Business note books like the 14-inch Dell Latitude 7490 are first and foremost about productivity. Not only does this machine offer blazing speed and a comfortable keyboard for epic typing sessions, but it also runs for about nine hours on a single charge.
Dell Latitude 7490: Design
The plain and simple exterior of the Latitude 7490 leaves me with no more than the impression that I’ve bought a Dell. The magnesium alloy exterior is durable, the keyboard deck has a soft-touch paint job, and the lid is woven from car bon fiber.
Weighing 3.5 pounds and 0.7 inches thick, the Latitude 7490 is heavier than the Huawei Mate Book X Pro (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches), heavier than the Lenovo Think Pad T480 (3.6 to 4.0 pounds, with and without extended battery, 0.8 inches each) Lighter and closer to the HP Elite Book 1040 G4 (3.4 pounds, 0.6 inches).
On the left side are two USB 3.0 ports, an HD MI out port, a power adapter port, and a Thunder bolt 3 port; upgrading the Thunder bolt 3 port costs $35, so depending on configuration, a plain USB Type-C port may be included.
On the right side is a Noble-branded security lock slot, an Ethernet port, a third USB 3.0 port, SD and SIM readers, and a head phone jack.
Dell Latitude 7490: Display
The Dell Latitude 7490‘s 14-inchn on-glare touch screen display offers solid colors and crisp detail. When I watched the trailer for “Avengers” on the notebook, I was impressed by the bright purple glow illuminating Gamora and the exact red and gold of the Dora Milaje uniforms: when I watched the trailer for “Infinity War “on this notebook, I was impressed by the bright purple glow illuminating Gamora and the exact red and gold of the Dora Milaje uniforms.
And when I paused the trailer for a fly- by shot of the iconic Manhattan skyline, I could easily discern the sky scrapers in the distance thanks to the1080p panel.
According to the colorimeter, the Latitude 7490 reproduces 118 percent of the s RGB spectrum, which is above the 113 percent average for premium note books; 124 percent for the Huawei Mate Book X Pro; 114 percent for the HP Elite Book 1040 G4 percent, which is close to the average of the Huawei Mate Book X Pro and the HP Elite Book 1040 G4. Lenovo’s Think Pad T480 is less colorful at 77 percent.
The Latitude 7490’s optional touch screen costs $189 and includes a carbon fiber lid and improved Wi-Fi (more on that later). It also quickly registered swipe-in gestures for navigating Windows and opening the Action Center.
Dell Latitude 7490: Performance
The Dell Latitude 7490 we tested is equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8650U processor and 8GB of RAM.1080p YouTube videos and 12 Google Chrome tabs (including Giphy, Slack, and Google Docs), we experienced no stutter or pauses in the videos and smooth scrolling in the Tweet Deck columns, even when splitting the screen between the two.
The Latitude 7490 scored a high 14,458 on the Geek bench 4 general performance benchmark, well above the category average of 10,033.Lower scores came from the Huawei Mate Book X Pro (Intel Core i7-8550U,16GBR AM) at12,913, the Lenovo Think Pad T480 (Intel Core i5-8350U,8GBRAM) at12,047, the HP Elite Book 1040 G4 (Intel Core i7-7820HQ, 16GB RAM) was 13,463.
The 256GB NV Me M.2 PCIe SSD in the Latitude 7490 duplicated a 4.97GB multi media file in 17 seconds at 299.36MBps. This compares to an average of 277.5MBps for the premium note book, 282.73MBps for the Mate Book X Pro (512GB NV Me PCIe SSD), 267MBps for the Think Pad T480 (256GB NV Me PCIe SSD), and 512GB PCIe NV Me TLC SSD) at 282.7MB ps.
The Latitude 7490 completed the Excel macro test (65,000 name and address matches) in 1 minute19 seconds, beating the category average of 1minute 41seconds. took longer to complete the test, while the Think Pad T480 (1minute,11seconds) took less time.
The Latitude 7490 completed the Hand Brake video trans coding test (converting 4K video to 1080p) in 21 minutes35 seconds, slightly shorter than the category average of 22 minutes 11seconds, Think Pad T480 (18 minutes and 9 seconds) took even less time.
The Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU built into the Dell Latitude 7490 boosted its Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test score to 87,894 points, compared to an average of 83,013 points and the Elite Book 1040 G4’s (Intel The Mate Book X Pro (Nvidia MX150, 2GB memory) scored 116,359 and the Think Pad T480 (Intel HD Graphics 620) scored a high 132,991. Latitude 7490
The Latitude 7490 ran the racing game Dirt 3 (at1080p and set to medium graphics) at 64 frames per second, which is close to the category average of 66 frames per second; the Mate Book X Pro (117fps) and Think Pad T480 (117fps) ran this game at smoother speeds, while the Elite Book 1040G4 (34fps) recorded slower clips.
Dell Latitude 7490 Specs
|CPU||8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U Processor (Quad Core, 8M Cache, 1.9GHz,15W, vPro)|
|Card Slots||uSD, Smart Card|
|Graphics Card||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Hard Drive Size||256GB|
|Hard Drive Speed||n/a|
|Hard Drive Type||NVMe M.2 PCI-e SSD|
|Highest Available Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Ports (excluding USB)||Headphone, Noble Lock, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, Ethernet, HDMI|
|RAM Upgradable to||16GB|
|Size||13 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches|
|Touchpad Size||3.9 x 2.0 inches|
|Warranty/Support||3 Years Hardware Warranty with Onsite/In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis|
|Wi-Fi Model||Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 Wireless Card (2×2)|
Dell Latitude 7490: Battery Life
The Dell Latitude 7490 delivers a decent battery life there, but we’ve seen better; when we ran Laptop Mag’s battery test (web browsing at 150 nits), the Dell laptop lasted 8 hours and 55 minutes on a charge. used up; the Huawei Mate Book X Pro (9:55) lasted an hour longer, and the Lenovo Think Pad T480 lasted less time with the default settings (8:07) but more time with the extended battery (17:19).
Security and Durability
The Dell Latitude 7490 features a wealth of security measures to satisfy even the most demanding IT administrators. Additional login methods include a smart card reader, fingerprint sensor, and IR webcam for Windows Hello login, as well as Intel’s v Pro technology for remote management should you need technical support while working remotely. A FIPS 140-2 certified TPM 2.0 chip protects and secures sensitive data, including passwords.
The Latitude 7490 has also passed 15 MIL-SPEC 810G tests, the same standard used to measure the durability of equipment used by the US military. This means that it can with stand temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit, travel in extremely humid conditions, shock, vibration, and dust.
While all latitudes appear to be the same, the 7490 is the first laptop to offer an optional active steering antenna, which Dell says provides a 40% increase in connection through put over a regular Wi-Fi card. How does it work? The card intelligently adjusts to the surrounding wireless signal, reducing email latency and file upload drops. We do not have Wi-Fi bench marks, so we cannot verify this claim.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Pointing Stick
The Dell Latitude 7490 has a comfortable keyboard and plenty of typing options; we tested the Latitude 7490 in a 10fastfingers.com typing test and were able to type 72 words per minute. This speed and comfort is due to the 1.8mm deep travel and 69grams of actuation force required to press the keys.
The laptop’s 3.9 x 2.0-inch touchpad, flanked by left and right mouse buttons, provided accurate tracking when operating the desktop. Windows 10 scrolling and window navigation gestures also registered correctly.
In the middle of the G, H, and B keys is a black and blue concave pointing stick that smoothly moves the curs or when pressure is applied. Twelve small black dots on the pen tip stabilize the finger while moving the cursor.
The Dell Latitude 7490 out puts a sound sweet enough for a medium-sized office. Listening to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away with Me” on the note book, her vocals were clear, the bass resonated well, and the synths sounded accurate.
The included Waves Maxx Audio Pro sound utility allows you to disable the sound boost presets, but we recommend leaving the min place. You will see options to adjust width, detail, and bass, but the default settings are just fine.
The Dell Latitude 7490 comes with a standard set of utilities and dedicated software when you choose the company’s encryption and threat prevention services. Support Assist packages system optimization tools, a driver download section, and technical support links in an easy-to-read interface. Support Assist is a free software application that provides a comprehensive set of tools to help you optimize your system.
In addition, if you choose Dell Encryption and Threat Prevention, you will be provided with tools to set security policies (a must for IT administrators) and Advanced Authentication to encrypt your drives.
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