Dell Latitude 9520 Review: Serious business

The Dell Latitude 9520 is a laptop that is really tough for me to characterise. It’s a little laptop, but not quite thin and light; it’s optimised for business-class performance but comes equipped with a mediocre front-facing camera for online meetings. In our Dell Latitude review, we’ll examine the laptop’s advantages and disadvantages, but more significantly, we’ll determine whether it’s worth the Rs 2.12 lakh price tag.

Dell Latitude Review and Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1185G7 4-core/8-thread processor with a base frequency of 3.00GHz and a turbo clock of 4.80GHz.
  • Graphics Processing Unit (GPU): Intel Iris XE
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • Display: 15-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, 1 Thunderbolt Type C port, 1 Type-C port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A port, and a multi-card slot
  • Design, Build Quality, Trackpad, and Speakers of the Dell Latitude 9520

By 2021, the majority of OEMs want their laptops to have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes them appear more square-ish.

The Dell Latitude 9520, on the other hand, appears to be more rectangular. I’m not certain, but I believe Dell did so for two reasons. To ensure that the keys are sufficiently apart from one another, and to accommodate the two upward-facing speaker grills on either side of the keyboard.

Dell consistently delivers on fit and finish, and this time is no exception. The Dell Latitude 9520 has an aluminium chassis, and everything about this laptop is sturdy, from the hinge to the trackpad. Given that we’re discussing the trackpad, I’d want to emphasise its build quality.

Typically, on most computers, the trackpad tilts inward toward the side that receives the greatest pressure, whether it’s a left- or right-click. The Dell Latitude 9520 appears to be quite devoid of such issues.

Trackpad and Keypad

The keys are strong and have a substantial amount of travel, far greater than the FUJITSU UH-X 2-in-1 laptop and the LG Gram 17 2021. My only reservation about the Dell Latitude 9520 keyboard is the squeaky sound the keys make on occasion.

Specifically, the space bar would emit a slight squeak as I typed quickly. It does not occur frequently, but frequently enough for me to notice.

The trackpad and keyboard work well together. And my only suggestion to Dell would be to include a high refresh rate screen in the next iteration, since this substantially speeds up and simplifies trackpad use.

The Dell Latitude 9520 is a business laptop that is ideal for online meetings. As a result, it has a pair of powerful speakers that are both loud and have a very firm foundation.

In comparison to the speakers on the MacBook Air, which are typically the industry standard, Dell’s speakers provide a solid foundation but are not as loud or as clear. The improved base compensates for the high pitch of the speaker’s voice during online sessions due to online speech processing.

In general, the Dell Latitude 9520’s speakers are incredible. In terms of online meetings, I’m dissatisfied with the front-facing camera’s 0.9MP resolution. It is merely functional and does not justify its Rs 2.12 lakh price tag.

Synthetic Benchmarks And Performance Review Of The Dell Latitude 9520

Dell’s Latitude 9520 notebook computer is based on Intel’s Core vPro architecture. Apart from that, all you need to know about this platform is that it is used to “remotely manage, diagnose, and update a PC without physically being there.” As a result, this laptop places a premium on security and battery life.

Security-wise, the Dell Latitude 9520 features Windows Hello face authentication and a fingerprint sensor located above the power button.

While the fingerprint scanner is quick and accurate, it does not immediately authenticate you when you press the power button. I discovered that the Windows Hello Face login was faster. Additionally, you may disable the microphone and front camera through separate buttons for added security.

Moving on to the synthetic benchmarks, we discovered that the 11th Gen Core i7-1185G7 achieves a great single-core score of 1349 and a multi-core score of 2021 LG Gram 2017 and FUJITSU UH-X 2-in-1 laptop while running Cinebench R23.

The 11th Gen Intel Core-i7 1185G7 scored 1625 in Cinebench R20, which is rather decent, and the laptop should easily handle the majority of productivity and office tasks.

The Dell Latitude 9520 scored 4446 on the PC Mark 10 extended benchmark, which measures a computer’s overall performance. Specifically, the laptop earned strong results in “Essentials,” which comprises basic tasks such as video conferencing and web browsing, and in “Productivity,” which includes spreadsheet and word document editing.

To determine the battery life of this item, I repeatedly ran the PC Mark 10’s everyday productivity test with battery performance set to maximum and brightness set to 100 percent. At the completion of this test, the laptop reported an 8h 44m battery life. It is absolutely magnificent. You may easily increase battery life by dimming the screen to 70%.

The Dell Latitude 9520 includes a 256GB SSD with sequential read and write speeds of 2486MB/s and 973MB/s, respectively. The Dell Latitude 9520 delivered exceptional performance in the real world. It transferred a 35GB file from my phone to my laptop in 18 minutes and created a copy in 2 minutes and 33 seconds.

The laptop maintained roughly 85 frames per second when playing Valorant at 1080p and low graphics settings, and 21 frames per second while playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p and low graphics settings.

The Dell Latitude 9520 is rather great in everyday use. Due to the laptop’s 32GB DDR4 RAM, you may open a large number of tabs and the computer will still function rather effectively. Additionally, opening, closing, and running various programmes appears to be fairly rapid.

I performed a thermal throttling test on the Dell Latitude 9520 and discovered that it, too, suffers from this issue. The CPU temperature, on the other hand, remains within the normal range. In general, the Dell Latitude 9520 runs cool, especially given how quiet it is and the components it has.

Dell Latitude 9520 Display

I have both positive and negative things to say about the display on the Dell Latitude 9520. During our testing, we discovered that the laptop has a brightness rating of 478.1 nits. It does, however, have a quite high black luminance of 1.187 nits. As a result, shadows and dark colours are slightly less appealing on the Dell Latitude 9520.

Additionally, the maximum DeltaE value obtained during the ColorChecker examination was 10.4 and the average DeltaE value was around 4.3.

This indicates that the display on the Dell Latitude is not colour accurate. However, given that this laptop is intended to be used as a business laptop rather than a video editing workstation, I see no issue with this issue.

The display on this laptop covers 98.7 percent sRGB, 77.6 percent DCI-P3 and 76.3 percent Adobe RGB colour schemes. Furthermore, the Dell Latitude’s display has an average colour temperature of 7453K putting it in a cooler colour palette. The similar problem is observed in the RGB balance of this panel which normally favours the blue hue.

Dell Latitude’s screen features a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1920 x 1080p display. I’d have liked at least a 1400p display here or a better refresh rate. Nonetheless, typically, the Dell Latitude’s screen is suitable for normal usage.

Verdict

The Dell Latitude 9520 is a no-nonsense business laptop designed to deliver excellent computing speed and long battery life. Thankfully, it achieves these things rather effectively. It is a brilliant laptop for video conferencing owing to a pair of loud speakers, it is a superb machine to use for presentations because to its longer battery life and it is also a nice machine for content consumption due to a very bright display.

The Dell Latitude 9520 is a well-designed laptop and differentiates out from the competition in terms of build quality and functionality but suffers owing to a terrible front-facing video camera.

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