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Dell Latitude 5420 14" Laptop (2021)

MSRP 1169 USDNEX score 69%

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Product Overview

Dell Latitude 5420 is a premium 14-inch business laptop powered by 11th-gen Intel Core Tiger Lake mobile processors. A mid-range 5000-series unit, the Latitude 5420 offers some high-end features but retains a conservative design.
The most notable feature brought by this generation of the Latitude 5000 is the inclusion of two Thunderbolt 4 ports. They double as DisplayPort and offer the fastest transfer rate available.
The Latitude 5420 also comes with optional WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and LTE mobile broadband connectivity, empowering mobile computing.
Design-wise the new 5420 is more compact than the 5410 and comes with a larger touchpad.
Alongside the 14-inch 5420, Dell also refreshed the 13.3-inch 5320 and 15.6-inch 5520 in its Latitude 5000-series at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright 1080p display
  • Responsive touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Touch screen is inaccurate
  • Touchpad can be a hair-pulling exercise

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good gaming performance
  • Excellent upgradeability
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent maintenance options
Cons
  • Poor clickpad
  • No USB Type-C
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Display could be brighter
  • No LTE modem
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Specifications

Variants:
FHD
HD

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 4 + 2x USB 3.2 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x RJ45 + 1x Audio combo + 1x microSD reader + 1x optional SmartCard reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 5.0 or WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1, optional LTE WWAN

Construction

Battery | Capacity
42 or 63 Wh
Camera | Front
HD, HD IR, or FHD IR
Microphone
Dual-array microphone
Speakers
2 W x 2

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.35" (212 mm)
Size | Height
0.76" (19.3 mm)
Size | Width
12.65" (321.4 mm)
Weight
3.09 lbs (1.4 kg)

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
FHDBrightness
250 or 300 nits
HDBrightness
220 nits
Display Diagonal
14"
FHDDisplay Type
IPS
HDDisplay Type
TN
Resolution
HD (1366x768) or FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
Realtek Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Fast Charging
35% charge in 20 minutes
Graphics
Integrated Intel UHD or Iris Xe graphics
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i3-1125G4, i5-1135G7, i5-1145G7, i7-1165G7, or i7-1185G7
SIM
Optional, micro-SIM

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 64GB (2x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4
Storage
Up to 2x M.2 2TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Production

Availability
2021-01-12
Debut
2021-01-05 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged runs Windows 10 Pro, an operating system meant for enterprise users. Dell packaged a handful of tools designed for its durable laptops into a program called Dell Rugged. Other pre-installed apps courtesy of Microsoft include Netflix, Fitbit Coach and Xbox. The Latitude 7424 Rugged comes with a three-year warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Extremely durable chassis
  • Long battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
Dell has done a great job of optimizing power draw: It is low during idle (3-8 watts) and allowed to be demanding under load. The Latitude can only be charged with a USB type-C power adapter such as the included 65-watt charger. Instead of mouse buttons and a Trackpoint, the Latitude offers a clickpad with haptics so poor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent upgradeability
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent maintenance options
Cons
  • No LTE modem
  • Poor clickpad
  • No USB Type-C

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
At over 1000 nits, the Latitude 5420 Rugged boasts one of the brightest displays we have seen. The IPS panel is easily readable in any lighting condition, including under direct sunlight. The matte finish across the display also kills reflections, although it does cause whites and bright colors to look grainy from a standard viewing distance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright IPS panel
  • Good battery life
  • Good gaming performance
Cons
  • Display could be brighter

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged Review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-latitude-5420-rugged. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell Latitude 14 5420 review: A laptop so close to claiming the business crown. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-14-5420-review-A-laptop-so-close-to-claiming-the-business-crown.595678.0.html. 2022-01-27. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
3. ^ Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged (i7-8650U, AMD RX 540) Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-5420-Rugged-i7-8650U-AMD-RX-540-Laptop-Review.414509.0.html. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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