Of course, its cost isn’t for everyone, but there are certain professionals who like these devices, not only for their performance and features but for the status that it gives. The Dell Latitude 14 9420 (2-in-1) brings Tiger Lake, a 16:10 display, and an arsenal of features, which make it a complete package.
4 reasons to BUY the Dell Latitude 14 9420 (2-in-1)
1. Design and build quality
The laptop has an aluminum body that is very well built and looks very good. It is constructed using a single block of aluminum, using CNC milling to shape up the outside and inside. You get a matte finish on the lid, with diamond-cut edges. The laptop is quite sturdy, showing little to no flex, when twisted. The laptop is very portable, stopping the scales at 1.40 kg while being only 13.9 mm tall.
The lid opens easily with a single hand, despite this being a convertible. This is what happens when you use stable 360° hinges, which operate smoothly. This reveals a glass-covered display with thin bezels, of which the top one houses an HD camera, an IR face recognition sensor, and a proximity sensor, which can wake up and put the notebook to sleep when you get close to it.
2. Display quality
The laptop offers two 14-inch displays, both with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The first one has an FHD+ resolution, while the second one bumps that up to QHD+. Our laptop had the QHD panel, which had excellent viewing angles, a max brightness of 524 nits in the center of the screen, 495 nits as an average for the entire display area, and a maximum deviation of 10%. The contrast ratio is quite high, sitting at 1650:1.
The laptop covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut.
The color accuracy was pretty off with the factory settings, but once we applied our Design and Gaming profile, we got a dE value of 1.5, which is close to the standard.
Here are the results of our test with both the factory settings (left) and with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right).
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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.
The laptop has a decently wide I/O, with a lot of ports, that are split between the left and right sides. the left side houses a lock slot, an HDMI connector, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a MicroSD card slot, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. On the right side, you have one USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port and some WWAN antennas, as the laptop has 5G support.
4. Input devices
Being a device that costs more than $2000, the keyboard and touchpad combo is fantastic. The keyboard has large keycaps, except for the arrow keys, along with long key travel and clicky feedback. The touchpad, which is quite large and has a glass cover, offers smooth gliding and accurate tracking. Unfortunately, we noticed a slight deck flex, but nothing out of the ordinary.
1 reason NOT to buy the Dell Latitude 14 9420 (2-in-1)
One of the shortcomings of this laptop is the lack of memory upgradeability. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and while the laptop is configurable with up to 32GB of RAM, it can get eaten up if you use the laptop to its full potential. For storage, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 drive, however, the device limits you to 30mm drives.