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Dell Latitude 5495 (Ryzen 7 Pro, FHD) Laptop Review

Benjamin Herzig, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Benjamin Herzig), 04/08/2019

It's complicated. Dell competes in the business laptop market with AMD CPUs with a rather small lineup. Will the single Dell Latitude model with Ryzen, the Dell Latitude 14 5495, be able to compete with well-known competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the HP EliteBook 745 G5? In some ways it can compete, but our review also uncovered some weaknesses.

So far, AMD Ryzen has failed to really capture a huge part of the laptop market, which is in contrast to its success in desktops. In part, this could be attributed to some of the weaknesses the platform has (like the comparably high-energy consumption), but a huge part of the missing success probably can be attributed to the missing interest from the PC manufacturers. The selection of available Ryzen laptops is still much smaller than the selection of Intel laptops. Case in point: Compared with the vast lineup of Intel-based Latitude business laptop systems, there is only a single AMD Ryzen based model, the Latitude 14 5495, a 14-inch Dell laptop,

This laptop is based on another Latitude, its Intel sister model in the form of the Dell Latitude 5490. Since the chassis, the input devices and the port selection of the Latitude 5495 are identical to the Latitude 5490, we skip the description of those features and jump directly to the screen. Aside from the Intel based sister model, we compare the Latitude 5495 to its closest 14-inch business competitors, the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the HP EliteBook 745 G5.

Our review unit of the Dell Latitude 5495 contains the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a FHD screen. This configuration costs €870 (~$977) in Germany.

Dell Latitude 14 5495 (Latitude 14 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, Crimson 17.7
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 1 of 2 slots free, single channel RAM
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, CMN14C9, IPS LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
Intel SSDSCKKF256G8, 256 GB 
, 144 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD card-reader, Noble Lock
Networking
Broadcom BCM5762 NetXtreme PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.45 x 333.4 x 228.9 ( = 0.88 x 13.13 x 9.01 in)
Battery
61 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1 megapixel
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: 6 row Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.69 kg ( = 59.61 oz / 3.73 pounds), Power Supply: 300 g ( = 10.58 oz / 0.66 pounds)
Price
900 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Size & weight comparison

336.6 mm / 13.3 inch 232.5 mm / 9.15 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.6 kg3.61 lbs333.4 mm / 13.1 inch 228.9 mm / 9.01 inch 22.45 mm / 0.884 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs333 mm / 13.1 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs326 mm / 12.8 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs
right: combo audio, USB 3.0 type A, VGA, Noble Lock
right: combo audio, USB 3.0 type A, VGA, Noble Lock
left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 type C, USB 3.0 type A, SD card-reader
left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 type C, USB 3.0 type A, SD card-reader
back: RJ45, SIM slot, HDMI, USB 3.0 type A, charging port
back: RJ45, SIM slot, HDMI, USB 3.0 type A, charging port
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
166.4 MB/s ∼100% +43%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
116.6 MB/s ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.2 MB/s ∼45% -36%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=273)
62.4 MB/s ∼38% -46%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
208.2 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.2 MB/s ∼98%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.6 MB/s ∼41% -58%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=248)
79 MB/s ∼38% -61%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
607 MBit/s ∼100% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
536 MBit/s ∼88% +19%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 688, n=219)
468 MBit/s ∼77% +4%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
452 (min: 329, max: 553) MBit/s ∼74%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
409 MBit/s ∼67% -10%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
593 MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
581 MBit/s ∼98% +7%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
541 (min: 318, max: 616) MBit/s ∼91%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
511 MBit/s ∼86% -6%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 688, n=219)
443 MBit/s ∼75% -18%
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Dell Latitude 14 5495 Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø452 (329-553)
Dell Latitude 14 5495 Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø541 (318-616)

Display

subpixel array Dell Latitude 14 5495
subpixel array Dell Latitude 14 5495
backlight-bleeding
backlight-bleeding

There are three different display options available for the Dell Latitude 14 5495: a HD (1,366 x 768) TN panel as well as two FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCDs. One of those FHD screens supports touch.

