Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Review: A strong Competitor of Elitebooks & ThinkPad

Published on October 23, 2019

The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is like the beginning of a new range of Dell Business Laptops. Having said that, maybe the best way to forget everything you associate with the Latitude brand is to consider the Latitude 74002-in-1 as a laptop for business as the XPS.

The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a lot to love, the convertible is sleek, durable and powerful. The keyboard and touchpad are premium, and a special sign-in feature for proximity protects your laptop when you are away. Still, a few low points like a standard laptop screen and a bad speaker are disappointing. The 7400 2-in-1 Latitude is a warning shot to the ThinkPad and Elitebooks as it is Dell’s best business laptop without any doubt.

Specification and Price

For a basic model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, a RAM 8 GB and a M.2 NVMe SSD 128 GB, the Latitude 74002-in-1 is set to begin at $1,599. Doubling the space to 256 GB costs another $200 and then the CPU can be upgraded into a Core i5-8365U with $1,909.

The Core i7-8665U is fitted with a 4 GB RAM, 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, a6-cell 78 Whr battery, and is also worth upgrading to boost battery lives. Our review laptop costs $2,802.

If you don’t want to save money, a Latitude 7400 decks2-in-1, with LTE connectivity, 78-Whr battery, a larger 90W power adaptor, and some security features, including finger print and smart-card reader, costs up to $3.619 if configured with a Core i7-8665U CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD.


The Latitude 7400 2 in 1 has sleek, aluminum chassis with a beautiful detail that will allow you to stand out in an office filled with MacBooks with smart design elements from Dells iconic XPS notebooks.

When you first see this, you could confuse the 2-in-1 Lightweight 7400 for the XPS 13, but the design changes are significant. The latitude lid has a cleaner, stronger grey finish. While both notebooks have a chromed-based logo on the left hand side. Also, the XPS is faster and more powerful than Latitude.

You’ll note the first time you open the lid of the 2-in-1 Latitude 7400 with an InfinityEdge, edge-to-edge view, a ubiquitous feature promoted by Dell for the first time. It is expected to be shown on every Latitude laptop.


The updated Latitude 74002-in-1 could have removed the business esthetic, but still provides the majority of functions that you would certainly expect from a business notebook.


The 2-in-1 Latitude 7400 may not have all business esthetics, but offers most of the business standard features that you may want to see in business laptop.

Initially, the Latitude 7400 performed a 2 in 13 military grade check and the MIL STD 810 G was issued. All these jargon implies that it is immune to extreme conditions such as low temperatures and high altitudes and long bumps and vibrations.

Security & ExpressSign-in

A security feature called the Dell ExpressSign-in is introduced in Latitude 7400 2-in-1 called ExpressSign-in. It directly works with Windows 10 Sleep settings and deactivates laptop, depending upon the device proximity.

The app works as intended when I set Windows Hello with face recognition. The computer slept 1 minute as soon as I was away. It activated upon recognizing my face immediately. The IR camera instantly recognized my face and refused entry to my colleagues. Sadly, your PC can not be locked manually, which means at least for one minute, the Latitude 7400 will remain unlock.

In our review unit, no finger print sensor or smart card reader was set up, but you can pay extra for this. Dell offers an Endpoint Security Enterprise platform in the area of software, including malware and encryption to combat cyber security threats.

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The Latitude 74002-in-1 14-inch 1080p touchscreen is relatively bright, but dimmer than what we saw from other devices.

This is 113.4% less vivid than the EliteBook panels x360 1040 G5 (120%), Premium laptop category average (124%) and X1 Yoga (201%).

The Latitude 74002-in-1 reveals rather disappointing brightness at 280 nits. Significantly lighter displays are available on the EliteBook x360 1040 (340 nits), the Thinkpad X1 Yoga (477 nits) and the standard class (328 nits).

Positively, I had no problem to flip through the website and type URLs on the on-screen keyboard with a2-in-1 Latitude 7400 touch screen.


The 2-in-1 Latitude 7400 was very well-favored in our lab even though it does not meet Dell’s optimistic 26-hour battery life demands. Our battery life check, which involves continuous Wi-Fi Internet surfing at 150 nits brightness, lasted for about 13 hours and 8 minutes. Some of the long-lasting laptops for enterprise-including ThinkPad X1 Yoga and EliteBook x360 1040 G5 do not have this long battery life.


The Latitude 8400 2-in-1 720p-lens captures dark, grainy images like the large majority of the laptop webcams we’ve tested. I caught a selfie in our slightly lit office and showed precise colors. But, if you regularly dial up to video conferences we suggest you purchase the external webcam.

Final Verdict

Dell’s newest effort to build a new industry laptop capable of competing with its finest rivals is appreciable.

This sleek, slim and lightweight convertible has some of the best quality in the famous XPS series. The Latitude offers a good range of colors, excellent battery life, and a flexible keyboard with its compact dimensions. Nonetheless, the Latitude 74002-in-1, which is intended for Dell’s new business laptop version, is highly recommended for enterprise users.

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