Dell Latitude 7280 (2017) Review

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A nice ultraportable business notebook needs some key components, together with speed, security, sturdiness, and endurance. The 12-inch Dell Latitude 7280 (examined at $1,830; beginning at $1,029) has all the above, thanks to its Seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor and spectacular battery life. Plus, this light-weight system is built to outlive small drops. Although we wish the screen had been more colorful, companies looking for a portable and potent laptop for their staff shall be pleased with the Dell Latitude 7280.

Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Specifications

Processor                         2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7600U with vPro

RAM                                  GB

Storage                             256 GB SSD

Display                             12.5-inch, 1920 x 1080

Operating System           Windows 10 Pro

Graphics                          Intel HD 620 graphics

Dimensions                    12 x 8.19 x 0.67 inches/ 2.8 pounds 

Dell LATITUDE 7280 12.5 HD I7-7600U

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Design

The Dell Latitude 7280 is made of a black magnesium-alloy chassis which is thin and nondescript, with a white power indicator light on the front edge. The soft-touch paint used on the lid and deck provides the chassis a good feel and makes it easy to grip. Our assessment unit included the Latitude’s optional IR webcam and fingerprint reader, located above its screen and to the right side of the keyboard, respectively.

Dell positioned the Latitude’s HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, an optional Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port, an optionally available smart-card reader on the left aspect of the notebook. The laptop’s headphone jack, SD memory reader, headphone jack and Ethernet port are on its right aspect. The Dell Latitude 7280 (2.8 pounds, 0.7 inches) is lighter than the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (3.18 pounds, 0.8 inches) however heavier than the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 (2.6 pounds, 0.6 inches).

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Keyboard and Touchpad

The Dell Latitude 7280 has a backlit keyboard that allows speedy typing. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I click-clacked my way to 77 words per minute, almost reaching my 80-wpm average. The benefit of typing provided by the laptop is owed, in part, to its keys’ 1.7 millimeters of the key journey and 60 grams of required actuation force.

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The 3.8 x 2.0-inch touchpad on Dell Latitude 7280 is flanked by a pair of separate left and right buttons that sit beneath it. The surface precisely tracked my input and easily responded to two-finger page scrolling and three-finger app-switching gestures. Its discrete buttons offered a stable feel to every click.

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Display

While watching a trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on the Latitude, I appreciated the panel’s brightness and sharp picture quality. However, the colors were just blah. The Dell Latitude 7280 emits as much as 289 nits of brightness, which is higher than the 239-nits of HP EliteBook and the 184-nits of Lenovo ThinkPad, however just under the 303-nit average for ultraportable notebooks. That’s vibrant enough for 45-degree viewing angles to the left or right, where it darkens just slightly.

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The Dell Latitude’s screen produced 73 % of the sRGB spectrum on our colorimeter. That’s beneath both the rating from the EliteBook (116 %) and the typical for ultraportable notebooks (98 %). The panel on the ThinkPad (67 %) provided even fewer colors.

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Graphics and Audio

The built-in Intel HD 620 graphics on Dell Latitude 7280 earned it a pretty pedestrian rating of 56,318 on the Ice Storm graphics test. That’s similar to the 56,633 average for ultraportable notebooks. The HP EliteBook (Intel HD 525) and the Lenovo ThinkPad (Intel HD 520) earned barely higher ratings of 59,071 and 59,489, respectively. Whenever you’re ready for a break from work, the Latitude 7280 can deal with some modest gaming. The laptop ran Dirt 3 (set to a 1080p resolution and medium graphics) at 46-fps.

Although the Dell Latitude 7280 blasts sufficient volume to fill a large conference room, it emits annoyingly scratchy audio. I heard varying levels of distortion from Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” to Migos’ “T-Shirt.” I opened the Waves MaxxAudio Pro sound-adjustment Utility to try to repair the distortion; However, I could only erase it by disabling the switch below the playback speaker icon in the app. Sadly, this also reduces the amount of volume the system produces, to where it barely stuffed a small conference room.

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Hardware and Performance

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Our review model of Dell  Latitude 7280 features a Seventh-Gen Intel Core i7-7600U processor and 8GB of RAM, which allows fast, productive multitasking. I noticed no lag after splitting the screen between 12 Chrome tabs (together with Slack, TweetDeck, and Gmail) and a streaming 1080p YouTube video. Only after adding around in Minecraft on top did I discover any stuttering on load times, though it was still usable.

The Dell Latitude 7280 earned a high rating of 8,008 on the Geekbench 3 common efficiency check. The lower-tier, previous-generation CPUs in the HP EliteBook (Core m5-6Y57; 5,739) and Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (Intel Core i5-6300U; 6,424) produced predictably decrease scores.

The in the Latitude 7280’s 256GB solid-state drive we examined was quicker than a traditional hard drive. However other SSDs outpaced it. So although the Latitude completed our file-transfer test in 53 seconds for a pace of 96 MBps, quicker speeds were achieved by the HP EliteBook’s 256GB SATA-3 SSD (145.4 MBps), the Lenovo ThinkPad’s 256GB SSD (157.1 MBps).

 

The Dell Latitude 7280 excelled in our productivity testing, finishing our OpenOffice spreadsheet macro test in just 3 minutes and 12 seconds. That beats the HP EliteBook (4:32), the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 (4:12) and the typical (6:06).

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Dell Latitude 7280 Review – Battery Life and Heat

I highly suggest you invest an additional $42 on the elective four-cell battery. For those who do, you’ll be able to leave the Latitude 7280’s power cable at home, because the notebook lasted 12 hours and 29 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (steady internet browsing over Wi-Fi). That easily beats the times posted by the HP EliteBook (9:23), the three-cell model of the Lenovo ThinkPad (8:16) and the typical for ultraportable notebooks (8:10). Only the ThinkPad, with its elective six-cell battery, lasted longer, at an unbelievable 17:14.

The Dell Latitude 7280 won’t make your fingers sweat. However, it heats up just a bit on the bottom. After streaming 15 minutes of Full-HD video on YouTube, laptop picked up 87 degrees Fahrenheit. While the G and H keys were a bit warmer at 90.5 degrees. However, its underside went pup to 97 degrees, which breached our 95-degree consolation threshold.

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Dell Lattitude 7280 Review – Configuration Options

Our Core i7-7600U model Dell Latitude 7280 begins at $1,619. A model upgraded with a 256GB SSD, a 1920 x 1080 display with an IR camera, a fingerprint reader, a smartcard reader and a smart card reader costs $1,830.

The $1,029 entry-level Dell Latitude 7280 sports a Core i3-7100U processor, 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 1366 x 768 display and a three-cell, 42-Wh battery. The Core i5-7200 CPU model of the system prices $1,169 and includes 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a 1366 x 768-pixel display. For those who’re fascinated by getting one of the lower-tier models, we extremely suggest investing in several upgrades, together with a 1920 x 1080-pixel display ($77) and the four-cell, 60-Wh battery ($42) that comes standard with other models.

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Conclusion

Dell Latitude 7280

The Dell Latitude 7280 packs speedy efficiency, a vibrant display and incredible battery life into a thin, light design that’s easy to hold. However, the display isn’t as bright as we’d like, and the price can get relatively high, relying on which configuration you choose. Amongst competing for business notebooks, the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 provides nice audio, but at the cost of performance and speed. For a quicker hard drive, almost 5 hours of extra battery life and a better price, take into account the $1,160 configuration of the Lenovo ThinkPad X260, however, keep in mind that it has a dimmer display.

Overall, for those who’re looking for a productivity powerhouse with a nice display, a comfortable keyboard and power to last full day, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell Latitude 7280

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Review Score

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