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Dell Latitude 5590 (i5-8250U, IPS-FHD) Laptop Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Alex Alderson), 03/21/2018

Ready for business The Dell Latitude 5590 combines performance and versatility into a 15-inch case. Find out in this review how this business companion fares against the competition.

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The Latitude 5590 is powered by a choice of Intel 7th and 8th generation processors. Our test device is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, the combination of which offers plenty of power and speedy performance. The configuration is complemented by a matte IPS display, all of which is currently available online at €1,100 (~$1,355). There are more powerful and equally more expensive configurations available, such as the €2,000 (~$2,460) model that is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8650U processor and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM.

In this review, we will be using the Fujitsu LifeBook U757, the HP EliteBook 850 G4, and the Lenovo ThinkPad T570 as comparison models. To evaluate generational improvements, we will be comparing the Latitude 5590 against its predecessor, the Latitude 5580.

Dell Latitude 5590 (Latitude 5590 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 22.10.16.4799
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, one of two RAM slots occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, NV15N42, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SK hynix SC311 M.2, 128 GB 
, M.2 2280 SSD, 190 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headphone / Microphone combo, Card Reader: Memory card reader for Secure Digital 4.0 cards
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.6 x 376 x 250.65 ( = 0.81 x 14.8 x 9.87 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 4254 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Power supply, Microsoft Office thirty-day trial, 12 Months Warranty, Slot for Noble security lock
Weight
2.018 kg ( = 71.18 oz / 4.45 pounds), Power Supply: 314 g ( = 11.08 oz / 0.69 pounds)
Price
1100 EUR

 

Case and Equipment

The all-black case looks premium, even though we would have preferred a stronger base plate. We can visibly twist it with little effort and it yields in the middle when we apply pressure with our fingers. Thankfully the casing around the display is more robust, although the display is visibly affected when we applied pressure to the display case. Despite this lack of rigidity, the case is certified to the US military standard MIL-STD 810G, which means that the Latitude 5590 should easily withstand daily work routine. The two display hinges work well and open to 180 degrees. The display cannot be opened one-handed because of the low counterweight of the base.

The Latitude 5590 is not exactly lightweight at 2.0 kg (~4.4 lb), but it is about as heavy as its competitors. The HP EliteBook 850 is our only 15-inch comparison device and it weighs just 100 g (~3.5 oz) less than the Latitude 5590. The two devices have roughly the same footprint. The Latitude 5590’s power supply weighs 314 g (~11.1 oz), which may be a consideration if you plan to carry the device around with you.

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Dell Latitude 5590
Dell Latitude 5590
Dell Latitude 5590
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Size Comparison

Connectivity

The Latitude 5590 is well equipped in terms of I/O. There are three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C that supports DisplayPort output, an SD card reader, a 3.5 mm jack, and an RJ-45 Ethernet port. We appreciate Dell’s inclusion of HDMI and VGA ports, the latter of which we hope Dell will continue to include in its business laptops. Many projectors still only have a VGA connection and its inclusion on the Latitude 5590 means that we do not have to carry around an adaptor.

Left-hand side: DisplayPort via USB Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, SD card reader
Left-hand side: DisplayPort via USB Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, SD card reader
Right-hand side: Headphone / Microphone combo jack, uSIM card slot, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, VGA, wedge Noble security lock slot
Right-hand side: Headphone / Microphone combo jack, uSIM card slot, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, VGA, wedge Noble security lock slot
Rear: RJ-45 Ethernet, vents, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, power connector
Rear: RJ-45 Ethernet, vents, USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1, power connector
Front: No connections
Front: No connections

