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In­tel does not have a weight limit on its Ul­tra­books, just a limit on thick­ness, and Dell seems to be toe­ing the line here. It is a mere 2mm away from the max­i­mum thick­ness of 23mm for screens 14-inches or larger, and weighs 1.68kg, mon­strous by Ul­tra­book stan­dards.

The matte alu­minum top lid re­pels fin­ger­prints, ex­cept for the mir­ror-like fin­ish on the Dell logo. To lessen the im­pact of its chunky di­men­sions, the Lat­i­tude E7440 has a black hinge, black bot­tom and duo-tone sil­ver/black sides that some­how tricks the eye into think­ing the Dell has a slim­mer pro­file.

There is also a power in­di­ca­tor, a read/write in­di­ca­tor and a charg­ing in­di­ca­tor on the hinge, vis­i­ble when look­ing top-down, mak­ing the Lat­i­tude E7440 the only Ul­tra­book in this com­par­i­son to have vis­i­ble in­di­ca­tors when the lid is closed.

The Dell Lat­i­tude E7440 is also the only ma­chine with most of its ports lo­cated at the back. The only ports on the sides are the SD card slot on the left, and a USB 3.0 port next to an au­dio in­put/out­put jack on the right. There is also a ded­i­cated Wi-Fi on/off switch on the right side. Ev­ery­thing else is on the rear - an Eth­er­net port, two USB 3.0 port, a Mini Dis­playPort, a full-sized HDMI port and the charg­ing port. This can make it ex­tremely in­con­ve­nient for pre­sen­ta­tions, as you have to reach around just to con­nect to an ex­ter­nal dis­play.

The clas­sic non-chi­clet style key­board also sets it apart from the com­pe­ti­tion. Due to the thick­ness of the note­book, Dell has been able to in­cor­po­rate a key­board with more travel and sub­stan­tial tac­tile feed­back. De­spite this, it re­mains very quiet, which makes it ex­cel­lent for tak­ing min­utes dur­ing busi­ness meet­ings, or just keep­ing a low pro­file while you ham­mer away at your re­port in the li­brary.

The re­view model we were sent is armed with an In­tel Core i5 pro­ces­sor and a multi-touch HD (1,366 x 768 pix­els) dis­play, mak­ing it in­fe­rior specs-wise to the rest of the note­books in our shootout. De­spite this, it’s still quite ex­pen­sive at $3,023 for this con­fig­u­ra­tion.

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