Dell Latitude 3390 (Core i5-8250U, Full HD, 256 GB SSD) Convertible Review

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The Dell Latitude 3390 is a reasonably priced 13.3-inch business convertible. Our review unit comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, which makes it well equipped for its €999 (~US$1,130) retail price. In short, the Latitude 3390 in the configuration that we tested is comparatively cheap for a business device and is a decent alternative to consumer-grade for private buyers too.

Unfortunately, the device lacks important business features like optional LTE connectivity other security features like a fingerprint sensor. Hence, the Latitude 3390 will probably prove an unattractive option for professionals.

The quad-core Core i5-8250U is powerful enough for most demanding tasks though, as is the 8 GB of RAM. However, neither are futureproofed and give the impression that Dell has brought the Latitude 3390 to market a year late. The design compounds this view too. The simple design will look elegant to some people, but the wide display bezels look outdated. Dell could have easily equipped the Latitude 3390 with a 14-inch panel within the same chassis.

While we are on the subject, the display is one of the big let downs of the Latitude 3390. It is simply too dark, making outdoor use a chore. Likewise, the colour space coverage is too low for a business device in our opinion.

The Dell Latitude 3390 leaves an ambiguous impression. It has no unique selling point and does not meet expectations of what a business convertible should be.

It is not all bad news though. Dell has built the Latitude 3390 with recycled carbon fibre, which makes our review unit feel sturdy. At the same time, it keeps the overall weight below 1.6 kg. The touchscreen, trackpad and keyboard are decent too, although the latter is not in the same league as its ThinkPad competitors. The Latitude 3390 is impressively energy efficient too has full-bodied speakers, but these are likely to be forgotten when people experience its display.

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