There is one commonality between all the display options of the Dell Latitude 5495: their disappointing brightness. Even the two FHD screens are only supposed to reach 220 cd/m² according to Dell. The matte FHD screen without touch in our review sample does not even manage to reach that brightness-value. We measured an average brightness of just 200 cd/m², which is the absolute minimum we are willing to accept in a modern laptop. The Intel model Dell Latitude 5490 had a similarly dim screen, but the competitors from Lenovo and HP are better: The ThinkPad A485 reached an average brightness of 272 cd/m² and the EliteBook 745 G5 even accomplished 398 cd/m², which makes its panel pretty much twice as bright compared with the Latitude. The ranking of the different screens is clear and the Dell Latitude is clearly the worst of the bunch, though it should be noted that the EliteBook is slightly more expensive than its competitors. 

Unfortunately, we did detect annoying backlight bleeding. The same can be said about PWM, though the PWM frequency was so high that it was not a problem. The brightness distribution of 89% was good.

195
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
CMN14C9
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 212 cd/m² Average: 200.1 cd/m² Minimum: 13 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 210 cd/m²
Contrast: 922:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.81 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
61% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.22
Dell Latitude 14 5495
CMN14C9, , 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
AU Optronics AUO263D, , 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
NV140FHM-N46, , 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AUO383D, , 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-9%
-41%
16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (24, 17)
46.9 (23.6, 23.3)
-14%
44.8 (22.8, 22)
-9%
35 (17, 18)
15%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (19, 11)
31.2 (18, 13.2)
-4%
35.2 (19.6, 15.6)
-17%
25 (15, 10)
17%
PWM Frequency
25000 (30)
1000 (99)
-96%
Screen
-13%
-13%
36%
Brightness middle
212
227
7%
275
30%
421
99%
Brightness
200
211
6%
272
36%
398
99%
Brightness Distribution
89
88
-1%
85
-4%
86
-3%
Black Level *
0.23
0.19
17%
0.26
-13%
0.27
-17%
Contrast
922
1195
30%
1058
15%
1559
69%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
5.6
-29%
5.9
-36%
4.08
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.01
22.4
-149%
20
-122%
7.48
17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.81
2.4
15%
3.6
-28%
2.92
-4%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.44 90%
2.36 93%
2.32 95%
CCT
6286 103%
6506 100%
6798 96%
7043 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
34.5
-12%
38.1
-2%
57
46%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61
54.4
-11%
59.6
-2%
87
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -12%
-27% / -19%
26% / 32%

* ... smaller is better

colors (calibrated)
colors (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
saturation (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)
grey-scale (calibrated)

Subjectively, the display quality is good – probably thanks to the good contrast of 922:1. Also, we were able to calibrate the screen with pretty good results. With the calibration, there were no huge deviations from the expected gray-scale and saturation results. The color profile that we created for this review is freely available to download, as always.

With the bad screen brightness in mind, it is not surprising in any way that the screen has a disappointingly bad color gamut as well. The sRGB color space is only 61% covered, rendering the screen unusable for photo editing. While the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 is as bad in this regard, the HP EliteBook 745 G5 has a much better color gamut of 87% sRGB.

sRGB: 61%
sRGB: 61%
AdobeRGB: 39%
AdobeRGB: 39%
outdoor (shadow)
outdoor (shadow)
outdoor (sun)
outdoor (sun)

In spite of the matte screen surface, the Dell Latitude 5495 is practically unusable outdoors. Even in the shadow, the LCD is too dim and the screen content can barely be distinguished.  

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.8 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 detected 25000 Hz ≤ 30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9394 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

There is nothing to criticize about the viewing-angle stability. The IPS screen does have the IPS glow, though this should not affect everyday use.

viewing angles Dell Latitude 14 5495
viewing angles Dell Latitude 14 5495

Performance

There are four different models of the Dell laptop in Germany. Three configurations use the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U as their processor; one contains the slower Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U. These processors are complemented by either 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (officially with a maximum of 32 GB, though 64 GB might be possible with two 32 GB modules). The SSD in all German models has a capacity of 256 GB.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z SPD
CPU-Z SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

The Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U is an AMD processor for laptops and ultrabooks. Its four Zen-cores have a clock-rate that ranges between 2.2 and 3.8 GHz. The typical maximum power consumption of this CPU is 15 W. Comparisons with other processors are possible through our CPU comparison table.

In the Cinebench multicore test, the processor can consume up to 25 W, which means the cores can reach 3 to 3.2 GHz. The CPU temperatures reach 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit). In the Cinebench loop, which is our test to simulate continuous load, the Ryzen processor was able to maintain its performance for the first few iterations of the loop. Only after the tenth iteration, the performance starts to drop, as the CPU temperatures exceed 70 degrees Celsius (158 Fahrenheit). The CPU can still consume up to 20 W and the clock-rates of the four cores fall to 2.8 GHz.

The Dell Latitude 5495 laptop achieves the best CPU performance out of all the tested 14-inch Ryzen business laptops, no matter if we look at the boost-performance or sustained load. The Intel model Dell Latitude 5490 also performed worse than its AMD counterpart, though the difference between the two is quite small under sustained load.

The CPU is not throttled when the device is running on battery power.

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Dell Latitude 14 5495 AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø620 (605-670)
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel Core i5-8350U: Ø600 (577.55-626.47)
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U: Ø504 (495-536)
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø539 (523-626)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
148 Points ∼100%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
143 Points ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (134 - 150, n=11)
143 Points ∼97% -3%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel Core i5-8350U
142 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
134 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 199, n=528)
112 Points ∼76% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
670 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (530 - 719, n=11)
636 Points ∼95% -5%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
630 Points ∼94% -6%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel Core i5-8350U
599 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
553 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=536)
342 Points ∼51% -49%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
29.52 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
670 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
148 Points
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System performance

Though the Dell Latitude 14 5495 did perform worse in some of the individual PCMark tests compared with the direct competitors, this did not at all translate negatively into everyday use. The system always ran smoothly.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2206 - 3251, n=7)
2800 Points ∼100% +27%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2772 Points ∼99% +26%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 3884, n=144)
2635 Points ∼94% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2359 Points ∼84% +7%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
2206 Points ∼79%
Productivity
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 7964, n=144)
5471 Points ∼100% +53%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3408 - 5146, n=7)
4229 Points ∼77% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3759 Points ∼69% +5%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
3571 Points ∼65%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3408 Points ∼62% -5%
Essentials
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9790, n=144)
6947 Points ∼100% +17%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5395 - 7320, n=7)
6247 Points ∼90% +5%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
5957 Points ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5848 Points ∼84% -2%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
5732 Points ∼83% -4%
Score
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4597, n=145)
3254 Points ∼100% +26%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2584 - 3402, n=7)
3004 Points ∼92% +16%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
2712 Points ∼83% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2673 Points ∼82% +3%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
2585 Points ∼79%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
4774 Points ∼100% +96%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4403 Points ∼92% +81%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2438 - 4774, n=7)
4215 Points ∼88% +73%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4123 Points ∼86% +69%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5428, n=343)
4017 Points ∼84% +65%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
2438 Points ∼51%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
3695 Points ∼100% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3155 - 3640, n=7)
3308 Points ∼90% +2%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
Vega 10, 2700U, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
3256 Points ∼88%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Vega 10, 2700U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3155 Points ∼85% -3%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=401)
3054 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Vega 8, PRO 2500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2937 Points ∼79% -10%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3256 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2438 points
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Storage

The SSD in our review unit is a 256 GB model made by Intel. This SSD is a very slow SATA III model and it performs accordingly. It should be noted though that the Dell Latitude 5490 also contained a SATA III SSD and the one in the Latitude 5495 is even slower. Much faster are the PCIe NVMe SSDs in the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the HP EliteBook 745 G5. The SSD in the Dell Latitude 5495 is fast enough for everyday use, but we still would expect a PCIe NVMe SSD in this price range.

