Heat and Noise
With lower power usage and fairly basic system components the E5410's cooling system was barely stressed during our review. Under normal conditions the case temperatures barely crept above room temperature, while under stress some areas jumped, but stayed well within comfortable ranges. Fan noise was also minimal under stress and silent when the computer was sitting idle. The temperatures shown below are listed in degrees Fahrenheit.
The Dell Latitude E5410 is sold with two battery options; a flush 6-cell battery and an extended 9-cell battery. Our review unit included the later of those two options, with a total capacity of 85Wh. In our tests the Latitude E5S410 was pretty conservative running off the battery, showing a discharge rate just over 10 watts of power. In our battery test with the screen brightness reduced to 70%, wireless active and refreshing a webpage every 60 seconds, and Windows set to the Balanced profile the E5410 stayed on for 5 hours and 46 minutes. Expect about three to four hours on the stock 6-cell battery.
Overall the Dell Latitude E5410 has a lot to offer if you don't need the features or semi-rugged build quality of the more expensive E6410. With the plastic body and budget-oriented parts configurations, Dell is able to have a much lower starting price on the E5410, coming in with a base sale price of $519 right now. This system is targeted directly at small and medium business, who want a step up from the current Vostro notebooks, but still might not need the features of a high-end business notebook. If you were cross shopping between brands, this notebook would line up with the ProBook-series from HP or the R-series ThinkPad from Lenovo. If you want the look and feel of a business notebook, but not the high price tag, the Latitude E5410 is really worth your time to check out.
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