Hats off to Dell for including an SD card reader that accepts the entire SD card, with no protrusion. The transfer speeds are equally impressive, with the UHS-II speeds being well above the class average. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the Wi-Fi performance with the Latitude 5590 being resoundingly beaten by the Fujitsu LifeBook U757.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 5590
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
178.2 MB/s ∼100%
Dell Latitude 5580
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.8 MB/s ∼49% -51%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74 MB/s ∼42% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.6 MB/s ∼41% -59%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.2 MB/s ∼41% -59%
Average of class Office
  (16.5 - 191, n=203)
61.7 MB/s ∼35% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 5580
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
254.6 MB/s ∼100% +25%
Dell Latitude 5590
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.3 MB/s ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89.5 MB/s ∼35% -56%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.39 MB/s ∼34% -58%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.6 MB/s ∼32% -59%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=182)
79.6 MB/s ∼31% -61%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
660 MBit/s ∼100% +101%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼99% +100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
639 MBit/s ∼97% +95%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
588 MBit/s ∼89% +79%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
328 MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
561 MBit/s ∼100% +124%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
523 MBit/s ∼93% +109%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
522 MBit/s ∼93% +109%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
487 MBit/s ∼87% +95%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
250 MBit/s ∼45%

Input Devices

Dell Latitude 5590 keyboard
Dell Latitude 5590 keyboard
Dell Latitude 5590 touchpad and TrackPoint
Dell Latitude 5590 touchpad and TrackPoint

The keyboard looks clear and tidy with 14 x 14 mm (~0.55 x 0.55 in) keys that are only slightly smaller than those found on comparable devices. Overall, the chiclet keyboard is pleasant to use, but there are a few minor gripes. The keys have a noticeable pressure point, although we would have liked this to be a bit firmer. There is audible key noise when typing, but this is somewhat muffled and something that we did not find to be annoying. The layout may take some getting used to as the arrow keys are half-sized, while the TrackPoint that sits in the middle of the G, H, and B keys could have been more pleasant to use if it were a few millimeters higher. The TrackPoint worked well, but will take some getting used to as we frequently pressed the surrounding keys accidentally when using it for navigation. The TrackPoint input keys can be found just below the space bar and have a soft acoustic feedback when pressed.

The Touchpad is rather small at 10 x 5.4 cm (~3.9 x 2.1 in), and perhaps it would have been a better use of space if Dell had incorporated the dedicated input buttons into the Touchpad for a larger tracking area. The Touchpad is slightly inaccurate and has a slightly roughened texture to it. The two input buttons below the Touchpad work well, as do the ones below the spacebar.

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Some backlight bleed in the top corners
Some backlight bleed in the top corners

The display is a 15.6-inch matte IPS panel with a 1,920x1,080 native resolution. The display is somewhat dark, achieving an average brightness of 243 cd/m². This means that the Latitude 5590 trails its competitors, all of which have brighter displays. Similarly, brightness distribution is below average at 83%. The low black value of 0.19 is good, which yields an impressive 1,279:1 contrast ratio. While we noticed some backlight bleeding in the upper corners of the display, it should not prove to be an issue in daily use as it is only visible with a completely black image. The Latitude 5590 regulates its brightness with PWM, at a frequency of 1,000 Hz.

The image quality is good. Using DeltaE 2000 we determined average values of 6.6 for ColorChecker and 5.2 for grayscale. These can be significantly improved by calibrating the display, for which there is a link for the ICC profile in the above comparison table. Unfortunately, the Latitude 5590 scores poorly with sRGB and AdobeRGB, achieving 60.8% and 39.2% respectively. These scores are just good enough for hobby-like image processing.

