon 530, 8550U
2654 Points ∼5%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% -2%
Average AMD Radeon 530
  (2320 - 2654, n=3)
2434 Points ∼5% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6-20KG0025UK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8350U
1868 Points ∼4% -30%
Acer Switch One 10 SW1-011-14UQ
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
298 Points ∼1% -89%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6183 Points ∼15% +211%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3712 Points ∼9% +87%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2430 Points ∼6% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
2070 Points ∼5% +4%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5% +4%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
AMD Radeon 530, 8550U
1990 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
1713 Points ∼4% -14%
Average AMD Radeon 530
  (1224 - 1990, n=3)
1526 Points ∼4% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6-20KG0025UK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8350U
1283 Points ∼3% -36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell G3 15 3579
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
39385 Points ∼21% +316%
MSI Prestige PS42 8RB-059
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
21586 Points ∼12% +128%
Dell Latitude 5591
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
14809 Points ∼8% +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, 8259U
14343 Points ∼8% +52%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% +14%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
10578 Points ∼6% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6-20KG0025UK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8350U
10234 Points ∼6% +8%
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
AMD Radeon 530, 8550U
9466 Points ∼5%
Average AMD Radeon 530
  (6266 - 9466, n=3)
7370 Points ∼4% -22%
3DMark 11 Performance
2935 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8707 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1810 points
Help
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 108.959.649.415.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 32.819.811.16.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 33.321.310.68.5fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic loads in order to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, we can observe a CPU clock rate of 3.7 GHz for the first few seconds before falling to 2.4 GHz when core temperature reaches 86 C. Since the base clock rate of the i7-8550U is 1.8 GHz, the Latitude 3590 is able to sustain a reasonable Turbo Boost of +600 MHz at a stable core temperature of 73 C. If running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously, core temperatures can reach almost 90 C and the CPU will throttle heavily to as low as 1.3 GHz.

When running Witcher 3, both the CPU and GPU run stably in the low 80 C range with no major throttling issues. While a bit too warm for desktop PCs, this temperature range is not uncommon for thin notebooks with dedicated graphics like on our Latitude system. Performance does not change when running on battery power as 3DMark scores remain almost identical.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.4 -- 73 64
FurMark Stress -- ~838 80 82
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.3 - 1.9 ~772 86 - 89 87
Witcher 3 Stress ~4.0 838 84 83

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise is somewhat disappointing. The system is never truly silent as the fan is always active no matter the load. Furthermore, fan noise jumps quickly and abruptly to as high as 45 dB(A) when under medium loads to be significantly louder than competing business laptops. Such a fan behavior is unfortunately more common on Windows laptops equipped with AMD graphics. In fact, the system is about as loud as the pricier Latitude 5591 despite having weaker CPU and GPU power.

Thankfully, we can notice no coil whine on our test unit.

Noise Level

Idle
31.6 / 31.8 / 31.8 dB(A)
Load
45.5 / 48.8 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: 28.2 dB(A)
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
Radeon 530, 8550U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
GeForce MX130, 8250U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Dell Latitude 5591
GeForce MX130, 8850H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Noise
7%
8%
4%
11%
8%
3%
off / environment *
28.2
30.3
-7%
30.3
-7%
30.3
-7%
30
-6%
30.5
-8%
29
-3%
Idle Minimum *
31.6
30.3
4%
30.3
4%
32
-1%
30
5%
30.5
3%
29
8%
Idle Average *
31.8
30.3
5%
30.3
5%
33.8
-6%
30
6%
30.5
4%
29
9%
Idle Maximum *
31.8
30.3
5%
31
3%
34.2
-8%
30
6%
30.5
4%
30.3
5%
Load Average *
45.5
37.1
18%
35.6
22%
36.2
20%
34.8
24%
37.5
18%
46.5
-2%
Witcher 3 ultra *
49.2
43.3
12%
Load Maximum *
48.8
43
12%
38.6
21%
35.6
27%
33.5
31%
35
28%
48.6
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust

Surface temperatures when idling are flat with a warm spot near the center of the notebook around the "H" key. When running very high loads, the hot spot shifts to above the "G" key where temperature can be as warm as 50 C as shown by our temperature maps below. As a result, the temperature difference between the QWERTY keys and NumPad keys can be greater than 10 C. Notebooks like the TravelMate P2510 have superior temperature development because the hot spots are above the first row of keyboard keys where users are less likely to touch for a more comfortable typing experience. Fortunately, both palm rests remain cool no matter the system load.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (top)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Maximum stress (bottom)
Max. Load
 46.5 °C
116 F
52.6 °C
127 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 44 °C
111 F
46.2 °C
115 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
28.8 °C
84 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 52.6 °C = 127 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
33 °C
91 F
44.4 °C
112 F
32.2 °C
90 F
28.2 °C
83 F
42.4 °C
108 F
33.8 °C
93 F
20.8 °C
69 F
22.6 °C
73 F
23 °C
73 F
Maximum: 44.4 °C = 112 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  49 °C = 120 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.5 °C / 101 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 52.6 °C / 127 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 44.4 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.2 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.4 °C / 92 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 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-2.9 °C / -5.3 F).

Speakers

The integrated stereo speakers are lacking in bass for poor multimedia playback which isn't much of an issue for a business notebook. Instead, what's more important is a loud volume without any static or reverberations for clear conference calls. We can notice some very slight static when on maximum volume, but it's not enough to be distracting.

The same WavesMaxxAudio Pro software used on the XPS series is also found here on the Latitude.

