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Dell Latitude 3550-0123 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 10/29/2015

Everything is new. Dell's new entry-level business device comes with a matte IPS display, long battery runtimes and a large maintenance hatch. Priced at almost 900 Euros (~$987), it is not a cheap system though.

For the original German review, see here.

The Latitude 3550 belongs to Dell’s business lineup, and the notebooks of this series represent the entry-level devices in the business world. However, they are not only designed for business users but also private customers. We reviewed the predecessor of our review unit, the Latitude 3540, almost two years ago, but there are basically no similarities between the two. Dell uses a completely redesigned chassis for the 3550, the Radeon GPU was replaced by a chip from Nvidia, and the 3550 does not have an optical drive anymore. We will see whether this is an advantage or disadvantage.

The main rivals of the Latitude are entry-level business notebooks from other manufacturers. This includes, for example, the HP ProBook 450 G2 or 455 G2, the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 or E555 and the Acer TravelMate P256-M. The specs of the Dell notebook are pretty good, which means it is also competing with all-round devices from the consumer space. Examples would be the Acer Aspire V3-574G and the HP Pavilion 15.

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Dell Latitude 3550-0123
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 830M - 2048 MB, Core: 1082-1150 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 64-Bit connection, ForceWare 358.50 (10.18.13.5850), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Dual-Channel, two memory slots (both occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, , 890 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: Brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 259 x 381 x 23 ( = 10.2 x 15 x 0.91 in)
Battery
58 Wh Lithium-Ion, 7.4 V, 7410 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD-Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Recovery DVD (Windows 8.1 Pro), drivers DVD, MS Office (Trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 459 g ( = 16.19 oz / 1.01 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

While some chassis parts of the old Latitude 3540 were made of metal, the new Dell Latitude 3550 only gets a black plastic chassis. Dell uses a simple chassis design without frills and the surfaces are usually smooth. Only the display frame has a roughened surface. The battery is fixed inside the chassis, but it is still easily accessible thanks to the large maintenance hatch.

The build quality of the device does not cause any serious criticism. You can feel a slightly protruding plastic edge at the front of the base unit. Pressure is not a big problem for the base unit; you can only really dent it right next to the keyboard. It could, however, be sturdier, since it is pretty easy to twist. This is an even bigger problem for the lid, and you can also hear creaking in the process. Pressure on the back of the lid will only result in picture distortions at some points. The hinges keep the display well in position but cannot prevent some bouncing. It is possible to open it with one hand when you shake it a bit.

Connectivity

The port selection of the Latitude is fairly standard. Three USB ports (2x USB 3.0) and two video ports (HDMI, VGA) are available. The 3550 does not have an optical drive anymore, so the port layout is much better compared to the predecessor. All ports are located at the rear of the sides, which means the areas next to the palm rest are not occupied by cables.

Left side: slot for a Kensington lock, AC power, USB 2.0, card reader
Left side: slot for a Kensington lock, AC power, USB 2.0, card reader
Right side: combo audio, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA
Right side: combo audio, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, VGA

Communication

Dell equipped the Latitude with a WLAN module from Intel (Wireless-AC 7265). It supports the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0. The connection was always stable in a 15 m radius around the wireless router and we did not encounter any problems. The Latitude once again gets a Gigabit-Ethernet chip from the Realtek RTL8168/8111 family. It worked reliably as well.

Security 

The notebook does not offer many security features that are important for companies. There are, for instance, no biometrical access options and a Trusted Platform Module is not included, either. The system does at least support Computrace, which can be used to trace the device and erase all files if the notebook is stolen or lost. Dell also installs its own software "Protected Workspace". It allows the use of files and applications in a virtual environment. 

Accessories

Besides a quick-start poster and some security information, the device is shipped with a recovery DVD for Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit).

Operating System

Our review unit used the operating system Windows 7 Professional, but it is possible to install Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit) with the included recovery DVD. You can also upgrade to Windows 10 Professional (64-bit) for free. 

