- Colorful HD Touch Display
- Strong Performance Levels
- Attractive Durable Design
- Excellent Audio Quality
- Limited Battery Life
- Poor Keyboard Design
The Dell Latitude 7440 is a solid enterprise notebook, but its limited battery life and flimsy keyboard hold it back from being best in class.
Dell makes its play for the high-end enterprise market with the Dell Latitude 7440. The notebook looks to compete with Lenovo’s popular ThinkPad series, with its impressive specs and durable 3.9lbs. form factor. Of course those specs and sturdy design don’t come cheap. The Latitude 7440 starts an affordable $1,000, but the more impressive build that Notebook Review tested is currently listed at $1,850.
Can Dell oust Lenovo as the king of business? Read the full review to find out.
Build and Design
The Dell Latitude 7440 features a sleek all black design. The display lid is comprised of a durable soft-touch carbon fiber material cover. It features a stylish checkered texture design that produces an attractive sheen when light bounces of the device’s protective surface.
The deck utilizes the same carbon fiber material found on the display lid. But underneath the deck the notebook is anything but soft, as Dell utilizes its durable Tri-Metal chassis design. Similar to the roll cage design found on the Lenovo ThinkPad T440S, the Dell Latitude E7440 offers exceptional durability. Through thick and thin this device will hold its form.
Measuring in at 12.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.79″ and weighing in at 3.9lbs the Dell Latitude 7440 also has a similar form factor to that of the competing Lenovo ThinkPad T440s. Other 14″ ultrabooks on the market such as the Acer Aspire S7 (2.87lbs.) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro (3.08lbs.) offer more portable form factors, but the Latitude 7440 is still easy to travel with, especially given the device’s durable tri-metal chassis design.
|Back: power jack, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI connector, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet connector|
|Left: SmartCard reader, SD card slot||Right: kensington lock slot, USB 3.0 Port, mic/audio jack|
As a business oriented device it comes as little surprise that the Dell Latitude 7440 offers solid connectivity. The majority of the machine’s ports reside on the back side of the chassis. There the notebook features a power jack, an HDMI connector, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort and an Ethernet connector. The left side houses a SmartCard reader and an SD card slot. On the right hand side of the chassis the notebook offers a Kensington lock slot, a third USB 3.0 port and an audio and microphone combo jack. The Dell Latitude also comes equipped with a docking connector on the bottom of the chassis.
Display and Speakers
The Latitude 7440 houses an attractive glossy 14″ 1920 x 1080 touch display. At 198 nits the display isn’t exceptionally bright, but the glossy screen does boast vibrant color contrast. While watching a collection of streams of Notebook Review noticed that reds, blues and greens all read exceptionally well with crystal clarity; making the notebook a joy to watch videos or surf the web. The touch controls also proved to be responsive and consistent, making it a viable option for navigating Windows 8.
Despite having a glossy display, the notebook offers flexible viewing angles. On the horizontal axis image quality holds till around 180 degrees. And the display fares just as well on the vertical axis. Image quality also remains consistent in direct light. A small glint appears on screen in heavy lighting conditions, but it hardly detracts from the viewing experience. While it’s the brightest display on the market, the Dell Latitude 7440 offers beautiful and consistent viewing experience.
The Dell Latitude 7440 houses a pair of speakers on the bottom of the chassis. Despite their location, the speakers manage to produce boisterous audio levels capable of comfortable filling an entire room with sound. The speakers also provide solid sound quality as the device was able to accurately detail an orchestral track at 100 percent capacity.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The one area where the Dell Latitude 7440 really falls short is its keyboard. Unlike the durable chassis, the standard LED backlit keyboard feels flimsy, easily flexing when pressure is applied. Key Travel is the one highlight for the keyboard, but the lack of tactile feedback makes each stroke feel shallow. Truthfully the keyboard is still serviceable, but it’s a far cry from premium typing experiences like the island-style keyboard on the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s.
Staying true to the old-school flavor of the enterprise-class notebook the Latitude 7440 houses a pointing stick located directly above the “B” key. The control mechanism proves to be a viable alternative to stand touchpad controls, with accurate and responsive controls.
The Dell houses a moderate sized touchpad located directly below the spacebar on the keyboard. The smooth surface allows your fingers to easily traverse over the pad, affording a considerable level of sensitivity and control. Equipped with Alps drivers the touchpad also performs swipes and multi-finger gestures accurately with near instant responsiveness.