Loud bottom-facing speakers
Loud bottom-facing speakers
Pink noise showing poor bass reproduction
Pink noise showing poor bass reproduction
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.641.22533.936.43133.335.94031.334.85030.635.16331.832.88031.53210030.130.212528.632.616028.134.32002744.125027.354.131525.85740025.655.450025.255.463025.358.38002661.710002569125024.269.2160024.667.7200023.768.5250023.965.731502464400024.171.7500023.668.7630023.475.3800023.371.41000023.262.71250023.269.31600023.265.6SPL36.481.2N2.748.2median 24.6median 64Delta1.38.535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell Latitude 15 3590-K8JPApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.31 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 75% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% 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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Prime95 initiated at the 20s mark. Note the temporary spike in power consumption and Turbo Boost
Prime95 initiated at the 20s mark. Note the temporary spike in power consumption and Turbo Boost

When idling, the system draws an average of about 8 W no matter the power profile due to spikes in background activity and thus power consumption during testing. Running higher loads demands a little over 60 W to be slightly more than other 15-inch notebooks equipped with the GeForce MX150 GPU. The results are disappointing because the MX150 is indubitably more powerful than the Radeon 530 and yet the AMD solution is noticeably more power hungry.

When running Prime95, we can observe a spike in power consumption at up to 69 W for the first few seconds before falling and stabilizing at 40.7 W due to throttling as shown by our graph on the right. This behavior backs up what we recorded above when running our CineBench loop test.

The small (~10.5 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm) 65 W AC adapter is sufficient for the system albeit barely when running at maximum load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.34 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8.2 / 8.4 / 8.4 Watt
Load midlight 62.6 / 66.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
8550U, Radeon 530, Toshiba MQ01ACF050, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
8250U, GeForce MX130, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
2700U, Vega 10, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
8250U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-71%
24%
42%
5%
8%
Idle Minimum *
8.2
9.48
-16%
3.3
60%
3.2
61%
5
39%
4.2
49%
Idle Average *
8.4
16.1
-92%
5.6
33%
6
29%
10.6
-26%
7.2
14%
Idle Maximum *
8.4
16.9
-101%
7.8
7%
6.4
24%
12.9
-54%
12.1
-44%
Load Average *
62.6
90.8
-45%
54
14%
34
46%
40.6
35%
51.1
18%
Load Maximum *
66.8
134.4
-101%
63
6%
34.4
49%
46.6
30%
59.9
10%
Witcher 3 ultra *
53.6
52.7
2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Expect a runtime of almost 7 hours from the internal 56 Wh battery when browsing the web compared to 8 hours or more on the HP ProBook 650 G4 or Acer TravelMate P2510 when under similar conditions. Note that lower-end SKUs of the Latitude 3590 may be equipped with a smaller 42 Wh battery that will produce shorter runtimes than what we've recorded below.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take just under 2 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 17min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 54min
Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP
8550U, Radeon 530, 56 Wh
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 97 Wh
Acer TravelMate P2510-G2-MG-50WE
8250U, GeForce MX130, 48 Wh
HP ProBook 650 G4 3UP57EA
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
Fujitsu Lifebook E558 E5580MP581DE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
2700U, Vega 10, 56 Wh
Battery Runtime
4%
14%
20%
5%
-3%
Reader / Idle
857
715
-17%
WiFi v1.3
408
576
41%
505
24%
491
20%
429
5%
499
22%
Load
114
76
-33%
118
4%
99
-13%
Witcher 3 ultra
62

Pros

+ moderate Turbo Boost sustainability
+ full performance on batteries
+ 2x storage and 2x SODIMM
+ VGA port

Cons

- old Radeon 530 GPU; no GeForce MX options
- poorly calibrated display and low contrast
- budget plastic impression
- loud fan noise when load
- no IPS display options
- difficult serviceability
- slow SD card reader
- soft trackpad keys
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

In review: Dell Latitude 3590
In review: Dell Latitude 3590

The Latitude 3590 targets budget-conscious business users who aren't looking for the best display or attractive design. It's an underwhelming system that just barely gets the job done with its poorly calibrated colors, cheap plastic keys, relatively loud fan noise, and soft trackpad. Not bad for the low starting price of under $500 USD, but definitely not worth anywhere near the $1000 asking price of the higher-end configurations.

There are numerous outdated aspects of the Latitude 3590 that we hope will be addressed in future revisions. Firstly, the proprietary AC adapter is inconvenient and becoming obsolete when USB Type-C charging of up to 100 W is readily available. The competing ThinkPad E580, for example, has already dropped the AC adapter port for USB Type-C. Secondly, the optional fingerprint reader is only a touch fingerprint reader instead of the power button combo found on newer XPS models. Lastly, the lack of GeForce MX Pascal graphics is unfortunate since there is already an option for the aging Radeon 530. These newer features could have been implemented without significantly affecting the price of the model.

The biggest reasons for owning a Latitude 3590 are its low price of entry and the extensive warranty options available. Otherwise, competitors like the ProBook 650 G4, TravelMate P2510, and ThinkPad E580 are easier to self-service and offer a bit more bang for the buck. Avoid the costlier configurations because even the cheapest Latitude 5590 would be the superior buy.

Dell Latitude 15 3590-K8JP - 09/20/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
63 / 98 → 64%
Keyboard
67%
Pointing Device
56%
Connectivity
50 / 80 → 62%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 90%
Battery
89%
Display
76%
Games Performance
65 / 68 → 95%
Application Performance
92 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
87%
Noise
78%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
66%
74%
Office - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-09-20 (Update: 2018-09-20)
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.