Maintenance

Dell equipped the device with a large maintenance hatch, but it is unnecessarily tricky to open it. The two rear corners are slightly lifted when you remove the two fixation screws of the hatch. It is not enough to get a finger underneath it and there is no indentation for the fingers, either. There is just a small gap (around 4 x 1 mm) for the tip of a flat-head screwdriver to lift the hatch (it is secured by many plastic clips). It is possible to scratch the hatch in the process, which is not a good design decision. Once the hatch is open, you can access the memory, the hard drive, the fan, the Wi-Fi module and the battery. The Latitude has two memory slots that are both occupied. It would be no problem to replace the hard drive, and a damaged battery could be replaced as well. 

Warranty

Dell only grants a 12-month warranty including pick-up service for the notebook. But Dell also offers several warranty extensions. A two-year on-site warranty, for example, is available for around 80 Euros (~$87).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Latitude is equipped with an illuminated chiclet keyboard. The illumination can be adjusted in two steps via function key. The flat and smooth keys have a shallow travel and you can notice some flex during typing, which affects the quality of the pressure points a bit. This is not a good performance for a business device. 

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a multitouch capable ClickPad with the dimensions 10.5 x 8 cm. This means there is a lot of space for gestures. The smooth surface of the pad provides good gliding capabilities and the pad has a short travel with a well-defined pressure point.

Input devices Latitude 3550
Input devices Latitude 3550

Display

Our Dell Latitude has a matte 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Luminance (335.1 cd/m²), contrast (1139:1) and black value (0.31 cd/m²) are convincing and the results are good up to very good. Less expensive versions of the Latitude are equipped with HD screens (1366x768 pixels).

327
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WF6
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 356 cd/m² Average: 335.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 352 cd/m²
Contrast: 1139:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.59 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.73 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
83% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.42
Latitude vs. sRGB
Latitude vs. sRGB
Latitude vs. AdobeRGB
Latitude vs. AdobeRGB

The colors of the screen are also pretty good ex-works. We can measure an average DeltaE-2000 deviation of 4.59, while the target value would be smaller than three. We cannot see a blue cast. The color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB cannot be covered by the panel; we can only determine 83% (sRGB) and 55% (AdobeRGB), respectively.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Dell equipped our review unit with an IPS display that offers wide viewing angles. This means the display content is visible from every position. It is no problem to use the notebook outdoors thanks to the good results for the brightness, the contrast and obviously the matte display surface.

Viewing angles Latitude
Viewing angles Latitude
The Latitude outdoors
The Latitude outdoors
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
IPS, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 3540
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
TN-Panel, 1920x1080
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
TN LED, 1366x768
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
TN LED, 1920x1080
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
TN LED, 1366x768
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
IPS, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
TN LED, 1920x1080
Screen
-22%
-75%
-81%
-82%
-80%
-43%
-64%
Brightness middle
353
240
-32%
228
-35%
203
-42%
232
-34%
254
-28%
257
-27%
223
-37%
Brightness
335
222
-34%
210
-37%
209
-38%
230
-31%
225
-33%
247
-26%
215
-36%
Brightness Distribution
88
80
-9%
89
1%
85
-3%
82
-7%
84
-5%
84
-5%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.31
0.33
-6%
0.688
-122%
0.65
-110%
0.66
-113%
0.72
-132%
0.45
-45%
0.76
-145%
Contrast
1139
727
-36%
331
-71%
312
-73%
352
-69%
353
-69%
571
-50%
293
-74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.59
4.63
-1%
10.04
-119%
11.01
-140%
12
-161%
10.73
-134%
7.36
-60%
8.5
-85%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.73
5.07
-36%
10.65
-186%
11.57
-210%
12.65
-239%
11.23
-201%
7.82
-110%
9.35
-151%
Gamma
2.42 91%
2.54 87%
2.53 87%
2.09 105%
3.09 71%
2.21 100%
2.4 92%
2.46 89%
CCT
6268 104%
8415 77%
12807 51%
12849 51%
14904 44%
13321 49%
6939 94%
10402 62%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
44.95
-18%
38.8
-29%
39
-29%
53
-4%
36.2
-34%
38
-31%
42
-24%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
83
59.2
-29%
66
-20%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