sRGB – 60.8%
sRGB – 60.8%
AdobeRGB – 39.2%
AdobeRGB – 39.2%
244
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 233.7 cd/m² Minimum: 15.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 244 cd/m²
Contrast: 1279:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.6 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 5
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
60.8% sRGB (Argyll) 39.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.24
Dell Latitude 5590
NV15N42, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
AUO35ED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
LP156WF6-SPP1, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Latitude 5580
1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
N156HCA-EAA, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-2%
33%
-4%
858%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
53.2 (26.8, 26.4)
47.2 (26.8, 20.4)
11%
36 (17.2, 18.8)
32%
30 (19.2, 10.8)
44%
41.6 (22, 19.6)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
39.6 (23.2, 16.4)
15.2 (10, 5.2)
62%
26.4 (15.6, 10.8)
33%
29.6 (21.2, 8.4)
25%
20.8 (6.8, 14)
47%
PWM Frequency
1000 (98)
199.2 (50)
-80%
201.6 (99)
-80%
26040 (40)
2504%
Screen
-43%
19%
-49%
11%
Brightness middle
243
338
39%
313
29%
238
-2%
262
8%
Brightness
234
341
46%
294
26%
216
-8%
245
5%
Brightness Distribution
83
90
8%
84
1%
83
0%
89
7%
Black Level *
0.19
0.81
-326%
0.27
-42%
0.53
-179%
0.24
-26%
Contrast
1279
417
-67%
1159
-9%
449
-65%
1092
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.6
10.9
-65%
4.5
32%
10.8
-64%
4.5
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
22.3
18.7
16%
10.5
53%
29.3
-31%
10.5
53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
5
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
13.3
-156%
4
23%
12.1
-133%
3.5
33%
Gamma
2.24 107%
2.11 114%
2.24 107%
2.25 107%
2.32 103%
CCT
6990 93%
16030 41%
6387 102%
14344 45%
6524 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.2
53.8
37%
55.3
41%
38.3
-2%
42.04
7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60.8
83.4
37%
84.74
39%
59.9
-1%
65.4
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-23% / -34%
26% / 22%
-27% / -38%
435% / 207%

* ... smaller is better

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
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.2 ms rise
↘ 16.4 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. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
53.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26.8 ms rise
↘ 26.4 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. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.7 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 1000 Hz ≤ 98 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 98 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10750 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

CalMAN – Grayscale uncalibrated
CalMAN – Grayscale uncalibrated
CalMAN – ColorChecker uncalibrated
CalMAN – ColorChecker uncalibrated
CalMAN – Saturation uncalibrated
CalMAN – Saturation uncalibrated
CalMAN – Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN – Grayscale calibrated
CalMAN – ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN – ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN – Saturation calibrated
CalMAN – Saturation calibrated

Using the Latitude 5590 outdoors is difficult because of its low brightness. The matte display helps as it prevents reflections, but we would still recommend using the device in a shady spot if you need to use it outdoors. Viewing angles are good thanks to the IPS panel, with color and brightness shifts only visible at acute angles. Images are still displayed accurately at these angles though.

Using the Latitude 5590 in the sunshine
Using the Latitude 5590 in the sunshine
Using the Latitude 5590 in the shade
Using the Latitude 5590 in the shade
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

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Performance

The Latitude 5590 is a 15-inch business laptop, which is great for work thanks to its combination of a powerful processor and fast SSD. Our test device is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U which provides enough power for everyday office use. Dell offers more powerful processor options, but potentially the extra cost of upgrading to a Core i7-8650U would be better spent on an extra RAM or a larger SSD instead.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC-Latenzen
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (Benchmark)

Processor

Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel Core i5-8250U

The Intel Core i5-8250U is a modern quad-core processor with a 1.6 GHz base clock speed, and eight threads thanks to Hyper-threading support. The CPU performs well in multi-threaded applications, with the Latitude 5590 taking first place in our comparison tests.

Further benchmarks for the Intel Core i5-8250U can be found here.

