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Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 review

Good
Whisper quiet
Sturdy build
Strong selection of ports
Crisp display

Bad
Cramped, shallow keyboard
Disappointing battery life
Not lap-friendly

Thanks to their fold-up designs, detachable 2-in-1s are a portable way to get work done on the road. Dell’s Latitude 5290 2-in-1$899 to start is the company’s latest attempt at making a Microsoft Surface-style machine for business, and it features all the security features you need, as well as long battery life and a bright display. But when you look at that price, note that you’ll probably want to pay more for extra storage

With solid hardware, a rugged but elegant build, tight security features, and a certain cool factor, the Latitude 5290 is everything the on-the-go professional wants but it isn’t cheap.

Even as detachable 2-in-1s go, the Latitude 5290 isn’t cheap. But Dell’s theory is that your boss will pick up the cost because of the great value the device brings to businesses. And in terms of performance and professionalism.

But is it comfortable to use? The keyboard is shallow, and its coolest feature – the detachability of the tablet – makes it unwieldy to use on non-flat surfaces. On an overall level, the Latitude isn’t uncomfortable to use, but it could be more lap-friendly considering its cost.

Any business with a lot client-facing staff should consider the Latitude 5290 2-in-1. Even if it won’t replace the good old traditional laptop completely, Dell’s 2-in-1 is perfect for the travelling professional.

Spec
Here is the Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 configuration for review:

CPU: Intel Core i5-8350U quad-core 3.6GHz

Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620

RAM: 8GB LPDDR3

Screen: 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 resolution WVA touchscreen

Storage: 256GB Toshiba PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Ports: 2 x DisplayPort over USB Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1, micro-SIM slot, microSD slot, smart card reader, Noble Wedge lock slot, headset/mic combo jack

Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC

Camera: 5MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, IR camera

Weight: 860g (tablet only); 1.2kg (tablet with travel keyboard)

Size: 292 x 216 x 14.91mm (W x D x H tablet with keyboard )

Battery: 42 WHr

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