New Dell Latitude 7390 2-In-1 – Packed with Copious Security, with a Bit of an XPS 13 Personality

Would a different kind of 2-in-1 laptop make you poke your head out behind your desk? A Dell, perhaps? I wouldn’t pass up a hybrid in a work environment, particularly a Dell with extra security protection. The Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 has data protection, is similar to the build of the XPS 13 2-in-1, and it breaks boundaries when it comes to configurations to your particular security needs.

The Dell Latitude 7390 ranges from a starting price of $1,149 to $2,000 (and easily even higher). It packs a pretty regular design that the Latitude line is known for, yet a tougher build than you might already expect from a Dell consumer laptop. Plus, the optional threat protection services are “the man!” for hardware and software viruses, malware, and spyware. There are also eyes out for any encryption and ransomware that could harm your working professional PC.

A bit of a borrowed design from the XPS 13 2-in-1, this means it features a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 FHD touch display, with a 360-degree rotation. It is heftier than the 2.7 pound XPS 13, yet light enough for the office, in the least, at just 3.1 pounds. Despite other externalities, there is a soft painted feel to the chassis, which is really the only difference to previous gens. The other side of reveals a gorgeous, crisp display, an island-style keyboard, and an optional Active Pen from Wacom, featuring 2,048 levels of pressure. Adding to that, is the fingerprint reader, and an IR camera to utilize the friendly and helpful Windows Hello.

This particular Dell model added some extra physical protection as well. This MIL-STD 810G testing includes the ability to withstand vibrations, minor drops, and environmental conditions like dust, wine, and humidity. Those are all good great attributes for a system’s performance and longevity, not to mention its rubberised finish makes for some secure gripping, another helpful feature for a device that will be migrating in and out of an office, in or outside of that laptop bag.

Emphasizing on internals now, Dell incorporated the Intel Core 8th generation i7-8650U vPro CPU processor, with a base frequency at 1.90 Ghz, and turbo at 4.20 Ghz! That’s pretty good. Plus, the tech company’s UHD Graphics 620 card goes right along with the 7390’s premium hardware. Also included, are up to 16GB DDR3 RAM, and a swift hard drive 512GB PCIe storage drive, reaching anywhere from 2,635 MB/s read speed, and 1,255 MB/s write speed.

Sure, the above 3-pounder isn’t going to be the easiest PC to perform as a 2-in-1 when it comes to using as a tablet. But, not so much marketed as an on-the-go XPS 13 duplicate, and more as a business helper, that added weight is not only okay, but made it eligible to work under tougher conditions. On the other hand, you’d expect the added thickness to be a big helper when consumers aim for a ton of ports when shopping for a premium laptop. Unfortunately, the Dell Latitude 7390 holds a mere set of USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI port, and a set of USB-C (configurable as a Thunderbolt 3/charging). That may plenty for many, but if aiming for Ethernet, VGA, or others, a docking station is a necessary component, sold separately. Don’t worry though, there’s also room for that MicroSD card slot, and SIM card slot (optional), plus that 3.5mm audio jack.

The Active Pen is surely a helper for jotting down notes or drawing a quick diagram when presenting to a room. The hinge mechanism is also great for swivelling the screen, and handling quickly, while remaining sturdy. Finally, battery life is a great positive. All day work and play is how generous this Latitude 2-in-1 is. Even working non-stop on a document, audio or media streaming, and general browsing all at once has been tested, and a four-hour session of this activity kept the battery charged to a good 73 percent. Almost completely impressive, the Dell Latitude 7390 is premium, for sure, with great battery, manipulation of the hinge, and a configurable security option prerogative. Expensive it is, but business-class it is as well, with a lovely display, secure performance, and a great battery.

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