Our Cinebench R15 multi-loop benchmark demonstrates that the CPU cannot sustain maximum performance under full load. Initially, the Latitude 5590 scored 696 points, dropping to 620 points on the second pass. Scores dropped further on subsequent passes to an average of between 550 and 560 points. This can be equated to approximately a 20% performance drop under continuous load.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 147, n=63)
140 Points ∼68% -3%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼62% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼62% -12%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼62% -12%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼61% -13%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=443)
106 Points ∼51% -27%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
696 Points ∼24%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=66)
575 Points ∼20% -17%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼11% -52%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼11% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
330 Points ∼11% -53%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
327 Points ∼11% -53%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 736, n=447)
302 Points ∼10% -57%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.65 Points ∼71%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (0.91 - 1.79, n=26)
1.611 Points ∼69% -2%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.46 Points ∼62% -12%
Average of class Office
  (0.23 - 2.04, n=412)
1.114 Points ∼48% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
7.76 Points ∼32%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3.15 - 7.76, n=26)
6.11 Points ∼26% -21%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.65 Points ∼15% -53%
Average of class Office
  (0.26 - 8.16, n=584)
2.68 Points ∼11% -65%
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
8153 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (5163 - 8153, n=10)
7023 Points ∼78% -14%
Average of class Office
  (0.4 - 9027, n=428)
4212 Points ∼47% -48%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (155 - 256, n=53)
221 Points ∼66% +2%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
216.69 Points ∼65%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
201.84 Points ∼60% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
197.5 Points ∼59% -9%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
195.5 Points ∼59% -10%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel Core i5-7200U
183.01 Points ∼55% -16%
Average of class Office
  (36.7 - 268, n=180)
173 Points ∼52% -20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
31111 Points ∼63%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (22930 - 35817, n=34)
31063 Points ∼63% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
30924 Points ∼62% -1%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
29647 Points ∼60% -5%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel Core i5-7200U
28431 Points ∼57% -9%
Average of class Office
  (3727 - 40798, n=187)
21784 Points ∼44% -30%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Office
  (914 - 9672, n=192)
2267 ms * ∼4% -80%
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel Core i5-8250U
1256.8 ms * ∼2%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel Core i5-7200U
1231.4 ms * ∼2% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (1005 - 1357, n=34)
1185 ms * ∼2% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
1168.2 ms * ∼2% +7%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5555
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8153 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
28932 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7267 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
8356
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21891
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
7.16 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
44.19 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.65 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
42.75 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
145 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.96 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
696 Points
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System Performance

The Latitude 5590 performs well above the class average, even during our stress tests. Our test device booted quickly, and we did not experience long waiting times during our tests.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3757 Points ∼62%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3076 - 4458, n=44)
3622 Points ∼59% -4%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3542 Points ∼58% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3523 Points ∼58% -6%
Dell Latitude 5580
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3345 Points ∼55% -11%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3320 Points ∼54% -12%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=321)
2973 Points ∼49% -21%
PCMark 10
Productivity
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
5940 Points ∼62%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3851 - 6653, n=40)
5742 Points ∼60% -3%
Average of class Office
  (1639 - 7142, n=66)
5509 Points ∼58% -7%
Score
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2208 - 4081, n=40)
3271 Points ∼42% +32%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 4066, n=67)
3095 Points ∼40% +25%
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
2469 Points ∼32%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3757 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4875 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4670 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 2280 SSD
M.2 2280 SSD

Our test device is equipped with a 256 GB M.2-2280 SSD made by SK Hynix, which has enough storage space for typical office applications. The SK Hynix drive supports SATA speeds, which should be sufficient for most users. Dell’s technical documentation states that the Latitude 5590 supports NVMe drives, which would offer faster read and write speeds resulting in improved system performance. Additionally, the Latitude 5590 has a 2.5-inch drive bay, the connecting cable for which Dell has not included in the box.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo
Dell Latitude 5590
SK hynix SC311 M.2
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Dell Latitude 5580
Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
53%
15%
-89%
122%
Write 4k QD32
267
297.5
11%
256.7
-4%
0.828
-100%
426.4
60%
Read 4k QD32
276.4
495
79%
402.8
46%
1.1
-100%
509.7
84%
Write 4k
74.49
138.4
86%
88.37
19%
0.812
-99%
130.6
75%
Read 4k
29.11
41.79
44%
36.43
25%
0.459
-98%
56.59
94%
Write 512
322.8
298.8
-7%
321.7
0%
56.58
-82%
860.3
167%
Read 512
352.9
672.7
91%
414.3
17%
27.04
-92%
933.4
164%
Write Seq
436.4
298.6
-32%
488.4
12%
131.1
-70%
1166
167%
Read Seq
498.8
1245
150%
509.3
2%
132.3
-73%
1318
164%
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Sequential Read: 498.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 436.4 MB/s
512K Read: 352.9 MB/s
512K Write: 322.8 MB/s
4K Read: 29.11 MB/s
4K Write: 74.49 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 276.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 267 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel UHD Graphics 620 handles the graphics, which offers improved performance over its predecessor, the Intel HD Graphics 620. Performance could be further improved by adding a second RAM module, which would enable dual-channel mode. This still does not make for a good gaming experience though. Instead, the GPU is better suited for decoding high-resolution videos, such as H.265 / HEVC with 10-bit color depth and Google’s VP9 codec.

Further information and benchmarks for the Intel UHD Graphics 620 can be found here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Dell Latitude 5590
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1619 Points ∼100%
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1417 Points ∼88% -12%
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1309 Points ∼81% -19%
Dell Latitude 5580
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1281 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1431 Points ∼88% -12%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance
1776 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
63380 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7767 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
898 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
413 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
385 points
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Gaming Performance

As an office device, the Latitude 5590 does not need to provide high framerates. It can also not do this, as the Intel UHD Graphics 620 does not provide enough power to play complex 3D games smoothly. The Latitude 5590 can play simpler games though, which could provide variety to breaks during or after work.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 4829.524.17.7fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

The Latitude 5590 has louder fan noise than its competitors. The small fan is rarely quiet, reaching up to 36.6 dB(A) under average load. This increases up to 40.9 dB(A) at maximum load. While this is clearly audible, we did not find it distracting when using the device. The fan control works well and slowly varies the fan speed. During our tests, we could not hear any pulsating fan sounds.

Noise Level

Idle
29 / 29 / 31.3 dB(A)
Load
36.6 / 40.9 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: 29 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.232.631.231.132.22531.731.128.529.331.73130.533.431.731.130.54030.730.729.731.130.75026.729.13029.726.76327.328.127.52627.38026.6272626.626.610026.526.125.525.726.512524.725.52523.924.716025.725.825.723.825.720024.225.223.122.624.225024.723.922.522.424.731526.123.522.620.426.140028.723.821.918.928.750028.524.922.318.128.563029.225.321.617.729.280030.924.420.816.730.9100027.123.12016.727.1125027.624.420.616.127.6160028.725.620.915.728.7200030.225.523.215.930.2250030.728.720.315.930.7315031.324.518.415.931.3400029.823.719.216.329.850002923.618.416.629630026.520.617.716.926.580002318.717.517.223100002018.318.217.2201250019.417.917.917.319.41600017.917.717.917.417.9SPL40.936.632.42940.9N3.62.51.71.23.6median 27.1Dell Latitude 5590median 24.4median 20.8median 17.2median 27.1Delta2.32.32.11.72.331.632.934.933.331.933.335.929.831.230.227.728.931.630.832.232.733.433.63335.732.828.830.430.230.229.533.730.52728.62727.826.931.229.327.627.928.732.328.528.229.926.825.425.228.825.325.525.225.225.226.92625.327.824.525.123.824.825.723.824.224.32525.226.425.723.925.624.223.824.423.82422.423.92324.324.123.124.22224.222.22222.121.521.419.920.821.120.420.720.920.918.818.819.721.622.522.221.418.218.719.720.623.42221.217.717.819.319.723.421.520.316.917.218.920.123.622.120.51716.919.620.223.621.620.516.216.219.520.424.923.521.51615.819.721.52624.221.816.515.720.521.627.624.922.516.315.920.721.829.927.223.116.816.220.621.729.726.422.716.916.420.818.624.322.119.817.516.818.318.223.720.918.917.61717.917.520.620.319.618.917.317.617.720.321.520.52017.517.618.1222423.923.617.517.917.821.623.423.122.117.517.732.63835.833.629.929.331.81.82.72.31.91.31.31.6median 20.6Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20LAS01H00median 23.7median 23.1median 21.5median 18.2median 17.5median 19.71.31.21.51.52.22.21.132.430.432.332.131.233.430.83231.929.631.232.728.531.630.626.32727.725.426.527.323.924.826.722.723.12421.523.423.720.922.523.52322.923.123.920.125.320.719.121.719.61821.3211721.819.717.620.221.917.822.82215.523.12214.522.319.414.42120.813.821.42014.120.218.91519.617.514.818.415.914.716.915.214.61614.914.615.714.514.614.914.414.315.132.228.1331.61.11.8median 20.7Fujitsu LifeBook U757median 15.5median 21.422.42.1hearing rangehide median Fan Noise
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Dell Latitude 5580
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Noise
7%
8%
-1%
1%
off / environment *
29
29
-0%
28.2
3%
28.2
3%
29.3
-1%
Idle Minimum *
29
29
-0%
28.2
3%
32.6
-12%
29.3
-1%
Idle Average *
29
29
-0%
28.2
3%
32.6
-12%
29.3
-1%
Idle Maximum *
31.3
29
7%
28.2
10%
32.8
-5%
31.2
-0%
Load Average *
36.6
31
15%
33.3
9%
33.5
8%
35.1
4%
Load Maximum *
40.9
33.4
18%
34
17%
34.7
15%
38.7
5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 post stress test
3DMark 11 post stress test

