A 2-in-1 that’s per­fect for work and en­ter­tain­ment

T3 India - - Gaming Gadgets - WORDS KUNAL GAN­GAR

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.

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