The Latitude 3550 series belongs to the business segment, but it is designed for both business and private users. The performance of our review unit is more than sufficient for everyday tasks and the system can even handle games. Our review configuration retails for around 900 Euros (~$987), but Dell also offers other versions. The cheapest model in Dell’s shop at the time of writing costs around 580 Euros, ~$636 (incl. VAT) with a discount. This device uses a Celeron 3205U, but no dedicated graphics card.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

You can choose between a wide variety of processors within the Latitude 3550 series, starting with Celerons up to Core i7 chips. Our review unit uses the fastest CPU you can get, the Core i7-5500U. This is a Broadwell processor with a nominal clock of 2.4 GHz, which can be raised to 2.9 GHz (two cores) and 3 GHz (one core) via Turbo Boost. The performance of the CPU is no problem; the CPU usually runs at the highest clock. We can only see slightly reduced speeds in multithread scenarios when the notebook is running on battery power. It will then run at 2.8-2.9 GHz instead of a steady 2.9 GHz, which results in slightly lower benchmark scores.

Much more performance is provided by notebooks with standard voltage mobile processors, but it is not easy to get such a device because more and more manufacturers primarily use frugal ULV processors. Some predecessors of the mentioned rivals, for example, are equipped with standard voltage mobile processors, including the HP ProBook 450 G1 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540. Both models are still available.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4172
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10119
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4573
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
39.73 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.29 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.41 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
50.59 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
299 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
124 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
124 Points ∼57%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
96 Points ∼44% -23%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
68 Points ∼31% -45%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
109 Points ∼50% -12%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
50 Points ∼23% -60%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
39 Points ∼18% -69%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
48 Points ∼22% -61%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
82 Points ∼38% -34%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
108 Points ∼50% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63 Points ∼29% -49%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
112 Points ∼51% -10%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
123 Points ∼56% -1%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540 20C6003AGE
GeForce GT 740M, 4702MQ, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5 + Sandisk SSD U110 16GB
120 Points ∼55% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
299 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
229 Points ∼5% -23%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
172 Points ∼4% -42%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
260 Points ∼6% -13%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
81 Points ∼2% -73%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
171 Points ∼4% -43%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
140 Points ∼3% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
208 Points ∼5% -30%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
258 Points ∼6% -14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
195 Points ∼4% -35%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
289 Points ∼7% -3%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
581 Points ∼13% +94%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540 20C6003AGE
GeForce GT 740M, 4702MQ, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5 + Sandisk SSD U110 16GB
578 Points ∼13% +93%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.41 Points ∼58%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
1.11 Points ∼45% -21%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.1 Points ∼45% -22%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.76 Points ∼31% -46%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1.29 Points ∼53% -9%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
0.58 Points ∼24% -59%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.35 Points ∼55% -4%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
0.75 Points ∼31% -47%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
0.56 Points ∼23% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.96 Points ∼39% -32%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1.26 Points ∼52% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.79 Points ∼32% -44%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.42 Points ∼58% +1%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.42 Points ∼58% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540 20C6003AGE
GeForce GT 740M, 4702MQ, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5 + Sandisk SSD U110 16GB
1.34 Points ∼55% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3.29 Points ∼7%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
2.47 Points ∼6% -25%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.47 Points ∼6% -25%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.85 Points ∼4% -44%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2.86 Points ∼6% -13%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
0.96 Points ∼2% -71%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3.27 Points ∼7% -1%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
1.84 Points ∼4% -44%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1.55 Points ∼4% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.27 Points ∼5% -31%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2.78 Points ∼6% -16%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.3 Points ∼5% -30%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3.18 Points ∼7% -3%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
6.3 Points ∼14% +91%
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E540 20C6003AGE
GeForce GT 740M, 4702MQ, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5 + Sandisk SSD U110 16GB
6.15 Points ∼14% +87%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4573 Points ∼42%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
3536 Points ∼33% -23%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2514 Points ∼23% -45%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4189 Points ∼39% -8%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
1790 Points ∼17% -61%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
2528 Points ∼23% -45%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1287 Points ∼12% -72%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3116 Points ∼29% -32%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4131 Points ∼38% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2170 Points ∼20% -53%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4651 Points ∼43% +2%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4577 Points ∼42% 0%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
10119 Points ∼15%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
7619 Points ∼12% -25%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5685 Points ∼9% -44%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
8671 Points ∼13% -14%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
2785 Points ∼4% -72%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
5730 Points ∼9% -43%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4103 Points ∼6% -59%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
6837 Points ∼10% -32%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
8699 Points ∼13% -14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6403 Points ∼10% -37%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
9792 Points ∼15% -3%
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
17431 Points ∼27% +72%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6029 Points ∼7%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3441 Points ∼4% -43%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4983 Points ∼6% -17%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3355 Points ∼4% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4016 Points ∼5% -33%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
5268 Points ∼7% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4578 Points ∼6% -24%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5955 Points ∼7% -1%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2914 Points ∼60%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1673 Points ∼34% -43%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2472 Points ∼51% -15%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1459 Points ∼30% -50%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1912 Points ∼39% -34%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2654 Points ∼54% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1941 Points ∼40% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2858 Points ∼59% -2%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
96.4 ms * ∼1%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
199 ms * ∼2% -106%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
122.4 ms * ∼1% -27%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
182.1 ms * ∼2% -89%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
199.5 ms * ∼2% -107%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
151.1 ms * ∼2% -57%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
119.8 ms * ∼1% -24%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
154 ms * ∼2% -60%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
96.9 ms * ∼1% -1%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2268.5 ms * ∼4%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3960.4 ms * ∼7% -75%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2532.2 ms * ∼4% -12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4949.9 ms * ∼8% -118%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3339.4 ms * ∼6% -47%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2609.1 ms * ∼4% -15%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2263 ms * ∼4% -0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2275 ms * ∼4% -0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
14741 Points ∼28%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
8010 Points ∼15% -46%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
13037 Points ∼25% -12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
7421 Points ∼14% -50%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
9551 Points ∼18% -35%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
12452 Points ∼24% -16%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
15276 Points ∼29% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
14240 Points ∼27% -3%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2655 Points ∼43%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2325 Points ∼38% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1915 Points ∼31% -28%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2335 Points ∼38% -12%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1743 Points ∼28% -34%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2744 Points ∼44% +3%

