Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged, 8650U, RX540


Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged, 8650U, RX540
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged, 8650U, RX540 (Latitude 14 Rugged Series)
Intel Core i7-8650U, Quad-core, 8 threads
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 540 - 4096 MB, Core: 1176 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR5, AMD Driver Packaging Version 18.10.22-180612a-332314C-Dell, Yes
16384 MB 
, 1200.5 MHz, DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Embedded Touch, AU Optronics AU Optronics AUO523D, IPS, glossy: no
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG), 512 GB 
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, USB-C
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.88 x 347 x 244.5 ( = 1.29 x 13.66 x 9.63 in)
51 Wh, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Sealed, ruggedized
2.22 kg ( = 78.31 oz / 4.89 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
2200 Euro



Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged, 8650U, RX540

70% Dell Latitude 5424 Rugged
Source: PC Mag English
Dell's Latitude 5424 Rugged is a 14-inch laptop that thrives in harsh environments, though perhaps inevitably, it's overshadowed by its nearly invulnerable sibling, the 7424 Rugged Extreme.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged offers an extremely bright display and long battery life in a chassis that can withstand the harshest elements.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/31/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%


Model: The Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged is a capable all-around laptop that can brave the outdoors. Like previous generations and all 5000 series, the Dell 5420 is aimed at the business users who are typically in the executive levels. With a bright 1080p display, a relatively slim chassis and a responsive touchpad. The Latitude 5420 addresses the biggest problems Dell has encountered in rugged laptops and it does so without sacrificing durability or performance, due to the military-grade strength and capable Core i7 CPUs. Also, the Latitude 5420 offers an all-day battery life, despite sporting a chassis that's thinner than those its rugged rivals. The laptop is relatively expensive, but it keeps important data safe, even under the harshest conditions. The laptop’s modular design allows users to customize to their needs. The laptop flaunts a 660 dollars touchscreen and packs a Core i7-8650U CPU, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 512 gigabytes SSD and an AMD Radeon RX540 GPU. The Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged also comes with some useful extras, including the secondary 51 Wh battery, a second Ethernet port, a DisplayPort, and an IR camera. Maxing out the 14-inch touchscreen and Latitude 5420 with a core i7-8650U CPU, 32 gigabytes of RAM, 2 terabytes of SSD storage, and a AMD Radeon RX540 graphics inflates the price to 5,627 dollars. Users are able to splurge on extras like LTE connectivity and a rubberized RGB backlit keyboard at a price. The laptop weighs about 2.22 kg and is 32.88 mm in height, 347 mm in width, ant 244.5 mm in depth.

Extreme however slender. Tough Notebooks aren't known for their svelte profiles, yet the Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged endeavors to trim things down while keeping up the strength of the Latitude Rugged line. While there are a few penances contrasted with other tough PCs, the Latitude 5420 Rugged is a general persuading machine. The Latitude 5420’s keyboard is similar to the Latitude 5490, in terms of the quick response and soft pressure. The Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged speaks to a move in the structure ethos of ruggedized PCs. The gadget figures out how to hold a large number of the highlights that characterize rough PCs while slicing the gadget's thickness down the middle. The expansion of a quad-center CPU and committed GPU add to the arrangement and make the Latitude 5420 Rugged extremely attraktive, particularly for picture takers and videographers who invest a great deal of energy outside. The Latitude 5420 is most suitable for office usage in corporate areas. It is usually only available through authorized retailers and official Dell partners and not on Dell’s website like the rest of the models.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

AMD Radeon RX 540: Polaris based mid-range graphics card with 512 shaders (8 compute units) and a maximum clock speed of 1,219 MHz (according to AMD). Uses the new Polaris 12 chip like the faster Radeon RX 550 (not verified but highly likely) with the slightly improved 14nm FinFET process. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
8650U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
2.22 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. In 2014, the global market share of Dell laptops was 12.3% and it is 14% in 2016.
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-03- 7 (Update: 2019-03- 7)