Dell Latitude 7300 Laptop: business subnotebook falls short of its performance goals
Reflecting the rebooted number pattern Dell redesigned its Latitudes noticeably. For starters, Latitudes are now available in two colors: silver and dark gray. The latter very closely resembles the previously only available color, black, and was also the color our review unit was clad in. Other design changes include the coloring of the secondary key assignment that can be reached via FN key. Instead of blue those are now printed in white. Other features, such as overall shape and proportions, remained largely unchanged, and the Latitude 7300 is easily recognizable as the Dell Latitude 7390’s successor.
The silver and the dark gray SKU differ in more than just color. While the silver Latitude 7300 is made of 100 % aluminum with a brushed finish on the lid cover and palm rests the dark-gray SKU is coated with a matte rubberized finish, and features a carbon-fiber pattern on the lid emphasizing the fact that the lid is in fact made of said material while the base unit is made mostly of magnesium.
Build quality is immaculate, and we found neither gaps nor crevices anywhere on the case. Rigidity is also superb, and we were unable to warp the base or depress the keyboard area. The thin display was somewhat more bendy but nothing to be worried about. The display panel is well protected against external forces, and we only noticed minor distortions when force was applied along the edges. Touch and feel are very premium and, thanks to the matte rubberized coating, also very business-like. Those who prefer metal are obviously better off with the silver SKU.
The single wide hinge is very firm, and causes almost no teetering whatsoever. It allows for an opening angle of 180 degrees and one-handed operation of the display lid.