Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1

The Latitude 9410 is one of two new 9000-series models that now form the top tier of Dell’s Latitude business-laptop lineup. They’re intended to be no-compromises machines for large enterprises that can afford to issue them to top executives as a perk. As a result, the 14-inch Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (starts at $1,829; $2,539 as tested) reviewed here offers significant cachet but few practical advantages over its more workaday and less expensive Latitude 7410 2-in-1 little sibling. The Latitude 9410 is nevertheless a top-notch corporate laptop, with exceptional battery life, build quality, vPro support, and an HDMI port.

A Status Symbol

The other 9000-series model is the 15-inch Latitude 9510 flagship. We reviewed that machine earlier this summer and found its extraordinary expense doesn’t quite justify its main attraction—being the world’s most compact 15-inch business laptop. With a slightly smaller screen and a slightly more palatable (though still sky-high) price, the Latitude 9410 is more realistic for IT purchasing managers while maintaining enough exclusivity to satisfy corner-office dwellers.

Many of Dell’s current premium Latitudes, including all of the ones mentioned above, are available in either conventional clamshell versions or 2-in-1 convertible models. As with the Latitude 9510, our Latitude 9410 review unit is the 2-in-1, while the Latitude 7410 we tested is a clamshell model. The advantage of a 2-in-1 is versatility. With a hinge that rotates 360 degrees, an executive can prop up the Latitude 9410 like an easel to review a presentation in the cramped quarters of an airplane cabin, or (more likely these days) use it in easel mode on her home-office desk while connected to an external display and peripherals. 

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Tent)Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (0.59 by 12 by 8.5 inches) and the HP EliteBook x360 1040 (0.66 by 12.7 by 8.5 inches). The Latitude 9410 weighs as little as 3 pounds, although the 2-in-1 version and other optional extras can add a few ounces to the total.

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Display Lid)Configuration Options

You can attribute some of the expense of a Latitude laptop to enterprise-level features unavailable on laptops aimed at consumers or small businesses. For example, all of the Latitude 9410’s processor options support Intel’s vPro management capabilities, which help IT staffers maintain system stability and security. The laptop also offers an optional integrated smart card reader for additional security. 

A large component of the Latitude 9410’s price goes toward the robust warranty, which includes a minimum of three years of hardware service with both remote diagnosis and onsite service. That’s triple the length of most consumer laptop warranties. You can extend the warranty period up to five years for an additional charge. 

The Latitude 9410’s optional LTE modem could appeal to business travelers who need on-the-go internet access, though that’s less of a concern right now while most of them are grounded due to the pandemic. The modem supports the FirstNet LTE spectrum that prioritizes communications from first responders. 

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Underside)Nifty Latitude Innovations

While many corporate laptops offer removable components and LTE connectivity, there are also some nifty innovations unique to the Latitude line. They include an optional proximity sensor that wakes up the Latitude 9410 when it senses your presence and automatically logs you in via Windows Hello face recognition, using the webcam. One of my favorite sensible features is a geared hinge for the display lid, which lets you open the laptop the first few inches without the need to use two hands to pry the halves apart. It comes standard. 

Our test configuration includes some, but not all, of the Latitude 9410’s optional extras. A quad-core Intel Core i7-10610U with vPro support and Intel UHD Graphics handles processing tasks. There’s also 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD, both of which are fairly standard for premium laptops. The base configuration includes an Intel Core i5 with vPro, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD. Our review unit also includes an upgraded six-cell 78-watt-hour (Whr) battery in place of the base 52Whr one, and it delivers impressive results in our battery life testing, as you’ll see below. 

One of the few parts of the Latitude 7410 you can’t configure is its display. The sole option is a 14-inch full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) screen with touch support and an anti-reflective Gorilla Glass coating. It’s a fine if unremarkable display, with adequate maximum brightness for most indoor conditions, wide viewing angles, and reasonably vivid colors. Unlike with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, however, there’s no option for a higher-resolution 4K (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) display. 

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Dell digital pen)A Robust Port Selection

A robust port selection is a must-have for corporate laptops, and the Latitude 7410 does not disappoint. On the left edge, the laptop offers two USB-C ports, a full-size HDMI port that’s essential for connecting to conference room AV systems, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port…

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Left Ports)Testing the 9410: Performance Befitting the Office

A business-focused 2-in-1 laptop with a 14-inch screen doesn’t need to offer screaming performance. Rather, it just needs to let you get your spreadsheeting, videoconferencing, and presentation editing done without problems. The Latitude 9410 succeeds on this front, even when compared with several other members of the Latitude family, as well as the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the HP Elite Dragonfly.

In my testing, which mostly amounted to installing apps, web browsing, and a few video calls, I never experienced sluggishness or other issues. I didn’t try playing games or editing photos, neither of which are common activities among the Latitude 9410’s target users. (See how we test laptops.)

The results of our benchmark tests mostly corroborate this experience. In the chart below, you can see the specs of the comparison systems. Note that the Elite Dragonfly and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga use older 8th Generation Intel processors, not the 10th Generation ones in the Latitude laptops. A newer ThinkPad X1 Yoga is now on sale, but we haven’t tested it yet.

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Configuration chart)More-Than-All-Day Battery Life

Battery life is as essential to corporate executives as a sleek exterior and an HDMI port, and the Latitude 9410 will not disappoint them. Thanks in part to the upgraded battery in our review unit, it lasted for more than 24 hours on our battery rundown test, which involves playing a locally stored video at 50 percent screen brightness with the wireless radios turned off.

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (Battery life chart)An Excellent, But Expensive, Business Cruiser

While the Latitude 9410 is an excellent 14-inch business laptop with plenty of IT-friendly features, most of what makes it stand out is also available on the less-expensive Latitude 7410, from vPro support to the nifty proximity sensor to the option for a clamshell or a 2-in-1. As such, it’s hard to make a case for the Latitude 9410 over the Latitude 7410 except as a status symbol for the C-suite. 

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1

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    August 30, 2020
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