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System Performance

The system runs smooth and without hiccups. We did not encounter any problems. The results in the PCMark benchmarks are good up to very good. You could improve the results by replacing the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. The system would be much snappier and Windows would start faster.

PCMark 7 Score
2714 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3152 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3443 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3873 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3152 Points ∼52%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2909 Points ∼48% -8%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1869 Points ∼31% -41%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2973 Points ∼49% -6%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2723 Points ∼45% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2544 Points ∼42% -19%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3136 Points ∼51% -1%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2964 Points ∼49% -6%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
3187 Points ∼52% +1%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3612 Points ∼59% +15%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼46% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3069 Points ∼50% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼46% -10%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2714 Points ∼30%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
2627 Points ∼29% -3%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2956 Points ∼32% +9%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2582 Points ∼28% -5%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2098 Points ∼23% -23%
Fujitsu LifeBook E554
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4451 Points ∼49% +64%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
3367 Points ∼37% +24%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2150 Points ∼23% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2784 Points ∼30% +3%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2492 Points ∼27% -8%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2643 Points ∼29% -3%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4857 Points ∼53% +79%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5071 Points ∼55% +87%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3290 Points ∼36% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2937 Points ∼32% +8%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼30% +1%

Storage Devices

The Latitude is equipped with a hard drive from Toshiba. It has a capacity of 1 TB and works with 5400 revolutions per minute, so the storage capacity shouldn’t be an issue. CrystalDiskMark determines a reading performance of 95.9 MB/s, while HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 86.2 MB/s. Those are typical results for a 5400 rpm drive.

