A workhorse for productivity-minded business users, the 14-inch Dell Latitude E5470 offers a compelling combination of performance, usability and durability. Priced at 310,500 naira, the laptop’s optional 1080p display helps it stand out from the competition by offering rich, accurate colors, but below-average battery life is a disadvantage. Does this portable deserve to be your daily driver?
With its matte, black design and solid form, the Dell Latitude E5470 has the look and feel of a serious productivity machine. The notebook can take a beating, thanks to its carbon-fiber reinforcements, spill-resistant keyboard and optional scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touch display ($210). The E5470’s 180-degree hinge allows you to lay the screen flat and parallel with the keyboard for easier collaboration.
Dell says the notebook has been built to pass the military-grade durability testing to the MIL-STD-810G standard. That means it can be operated at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as negative 20.2 degrees, and at heights as high as 15,000 feet. The E5470 can also be used while sand and dust are blasted at it for 12 hours. The Latitude E5470’s 1920 x 1080-pixel display is more vibrant and colorful than competing business laptops.
A USB 3.0 port sits on the left side of the E5470, and VGA and HDMI Ethernet ports sit on the right side, along with the notebook’s second USB 3.0 port and its SIM card tray. A third USB 3.0 port, SD memory reader and a Kensington lock slot live on its right edge. Dell put its proprietary EDock port on the bottom of the E5470.
The Latitude E5470 measures 13.2 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches and weighs 3.88 pounds, making it thicker and heavier than the Hp Elitebook 745 G3 (0.74 inches, 3.4 pounds), Lenovo Thinkpad T450s (0.83 inches, 3.8 pounds).
Packed with a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6440HQ Processor, discrete AMD Radeon R7 graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, our configuration of the Latitude E5470 provided more than enough oomph to handle serious multitasking and productivity work. I didn’t experience a hint of lag, even after I opened two-dozen Chrome tabs — including one that played a 1080p YouTube video — all while Windows Defender ran a full system file scan in the background.
The Latitude E5470 scored a solid 9,760 on Geekbench 3, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall performance. That mark handily beats the results earned by the AMD A12-powered EliteBook 745 G3 (5,494), Core i5-5300U-powered ThinkPad T450s (5,993), Core i7-5600U-powered Tecra Z40t-B (6,427) and the average thin-and-light notebook (6,229).
The E5470’s 256GB SSD drive copied 4.97GB of multimedia files in a speedy 34 seconds — a rate of 150.79 MBps. That’s faster than the 256GB SSD drives on the EliteBook, ThinkPad and the average thin-and-light notebook (118.58 MBps).
Productivity-minded users should also feel confident with the Latitude E5470, as it topped its competitors in our OpenOffice Test, matching 20,000 names to their addresses in only 3 minutes and 38 seconds. That’s faster than all of its competitors.
- Display Size: 14 Inches
- Processor: Core i5
- RAM: 4GB
- HDD: 500
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
- Colour: Black