Dell Latitude 7410 (starting at $1,579; tested at $2,189) has a redesigned chassis and the company’s first low-power, low-blue display. The new design is not very different from the appearance of last year’s Dell Latitude 7400, but because Dell has reduced the bottom frame, the chassis is more compact. Among the four ultra-thin bezels of our test unit, there is Dell’s optional 14-inch 4K display. It looks beautiful, while still allowing the battery to continue working all day. Although the aluminum case is sturdy and durable, it can handle daily work, but the system is heavier than the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. , This is our current editor’s selection for the ultra-portable business. Latitude 7410 is also more expensive than the similarly equipped ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7, which makes Carbon easier to maintain its crown and become the first choice for business laptops.
Burned metal products
For a system with a 10th generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, a very lightweight 128GB solid-state drive and a 14-inch FHD screen, the Latitude 7410 series starts at $1,579. Our $2,189 test system is at the top, equipped with an Intel Core i7–10610U processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a 4K resolution display. There are also 2-in-1 convertibles in the Latitude 7410 series, but our test system is a standard clamshell display, the display can be rotated 180 degrees. This is the maximum adjustment you get from a traditional laptop, but only half the flexibility required to fully rotate to tablet mode.
Dell trimmed the Latitude 7410 by reducing the bottom bezel. Now, it is not wider than the top baffle, while the side baffles still keep the wafer thin. The dimensions of the Latitude 7410 are 0.7 x 12.7 x 8.2 inches, which is the same as the Latitude 7400, but the front and rear dimensions are 0.2 inches. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 is still deeper, with a front-to-rear distance of 8.6 inches, but is thinner (0.59 inches) and lighter at 2.4 pounds.
The all-aluminum Latitude 7410 is sturdy and durable. It has passed MIL-STD 810G shock, vibration, extreme temperature and other environmental hazard tests, but it is heavy for a 14-inch laptop weighing 3.1 pounds.
A model of the Latitude 7400 we reviewed last year has Dell’s SafeScreen privacy feature, which reduces the viewing angle of the display to prevent idle companions from seeing your work. Some Latitude 7410 models offer SafeScreen, but our test system offers a few different new screen technologies-last year’s model did not offer a clear 4K display.
Not surprisingly, the image looks exceptionally sharp on this new panel, and the display also shows accurate colors. It is not the brightest display used in the field, but it has enough brightness for office work. Gorilla Glass not only protects the panel, but also excellently resists glare and reflections.
In addition to its high pixel count, there are more screens that people like. This is a weak blue light monitor designed to make your eyes easier during long hours of work, and it also has a low-power panel. Usually 4K resolution will seriously affect battery life, but now you can get clarity and unplugged life at the same time.
Thunder 3, minus 2
Latitude’s tank-like structure provides a hard surface for typing, while flexibility will not bother the lighter chassis. I immediately typed comfortably. The keys feel soft and are very quiet when pressed, although I want a quicker response, even if it means I will create more racquets while typing. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon provides that lively feel, and is still the champion of laptop keyboards, at least at my fingertips.
Dell dropped the two mouse buttons from last year’s model and integrated them into the now larger touchpad. The cushion feels spacious and accurate, but a bit mushy when clicked. The front edge of the touchpad allows you to click, but sitting too low creates a slightly uncomfortable lips on the keyboard dock. According to my taste, it provides too much travel, causing the click to feel half a step slower.
Dell doubled the number of Thunderbolt 3 ports in the Latitude 7410 from last year’s model to two. They are located on the left side along with the full-size HDMI 2.0 port and microSD card slot. Both Thunderbolt 3 ports can charge handheld devices, and the back is also the laptop’s own charging port.
On the right edge, you will find an audio jack, a security cable lock slot and a pair of USB 3.2 Type-A ports, one of which charges the device. No Ethernet port; you will need to use a third-party USB-to-Ethernet adapter or Dell’s own DA-300 micro-dock ($74.99), which adds Ethernet, HDMI, USB-C, USB-A, VGA and DisplayPort .
The Latitude 7410 series has many secure login options, including a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button and facial recognition through an IR webcam. Our test system features the latter and is easy to set up and use. Latitude 7410 quickly recognized my cup and unlocked it. When I left the laptop, it felt that I was not there and locked the system.
The 720p webcam is sufficient for Zoom calls. Its image has almost no noise, but tends to the warm end of the color spectrum, resulting in a reddish skin tone. The system’s stereo speakers provide sufficient sound quality for video conferencing and watching Netflix and YouTube, but to play satisfactory music, headphones or external speakers are required. When not in use, you can open the shutter to cover the webcam to protect privacy and inner peace.
Stubborn but unobtrusive performer
Our Dell Latitude 7410 test system has the 10th generation, quad-core Intel Core i7–10610U CPU and 16GB RAM. This series provides sufficient functions for most enterprise users, and the processor has Intel’s vPro technology, even if your system is not connected to the network, it can also make your office remote management system.
However, the benchmark test results show that the Latitude 7410 does not provide many performance advantages compared with the previous generation of Intel chip business notebooks. For comparison, I chose three business laptops with 8th generation chips-last year’s Latitude 7400, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 and Lenovo ThinkPad T490. Topping the performance list is the new 13.5-inch Acer Swift 3, which has the 10th generation “Ice Lake” Core i7 and integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics.
Productivity, storage and media testing
PCMark 10 and 8 are overall performance suites developed by PC benchmark experts at UL (previously known as Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different actual productivity and content creation workflows. We use it to evaluate the overall system performance of office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and video conferencing. At the same time, PCMark 8 has a storage sub-test that we can use to evaluate the speed of the system boot drive. Both tests yield proprietary numerical scores; the higher the number, the better.
The Latitude 7410 failed to eliminate the 4,000-point barrier that we think is excellent for PCMark 10, while the Acer Swift 3 and last year’s Latitude 7400 can. ThinkPad T490 and its eighth-generation Core i7 chip are also ahead of 7410, while X1 Carbon and its eighth-generation Core i5 are only 21 points lower. I had hoped that Latitude 7410 could achieve a higher score. The solid-state drives of all five systems have passed the PCMark 8 storage test.
Next is Maxon’s Crunbench Cinebench R15 CPU test, which is fully threaded to utilize all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench emphasizes the CPU rather than the GPU to render complex images. The result is a proprietary score indicating the suitability of the PC for processor-intensive workloads.
Latitude 7410 is in the middle of the backpack on Cinebench. Surprisingly, the Acer Swift 3 ranked last, and the only Core i5-based system ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 received the highest honor.
Cinebench can usually predict our Handbrake video editing experiment well, which is another hard, threaded exercise, which is highly dependent on the CPU and can scale well with cores and threads. In it, we placed a stopwatch on the test system because they transcoded a standard 12-minute 4K video clip (the open source Blender demo movie “Tears of Steel”) into a 1080p MP4 file. This is a timed test, the lower the result, the better.
Last year’s Google Aspect was 4 to 5 minutes faster than this year’s version and other systems. Latitude 7410 completed a minute faster than ThinkPad T490.
We also run custom Adobe Photoshop image editing benchmarks. Using the early 2018 version of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we applied a series of 10 complex filters and effects to standard JPEG test images. We time each operation and add up. As with handbrake, the shorter the time here, the better. The Photoshop test tested the CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also use most GPUs to speed up the application of filters, so systems with powerful graphics chips or graphics cards may develop.
Last year’s Latitude 7400 won the highest honor again, but the Latitude 7410 ranked second in our Photoshop test. Any of the five laptops here can run Photoshop well, but creative professionals engaged in daily design work will want to find a system with dedicated graphics.
3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering highly detailed game-style 3D graphics sequences that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike for different types of systems. Both are DirectX 11 benchmark tests, but Sky Diver is more suitable for laptops and mid-range PCs, and Fire Strike has higher requirements, so high-end PCs can be used. The result is a proprietary score.
Next comes another synthetic graphics test, this time from UnigineCorp. Like 3DMark, overlay testing will render and translate the entire detailed 3D scene and measure how the system responds. In this case, it is presented in the company’s Unigine engine of the same name, which provides a different 3D workload solution from 3DMark to provide a second opinion on the computer’s graphics capabilities. We showed two overlay results, running at 720p low and 1080p high presets.
These scores are reported in frames per second (fps), which is how often the graphics hardware renders frames in sequence, which indicates how smooth the scene looks in motion. For low-end systems, maintaining at least 30fps is a realistic goal, and a more powerful computer should ideally achieve at least 60fps at the test resolution.
These business laptops have integrated graphics and are designed to run productivity applications and handle occasional media editing tasks, rather than playing intensive 3D games. Latitude 7410 brings predictable pedestrian performance. The only unique system is Acer Swift 3, which can play the powerful role of Intel Iris Plus graphics.
Video playback battery loss test
After the laptop is fully charged, we set the machine to power-saving mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and performed some other power-saving operations in preparation for the unplugged video loss test. (We also turned off Wi-Fi and put the laptop in airplane mode.) In this test, we played the video in a loop-the screen brightness was set to this video is a local of the same Tears of Steel movie we used in the Handbrake trial Store 720p files. 50% volume and 100% volume until the system sounds.
Generally, 4K displays can severely impair battery life. Powering the display is the biggest drain on the laptop battery, and the number of bright pixels is four times that of a 1080p panel, which usually results in shorter runtimes. But not here! The low-power 4K display of the Latitude 7410 allows the system’s four 52WHr batteries to work for a whole day on a single charge. In our battery drain test, it lasted 13.5 hours.
Compared with Acer Swift 3, Latitude 7400 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7, it is still insufficient. But these systems have lower resolution panels. The Latitude 7410 lasts more than three hours longer than the ThinkPad T490, which has a 2560 x 1440 pixel display.
Still lagging behind X1 carbon fiber
Dell Latitude 7410 is not without its charm. The low power consumption, low blue light 4K display looks spectacular and does not drain battery life. This is a rare 4K laptop. Even if you don’t have the longest working hours, you don’t need to find a wall socket to take you through the storm. The new chassis is stylish and durable. Although a bit bulky for a 14-inch laptop, it is very compact due to the thin bezels of the shaver on all sides of the display.
Latitude 7410 has a modern appearance and modern components. It is a powerful notebook computer, which is very suitable for business users, but when you buy Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 for less than $500, it is difficult to recommend it. I found a comparable Carbon Gen 7 for only $1,700, with a 14-inch, 4K display, powered by a 10th generation Core i7 CPU and 16GB RAM. Although the Lenovo model lacks vPro technology, its storage capacity is twice that of a 1TB SSD, has a better keyboard and touchpad, and is 0.7 pounds lighter than the Latitude 7410. X1Carbon is still unmatched by business laptops.