Dell Latitude 7380 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 8
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 9
      • Usability
      • 10
      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Features
      • 8
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 8.43
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Gorgeous display with thin bezels
    • Strong Performance
    • Durable design

     

  • Cons

    • Expensive

The Dell Latitude 7380 is an enterprise laptop first, but it has a well-rounded feel. The 13.3-inch laptop features a fantastic build design, with impressive security features, and MIL-STD durability, but it also houses a gorgeous display with razor-thin bezels. Armed with an Intel Core i7 and a responsive 256GB PCIe SSD the Dell Latitude also has some serious horsepower to back up those good looks. Of course, this complete pack is going to cost you though, with the top of the line builds coming in at over $2,000.

Is the Dell Latitude 7380 worth the steep asking price? Read the full review to find out.

Dell Latitude 7380 Build and Design

As expected from a Dell business laptop the Dell Latitude 7380 is pretty clean cut. Wrapped in an attractive black carbon fiber and aluminum chassis the slim ultrabook has a pleasing simplistic aesthetic that will look right in place in any cubicle or boardroom. The carbon fiber lid is soft to the touch making the device easy to hold. Its corners are rounded slightly and a circular Dell logo sits in the middle of the protective lid. The deck offers the same soft-touch feel providing a comfortable wrist rest when typing.

Measuring 12 x 8.3 x 0.6-inches and weighing 2.75 pounds the Dell Latitude 7380 isn’t the lightest ultrabook on the market, but it’s still light and compact enough to make transportation a breeze. The Dell Latitude 3780 is not only relatively light but incredibly durable. The machine meets MIL-STD 810G durability tests, which tests the machines ability to withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, shock, and high altitudes.

Dell Latitude 7380  Ports

Every business laptop needs exceptional connectivity and the Dell Latitude 3780 does not disappoint. The left side of the laptop features a power connector, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI connector, and a USB 3.0 port. The right side houses a Nobel Wedge lock slot, an Ethernet connector, a second USB 3.0 port, a SD memory card reader (uSD 4.0), a USIM slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Latitude 7380 offers an excellent assortment of ports.

Dell Latitude 7380 Keyboard and Touchpad

Another keystone for most enterprise laptops is the keyboard. Again the Dell Latitude 7380 does not disappoint with a fantastic island-style backlit keyboard. Comfortable is the best word to describe this keyboard. The black soft-touch plastic keys, solid travel, and consistent feedback make it easy to immediately get into a comfortable typing rhythm with the Latitude 3780. Accurate, reliable, and persistent the Dell Latitude 7380 offers an excellent keyboard for productivity users.

Just as solid is the surprisingly large touchpad located just below the spacebar. The hard rubber pad has a bit more traction than we’re used to from similar laptops, but it still provided smooth navigation. Dell has also added two physical mouse buttons along the bottom of the pad. The buttons offer travel and response. The touchpad also reads multi-finger gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and two finger scroll without a hitch. The only notable drawback is the lack of a click function on the touchpad itself. Luckily the two physical mouse buttons are fantastic though, so NBR had no issue using them.

Dell Latitude 7380 Screen and Speakers

The Dell Latitude 7380 features an attractive 13-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution IPS display. The razor-thin bezels let the vibrant display take center stage. In the past, it used to be that enterprise laptops would often skimp on the visuals, but the last few years have certainly bucked that trend. The Dell Latitude 7380 happily follows the new paradigm boasting crystal clear images and impressively rich contrast.

At 267nits the Latitude 7380 isn’t the brightest display, but the non-glare surface still manages to offer flexible viewing angles. Images hold up well past 90 degrees without any color loss. The screen also holds up under direct light. Unfortunately, the display won’t hold up well in heavy lighting or direct sunlight due to the limited brightness. Colors become a bit washed and a reflective sheen can be seen on screen.  

The dual-speaker audio isn’t quite as loud as we would have liked. It will suffice for a small meeting, but if you’re looking to provide audio for a sizable group of people you’ll want to opt for external speakers. While the Latitude isn’t exactly robust, the sound quality is serviceable. The laptop did a good job capturing both mids and highs. For basic media consumption and small meetings the Dell Latitude 7380 performs wonderfully.

Dell Latitude 7380 Performance

Equipped with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7600U CPU, with 16GB of DDR4, Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU, and a 256GB PCIe SSD the Dell Latitude 7380 offers strong performance for productivity users. NBR tested the fully optimized version of the Dell Latitude 3780, which is currently listed at $2,178 at the time of this review. The $1,200 base model is a lot more affordable with an Intel Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Chances are your ideal build for performance to price point lies somewhere in between these two extremes.

The Dell Latitude 7380 is a productivity powerhouse. The laptop crushes simple computing tasks with ease. While testing the device NBR was able to run 12 active Google Chrome tabs, with two HD video streams, and stream Spotify in the background without any drop in performance. As evident by the strong PCMark 8 scores the laptop is also capable of handling far more tasking productivity apps. Additionally, the PCIe SSD ensures smooth lightning fast response times as programs and files load quickly without fail. The only area where the laptop doesn’t truly excel is graphical performance. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU is still no slouch though. You can expect reliable performance when performing less demanding tasks like HD video editing or playing less graphically demanding games like Hearthstone.

The Dell Latitude 7380 review unit that NBR tested had the following specifications:

  • Windows 10
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)  anti-glare IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-7600U CPU 2.8GHz
  • Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU
  • 16GB of DDR4
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 802.11 a/c
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 12 x 8.3 x 0.6-inches
  • Weight: 2.75 pounds
  • Base Price: $1,200
  • Price as Configured: $2,178

Dell Latitude 7380 Benchmarks

PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark Fire Strike measures the overall gaming performance of the GPU (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:

Dell Latitude 7380 Battery Life

The Dell Latitude 3780 boasts strong battery life. In our tests, the laptop ran for 7 hours and 57 minutes before shutting down. Considering that our tests are more strenuous than typical use you can expect to get a full day of typical use upwards of 10 hours on a single charge.

PCMark 8 Balanced Battery Test (listed in minutes):

Dell Latitude 7380 Final Thoughts

The Dell Latitude 7380 is an incredibly well-rounded enterprise laptop. Honestly, there isn’t much we can fault here. With excellent performance, a gorgeous display with a razor-thin bezel, a great build, a comfortable keyboard, and a wide array of ports the Latitude 3780 delivers on almost every front. The only thing that we would knock the Dell Latitude 3780 for is the price. Despite all of its great features, consumers may want a few more premiums for a laptop that costs more than $2,000. That being said many of the scaled down configurations offers a better balance between price and performance.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous display with thin bezels
  • Strong Performance
  • Durable design

Cons:

  • Expensive



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