Dell Latitude E7240 i7

 

The Dell Latitude E7240 is a sleek business Ultrabook that boasts of a sturdy chassis, multiple connectivity options and premium features.

 

The Pros

  • Mobile Broadband HSPA+
  • Excellent Performance
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Solid and Sturdy Chassis Design

The Cons

  • Cramped Keyboard
  • Limited (all-SSD) storage capacityHeavy for a Business Ultrabook
  • Heavy for a Business Ultrabook

 

The Verdict

The Dell E7240 is packed with the latest Haswell Technology and is one of the first business Ultrabook featuring, 4th Gen Intel Core vPro processors. It comes with Windows 8.1 Pro. It has a technology-forward system that will surely help SMB and IT managers who wants to take the plunge into Windows 8.

Case

Dell Outlet Latitude E7240 i7-2

The Tri-metal chassis is MIL-STD-801G rated meaning it can survive extreme environments or handling. It is styled largely with durable aluminum, powder-coated base, soft-touch finishes and the silver lid that slightly wraps from side to side offers protection from accidental bumps, knocks or drops and the bottom, screen bezel and wrist rest is made of thick, solid plastic. The E7240 weighs 1.4kg and is 20mm thick making it easy to put in a bag or briefcase.

 

Input Devices

The Keyboard has embedded number pad, large keys, a half-height FN key row and a full sized number row. The shortcuts on the arrow lets you activate the keyboard backlight and access screen brightness control and four brightness levels. The touchpad is highly sensitive and the physical buttons found beneath it are large and has an audible click when pressed. In addition, there is an HD webcam found above the screen and a fingerprint scanner at the bottom right corner of the wrist rest.

A circle of white light found around the power jack reminds you that the Ultrabook is charging. Also a set of lights on the back of the lid shows power status, battery charge status and disk activity when the Ultrabook is closed. Also, a white LED indicate that the Caps Lock is on, and the status icons can be found in the narrow bezel above the screen.

 

Display and Communication

The 12.5 inch HD display has a 10-point capacitive touch and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and the IPS screen which delivers good viewing angles. The wireless connectivity is strong, it supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac courtesy of Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 chipset and mobile broadband (HSPA+) and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

 

Connectivity

The E7240 has a wide range of ports despite its slim design. There is a Smart Card slot, three USB3 ports, an SD card reader, a headset jack, a docking port for connecting the E7240 to a workstation, a button to turn Wi-Fi on and off. It has a Gigabit Ethernet port and an HDMI output.

Dell Outlet Latitude E7240 i7-3

Rear: LAN, USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, power connector

Dell Outlet Latitude E7240 i7-4

Left: Wi-Fi switch, Smart Card slot

Dell Outlet Latitude E7240 i7-5

Right: Card Reader, Audio, USB 3.0, mini Display Port, Kensington security lock slot

 

Performance

Dell Latitude E7240 comes with an Intel Core 4th Generation i7 4600U Processor (2.1GHz, 4M Cache) along with Windows 8.1 Pro that delivers excellent performance and allows you to conveniently multitask and it offers a 256 GB mSATA Solid State Drive and 8GB RAM that delivers reliable performance.

Battery & Warranty

Dell Latitude E6440 comes with a reasonably large swappable 4 cell battery that usually lasts up to 7 hours. The warranty period is 36 months or 3 years after Remote Diagnostics.

 

Security

Dell Data Protection | Encryption: a comprehensive encryption to protect data on public or external media and any devices.

Dell Control Vault: stores user data on a separately controlled hardware chip.

DDP | Protected Workspace: creates a secure work environment that prevents data access and recognizes malware in real time.

Dell Data Protection | Security Tools: advanced authentication options includes a finger print reader that can be configured, RSA SecurID and FIPS 201-compliant smart card reader to ensure authorized access to your files and data.

A TPM Module with the highest level of FIPS 140-2 certification (US Standard) for clear identification and securing credential storage

 

Verdict

The Dell Latitude E7240 is a stylish business Ultrabook that has premium features. It has a sturdy chassis, impressive audio/sound quality and good performance. In addition, one can benefit from the wide range of connectivity and cable management option that comes with it. Overall, a good Ultrabook and is worth the price.

 


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