Dell as a brand has stagnated in terms of innovations, which is the wrong way to become better and better. Even their XPS laptops have kind of lost their touch, when compared to newcomers in the workstation and productivity space, such as MSI, which are firing on all cylinders when it comes to both design and performance.
The Dell Latitude 15 3520 offers what every business laptop needs. It has stable and reliable performance from its Tiger Lake U processors, which are fantastic options for quick tasks. These CPUs are also very well secured, with the Intel Evo platform coming in clutch here. It increases the performance while also sparing as much battery life as possible. The Latitude 15 is also very affordable, so it’s sure to be selling like hotcakes.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Dell Latitude 15 3520.
3 reasons to BUY the Dell Latitude 15 3520
The upgradeability here is on point, with there being two SODIMM slots, which can fit up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, according to Dell. Usually, we find out that in practice, that number is doubled, but Dell is trying to play it safe. Storage-wise, it varies between the battery size that you select. If you want the smaller unit, you get both an M.2 PCIe x4 slot and a 2.5-inch SATA drive. If you select the bigger battery, the space for the SATA drive is gone.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the battery, RAM, and SSD slots.
2. Battery life
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. The smaller battery option has a size of 41Wh, while the bigger one that we had comes with a 54Wh size. The unit lasted for 12 hours and 51 minutes of Web browsing, or 9 hours and 8 minutes of video playback.
Strangely enough, here you get a better equipped I/O than on the several times more expensive Dell XPS 17 9710. It comes with a total of three USB Type-As with one 2.0 port and two 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports. It also has one USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, an HDMI 1.4 connector, a MicroSD card reader, an Ethernet connector, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
2 reasons NOT to buy the Dell Latitude 15 3520
1. Display quality
The display of choice here has s 15.6-inch diagonal, as well as a Full HD resolution. It comes with comfortable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 348 nits in the middle of the screen, 321 nits average across the surface, and a maximum deviation of 11%, with a contrast ratio of 960:1. Sadly, it also uses PWM up to 89 nits of brightness, an issue, which our Health-Guard profile fixes completely. In terms of color coverage, the laptop covers only 53% of the sRGB color gamut.
The color accuracy also isn’t that great, with both with and without our Design and Gaming profile reaching an unsatisfactory dE value.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
2. Design and build quality
With budget laptops, the first thing to go is the aesthetic and the build quality. We, unfortunately, have to confirm that the same thing has happened with the Latitude 15 3520. The laptop is built entirely of plastic, with the lid, base, and bottom panels all having a matte textured surface, which offers decent grip, while the sides have a glossy finish. It flexes, both in its lid and base, with the lid being surprisingly stronger. What the device has going for it is its portability, weighing only 1.79 kg and having a profile of 18.06 mm.