Inside Dell Latitude 14 3420 – disassembly and upgrade options
Thankfully, this is a business laptop, that provides a good amount of upgrade options.
1. Remove the bottom plate
This laptop’s bottom panel is held in place by 8 captive Phillips-head screws. After you undo them, the two on the back will lift the backside of the panel by a couple of millimeters. This will allow you to easily start the prying process.
Our unit was equipped with the larger 54Wh battery pack. To take the battery out of the machine, remove its connector from the motherboard. Undo all 4 Phillips-head screws, and lift it away.
3. Memory and storage
Here, you will see two SODIMM slots. According to Dell, they support up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM in total and work in dual-channel mode. Storage-wise, there is only one M.2 PCIe x4 slot.
4. Cooling system
Looking at the cooling, we are surprised to see two heat pipes. Other than that, it is pretty standard, with its heat sink, and fan of average size.
Dell Latitude 14 3420 in-depth review
Once again, we have one of the most affordable business notebooks from Dell in for a review. Well, we shouldn't use words like "affordable" so carelessly, because an adequate configuration of the device runs for nearly $1000. Thankfully, you get quite the pool of processors to choose from. It spans from the Celeron 6305U, all the way up to the Core i7-1165G7. By the way, configurations equipped with the Celeron CPU are starting from around $500, but they are very limited in terms of performance. In addition to that, you get a choice of three displays. The first is a 768p TN panel, which[...]
- Great upgradeability
- Stable and secure notebook
- MicroSD card, Wi-Fi 6 support, and wide I/O
- Great battery life
- Charges with USB Type-C
- Doesn't use aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment (Sharp XWXRY-LQ140M1 (SHP1542))
- Optional IR face recognition, fingerprint reader, and LTE support
- 53% sRGB coverage (Sharp XWXRY-LQ140M1 (SHP1542))
- A bit pricey
- Not the best build quality