The Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1 Reviewby Brett Howse on April 12, 2018 8:00 AM EST
Dell’s XPS lineup of consumer laptops are some of the best in the business, and Dell started the thin-bezel trend that has now taken over the industry. But if you’re in the market for a business laptop and the practicality that implies, their Latitude lineup is likely more suited for your needs. To that end, today we’re taking a look at the latest Dell Latitude 13 2-in-1 model, the 7390. This latest business model from Dell features all of the latest features, including 8th generation quad-core CPUs, and the business features you’d expect like vPro, and optional Smart Card support. It even offers cellular connectivity for those that need to work on the go.
And working on the go is really the goal of the Latitude 13 7390. As we’ll see in a bit, it features great battery life, along with a thin and light chassis, but still offers the great performance of the Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs.
|Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1|
Dual Core w/HyperThreading
2.7 GHz Base Frequency
15W TDP 3 MB Cache
|Core i5-8250U or 8350U
1.6 -3.4 GHz (8250U 1.7-3.6 GHz (8350U)
15 W TDP 6 MB Cache
15W TDP 8 MB Cache
|Memory||4 GB LPDDR3-1866||8 GB LPDDR3-1866||16 GB LPDDR3-1866|
|Storage||M.2 SATA 128 - 256 GB
256 - 512 GB NVMe
|M.2 SATA 128 - 256 GB
256 - 1024 GB NVMe
As tested: 512 GB NVMe
|Display||13.3" 1920x1080 Touch IPS|
|Networking||Qualcomm QCA61x4A 802.11ac
Optional Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
Optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A Cellular
|Battery||42 Whr Prismatic ExpressCharge
60 Whr Polymer ExpressCharge
60 Whr Long Life Cycle Polymer
|I/O||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB Type-C w/Optional TB3
1 x HDMI 1.4
1 x uSIM slot (WWAN only)
1 x microSD
|Dimensions||"Narrow Bezel Height: 0.46''- 0.70” / 11.75-17.85mm (Front to Back)
Standard Bezel Height: 0.51''- 0.75” / 12.92-19.03mm (Front to Back)
Width: 12” / 305.1mm
Depth 8.26” / 210mm (211mm standard bezel) "
|Weight||Starting weight: 3.12lb / 1.42kg
with WLAN, 45Whr 3-cell Battery, M.2 128GB SSD
Dell offers a nice package in the Latitude 7390, with plenty of configuration options to pick out just the right amount of performance. The base model is somewhat lacking though, with just a Core i3-7130U CPU, 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB SSD; so the base price of $1149 is not likely to be where most people would want to configure it. Realistically, you’d want at least the Core i5-8250U, 8 GB of LPDDR3, and 256 GB of storage, so you’re looking closer to $1500 for the package.
As the top end model in the Latitude lineup, the price is a bit more realistic, since Dell offers plenty of options for less if this is out of your budget, but for a premium 2-in-1 business laptop, it’s realistically in the range you’d see other devices.
Dell has been quite good about providing connectivity options with the rise of new formats like USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, and with the Latitude 7390, that’s again the case. Dell has ditched their barrel connector and moved to USB-C charging, and they offer Thunderbolt 3 on both of the USB-C ports. In addition, they have USB-A ports on both sides, as well as micro SD support. This, in addition to Smart Card options and cellular connections, means Dell offers plenty of capabilities to suit almost any need.
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rmullns08 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link128gb SSD on the high model? Thought it was a joke until I went to Dell's site.
crimson117 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkSeriously, it's like a $40 difference from 128GB to 256GB for basic M.2 SSD's! Dell's charging $110 for the upgrade.
IntelUser2000 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkCompanies like Dell make money on upselling, that's why they sell it for much more than otherwise. PC market is a very mature market with cutthroat margins.
iter - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkDon't worry, as long as it is easy to open the unit, you can put whatever drive you want in and it will come out cheaper than buying it from dell.
I supposed the 128 gb is a typo tho. Someone copy-pasted and forgot to update the value.
At any rate, it will be better to buy the least storage option and replace it yourself.
Flunk - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkDon't worry, if you need more storage they'll gladly sell upsell you to the XPS series for an arm and a leg more.
stgs - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkWhat about coil whine? I was about to buy the new 7490 but since reading about the coil whine is still present in 7390 I'm having second thoughts.
UltraWide - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkI have an hp spectre x360 15t and it has coil whine. I read that it may have to do with the cpu power delivery unfortunately...
IntelUser2000 - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkPlease include the weight of the laptop. It's very important! I don't care much about thickness after a certain point, but weight can go as low as possible. Especially in a 2-in-1.
Dr. Swag - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - linkThey did on the first page
tipoo - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link3.12lb, page one.