The Latitude 5590 is hottest on the base plate, reaching up to a maximum of 47.5 °C (~118 °F). This is marginally warmer than the Latitude 5580, whose maximum temperature we measured at 45.6 °C (~114 °F). During our stress tests, we measured the CPU reaching 83 °C (~181 °F). Core temperatures ramped up quickly thanks to the i5-8250U’s 44 W TDP short term Turbo Boost. Following the rise in core temperatures, the CPU downclocks to 2.4 GHz clock speed, which helps core temperatures cool to 62 °C (~144 °F). The clock speed and temperatures remained at these levels for the rest of our stress tests. It is worth noting that stress tests did not affect 3D performance.

Prime95 solo stress test
Prime95 solo stress test
FurMark solo stress test
FurMark solo stress test
FurMark and Prime95 stress test
FurMark and Prime95 stress test
Max. Load
 36 °C32.3 °C31.5 °C 
 36.6 °C30.5 °C24.7 °C 
 26.2 °C23.9 °C20.7 °C 
Maximum: 36.6 °C
Average: 29.2 °C
20.8 °C34.7 °C43.7 °C
21.4 °C39.3 °C47.5 °C
20.3 °C25.2 °C26 °C
Maximum: 47.5 °C
Average: 31 °C
Power Supply (max.)  38.1 °C | Room Temperature 20.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Dell Latitude 5580
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Heat
4%
-8%
-9%
-5%
Maximum Upper Side *
36.6
37
-1%
42
-15%
36.2
1%
39.5
-8%
Maximum Bottom *
47.5
41.1
13%
38.8
18%
45.6
4%
48.3
-2%
Idle Upper Side *
23.2
23.2
-0%
29.2
-26%
27.2
-17%
24.5
-6%
Idle Bottom *
24.2
23.2
4%
26.3
-9%
29.8
-23%
25.3
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Thermal imaging of the fan outlet during a stress test
Thermal imaging of the fan outlet during a stress test
Thermal imaging of the top case with the system under load
Thermal imaging of the top case with the system under load
Thermal imaging of the bottom case under with the system under load
Thermal imaging of the bottom case under with the system under load

Speakers

The speakers are the same as those found in the Latitude 5580. There are two downward firing speakers located at the front of the case. In terms of sound reproduction, the treble is balanced while the bass is difficult to hear. Dell includes Waves’ MaxxAudio software which offers good equalization and allows quick changes to bass and treble. Overall, the sound quality is fine for a business notebook. Maximum volume is also sufficiently loud for a small room.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.131.62529.330.53131.135.74031.133.15029.732632633.88026.636.610025.74012523.944.316023.843.620022.651.125022.46131520.463.540018.964.350018.167.963017.771.180016.776.6100016.776.4125016.176.6160015.774.8200015.971.6250015.970.5315015.974.3400016.370.3500016.670630016.969.3800017.263.31000017.263.51250017.359.51600017.463.7SPL2984.7N1.261.4median 17.2Dell Latitude 5590median 67.9Delta1.75.531.632.532.832.628.931.829.231.625.128.225.326.724.528.926.428.32431.421.332.42232.224.435.620.342.519.24717.748.617.152.218.256.118.961.416.161.214.855.414.153.91453.214.450.115.44614.651.815.155.51558.21558.8154914.744.128.4681.121.9median 16.1Fujitsu LifeBook U757median 50.137.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Dell Latitude 5590 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Fujitsu LifeBook U757 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.98 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 71% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 61% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes are de/selectable)

Power Consumption

65 W power supply
65 W power supply
65 W power supply
65 W power supply

Unfortunately, the Latitude 5590 cannot be described as energy efficient. While the Latitude 5590 idles at a similar wattage to its predecessor, we measured a significant increase in power consumption under load. The Latitude 5590 consumed an average of 46.2 W under load, with a maximum consumption of 68.8 W. Maximum power consumption has more than doubled from the Latitude 5590’s predecessor, while the Latitude 5580 is on average a third more power efficient under load than its successor. The power supply is rated at 65 W, which means that it operated above its specification with our 68.8 W result. As the average consumption under load is nearly 20 W less than the power supply officially supports, we did not notice any reduction in charge levels during our stress tests with our test device plugged into mains power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.29 / 0.99 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.6 / 6.5 / 7.2 Watt
Load midlight 46.2 / 68.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell Latitude 5590
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 M.2
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Dell Latitude 5580
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Power Consumption
18%
8%
20%
7%
Idle Minimum *
3.6
3.58
1%
3.96
-10%
3.5
3%
3.6
-0%
Idle Average *
6.5
5.97
8%
7.74
-19%
6
8%
7.7
-18%
Idle Maximum *
7.2
6.81
5%
8.64
-20%
7.3
-1%
8.2
-14%
Load Average *
46.2
29.4
36%
28.8
38%
30.8
33%
30.8
33%
Load Maximum *
68.8
39.7
42%
32
53%
31
55%
46.1
33%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark 11 on battery
51 Wh battery
51 Wh battery

The 51 Wh battery is built-in and provides a maximum idle runtime of seventeen hours and twenty-four minutes. Battery life has decreased compared with the Latitude 5580 thanks to the Latitude 5590’s increased power consumption. The Latitude 5590 lasted for seven hours and twenty-four minutes in our practical Wi-Fi test. During this test, we set the display brightness at 83%, which equates to 150 cd/m². A full re-charge takes almost two hours.

According to Dell, there is an optional 68 W battery. We can only assume that the 2.5-inch drive bay would be sacrificed for this increased battery capacity because of space constraints.

Dell Latitude 5590
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
HP EliteBook 850 G4-Z2W86ET
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Fujitsu LifeBook U757
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Dell Latitude 5580
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T570-20H90002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1044
1081
4%
1104
6%
1167
12%
H.264
401
637
59%
587
46%
WiFi v1.3
444
530
19%
440
-1%
697
57%
454
2%
Load
82
160
95%
133
62%
201
145%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 24min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41.16299.248.0)
7h 24min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 41min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 22min
Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charge time
Charge time

Pros

+ quick Intel Core i5-8250U
+ good keyboard
+ sophisticated method of brightness distribution
+ many configuration options
+ 256 GB SSD
+ MIL standard 810G certified case
+ very fast UHS-II card reader
+ good viewing angles
+ matte IPS display
+ simple serviceability

Cons

- poor brightness and color distribution
- PWM with up to 98% brightness
- comparatively high power consumption
- no dedicated GPU solutions

Verdict

The Dell Latitude 5590, courtesy of Cyberport.
The Dell Latitude 5590, courtesy of Cyberport.

The Dell Latitude 5590 is a good 15.6-inch business notebook. The ease of serviceability and many configuration options are big positives. The keyboard is comfortable and is especially good for prolific writers. Equally, the Intel Core i5-8250U processor has enough power to handle even demanding applications, which is complemented by the fast 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and 256 GB SSD. The matte IPS display completes the package and has solid viewing angles. Expect to pay €1,100 (~$1,355) for this variant, which we believe is significantly better value for money than far more costly i7 equipped models.

The Dell Latitude 5590 will be of interest to companies, thanks to its many configuration options, which should allow it to be optimized for most business needs.

The only piece of criticism we have of the Latitude 5590 is its IPS display, which is simply not good enough for a business device at this price point. Unfortunately, brightness and color space coverage are below par compared with the class average. If you plan to mainly attach the Latitude 5590 to a docking station, then you will enjoy strong and more than sufficient system performance. However, our test device has too much of a thirst for power for our liking.

Dell Latitude 5590 - 03/20/2018 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
83%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
93%
Noise
93%
Audio
56%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
75%
86%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-29)