Replacing the hard drive would be very easy.
Replacing the hard drive would be very easy.
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 50.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 112.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 86.2 MB/s
Access Time: 17.5 ms
Burst Rate: 238.6 MB/s

GPU Performance

While the Latitude 3540 used an AMD GPU, the successor is now equipped with a GeForce 830M graphics chip. It is a lower mainstream chip with a base clock of 1082 MHz, which can be raised to 1150 MHz via Boost. The core is supported by 2048 MB DDR3 memory (64-bit interface). The results in the 3DMark benchmarks are on the expected level for the GPU, but the performance is a bit lower compared to the Latitude 3540. The Radeon 8850M in the 3540 is generally faster.

Besides the GeForce 830M GPU, the notebook can also use the Intel HD Graphics 5500 via switchable graphics (Optimus). The GeForce GPU is mainly used for more demanding applications (like games). Intel's GPU handles the graphics output for common tasks and on battery power. The notebook automatically switches between the two GPUs. Users do not have to do anything, but you can if you want to.

3DMark 06 Standard
11275 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2097 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
43118 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6238 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1209 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2097 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
2589 Points ∼7% +23%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
802 Points ∼2% -62%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
958 Points ∼3% -54%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
665 Points ∼2% -68%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
752 Points ∼2% -64%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
964 Points ∼3% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
909 Points ∼3% -57%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1698 Points ∼5% -19%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1723 Points ∼5% -18%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2450 Points ∼7% +17%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3269 Points ∼9% +56%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2701 Points ∼8% +29%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2437 Points ∼7% +16%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼5% -14%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1209 Points ∼5%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
1683 Points ∼6% +39%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
561 Points ∼2% -54%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
434 Points ∼2% -64%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
446 Points ∼2% -63%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
527 Points ∼2% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
540 Points ∼2% -55%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
900 Points ∼3% -26%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
791 Points ∼3% -35%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1432 Points ∼5% +18%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1514 Points ∼6% +25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1687 Points ∼6% +40%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1391 Points ∼5% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼4% -13%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4779 Points ∼7%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2378 Points ∼4% -50%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2010 Points ∼3% -58%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3638 Points ∼6% -24%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
5360 Points ∼8% +12%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5398 Points ∼8% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3984 Points ∼6% -17%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6238 Points ∼10%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
6278 Points ∼10% +1%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
5435 Points ∼9% -13%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3366 Points ∼5% -46%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4399 Points ∼7% -29%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
2092 Points ∼3% -66%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4461 Points ∼7% -28%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
3276 Points ∼5% -47%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2594 Points ∼4% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3886 Points ∼6% -38%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4645 Points ∼8% -26%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4010 Points ∼6% -36%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
6160 Points ∼10% -1%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5932 Points ∼10% -5%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5261 Points ∼9% -16%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
6512 Points ∼11% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼8% -17%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43118 Points ∼4%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
38786 Points ∼3% -10%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
29560 Points ∼3% -31%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
41489 Points ∼4% -4%
HP ProBook 455 G2 G6C98EA
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, 128 GB SATA SSD
22379 Points ∼2% -48%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
33579 Points ∼3% -22%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
30090 Points ∼3% -30%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
24924 Points ∼2% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
37420 Points ∼3% -13%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
44842 Points ∼4% +4%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
28314 Points ∼3% -34%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
47495 Points ∼4% +10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
41517 Points ∼4% -4%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49599 Points ∼4% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼4% +2%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
11275 Points ∼24%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
12458 Points ∼26% +10%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4318 Points ∼9% -62%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4317 Points ∼9% -62%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
5458 Points ∼11% -52%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
5840 Points ∼12% -48%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5662 Points ∼12% -50%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
11543 Points ∼24% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8336 Points ∼17% -26%

