With the launch of two devices on the Latitude line, Dell is fully adopting the new business-focused Google Chrome Enterprise initiative by bringing the Chrome OS operating system to its line of laptops. Latitude 5400 Chrome and Latitude 5300 Chrome from Dell are the first Chromebook Enterprise laptop and the first 2-in-1 convertible with Chromebook, respectively. However, even though they are named after Chromebook, they incorporate all the features of the Dell Latitude platform, which has traditionally been based on the Windows operating system and that include its updates and easy coupling with other platforms.
Being machines designed for professionals and businesses, Dell is focusing on a high-end experience focused on performance and power. Gone are the ARM processors of the basic Chromebooks. Instead, these devices arrive with eighth-generation Intel Core processors, with a four-core Core i7 silicon option. They can support up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and both models come with fast NVMe solid state drives with up to 1TB capacity.
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The main difference between Latitude 5400 and Latitude 5300 2-in-1 is its design. The 5400 is technically a notebook, and comes with a 13-inch FHD screen capable of reaching 220 nits of brightness. By way of comparison, the screen on several models of the XPS 13 computer can reach up to 400 nits, almost double what you will find on this machine. For more privacy, it also has a protector to cover the webcam when it is not being used.
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If you need your Chromebook to also work as a tablet, Latitude 5300 2-in-1 features a design similar to Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1, with a 360-degree hinge that allows the 13.3-inch screen to convert in tablet orientation. It comes with a slightly brighter touchscreen screen, up to 255 nits, which help to work outdoors or in offices with a lot of lighting.
Although the bezels on these devices are not as thin as in XPS 13, they are thin enough to make these laptops relatively compact. The convertible is 12 x 8.16 inches and is only 0.66 inches thick with a weight starting at 3 pounds. For its part, the standard version of the laptop measures 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.77 inches and weighs 3.24 pounds.
The two models of the Latitude line are presented with a variety of configurable battery options to get the most out of working hours on a single charge, which is ideal for professionals who are constantly out of the office conducting their business. In addition, both computers come with the Express Charge feature, which can charge up to 80 percent of the battery in just two hours.
PORTS AND CONNECTIONS
Latitude Chromebook Enterprise devices have several ports designed to connect additional peripherals. Both models have a USB-C port that can also be used for charging, an HDMI port, a Noble Wedge Lock Slot slot, microSD memory card reader, and an external micro SIM card tray. The 5400 has three USB 3.1 ports, while the 5300 only comes with two. Given the larger size of the laptop, you will also find an Ethernet port.
4G LTE CONNECTIVITY
These Latitude devices are among the few Chromebooks that also come with 4G LTE connectivity, which makes them ideal for those traveling on business and do not want to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots, or worry about connecting to their phones to work .
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
Both models will be available from August 27. The Chromebook Enterprise Latitude 5400 is priced at $ 699 dollars, while the Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 Latitude 5300 costs $ 819 dollars in its most basic version.