A laptop designed for audio-visual editing : Dell Latitude E5440 – Intel Core i7-4600U

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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Dell Latitude E5440 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We’ve put this Latitude E5440 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

Latitude E5440 enough for internet use?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Dell with this Latitude E5440.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
A medium-sized, 15 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Intel Core i7-4600U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Dell offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Latitude E5440is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 240 Gb, Dell considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

Latitude E5440 the right choice for watching movies ?

You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Dell offers the Latitude E5440 perfect for that. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
The computer proposed by Dellis of average size. A model with a standard template, 15 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.6 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it Latitude E5440 has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
The processor installed on this model is a Intel Core i7-4600U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 620, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Dell has made efforts with available 4 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Dell promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

The Latitude E5440 to use while travelling.

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Dell. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Latitude E5440 of 1.6 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 15inches.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The screen shows an interesting result.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
By equipping this model with a processorIntel Core i7-4600U, the manufacturer is on a par with most of its competitors; it is in the average range and it allows a contained power consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
An autonomy of 8 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 240 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. The Latitude E5440 is right in the middle compared to the competition with 15 inches and an acceptable weight.
On the connector side, it Latitude E5440 has 4 ports. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Latitude E5440 really made for travelling.

Latitude E5440 the right choice for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. Clearly, this Latitude E5440corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Dell puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10 Pro, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i7-4600U of this laptop is within the market average. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Latitude E5440 has only got one, with total 240 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the Dellkept it simple. Indicated for an autonomy of 8 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. However, it’s still a decent average range.
For the connector part, the Latitude E5440has the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this Latitude E5440, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
With this Latitude E5440 product, Delloffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. 

The Latitude E5440 for online or local games.

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Dell in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
With its graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 card and processor Intel Core i7-4600U, Dell has indeed chosen an interesting option. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Intel Core i7-4600U and the board Intel UHD Graphics 620 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
Dell like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 240 Gb it Latitude E5440is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.6 Kg and 15 inches), comparable to most similar products.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
It Latitude E5440 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.

Is the Latitude E5440 adapted to office automation ?

Dell has chosen to respond to all users who wish to have a basic use of their Latitude E5440. It is a mature product.
Customary of this OS, Dell has chosen as usual. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
Neither too heavy nor too light. In short, an average laptop with 1.6 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 240 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In the end, this Latitude E5440 is a good compromise. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.

Finally, the Latitude E5440….

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. With the Latitude E5440 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing