Dell Latitude E7240
The Dell Latitude E7440 is the larger of Dell’s recently announced duo of Latitude 7000 Series business-oriented Ultrabooks, the other being the 12.5in Latitude E7240. Boasting a higher-resolution screen than the E7240, a Haswell CPU and plenty of upgradability, the Latitude E7440 makes an aggressive play for the business laptop crown.
Build and Design
The design is tasteful, though, if rather plain and understated, and there isn’t a sharp edge to be found; every corner of the E7440’s chassis is carefully rounded off. The aluminium lid is honed to a brushed, matte finish, and the rest of the chassis is supported and strengthened by a metal skeleton and reinforced steel hinges, lending the Latitude E7440 a pleasingly sturdy-feeling exterior.
Ports and Features
The Dell Latitude 7440 comes with all the ports you need. The laptop’s right side houses an audio and microphone combination jack, a USB 3.0 port and a lock slot. The left side features a SmartCard reader and an SD Card slot. On the notebook’s rear, you’ll find a power jack, HDMI, two more USB 3.0 slots, a mini DisplayPort and Ethernet. Dell has also included a docking connector on the bottom of the notebook.
The E7440’s Full HD screen is impressive. It’s easily as good as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s 1600 x 900 display: its maximum brightness of 342cd/m² is almost identical to that of the X1 Carbon, and its colour accuracy is the same (both scored an average Delta E of 4). However, its contrast ratio of 1038:1 blows the X1 Carbon’s score of 647:1 out of the water. Image quality is excellent, boasting saturated colours and pin-sharp images. The only niggle is that the panel crushes the darkest greys into black to give images an artificially bold, stark look.
Keyboard and Touchpad
For the most part, the ergonomics are sound. The backlit keyboard’s chunky, well-spaced keys are concave and grip your fingers, giving way to each keystroke with a satisfying, tactile click. There’s a wide shift key and dedicated page up and page down keys, and the responsive trackpoint is married to a pair of large, dedicated buttons beneath the space bar. The touchpad has an ever-so-slightly textured matte finish and discrete left and right buttons that feel substantial and responsive. Our only criticism is that there’s a little flex in the centre of the keyboard, but this is barely noticeable in normal usage.