Dell-Latitude E7240 – 12.5″ is a Ultra-Business. Dell has updated its Latitude series and added a number of new models. The Dell Latitude E7240 is a compact 12-inch business ultrabook, which wants to convince with professional equipment and premium features. We extensively tested how well it succeeds at this.
Dell is one of the first manufacturers migrating to the new Haswell architecture in the business range this year. The Dell Latitude E6540 was one of the first business notebooks featuring Intel’s fourth generation Core i CPUs. Meanwhile there are also competitors from other manufacturers, e.g. the Lenovo ThinkPad S440 available, while Dell has gradually updated its complete product range.
The Dell-Latitude E7240 is a mobile 12-inch ultrabook, which should balance the advantages of a slim design and the high demands of professional business customers. However, Dell currently only offers a limited number of options in its online shop. Apart from further CPU options, a touch-capable full HD display, more RAM, integrated WWAN or more storage capacity should be optionally available in the future. Our test device features an Intel Core i5-4200U-CPU with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a matte HD display. In Dell’s online shop, the net price was about 930 Euros (approximately 1110 Euros including VAT/~$1256 and $1499 respectively) after deduction of all discounts at the beginning of the test. Meanwhile the base price of a slightly different model increased to 1069 Euros (~$1444) without VAT.
The test sample features a dual-color aluminum case. The underside is anodized and the keyboard side features a soft touch surface. We like the decent look. Latitudes have usually come without chrome strips or glossy elements anyway. The silver lid slightly warps from side-to-side twisting, but appears to be stable and easy to clean. Moderate pressure does not affect the image when the screen is on. The stability of the base unit is not perfect either. It visibly bends from side-to-side twisting. Although this does not impair everyday use, the flexural rigidity cannot keep up with the ThinkPad S440‘s and slightly reduces the premium quality impression.
Dell advertises that this laptop meets the MIL-STD-810G standard in a video about the Latitude 7000 series, but it does not specify what portions of the standard it fulfills. MIL-STD-810G consists of tests with extreme temperatures, air pressure, sunlight, moisture, chemicals, accelerations, and vibrations.
The build quality of the Dell Latitude E7240 is very good; the palm rests show no depressions when pressed with a finger, the display hinge holds the screen safely in place and the design of the case appears to be solid.
Although the weight is not especially low, it is still very portable at 1340 g (~3 pounds). The replaceable battery and the conventional docking port are advantages.