Gaming Performance

Even though the Latitude is primarily a business device, it can actually handle games. Many titles run smoothly in the HD resolution and medium quality settings. This is mainly the case for less demanding titles in respect of the hardware. The native FHD resolution is only possible with some games, but blockbuster titles like Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 do not reach playable frame rates. You will have to look for another device if you want more graphics performance, but there are hardly any business devices with more powerful GPUs. You would have to look for a consumer device like the Acer Aspire VN7-571G. The system is available with a GeForce 940M and GTX 950M and the price is also similar to our Latitude.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 108.7 55.3 31.1 14.7 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 164 66.1 31.3 15.3 fps
F1 2014 (2014) 117 85 53 31 fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 24.7 15.9 9.6 3.1 fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 44.7 29.7 10.3 7.1 fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 65.2 46.1 16.7 9.9 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 165.4 45.6 25.5 12.5 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 24.5 15 7.3 5.9 fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 23 19 7 5 fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60 48.2 16.9 11.5 fps
Mad Max (2015) 32 15.7 14.5 fps
World of Warships (2015) 48.4 37.6 20.2 13.8 fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 92.6 50 34.1 fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
55.3 fps ∼10%
Dell Latitude 3540
Radeon HD 8850M, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVX-75JC3T0
67.2 fps ∼12% +22%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
43.1 fps ∼8% -22%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
19.5 fps ∼3% -65%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
21 fps ∼4% -62%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
18.4 fps ∼3% -67%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
20.8 fps ∼4% -62%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
31.6 fps ∼6% -43%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
26.2 fps ∼5% -53%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
64.8 fps ∼11% +17%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
50 fps ∼9% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
74.5 fps ∼13% +35%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
61.6 fps ∼11% +11%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43.3 fps ∼8% -22%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108.7 fps ∼17%
Acer TravelMate P255-MG-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
59.4 fps ∼9% -45%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
38.2 fps ∼6% -65%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
40.8 fps ∼7% -62%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
35.9 fps ∼6% -67%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
40.2 fps ∼6% -63%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
62.8 fps ∼10% -42%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
49.1 fps ∼8% -55%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
130.7 fps ∼21% +20%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
85 fps ∼14% -22%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
129.1 fps ∼21% +19%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
83.8 fps ∼13% -23%
Dirt Rally
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45.6 fps ∼21%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
31.1 fps ∼14% -32%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
18.4 fps ∼8% -60%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
46.4 fps ∼21% +2%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
40.8 fps ∼19% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
28 fps ∼13% -39%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
45.8 fps ∼21% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
33.1 fps ∼15% -27%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
165.4 fps ∼32%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
122.7 fps ∼24% -26%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70 fps ∼14% -58%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
146.1 fps ∼28% -12%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
72.3 fps ∼14% -56%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
187 fps ∼36% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
136.1 fps ∼26% -18%
GRID: Autosport
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
31.3 fps ∼16%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
12.9 fps ∼6% -59%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
30.1 fps ∼15% -4%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
66.1 fps ∼29%
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
24.41 fps ∼11% -63%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
24.4 fps ∼11% -63%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
46.7 fps ∼20% -29%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
47.4 fps ∼21% -28%
F1 2014
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
53 fps ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
14 fps ∼11% -74%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
20 fps ∼15% -62%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
85 fps ∼64%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
25 fps ∼19% -71%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
25 fps ∼19% -71%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
40 fps ∼30% -53%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
40 fps ∼30% -53%

Emissions

System Noise

You might want to equip the Latitude with a Solid State Drive pretty quickly, because you can hear the murmur of the hard drive while idling. The fan on the other hand is usually deactivated. This behavior changes under load, where we can measure up to 45.3 dB(A) during the stress test. This value is a bit high for a notebook in this performance class.

The fan is usually deactivated while idling.
The fan is usually deactivated while idling.

Noise Level

Idle
32.5 / 32.5 / 32.5 dB(A)
HDD
32.5 dB(A)
Load
43.5 / 45.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
5500U, GeForce 830M
Dell Latitude 3540
4200U, Radeon HD 8850M
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
A8-7100, Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4005U, HD Graphics 4400
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
5200U, HD Graphics 5500
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Noise
2%
12%
2%
8%
16%
1%
-7%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
32.5
31.6
3%
31.3
4%
34.7
-7%
33
-2%
28.9
11%
32.8
-1%
34.5
-6%
Idle Average *
32.5
33.1
-2%
31.3
4%
34.7
-7%
33
-2%
28.9
11%
32.8
-1%
34.5
-6%
Idle Maximum *
32.5
33.6
-3%
31.3
4%
34.7
-7%
33.1
-2%
28.9
11%
32.8
-1%
34.5
-6%
Load Average *
43.5
40.2
8%
32.8
25%
36.1
17%
33.8
22%
32.9
24%
42.7
2%
44.1
-1%
Load Maximum *
45.3
43.5
4%
33.8
25%
37.9
16%
34.9
23%
34.3
24%
43.4
4%
52.5
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test Latitude
Stress test Latitude

