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Dell's new Latitude notebooks at CES 2021 heightens productivity for personal workspaces

By Liu Hongzuo - on 11 Jan 2021, 4:56pm

Dell's new Latitude notebooks at CES 2021 heightens productivity for personal workspaces

Dell Latitude 9420.

With CES 2021 being a milestone for many consumer technology firms, Dell is no exception, having pushed out new monitors and Alienware products. Here, we look at some of Dell's new work notebooks from the Latitude series.


Dell Latitude 9420 and 9520

Dell Latitude 9420.

The new Dell Latitude 9420 packs all the core enhancements to make telecommuting and remote working a breeze. This model offers the optional SafeShutter feature, which is an electro-mechanical camera shutter for the user-facing camera. It adds a peace of mind for workers conscious about running webcams. The audio department comes four built-in noise-cancelling microphones, alongside two top-firing and two bottom-firing speakers for clearer online conference calls.

In the processing department, Dell offers various 11th-gen Intel Core processors, up to the i7 vPro option. RAM also goes up to 32GB LPDDR4x. The integrated Intel Iris X module handles graphics. The Latitude 9420 also packs storage of up to 1TB using SSD M.2.

Where it deviates is in its 2-in-1 (tablet and laptop), and it's Laptop-only configuration. The former variant offers a 14-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution WVA touch display with low-blue light capabilities and Active Pen support. The Laptop-styled one also has a 14-inch panel, but it's 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution and doesn't have a touch-sensitive screen.

Regardless of variant, the Latitude 9420 has one USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports with DisplayPort support, one HDMI 2.0 port, a memory card reader, and fingerprint reader. Models shipping to our corner of the globe comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem and uSIM card tray for those who are savvy enough to utilise mobile data.

The laptop starts at 1.33kg onwards in Laptop form, so it's decently portable despite packing all that goodness within.

The Dell Latitude 9420 will be available 9 March 2021 in Singapore, with local pricing and purchasing information TBC. Dell is also bringing the Latitude 9520 on the same day, which we believe is similar to the 9420 give or take a feature or two.


Dell Latitude 7320, 7420, 7520

Dell Latitude 7320.

If the Latitude 9000 series above feels a little too high-specced for your needs, look towards the Dell Latitude 7000 series. This range comes in three models - Latitude 7320 and 7420 offers the same choices between 2-in-1 and Laptop variants, with the former packing a 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) display and the latter offering all that in 14-inch goodness. The Latitude 7520 only comes in Laptop form, but it offers a generous 15.6-inch FHD non-touch display.

All three Latitude 7000 series models offer the 11th-gen Intel Core processors, up to quad-core i7 vPro. The onboard RAM can go up to 32GB LPDDR4, and all models offer integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. They also pack up to 1TB SSD storage. Really, the differentiators in the Latitude 7000 series are its display sizes.

While they still come with a privacy shutter for the user-facing camera, it's not automatic like the SafeShutter. They also don't pack a 5G modem as the Latitude 9000 series does, instead offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem for folks who enjoy working via mobile data.

All three Latitude 7000 series models have the same port configuration. We're looking at two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports with Power Delivery and DisplayPort support, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with Power Share, one HDMI 2.0, one uSIM card tray, and one memory card reader. Optional ports are a SmartCard reader and touch fingerprint reader within its power button.

The Latitude 7320 starts at 1.17kg, while the Latitude 7420 and 7520 begin at 1.3kg and 1.62kg respectively. Oddly, Dell has only revealed the availability date of the Latitude 7520, which is 12 January 2021. Local pricing and purchasing options TBC at a later date.


Dell Latitude 5420

Dell Latitude 5420.

Rounding off the Dell work notebook launch is the Latitude 5000 series. Specifically, we're looking at the Latitude 5420 that's coming to Singapore. This option suits office workers who need a trusty and cost-effective laptop.

The Latitude 5420 offers Laptop-only configuration, and it packs a 14-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio display. Users get to choose between 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution or FHD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) and have the option to select their preferred maximum brightness (between 220 nits and 300 nits). Only the FHD versions have 100% NTSC or 100% sRGB colourspace - the lower resolution alternatives offer up to 45% accuracy.

While the Dell Latitude 5520 has the unique option to include a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics module, that 5000 series model isn't hitting our shores. Instead, the Latitude 5420 has the choice between Intel UHD graphics (for Core i3 models) and Intel Iris Xe graphics (for Core i5 and i7 models). You can still get 11th-gen Intel Core processors on the Latitude 5420, up to the quad-core i7 vPro. The Latitude 5420 also offers great flexibility in RAM and storage configurations, with up to 64GB LPDDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD storage.

Ports-wise, we're looking at two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 with Power Delivery and DisplayPort support, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 with Power Share, one HDMI 2.0, one external uSIM card tray (optional), one and one memory card reader. The laptop starts at 1.4kg, which is relatively light.

The Dell Latitude 5420 is due for a 12 January 2021 launch in Singapore, with local pricing and purchasing information to be announced later.

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