Dell Latitude 14 5495
Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Average Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
31%
146%
108%
0%
Write 4K
48.45
90.37
87%
114.8
137%
119.5
147%
48.5
0%
Read 4K
25.11
28.24
12%
41.33
65%
31.9
27%
25.1
0%
Write Seq
341.2
433.7
27%
1271
273%
351.1
3%
341
0%
Read Seq
520.6
469.3
-10%
1171
125%
1665
220%
521
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
202
297.6
47%
218.4
8%
268.4
33%
202
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
243.5
293.9
21%
308.5
27%
333.1
37%
244
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
320.8
534.4
67%
1460
355%
351.8
10%
321
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
555.2
531.3
-4%
1529
175%
2705
387%
555
0%
Intel SSDSCKKF256G8
Sequential Read: 519.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 267.2 MB/s
512K Read: 387.3 MB/s
512K Write: 268.3 MB/s
4K Read: 21.31 MB/s
4K Write: 36.88 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 239.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 196.5 MB/s

GPU

One of the biggest advantages of the Ryzen platform is the integrated GPU. The Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U for example has the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, which is a lot faster than the Intel UHD Graphics 620. Our benchmark results do reflect this, as the Intel iGPU in the Dell Latitude 5490 is only half as fast as the AMD iGPU. 

Even so, the maximum potential of the RX Vega 10 is not completely reached. As this is an integrated graphics processor, the Vega has to rely on the main system memory. Since the system memory runs in single channel mode, as there is only a single RAM module ex factory, the GPU cannot fully realize its potential. With dual channel RAM like in the Acer Swift 3, the GPU performance could be enhanced by roughly 33%. By adding a second RAM module, the integrated Vega GPU would not be very far away from the Nvidia GeForce MX150 performance-wise – at least when it comes to the slower 10 W model of the MX150 that is used in the Lenovo ThinkPad T480s.

The GPU performance is 100% available on battery power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3728 Points ∼100% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3551 Points ∼95% +15%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 4165, n=13)
3435 Points ∼92% +12%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3080 Points ∼83%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2885 Points ∼77% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
2794 Points ∼75% -9%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1617 Points ∼43% -47%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5332, n=650)
1302 Points ∼35% -58%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2807 Points ∼100% +53%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2442 Points ∼87% +33%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2999, n=12)
2128 Points ∼76% +16%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1835 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
1757 Points ∼63% -4%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1738 Points ∼62% -5%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=470)
1005 Points ∼36% -45%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
981 Points ∼35% -47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17743 Points ∼100% +65%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
15613 Points ∼88% +45%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (9364 - 20784, n=12)
14164 Points ∼80% +31%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
10773 Points ∼61%
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
10604 Points ∼60% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U
10370 Points ∼58% -4%
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
8226 Points ∼46% -24%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 27117, n=516)
6964 Points ∼39% -35%
3DMark 11 Performance
3129 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8942 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1659 points
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Gaming performance

The Dell Latitude 14 5495 is a business laptop without any focus on gaming. Despite this, it can be used to play newer games, though only in reduced details and lower resolutions. If the user adds a second RAM module, it should be possible to increase the level of graphical details in many games at least by a little bit.

As there is no Thunderbolt 3 port, it is not possible to connect an eGPU to the Dell laptop.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 85.714.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 3310.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 37.612.3fps

Emissions

Noise

The Latitude brings a mixed performance to the table when it comes to noise. When idle, the Dell laptop stays completely quiet with a fan that is disabled almost 100% of the time. Under load, the fan runs constantly. That is normal, but unfortunately, the cooling system emits a much louder and more high-frequent noise compared with the competitors from HP and Lenovo.

We could not hear any coil-whine with this review unit.

Noise Level

Idle
30.7 / 30.7 / 30.7 dB(A)
Load
35.4 / 43 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: 30.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.639.532.23133.433.62534.235.534.331.432.134.23141.735.338.836.432.941.74037.136.334.730.632.137.15032.434.23331.831.732.46330.730.129.327.928.930.78027.131.428.627.132.527.110026.127.426.625.429.626.112526.127.926.324.926.126.116024.926.524.822.725.424.920024.626.924.622.923.124.625024.627.924.922.522.224.631525.231.125.321.321.625.240023.827.723.519.72123.850024.329.323.819.82024.363023.22823.31918.623.280025.833.125.618.41825.8100027.435.627.218.217.827.4125024.432.624.118.217.624.4160023.630.823.317.917.523.6200023.631.623.917.917.323.6250023.630.123.717.917.923.6315022.331.622.218.31822.3400021.732.721.518.518.121.750002129.120.818.718.321630020.426.42018.918.520.4800020.325.719.619.118.720.31000020.123.819.619.118.820.11250020.12119.619.218.920.11600020.420.319.719.41920.4SPL35.543.135.330.830.635.5N2.14.12.11.31.32.1median 23.6median 28median 23.7median 19.1median 18.7median 23.6Delta1.92.51.91.621.932.330.130.324.627.226.224.824.626.122.124.625.324.323.423.325.623.321.822.120.521.821.620.620.721.419.720.620.620.12120.519.821.120.519.42219.320.220.32019.820.520.219.420.719.619.420.619.31920.41918.820.318.418.120.817.817.32117.516.821.116.816.420.316.315.920.415.915.81815.715.516.815.515.315.915.415.315.41515.115.214.814.814.914.714.714.629.629.331.61.31.21.5median 18.4median 18.1median 20.42.21.81.839.336.332.739.339.237.53539.248.443.237.248.435.337.531.835.332.732.230.332.730.129.230.830.12730.126.62727.227.827.527.226.728.225.526.72525.124.32523.124.723.323.123.724.422.623.722.723.721.822.72222.220.7222121.519.92120.921.719.420.923.623.718.623.624.224.518.424.223.924.117.823.925.725.417.625.7262617.72626.326.517.626.326.12618.126.122.722.918.222.721.721.918.521.719.819.918.519.819.11918.719.11919.118.81919.119.118.919.119.820.219.119.835.93630.735.92.22.21.32.2median 23.1median 23.7median 18.8median 23.12.12.11.82.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseDell Latitude 14 5495Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGEHP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA

Temperatures

stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)
stress test (Prime95 + FurMark)

The Dell Latitude 5495 is a comparably cool specimen. In the stress test, we measured a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius (~114 degrees Fahrenheit) – not problematic at all. The palm rest always stayed cool.

In the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark, the GPU and CPU together consumed 21 W. The CPU clock-rate reached 2.5 GHz, while the GPU clock-rate was sitting at 700 MHz at the start of the test. The temperatures climb to 66 degrees Celsius (~151 Fahrenheit) after six minutes. Roughly half an hour later, the power consumption still reached 19 W, which means that the CPU cores had a clock-rate of 2.3 W, while the GPU had a clock-rate of 500 MHz. The system can sustain this level of performance until the end of the test. There was no throttling at all.

Max. Load
 36.8 °C
98 F
36 °C
97 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
 37.1 °C
99 F
34.3 °C
94 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
26 °C
79 F
23.2 °C
74 F
 
Maximum: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
37.8 °C
100 F
36.2 °C
97 F
35.8 °C
96 F
24.6 °C
76 F
34.6 °C
94 F
45.6 °C
114 F
22.6 °C
73 F
26.6 °C
80 F
27.9 °C
82 F
Maximum: 45.6 °C = 114 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.4 °C = 114 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.1 °C / 88 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 37.1 °C / 99 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 45.6 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.1 °C / 74 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 27.2 °C / 81 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+0.9 °C / 1.6 F).
Bottom cover (idle)
Bottom cover (idle)
Bottom cover (idle)
Bottom cover (idle)
Palmrest (load)
Palm rest (load)
Palmrest (load)
Palm rest (load)

Speakers

Dell places the stereo speakers at the bottom near the front edge. They emit a loud but unbalanced sound. Unfortunately, this means that the good level of loudness is of no use here, as the speakers sound especially bad on higher loudness levels.

Instead of the integrated speakers, we recommend external ones or headphones. Both can be connected to the system via the combo audio port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.533.434.52538.332.138.33139.932.939.94036.532.136.55036.931.736.96331.228.931.2803232.53210040.429.640.41254526.14516043.125.443.120046.423.146.425052.622.252.631554.921.654.940057.92157.950064.52064.563069.418.669.480076.11876.1100072.317.872.3125067.817.667.8160068.817.568.8200068.217.368.2250065.917.965.9315068.61868.6400064.718.164.7500067.118.367.1630064.218.564.2800061.518.761.51000061.518.861.51250062.918.962.91600063.91963.9SPL80.630.680.6N44.91.344.9median 64.2median 18.7median 64.2Delta6.826.837.932.737.935.83535.840.137.240.133.231.833.232.630.332.628.730.828.729.326.629.329.227.529.232.725.532.736.524.336.544.323.344.341.622.641.654.821.854.86820.76863.919.963.965.319.465.363.318.663.368.718.468.771.217.871.270.817.670.866.917.766.970.917.670.970.118.170.167.518.267.570.118.570.169.818.569.86618.76670.818.870.86718.96758.119.158.18130.78147.71.347.7median 66.9median 18.8median 66.99.81.89.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell Latitude 14 5495HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell Latitude 14 5495 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.07 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 18% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.23 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy management

Power consumption

In the introduction of this review, we mentioned how Ryzen laptops often have had a higher power consumption than Intel system so far. Does this still hold true? Yes and no. The power consumption of the Dell Latitude 5495 is indeed lower compared with the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the HP EliteBook 745 G5 (which we both reviewed last year), but the Intel-based Dell Latitude 5490 is still more efficient when idle.

For the 65 W charger, the maximum power consumption of 40 W was no challenge at all.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.23 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.3 / 6.6 / 7.7 Watt
Load midlight 32 / 40 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Latitude 14 5495
2700U, Vega 10, Intel SSDSCKKF256G8, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KSG60ZMV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
PRO 2500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
2700U, Vega 10, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 14
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-10%
-30%
-16%
Idle Minimum *
4.3
3.3
23%
5.3
-23%
4.9
-14%
Idle Average *
6.6
5.54
16%
8.3
-26%
8.1
-23%
Idle Maximum *
7.7
6.59
14%
11.4
-48%
10.6
-38%
Load Average *
32
42.4
-33%
42
-31%
32.2
-1%
Load Maximum *
40
67.6
-69%
48.8
-22%
42.3
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

charging time: 137 minutes
charging time: 137 minutes

Dell offers four different internal batteries for the Latitude 5495. The smallest battery has a capacity of 42 Wh, the next biggest has 51 Wh. The two biggest batteries have a capacity of 68 Wh, which means that the Dell Latitude 5495 can offer a much larger battery capacity than the competition from HP. At least on paper: The battery in our review unit has a capacity of just 61 Wh – if we would have bought this system for ourselves, we would have returned it.