The Latitude handles our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running for at least one hour) the same way on mains as well as battery power. The processor runs at 2.5-2.6 GHz, while the GPU can maintain its full performance (1150 MHz). We can measure surface temperatures of 50 °C above and below the CPU and GPU, which is surprising when you consider the high fan activity. The temperatures should be a couple of degrees cooler. Still, those results do not represent realistic scenarios, where the heat development of the device is moderate.

Max. Load
 35.5 °C
96 F
50.5 °C
123 F
49.7 °C
121 F
 
 28.1 °C
83 F
47 °C
117 F
41.2 °C
106 F
 
 26 °C
79 F
27.9 °C
82 F
35 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 50.5 °C = 123 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
38 °C
100 F
54 °C
129 F
29.8 °C
86 F
35.7 °C
96 F
49.2 °C
121 F
26.7 °C
80 F
31.9 °C
89 F
28.1 °C
83 F
26.1 °C
79 F
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  52 °C = 126 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.9 °C / 100 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 50.5 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.9 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35 °C / 95 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-6.9 °C / -12.4 F).
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
5500U, GeForce 830M
Dell Latitude 3540
4200U, Radeon HD 8850M
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
A8-7100, Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4005U, HD Graphics 4400
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
5200U, HD Graphics 5500
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Heat
17%
21%
9%
23%
24%
-2%
16%
Maximum Upper Side *
50.5
39.2
22%
32.7
35%
39.2
22%
34.2
32%
32.7
35%
50
1%
38.7
23%
Maximum Bottom *
54
40.3
25%
34.3
36%
37
31%
36.8
32%
34.5
36%
62.7
-16%
40.2
26%
Idle Upper Side *
34.1
28.7
16%
29
15%
33.7
1%
26.6
22%
29.1
15%
34.6
-1%
30.8
10%
Idle Bottom *
31.6
30.6
3%
32.5
-3%
37.5
-19%
29.3
7%
28
11%
29.5
7%
30.4
4%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Latitude are located at the front edge of the bottom. Overall, they produce a very decent and rich sound, but bass is missing. Very high tones can sound a bit "shrill," but the result is reasonable for a device that is primarily designed for business purposes.

The speakers are located at the bottom.
The speakers are located at the bottom.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Dell notebook consumes up to 11.6 Watts while idling – which is a result of the Core i7 processor and the bright Full HD display. We can measure up to 58 Watts during the stress test, a reasonable result for the hardware configuration. The power adaptor (90 Watts) still has plenty of headroom. The Latitude consumes around 49 Watts (+/-5 Watts) during gaming.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.9 / 11.5 / 11.6 Watt
Load midlight 49 / 58 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
5500U, GeForce 830M
Dell Latitude 3540
4200U, Radeon HD 8850M
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
A8-7100, Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
4005U, HD Graphics 4400
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
5200U, HD Graphics 5500
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
5200U, GeForce 940M
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Power Consumption
3%
42%
-16%
24%
53%
20%
17%
Idle Minimum *
5.9
6.3
-7%
3.3
44%
10.9
-85%
5
15%
2.4
59%
3.9
34%
4.8
19%
Idle Average *
11.5
10.5
9%
6.5
43%
14.3
-24%
10.8
6%
4.4
62%
7.2
37%
8.1
30%
Idle Maximum *
11.6
10.8
7%
7
40%
14.9
-28%
10.9
6%
5
57%
8.5
27%
8.3
28%
Load Average *
49
50.7
-3%
27.3
44%
34.1
30%
28.3
42%
23.8
51%
47.5
3%
42.5
13%
Load Maximum *
58
52.7
9%
35.6
39%
41.5
28%
29.5
49%
36.2
38%
58.9
-2%
61.1
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

