At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

Dell’s new Latitude 5300 2-in-1 laptops are designed to be an affordable business solution for those people that need a tablet and a laptop. In testing, the 5300 did a decent job, but here you don’t get enough performance for your money.

Overview

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

The Latitude 5300 was constructed out of plastic that has been reinforced by carbon fiber to feel more sturdy and durable. It’s non-metal chassis is one way that Dell aimed to cut the system’s cost and make it more affordable. The 13.3-inch system is also relatively light at 3.15lbs. Other than that, the rest of the system’s features aren’t particularly impressive.

Testing

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

Our sister site PCMag tested a model that retails for $1,519 and comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-8365U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p display.

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

The system performed well when tested with Cinebench R15, coming in second place. Surprisingly it also beat out HP’s EliteBook, which is equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor.

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

The Dell Latitude 5300 also showed positive results when tested with Photoshop CC. It came in third place behind the two Intel Core i7 notebooks, but it beat out the other Core i5 computers with a healthy margin.

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

All of these notebooks rely on the integrated graphics processor inside of the Intel processor, and as such they are not really meant for gaming. PCMag ran a couple of graphics tests on the system just to be thorough, however. The tests showed most of the systems performing fairly similar to teach other in 3DMark.

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

PCMag didn’t test any games, but running Unigine Superposition 1.0 showed the Dell fall into last place behind all competing systems.

Conclusion

Given the Dell Latitude 5300‘s price and features, I wouldn’t recommend it. Although PCMag gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5, it’s far too expensive to competitive. I see laptops with Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM on a regular basis that cost less than the Dell Latitude 5300, and those systems would undoubtedly perform better due to their superior hardware.

At a Glance: Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Review

This system does have the added advantage of its compact size and 2-in-1 feature, but realistically there are far better 2-in-1 options available than the Dell Latitude 5300.

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