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Dell Latitude 5290 Review - An expensive business transformer tablet replacing a laptop

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Dell Presented at CES 2018updated laptops line Latitude, which is positioned as a business series of devices 2-in-1 transformers. The Dell Latitude 5290 is a Windows docking tablet that can be easily converted to a laptop.

Novelty has 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 (Full HD) and an aspect ratio of 3: 2. Available with 7th generation Intel Core i3 U processors or 8th generation Intel Core i5 U / i7 U processors.

Dell is selling the Latitude 5290 2-in-1, which I tested for $ 1,532 ($ 95,000). Prices for devices with lower configurations start at $ 899 ($ ​​55,500).

  • Latitude 5290 Design
  • Tablet specifications
  • Usage and performance
  • Alternatives and competitors
  • Secure device for business
  • Should I buy?
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    Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Design

    The design of the Latitude 5290 corresponds to the typicalTransformer 2-in-1: it has a roll out stand, with a magnetized lid that transforms the tablet into a laptop and a large frame allows you to conveniently hold the device in your hands without accidentally pressing the screen.

    The stand can be bent 150 degrees, thisallows you to adjust the viewing angles and provides convenient access to the slots of micro-SIM and microSD cards, which are thoughtfully located around the back of the tablet.

    The Dell Latitude 5290 has many ports andslots. First of all, it boasts a Noble Wedge lock, a smart card reader, NFC and a pair of USB-C connectors that support data transfer from the DisplayPort interface. Thanks to this dual connection, users will not have to choose between charging and connecting another device.

    The magnet on the right side of the Latitude protects the stylus.Dell Active Pen (sold separately for 3,500 p.) Of loss. But, the magnet is not strong enough to hold the stylus even with a slight touch, especially if you carry the device in a work bag.

    Unfortunately, the Latitude 5290 also has some drawbacks inherent in all removable devices:

  • Firstly, any uneven surface will not allow you to comfortably use the tablet. 2-in-1 devices are simply not designed for use anywhere.
  • Secondly, the screen will always be spotted. Despite claims of anti-stain protection, glass collects fingerprints well, so be prepared to regularly wipe the display.
  • Transformer Specifications

    My Dell Latitude 5290 was equipped with a processorIntel Core i5 8th generation, thanks to which the tablet achieves excellent results in tests. Less exciting is the fact that 8 GB of DDR3 RAM is only enough RAM for smooth operation during intensive multitasking.

    Another Latitude hardware feature is the 256 GB PCIe NVMe. This SSD works quietly and quickly.

    The Latitude 5290 has a 5-megapixel, 8-megapixel and infrared camera - which allow users to make video calls, take pictures and log in safely through Windows Hello.

    Last but not least, the new Latitude boasts dual-band wireless AC 8265 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.

    Specifications of Dell Latitude 5290


    4-core Intel i5-8350U with a frequency of 3.6 GHz


    Intel UHD Graphics 620


    8 GB LPDDR3


    256GB Toshiba PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD


    12.3 inch touch 1920 × 1280


    2 DisplayPort ports via Type-C, 1 × USB 3.1, micro-SIM slot, microSD slot, card reader, Noble Wedge lock slot, combo headset / microphone connector


    Dual-band 802.11 AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC networks


    5-megapixel front, 8-megapixel rear, IR camera


    42 W / h


    292 × 216 × 14.91 mm (with docking station)


    860g (only tablet); 1.2 kg (with docking station)

    Usage and performance

    With integrated graphics, the Dell Latitude 5290 doesn'twill become a gadget for gamers. This workhorse, thanks to its SSD PCIe NVME, tablet shows good results in the tests CrystalDiskMark and Atto.

    The bright display here also gets a high rating. High contrast and wide viewing angles have a positive effect on vision, especially during work. And while other devices provide more pixels, this does not make them impressive: a higher resolution is lost on a 12-inch screen.

    However, there are several areas where the Latitude 5290 has not received high marks.

    The battery could last only 2 hours. 49 min. Even Dell itself is a little eloquent about this fact and offers to buy Power Bank Plus to extend Latitude work away from the outlet. But, this adds to the price of a rather expensive device another $ 150 (9,000 rubles).

    Keyboard Latitude 5290 is not sodysfunctional, like a battery, but its small keys with a small touch make typing a little difficult, especially with large amounts. On the other hand, the touchpad and touchscreen are intuitive and accurate.

    Test results



    Passmark CPU



    420 (single stream); 2.148 (multi-threaded)


    4,284 (single core); 14,005 (multi-core); 21,821 (in total)

    Cinebench: Open GL

    49.39 fps

    Cinebench: CPU

    579 cb


    1,758 Mbit / s (read); 1.067 Mbps (write)




    1,738 Mbit / s (read, 256 MB); 806 Mbps (recording, 256 MB)

    Sisoft Sandra (KPT)


    UserBenchmark (the higher the better)


    Windows Experience Index


    Alternatives and competitors

    The obvious competitor to the Dell Latitude 5290 isMicrosoft Surface Pro, which has a display with a large number of pixels, and the price is $ 799 ($ ​​50,000). However, the outdated processor (7th generation) and a limited set of ports / slots make Surface less attractive for business users.

    Microsoft Surface Pro is more designed for the mass market, although you should keep in mind that the Type Cover keyboard will have to be purchased separately for $ 130 ($ 8,000).

    Another Latitude 5290 competitor could beHP Elite X2 1012 G2 with a similar set of ports / slots, as well as a security function and a lower price - $ 1109 (68,500 p.). However, the Elite X2 lacks a smart stand and an 8th generation Intel processor.

    With the price of $ 1011 (62 500 p.) Lenovo Miix 720 is another relatively cheap alternative to the Dell Latitude 5290, but with a 7th generation processor, a larger form factor, a smaller set of ports, no fingerprint scanner, and a micro-SIM card slot.

    Dell Latitude 5290 secure device for business

    Core value for business users andBusinesses are the security features of the new Latitude. Transformer is certified by FIPS 140-2 and TCG and offers several biometric login methods (face recognition and fingerprint recognition), and can also encrypt and transfer data through secured Dell Data Protection and ControlVault technologies.

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    Thanks to good equipment, durable andelegant design and unsurpassed security features, the Dell Latitude 5290 will cost you dearly. The keyboard here with small keys and a small push, as well as a slightly cumbersome size, make Latitude not very comfortable to use.

    Dell's Latitude 5290 is the most secure inWorld 2-in-1 transformer, which combines the functionality of a laptop and the convenience of a tablet. Even if the gadget can not completely replace the traditional laptop, it is ideal for traveling professionals.

    Dell Latitude 5290 Benefits

    • Durable case.
    • Large selection of ports.
    • Clear display.
    • Data protection
    • Good performance.

    Disadvantages Latitude 5290

    • High price.
    • Inconvenient keyboard.
    • Short battery life.
    • Inconvenient to use on your lap.

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