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Latest release in the range Dell, we’ve been running tests onLatitude E7240…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Latitude E7240 the right choice for surfing 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.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Dell has developed this Latitude E7240.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 12.5 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. With a processor Core i5-5200U, Dell offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 128 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 7 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
The Latitude E7240- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This Latitude E7240 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.5, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.7 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it Latitude E7240 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i5-5200U, 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. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
With Intel HD Graphics 4400, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
As for battery life, it Latitude E7240 can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. Dell promises 7 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Latitude E7240 compatible with on the move use ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. We therefore analysed this Latitude E7240 from the point of view of nomadic use. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
It Latitude E7240 weights 1.7 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The 12.5 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
No backlit keyboard on this Latitude E7240. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
CPU Core i5-5200U power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 7 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 12.5 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
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.
In conclusion, it can be considered that this Latitude E7240 can be used for travel purposes.
Latitude E7240 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this Latitude E7240corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Dell has designed an interesting product. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 Pro system.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Core i5-5200U. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of Dell have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Latitude E7240 has only got one, with total 128 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 7 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. A result in the average of the competitors.
For the connector part, the Latitude E7240has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
It Latitude E7240 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And for the right price/quality ratio.
With this Latitude E7240 product, Delloffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
The Latitude E7240- the right model to play with?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this Latitude E7240, 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. Clearly, Dell has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
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.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.128 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
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 1.7 Kg and a screen size of 12.5 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
By offering 7 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In the end, we do not recommend this Latitude E7240 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Is the Latitude E7240 adapted to office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Dell has designed Latitude E7240 for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.7 Kg.
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.
Dell chose the matt tile option for thisLatitude E7240 that does not reflect light. 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 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Ultimately, this Latitude E7240 is an intermediate choice. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
The Latitude E7240 in conclusion
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Latitude E7240 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– playing video games
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing