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Dell Latitude 9420 laptop review: meet the needs of modern business

Dell Latitude 9420 laptop review
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It has been known for a long time that notebooks intended for business and corporate users are clearly different from their consumer versions. For many years, Dell has been offering its customers Latitude series devices that must meet the highest standards of durability and reliability as well as …

Dell Latitude 9420 has been known for a long time that notebooks intended for business and corporate users are clearly different from their consumer versions. For many years, Dell has been offering its customers Latitude series devices that must meet the highest standards of durability and reliability as well as offer appropriate technical capabilities. That is why we decided to check what the company can offer to the most demanding users, for whom the Latitude 7000 and 9000 series models with Windows 11 Pro onboard have been prepared.

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Mobility and endurance

Computers from the Dell Latitude 7×20 family are among the most versatile devices on the market. They are available with a screen size from 13.3 to 15.6 inches and in laptop and 2-in-1 versions that allow you to use the computer like a tablet. Thanks to this, the user can optimally adjust the size to his needs, depending on whether he travels more or works in the office. In all these cases, however, we get equipment made of the highest quality materials. The dominant feature is aluminum, which ensures adequate stiffness of the entire structure and low weight. Dell also uses carbon fiber, which offers similar strength and even lower weight. Thanks to this, computers from the Dell Latitude family also meet the requirements of the latest military standard MIL-STD-810H,

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Mobility is not only due to its size, but also to the ability to work without mains power. In addition to the battery itself, Dell also noted a number of other factors in the Latitude series. The use of a matrix and keyboard backlight with low energy consumption and economical processors from the Intel Evo family mean that the battery life is record-long. In addition, the Latitude series offers ExpressCharge, which allows you to replenish up to 35% of battery power in 20 minutes, or 80% in an hour. It is one of the components of Dell Optimizer technology, which ensures that we always have the appropriate level of battery charge at our disposal. Artificial intelligence learns our behavior and adapts to our daily routine. This allows, among other things, to maintain a better battery life (eg. it is not charged to 100% if we work mainly at the desk). Other elements of this solution include ExpressConnect ensuring the best WiFi connection, ExpressResponse improving the operation of the most frequently used applications and ExpressSign-in facilitating logging in using a face scan and hands-free (the proximity sensor detects our presence by itself). Dell Optimizer is also the Intelligent Audio technology, which ensures that the sound quality is at the highest level. It is not only about what we hear, but maybe most of all about how others hear us. ExpressResponse, which improves the operation of the most frequently used applications, and ExpressSign-in, which facilitates logging in using a face scan and without using your hands (the proximity sensor detects our presence by itself). Dell Optimizer is also the Intelligent Audio technology, which ensures that the sound quality is at the highest level. It is not only about what we hear, but maybe most of all about how others hear us. ExpressResponse, which improves the operation of the most frequently used applications, and ExpressSign-in, which facilitates logging in using a face scan and without using your hands (the proximity sensor detects our presence by itself). Dell Optimizer is also the Intelligent Audio technology, which ensures that the sound quality is at the highest level. It is not only about what we hear, but maybe most of all about how others hear us.

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Communication from anywhere in the world

For business users, the issue of communication is also very important. Today, however, this issue must be approached in two ways. Of course, the ability to connect to the Internet is important. Therefore, with ExpressConnect technology, Dell Latitude will always try to choose the best access point in your area to ensure the right signal quality. Laptops support the latest WiFi 6E standard offering the highest data transfer speeds over a wireless network, and an optional 4G / LTE or even 5G modem is also available. What’s more, we have here not only support for external SIM cards, but also for eSIM technology. For people who travel a lot, it is a great convenience when you do not have to buy a new SIM card every time, and you can take advantage of the eSIM offer. What’s more, the antennas used in the Dell Latitude series adjust to the operating mode of the device (laptop, tablet) to ensure the best signal quality. All this significantly improves the comfort of work, although in fact it is only a means to an end.

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Nowadays, the possibility of remote communication has become crucial. Therefore, in addition to a good connection to the network, it is also necessary hardware support in terms of the possibility of conducting even teleconferences. In Dell Latitude 7×20 laptops we find, among other things, a FullHD camera with Temporal Noise Reduction (TNR) technology that reduces the so-called noise that often occurs in poor lighting conditions. This is a nice change from typical notebooks that rarely have a camera that offers more than HD resolution. Another element is a minimum of two microphones with ambient noise reduction technology – Intelligent Audio with the Waves NX solution, which amplifies the speech frequencies so that our interlocutors can hear us well. Their placement above the screen, next to the camera, makes that they are isolated from keyboard noise or notebook cooling noise. The last element is up-firing speakers, which provide the sound of our interlocutors without muffling.

 

The third aspect is also no less important, namely the software that can use all these possibilities. Dell Latitude notebooks are equipped with the latest Microsoft operating system – Windows 11 Pro, offering a lot of facilitation in terms of remote collaboration. Integration with applications such as Office 365 or MS Teams significantly facilitates collaborative work on documents remotely. Creating a presentation for the client, tender offers or ordinary meetings are much more effective. Windows 11 also offers a feature called Snapping and Docking, which allows you to conveniently manage the layout of the windows on the screen. With one click, you can place a given window in a specific place on the display, so that you can conveniently work on many applications at the same time. In addition, MS Teams supports all hardware solutions offered in Dell notebooks, including the reduction of environmental noise and the SafeShutter protection available in the Latitude 9420 model. All this means that we get a ready ecosystem that significantly facilitates work.

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Solutions that make life easier and increase safety

The comfort of using a notebook is often determined by details that can sometimes bother us more or less. That’s why Dell in the Latitude series has even focused on these small improvements to provide even more convenience to users. The support of Windows Hello for Business technology available in Windows 11 Pro and logging in using a face scan is nothing unusual. But Dell also decided to use the proximity sensor to track whether we are at the computer (ExpressSign-in). When we move away from it, the system will automatically lock, preventing access by unauthorized persons. Likewise, when we go back to the computer, we don’t have to press anything, just look at the screen and Windows 11 will automatically log us in. Dell Latitude series computers also meet the requirements of the Secure-core PC standard, which is an additional layer of security against unauthorized access. The combination of hardware, secure elements with Intel vPro technology and Windows 11 allows you to create a working environment in which our data will always be safe.

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ExpressResponse technology using Intel Adaptix automatically sets the highest priority for the most used applications to open faster and operate more efficiently. All of this happens somewhat outside of the user and is part of the Dell Optimizer system. Administrators will surely be pleased with the Dell Client Command Suite solution, which allows you to conveniently manage your employees’ notebooks and help them solve any technical problems.

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At this point, it is worth mentioning one more solution, namely the ComforView Plus technology. It is a hardware solution that reduces the emission of harmful blue light by the LCD display. Thanks to the use of a special color filter, the peak of the blue light wave is shifted from harmful values ​​between 415 and 460 nm, to 460-465 nm. Due to the fact that it is a hardware solution and the screens are properly calibrated, it does not affect the displayed colors. Pictures on the Dell Latitude computer will still have their natural colors and will not be yellowed like in software solutions (called night mode).

Dell Latitude 9420 laptop review

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Dell Latitude 9420 laptop review

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Tablet or laptop? The Dell Latitude 9420 is both

As a summary, it is worth mentioning a specific cherry on this cake. The top model Dell Latitude 9420 offers the best on the market. It is the smallest computer in the world equipped with a 14-inch (16:10) screen, which, thanks to a special hinge structure and a touch layer, can be used both as a laptop and a tablet. Besides, it offers everything we have in the 7×20 series, only a little better. The battery charging time by 0 to 80% is only 40 minutes, the screen frames are only a few millimeters wide, we have not 2, but 4 microphones at our disposal, as well as 4 speakers directed both up and down. WiFi works in the 6E standard, i.e. with the possibility of using the 6 GHz frequency, and we have a 5G modem with dual SIM (eSIM and ordinary SIM card), which has antennas in the speaker grilles,

The Dell Latitude 9420 also guarantees even greater security. Thanks to the SafeShutter function, the camera shutter is now only open when you need it. Using the software, you can select applications that have access to the camera (eg Microsoft Teams) and it will be activated only when it is actually needed. In addition, there are physical buttons on the keyboard that allow you to mute the microphone and turn off the camera. It is a completely hardware solution, much safer and superior to software settings. Speaking of teleconferences, 4 microphones work in all directions and have the function of noise reduction, echo and automatically amplify the voice so that our interlocutors can hear us well.

Dell Latitude 9420 offers the best of everything, and still offers a number of external ports (HDMI 2.0, 2x Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Type A, microSD card reader) that can often prove useful. However, if this is not enough for you, you can always use an additional base station connected with a USB type C cable. It will not only provide power, but also extend all computers of the Latitude family with additional possibilities. This is the definition of real premium devices.

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