Despite this, the Latitude 5495 still had the biggest battery capacity of all the tested 14-inch AMD business laptops. Because of the bigger battery and the lower power consumption, it is not surprising that the Latitude 5495 outperformed both the ThinkPad A485 and the EliteBook 745 G5 in the Wi-Fi test. In this test, the Latitude scored a result of more than 9 hours, while the ThinkPad A485 just achieved 5.5 hours and the EliteBook 745 G5 just 6.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 9min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge)
9h 22min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 16min
Dell Latitude 14 5495
2700U, Vega 10, 61 Wh
Dell Latitude 5490-TD70X
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad A485-20MU000CGE
PRO 2500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
HP EliteBook 745 G5 3UN74EA
2700U, Vega 10, 50 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
22%
-44%
-35%
-26%
Reader / Idle
1089
1556
43%
671
-38%
639
-41%
H.264
708
791
12%
368
-48%
426
-40%
WiFi v1.3
562
897
60%
330
-41%
394
-30%
415 (105 - 964, n=346)
-26%
Load
136
97
-29%
68
-50%
95
-30%

Pros

+ very good CPU performance
+ convincing battery-life
+ fast SD card-reader
+ robust chassis
+ quiet fan when idle
+ cool chassis
+ expandability

Cons

- very dark screen (incl. backlight bleeding & bad color-gamut)
- heavier and thicker chassis than the competition
- missing features (FP reader, TrackPoint, backlit keyboard)
- very slow SSD
- only 12 months of warranty
- no Thunderbolt 3
- battery has a lower capacity than advertised

Verdict

in review: Dell Latitude 5495, review sample curtsy of cyberport.de.
in review: Dell Latitude 5495, review sample curtsy of cyberport.de.

The Dell Latitude 5495 could be a very good laptop with AMD Ryzen mobile. The focus here is on the "could", as Dell does almost as many things wrong as it does things right.

First things first though: We were very interested how well the Latitude would utilize the performance potential of Ryzen – the verdict in this aspect is "very good". The Latitude 5495 manages to beat its Intel sister model Latitude 5490 as well as the known competitors like the Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and the HP EliteBook 745 G5. Both are also much worse in terms of battery life, despite the battery of the Latitude having a smaller capacity than advertised. Aside from these advantages, the Latitude 5495 also offers a very fast SD card-reader, a robust chassis with good upgradeability and mostly good input devices. Also, the fan stayed silent when idle, while the chassis did not get very hot, even under load.

Where there is light, there also is shadow. In this case, the shadow is represented by the screen. The screen does glow with light, but dimly, with just 200 cd/m² on average. This should be and could be better, as 200 cd/m² can even be problematic in bright indoor environments. In addition, the screen exhibited backlight bleeding and its color space coverage was insufficient. The screen is the most glaring issue, but not the only one. The chassis is heavier and much thicker than the competitors, which probably explains how Dell was able to put in such a large battery. The Dell Latitude 5495 also misses features that we would expect to find in a business laptop of this price range. Examples are a fingerprint-reader, a Pointing Stick or a backlit keyboard – these features are only available as expensive options. Thunderbolt 3 is not available either, though in this case not even as an option. Also, Dell cheapens out on the SSD – that is the only way we can explain the slow SATA III SSD. The same thing is true for the short standard warranty of just 12 months. 

Difficult assessment: The Dell Latitude 5495 has many positive aspects to it, but also many drawbacks as well.

In such cases, it is difficult for us to recommend a device or to advise against purchasing it. The Dell Latitude 5495 certainly has its advantages, but for us, the dark screen is simply a no-go – but we also know that many business customers often have different priorities than the screen quality. All things considered, we probably would prefer the competitors Lenovo ThinkPad A485 and HP EliteBook 745 G5, though their worse battery life is a big argument for the Latitude. In any case, it still holds true that the perfect laptop with AMD Ryzen has yet to be invented.

Dell Latitude 14 5495 - 04/06/2019 v6(old)
Benjamin Herzig

Chassis
81 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 82%
Weight
67 / 20-67 → 99%
Battery
92%
Display
84%
Games Performance
65 / 68 → 95%
Application Performance
77 / 92 → 84%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Audio
55%
Camera
39 / 85 → 46%
Average
75%
85%
Office - Weighted Average

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Benjamin Herzig, 2019-04- 8 (Update: 2019-04- 8)
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