We can determine an idle runtime of 12:55 hours for the Latitude. The rival Lenovo ThinkPad E550 (12:28 h) is almost on par. The idle mode is simulated by the Battery Eater Reader’s Test with the lowest display brightness, while the energy-saving profile is active and the wireless modules are turned off. The battery is empty after 2:09 h under load, and the ThinkPad E550 is once again very similar (2:08 h). The load scenario is simulated by the Battery Eater Classic Test with the maximum luminance, the high-performance power profile and activated wireless modules. 

Our more realistic Wi-Fi test determines 6:19 h for the Dell laptop. The ThinkPad falls behind this time (5:10 h). Our test simulates web browsing with the "Balanced" power profile at an adjusted luminance of 150 cd/m². We check the stamina during video playback with a loop of the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264, 1920x1080 pixels). The wireless modules are deactivated and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². The Latitude manages a runtime of 7:54 h, whereas the E550 (5:28 h) shuts down 2.5 hours sooner.

The battery could be replaced.
The battery could be replaced.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 55min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
6h 19min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 54min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 9min
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
58 Wh
Dell Latitude 3540
65 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
48 Wh
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
48 Wh
Acer TravelMate P256-M-39NG
52 Wh
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
40 Wh
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
37 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
41 Wh
Battery Runtime
-7%
-13%
-45%
3%
-28%
-32%
Reader / Idle
775
754
-3%
748
-3%
404
-48%
721
-7%
673
-13%
563
-27%
H.264
474
328
-31%
193
-59%
271
-43%
294
-38%
WiFi v1.3
379
310
-18%
281
-26%
267
-30%
Load
129
116
-10%
128
-1%
91
-29%
145
12%
91
-29%
88
-32%
WiFi
334
395
238
368
456

Pros

+ bright and high-contrast IPS display
+ gaming capabilities
+ good battery runtimes
+ large maintenance hatch
+ a lot of storage
+ runs quiet

Cons

- only 12 months warranty
- opening the maintenance hatch is unnecessarily tricky
- bouncing keyboard

Verdict

In review: Dell Latitude 3550-0123. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.
In review: Dell Latitude 3550-0123. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.

Dell's Latitude 3550 series is a new version of the entry-level model lineup for the business segment. The processor is more than powerful enough for all common tasks, and the device can even handle some games thanks to the GeForce GPU. The notebook gets hardly warm in practice and is also very quiet. Storage capacity is not an issue thanks to the 1 TB hard drive. We have to praise the matte Full HD IPS screen. It is very bright, has a good contrast ratio and it provides wide viewing angles. Finally, there are the good battery runtimes.

You can access the components thanks to the large maintenance hatch, but Dell makes the process pretty tricky. The keyboard causes criticism as well, because there is visible flexing during typing. This should not be the case for a notebook that costs 900 Euros (~$987). Dell also only grants a 12-month warranty for the Latitude, which is, unfortunately, standard among business devices. We still expect at least 24 months from notebook manufacturers. Especially for the Latitude, which is also targeting private users and – once again – has a price tag of 900 Euros (~$987).

Dell's Latitude 3550 ticks many right boxes, but a better rating is prevented by some unnecessary issues. Still: You get a good all-rounder if you can live with the mentioned drawbacks.

You cannot really call the Latitude 3550-series inexpensive when you look at the pricing. Dell charges almost 580 Euros, ~$636 (incl. VAT) for the entry-level configuration (Celeron 3205U) at the time of writing. A ProBook 450 G2 from HP with a more powerful Core i3-5010U CPU only costs 60 Euros (~$65) more.

Dell Latitude 3550-0123 - 03/31/2016 v5(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 62%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
89%
Display
89%
Games Performance
59 / 68 → 87%
Application Performance
69 / 92 → 75%
Temperature
82%
Noise
79%
Audio
53%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
70%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-10-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.