DELL LATITUDE 5290 2-IN-1
A 2-in-1 that’s perfect for work and entertainment
Microsoft Surface is the most prominent Windows running 2-in-1 but Dell’s latest convertible comes close. The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 offers the performance that one needs from a business notebook without the bulk of a powerful notebook.
The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 has been designed for mobility. It weighs under a kilo and is slim enough to easily slip in a sleeve case. It’s a
2-in-1 at the end of the day, which is why you’ll find a kickstand at the back. The cool thing about the kickstand is the auto-deploy feature, which when placed and pressed against a flat surface, the kickstand opens up automatically and can be extended up to
150-degrees. The kickstand works flawlessly on a flat surface but it’s a tad cumbersome to use it on an uneven surface or in the lap.
The front is dominated by a 12.3-inch display having an aspect ratio of 3:2 and 1920x1080 resolution support. The display quality is good that reaches a maximum brightness of up to 340 nits and even comes with an anti-reflective and anti-smudge coating along with screen protection by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Dell sells the laptop with a couple of processor options and the one we tested came with Intel’s 8th gen Core i7-8650U along with
16GB LPDDR3 RAM. During our use, which mainly included web surfing on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (30 tabs cumulatively) along with a bit of writing in Word, the laptop handled it well. It’s quiet and keeps the heat in check for prolonged use. In terms of battery life, we got a runtime of around 5.5-6 hours and can be recharged with the included 65W charger or an optional hybrid charger that also works as a power bank for mobile devices.
The laptop is bundled with a keyboard cover that protects the laptop when not in use. The magnetic keyboard is easy to attach or detach and is comfortable to type on with the spaced out keys. The trackpad area is decent and supports Windows 10 gestures. The
2-in-1 also allows interacting with a Dell stylus pen that needs to be purchased separately.
Considering the limited space, you’d find USB-C ports (supporting Thunderbolt 3) and a regular USB 3.1 port at the sides. However, a separate USB dock adds the ubiquitous LAN port, few more USB ports, and HDMI.
The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is a good-looking laptop that delivers performance and battery life in a compact form factor.