The Dell Latitude E7450 is one of the commercial laptops on the market. It has a bright HD display, solid structure, fifth generation Core i7 processor and battery life of +8 hours. However, the sound quality of this laptop may not be welcomed by most users.
The E7450 is like a notebook designed for business, with the usual black-on-black design that does not attract attention. But quality materials, including carbon fiber lids with a matte finish and charcoal-gray magnesium alloy edges, give the device a unique look and feel. In addition, the tapered edge design gives the E7450 a simpler appearance than Lenovo’s ThinkPad T450s, which is its closest competitor.
The Dell laptop comes with a lot of durability to match its good appearance. This notebook is rated for resistance to high and low temperatures, humidity and rust, among other forms of abuse. If you want to be more durable, the touch screen model has very strong gorilla glass that resists scratches.
Only by removing this device can you tell how durable it is – it looks really strong. This is a great advantage for road warriors who need a booklet that can defeat them on long business trips.
Dell Latitude E7450 Size and weight
Measuring 13.3 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches, the Latitude E7450 is slightly larger but slimmer than the T450s (13 x 8.9 x 0.83). Both notebooks are quite compact and easily fit in your work bag.
The weight of the E7450 varies depending on your hardware configuration, but starts at 43 3.43. No touch screen, which is almost similar to the ThinkPad T450s. Ultra-portable notebooks like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (15 3.15) are lighter, but generally offer fewer ports and connectivity options. And there are heavier options like the Acer TravelMate P645.
The bottom line is that the E7450 is thin and light enough to handle daily commuting without a hitch, although not on most portable commercial laptops. This is the exchange you make for a notebook with these rich features.
Dell Latitude E7450 Keyboard and touchpad
A good keyboard may be the most important feature in a commercial notebook, and the E7450 does it right. The individual keys are spaced well and provide a satisfactory level of feedback, without feeling suffocating. They also have a good travel rate of 1.5 mm, which is slightly higher than average for notebooks overall, and is significantly deeper than many laptops.
This is good because the deeper keys usually provide a more comfortable, desktop-like experience. In addition to a great typing feel, the keyboard has an optional backlight that can be turned on for low light efficiency.
But as good as the Dell keyboard is, the Lenovo T450s keyboard is better. The keys move even deeper at 1.9 mm and feel more comfortable. They also have a nice shape that makes them easier to move than Dell square keys by touching them. Finally, the T450s have full-size directional keys that are easier to press than the smaller keys on the E7450.
Dell Latitude E7450 Ports and connections
You get a very healthy selection of ports on the E7450, but most of them are on the back of the device. This means that they are easier to access than ports on devices like the T450s, which is very bad if you want to move your notebook a lot. On the other hand, if you are going to park more on your desk, the rear ports will have fewer wires protruding from the sides of your device.
All you get on the sides of a Dell laptop is a USB 3.0 port, a full-size SD card slot, and a headphone jack. On the back of two additional USB 3.0 ports, you get an Ethernet port for wired and network Internet access, HDMI and DisplayPort ports for connecting monitors and projectors, and a charging port.
Dell Latitude E7450 Connection
At the bottom of the E7450 you will find a port dock that allows you to connect to the Dell Latitude E-Port Replicator docking station. The advantage of ports like this is that it allows you to connect your notebook just by setting it on your dock. This way you can use desktop accessories such as monitors, mice, keyboards and external hard drives (as well as charging cables) without having to plug them in separately each morning.
The Dell Dock includes two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, one Ethernet port and one DisplayPort port, DVI port and VGA port for video output.
The E7450 comes with a fairly clean install of Windows 8.1, but Dell lets you choose Windows 7 for free instead. This is a good option if your office is still running on an older operating system, which offers a traditional Windows interface. Lenovo will receive an additional $ 50 for the T450s with Windows 7.
Otherwise, you will get most of the same pre-loaded programs that you will find on other systems. This includes productivity software such as Microsoft’s OneNote for note-taking, OneDrive for storing files and documents in the cloud, and Skype for early video conferencing. You get a free trial of Microsoft Office 2013 that includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but you have to pay for the full version to continue using the software beyond that.
Like any good business notebook, this one has good security features. This includes Dell data protection software that lets you (or your IT manager) set secure encryption policies for your system, with enterprise-level auditing and reporting performance. In addition, this notebook has full hard disk encryption via Microsoft BitLocker. My unit also came with a smart card reader, so the system can be configured to require a physical card to authenticate each user.
The E7450 can be purchased with a fingerprint scanner, which helps you lock your office in case it is lost, stolen or compromised. However, my review unit did not come with that feature, so I did not have the opportunity to test it for myself to make sure it was reliable.
One area where the E7450 beats the ThinkPad T450s as well is battery life. The Dell notebook lasted a remarkable 8 hours and 36 minutes, beating Lenovo by more than an hour (7:31). Both last longer than average thin and light notebooks (6:08). The ThinkPad T450s, on the other hand, is compatible with an optional enhanced battery that extends the device’s battery life by up to 16 hours. However, the extended battery costs an additional $ 100, increases the device’s thickness by half an inch, and increases its weight by nearly half a pound. Dell does not offer a long battery life in the E7450.
- Durable design
- Convenient keyboard
- Excellent battery life
- Fast SSD
- Most ports are on the back
- Medium speakers
|Standing screen display size||14 Inches|
|Processor||2.3 GHz core_i5|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SSD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 560|
|Wireless Type||Bluetooth, 802.11abg, 802.11bgn|
|Item model number||LATITUDE7450-W10Pro|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.19 x 9.13 x 0.76 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||13.19 x 9.13 x 0.76 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||256|
|Hard Drive Interface||Solid State|
|Power Source||AC & Battery|