Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise: Chrome OS at its best is still limited
Chrome OS continues to get better with time, and Chromebooks follow suit. The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is perhaps the pinnacle of the Chromebook ethos, offering incredible power, a beautiful build… and the same limited operating system.
The Latitude 7410 Chromebook is a lightweight and compact 14-inch laptop wrapped in the same soft-touch material that graces Dell’s high-end devices like the XPS 13. The real magic is inside the machine. A Comet Lake Core i5-10310U powers the laptop and chews through Chrome OS without breaking a sweat. Additionally, Dell outfits the Latitude 7410 Chromebook with a PCIe NVMe SSD. Better yet, the drive is replaceable with any M.2 2230 (with the included bracket) or 2280 SSD.
Battery life is great, the screen is color accurate, and performance is top-notch. So what are the drawbacks?
Primarily, the price. The Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise starts at around $1300. Configurations can quickly shoot north of $1600-1700. At that price, you can buy a reasonably powerful Windows laptop or MacBook.
Secondly, the limits of Chrome OS rear their ugly head. Chrome OS can cover about 90-95% of most users’ workloads, but that remaining sliver is often critical app-specific work. Especially considering the price, Chrome OS feels out of place on the machine. Add to that poor support in Android that results in disappointing or buggy performance in certain applications (specifically graphical) and the overall result feels overpriced.
Still, the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is one of the absolute best Chromebooks available. For offices and teams that live and work in Chrome OS and can make do with the small sacrifices inherent in the operating system, the Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is the absolute top of the Chromebook mountain. Just be prepared to pay quite a bit for that position.