The Latitude E5440 – Intel Core i5-4300U from Dell : a good compromise for office automation

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Latest release in the range Dell, we’ve been running tests onLatitude E5440…Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.

Latitude E5440 to surf the Internet?

Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Dell with this Latitude E5440.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i5-4300U; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Latitude E5440is a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
The 320 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, the autonomy of 5 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Is Latitude E5440 okay to watch videos ?

This Latitude E5440 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Dell has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. With its 14 inches and resolution of 1366×768, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.5 kg, it is easily transportable.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Latitude E5440. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i5-4300U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Latitude E5440 seems inappropriate. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.

Latitude E5440 the right choice for travelling connected ?

The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. So we put this test to the Latitude E5440. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
It Latitude E5440 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.5 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i5-4300U, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Dell is optimistic about the autonomy of this Latitude E5440. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Dell; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
This laptop will therefore rather be intended to stay on the desk or to be taken away from time to time at the weekend. Because, due to its weight and size, every move will put you at risk of damaging it. Equipped with a standard 320 Gb hard disk, it will make possible an almost unlimited number of writing cycles (recording/erasing). Only an SSD hard drive could improve this, but then it is an additional cost.
With this model, Dell definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. The Latitude E5440 is a fair alternative with iis 14 inches.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
All in all, this Latitude E5440 is an interesting product for travel.

The Latitude E5440 to make audio or video editing. 

Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Core i5-4300U. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 320 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
With 320 Gb hard drive size, you have enough space.That’s pretty much what they do on other laptops. This is an important consideration since a few minutes of home video will fill your player faster than you thought. Regarding the speed at startup, Dellmade the choice of the conventional hard drive. A choice of solidity that is certainly relevant, against a choice of speed that could have broken in 5 years.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (5 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point Dell could have done much better.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
With this Latitude E5440 product, Delloffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. Clearly, it’s not Latitude E5440 designed for audio-visual editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.

The Latitude E5440 for online or local games.

Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Latitude E5440, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Dell like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Latitude E5440 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 320 Gb drive. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
For autonomy, 5 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this Latitude E5440 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

Is the Latitude E5440 adapted to office automation ?

Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This Latitude E5440 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Average weight, with 1.5 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 320 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the Latitude E5440 is an excellent choice for office use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.

The Latitude E5440 in conclusion

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Latitude E5440′ is average but will do the job very well.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
– office tasks