Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 or HP EliteBook x360? One factor might be the deal breaker
The Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 and HP EliteBook x360 1040 are two of the best 14-inch business convertibles you can get at the moment. They each retail for well over $1000 to $2000 USD with high-end features like multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports, 4G LTE support, and sleek chassis designs that rival the best consumer laptops out there. There are, however, some key differences between them that may sway some users to prefer one over the other.
In Dell's case, the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 comes with a MicroSD card reader and proximity sensor that are not found on the HP alternative. The latter in particular allows for complete hands-free log-in as the laptop can automatically detect when the user is sitting in front of it to initiate the IR camera without requiring any key presses to wake the system. It can also work in reverse to automatically log out if it detects no user in front of the screen at all.
In HP's case, the EliteBook x360 1040 comes with optional Sure View and 1000-nit panel options to limit viewing angles and improve outdoor visibility, respectively. The latter is significant since the Latitude display is limited to about 300 nits only or roughly one-third of the EliteBook. Sure View is a mixed bag based on our time with the feature, but the 1000-nit panel will be invaluable to users who are always on-the-go or otherwise working in bright ambient conditions where glare can be bothersome.