We’ll tell you no lies – the Latitude 13 5310 is not a cheap device. Indeed, it comes at a premium, but it aims to offer a lot in terms of security features and their new Optimizer AI app.

When it comes to change, it is not exactly a brand new model, but more of a refresh of their Latitude 13 5300, which was a pretty hot property for business computing last year. Now, the unit comes with Intel’s Comet Lake-U processors, and they are hardly any better than what we saw last year, with the only exception being their 6-core/12-thread Core i7-10810U, which also features vPro certification.

Other than that, you get Wi-Fi 6 support, Windows Hello support, thanks to the optional IR face recognition camera and fingerprint reader, and you can feel like you saved the environment, because Dell states they use up to 18% post-consumer recycled carbon fiber in all Latitude 5000 laptops.

And if you’re into touchscreen displays, Dell provides an option, which gives you a 1080p touch-sensitive panel.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-5310/

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Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 13 5310 – Specs


OS


Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home


Battery


60Wh, 4-cell, 42Wh, 3-cell


Dimensions


305.7 x 207.5 x 17.5 ~ 19.7 mm (12.04″ x 8.17″ x 0.69″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Thunderbolt 3, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Card reader MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Audio jack 3.5 Combo Jack

Features

  • Fingerprint reader optional
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual Array Microphones
  • Speakers 2x 2W, Stereo Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, we found some paper manuals, and a 90W power brick, with a barrel-style plug.

Design and construction

Instead of the 17mm profile we got last year, the Latitude 13 5310 seems to have grown in size to 17.5mm in the front and 19.7mm in the back. However, it lost a bit of weight, now standing at 1.22 kg. Other than that, the laptop is still built like a tank and should withstand pretty much whatever you throw at it (excluding water and lava).

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to open the lid with a single hand. On the bright side, however, the hinges are stiff-enough, so the display won’t bounce when you hit or shake the desk. By the way, the camera is located above the display and has a hardware shutter, plus an optional IR face recognition sensor.

Next, we move to the base, where we see a keyboard with smaller than usual keycaps. Thankfully, it is backlit and has long key travel and clicky feedback. Its main disadvantage here would be the proximity of the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys to the Arrow keys.

And while the touchpad has a matte surface, great tracking, and dedicated buttons, we feel that it is a bit too small for 2020. Not that is a big deal, but the huge NumberPad of the ZenBook 13 UX325 is magical, and let’s not even talk about the MacBooks.

Lastly, there is the bottom panel, where you can find the ventilation grills, as well as the speaker cutouts. And instead of venting the hot air out of the sides, the Latitude 13 5310 uses a tiny grill on the back. By the way, we noticed that some of the hot air gets trapped by the bottom part of the lid.

Ports

On the left side, you got the power connector, as well as a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with DisplayPort functionality and optional Thunderbolt support. You can also charge the device from this connector. Following it, we have an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and an optional Smart Card reader. Then, on the right, there is the RJ-45 connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an optional micro-SIM card slot, a MicroSD card reader, and an audio jack.

Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

This device’s bottom panel is held in place by 8 Phillips-head captive screws. So after you undo them, there is basically no chance of losing them. In order to take the panel away, you need to pry it with a plastic tool.

The cooling here is realized via two slim heat pipes and a very small fan.

It is very rare to see a 13-inch notebook sporting two RAM SODIMM slots. With that said, the Latitude 13 5310 supports up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel. Additionally, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot for storage.

And in terms of battery, you got a 60Wh unit.

Display quality

Dell Latitude 13 5310 is equipped with a Full HD IPS panel, AUO HHYCY B133HAK (AUO212D). Its diagonal is 13.3-inch (33.78 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, their pitch – 0.153 х 0.153 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 53 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Viewing angles are comfortable. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 327 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 307 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 9%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6400K – slightly warmer than the 6500K temperature for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 44% Brightness (White level = 143 cd/m2, Black level = 0.135 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is good – 1060:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows Dell Latitude 13 5310’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 91% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of Dell Latitude 13 5310 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 28 ms.

Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Dell Latitude 13 5310’s display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. This makes it comfortable for long periods of use.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Conclusion

Dell Latitude 13 5310’s IPS touchscreen panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio, and wide color coverage (91% of the sRGB gamut). Moreover, it doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment, and our Gaming and Web design profile actually improves the color accuracy quite drastically.

Buy our profiles

Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Dell Latitude 13 5310 configurations with 13.3″ AUO HHYCY-B133HAK (AUO212D) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS panel.

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In addition to receiving efficient and health-friendly profiles, by buying LaptopMedia’s products you also support the development of our labs, where we test devices in order to produce the most objective reviews possible.

Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

All

Sound

Dell Latitude 13 5310’s speakers produce a sound with reasonably good quality. However, there are deviations throughout the entire frequency range.

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be downloaded from here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/latitude-13-5310-laptop/drivers

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. So, this laptop’s 60Wh battery lasts for up to 15 hours of Web browsing and 12 hours and 10 minutes of video playback.

CPU options

This device comes with one of the following processors: Intel Core i3-10110U, Core i5-10210U, Core i5-10310U, Core i7-10610U, Core i7-10810U (the latter three are vPro certified).


GPU options

And since there are no dedicated GPU options, you will only get the device with the integrated Intel UHD Graphics.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-10310U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 13 5310 3.26 GHz (B+92%) @ 85°C 2.58 GHz (B+52%) @ 89°C 2.27 GHz (B+34%) @ 85°C
Dell Latitude 15 5510 3.39 GHz (B+99%) @ 88°C 2.49 GHz (B+46%) @ 79°C 1.83 GHz (B+8%) @ 65°C

The significantly higher clock speed at the end of the test, compared to the larger Latitude 15 5510, can be explained by a more aggressive thermal approach, which leaves the Core i5-10310U inside of the Latitude 13 5310 some 20-degrees higher.

Comfort during full load

Well, under extreme workload conditions, this device gets both warm and loud.

Verdict

Another consecutive year, in which Dell has produced a very commendable 13-inch business device. Once again, the price is relatively high, but this is not your average notebook. Instead, it is a corporate workhorse, with up to 15 hours of battery life during Web browsing and 12 hours of video playback.

And while it uses 15W Comet Lake-U processors, it manages to deliver quite the performance. Well, indeed, it can get a bit loud if you’re rendering a video file, or compiling code, but otherwise, we experienced pretty unintrusive work.

Dell Latitude 13 5310’s IPS touchscreen panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio, and wide color coverage (91% of the sRGB gamut). Moreover, it doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment, and our Gaming and Web design profile actually improves the color accuracy quite drastically.

With that said, it’s a shame that Dell is still offering the laptop with a 768p TN panel, and make sure you stay away from it. The coin you’ll save by choosing it is definitely not worth the poor viewing angles and bad color reproduction.

And once again, Dell is using recycled carbon fiber for part of the chassis, which is something worth mentioning in the dawn of the global environmental crisis.

In addition to the aforementioned perks, the laptop has optional Wi-Fi 6 and LTE support, as well as (again optional) IR face recognition system and fingerprint reader. And on top of that, you can pair it with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory in dual channel mode, via the two SODIMM slots.

So, if you need a solid workhorse, the Latitude 13 5310 is not going to let you down.

Pros

  • Light and strong carbon body
  • Covers 91% of sRGB colors (LG LP140QH2-SPA1) and has a decent color accuracy when our Gaming and Web design profile is present
  • Great battery life
  • Packed with security features
  • It has optional Thunderbolt support, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 support, and holds up to 32GB of DDR4 memory in dual-channel mode
  • Doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment

Cons

  • Tends to get pretty hot and noisy under heavy load
  • It’s still offered with a 768p TN option

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-5310/





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