Dell Latitude 3490 Review

Dell Latitude 3490 Review

Dell Latitude 3490 Review

The Dell Latitude 3490 is not a light device, nevertheless it is a capable 14-inch business laptop that comes with a few features that do stand out. There are a few reasons behind its 3.79-pound weight, one of which is because it has legacy input/output features. This means if you are someone who needs to travel a lot for work, this is not the machine for you. The big advantage though is it can be heavily configured and it does deliver performance so if yours is one of those rare businesses that needs a VGA port then this is a good option

The Design

When you lay your eyes on Dell’s Latitude 3490 its weight is far from unique. Lenovo manufacturers ThinkPad models that virtually weigh the same. There are a small category of SMB’s who need the VGA port and will not mind the fact that it is heavy and that it is not a particularly beautiful machine because it gets rid of the need to find adaptors. On the left side of the machine there is a USB 2.0 port as well as a full-sized SD card slot. On the right you will find a first-generation USB 3.1 port, a USB-C port an Ethernet jack, audio input/output, HDMI and the power port.

The specifications

If you intend to carry this machine around with you the fact that this laptop has a sturdy keyboard that is backlit. You can opt for a fingerprint reader when you purchase the Latitude 3490 and you can also choose to add IR sensors for facial recognition. The non-IR webcam delivers decent quality video images. The display is non-touch and could be better though it is full HD with a 1920 x 1080 or greater native resolution. The Latitude 3490 does deliver good audio quality from it and you will find that vocals are crisp if you are streaming video. If you want high volume output you will be disappointed because the laptop requires headphones or speakers for video conferencing.

Lots of Configuration Options

You can choose from a wide variety of storage and memory options when you purchase the Latitude 3490. You can opt for a 256GB SSD which enables the machine to boot up quickly. Unless you need a lot of internal storage this is probably the option you should go for or the 12GB SSD instead of the 500GB or 1TB spinning hard drive which tend to slow down the machine. The base model comes with 8GB of memory which is more than adequate for most business apps and if you feel the need you can upgrade to 16GB if you know you will have many apps open simultaneously or need to manipulate large Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

The verdict

If you need a machine that has a VGA output to connect to an older display then it really is worthwhile taking a look at the Dell Latitude 3490. If you intend to leave the laptop plugged into one of those old school displays most of the time, then you most certainly should buy this machine since it can be kitted out with a powerful processor and 16GB of memory. If, however you are seeking a more versatile laptop, then there are probably better choices out there in the market such as the Dell XPS 13 for example.

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