Every once in a while we get a business notebook in our office. What is the definition of that, though? Does it need supreme security, great performance, long battery life? Usually, the first feature of those we just listed is the most important, for a laptop to be considered a “business-grade” one. Most people don’t need the best performance out there, but yet, there is a small percentage that requires something powerful.

This is why devices like the Latitude 14 5411 exist. They pack all of the security features, but instead of pairing them with a ULV processor, Dell has slapped an H-series CPU from Intel. It has a large TDP, which requires good cooling, but at the same time offers stable frequency during long and intensive workloads. Maxing out with the Core i7-10850H, this looks like a very viable option for every developer or IT specialist.

However, the rather small chassis might be a bit of a setback. Let’s figure this out together, and see if the Latitude 14 5411 is worth the slight price bump over the Latitude 14 5410 (the ULV version of the device).

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-14-5411/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 14 5411 – Specs


HDD/SSD

up to
1000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD


OS


Windows 10 Pro, No OS, Windows 10 Home


Battery


68Wh, 4-cell, 51Wh, 3-cell


Dimensions


323 x 216 x 20.9 ~ 23.2 mm (12.72″ x 8.50″ x 0.82″)


Body material


Plastic / Polycarbonate, Carbon

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x 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, DisplayPort
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Card reader MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Audio jack 3.5 Combo Jack
  • Docking Port

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • 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, the laptop, itself, as well as a 90W power brick.

Design and construction

There’s no doubt – the Latitude 14 5411 is a thick boy. Its profile stands at 21mm at the front and 23mm at the back, but still manages to weigh 1.54 kg. This mainly thanks to the build materials, which include carbon fiber and plastics. As for the structure – the body flexes when it’s twisted, but not too much, and there are almost no funny noises coming from it.

The lid on our unit only just opens with a single hand. This means that at about 90° the front of the base finally lifts off the ground. Nevertheless, inside we see an anti-glare unit, with narrow side bezels, and quite a bulky top one, which houses the HD camera, its privacy shutter, and the IR scanner for Windows Hello authentication.

Further down below, we see a very comfortable keyboard, with decent key travel, and clicky, yet quiet feedback. Additionally, it packs the mandatory Black Nipple (not to be confused with Lenovo’s Red Nipple), and it works together with a set of buttons placed in between the space bar and the touchpad.

As for the touchpad, the unit is snappy and accurate, and although it lacks in size, it quickly makes up thanks to the hardware buttons below it. Some models may also come with a fingerprint reader embedded into the power button.

Turn the laptop around, and you’ll notice the aggressive ventilation grills. This is a needed feature, because of the powerful CPU, that resides beneath the bottom panel. Additionally, there are the speaker cutouts, while the hot air is driven away, through the left side of the notebook.

Ports

On the left side, the laptop has the charging plug, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and an optional Smart Card reader. And on the left, there is a wedge lock, an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI 2.0 connector, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, an audio jack, a MicroSD card reader, and an optional SIM card tray.

Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

This device’s bottom plate is held in place by 8 captive Phillips-head screws. After you undo them, pry the panel with a plastic tool, preferably starting from one of the front edges.

As expected from a laptop with an H-series processor, there is a decent cooling solution, that consists of two heat pipes. One thick and one thinner. Interestingly, the fan is pretty small in diameter, but its profile is thick, which should result in a relatively high airflow.

Memory-wise, there are two RAM SODIMM slots, that support 64GB of DDR4 memory. As for the storage, our unit only has a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot. However, the model that comes with the smaller battery, features a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay.

The notebook comes with two options, regarding the battery – a 51Wh unit, and a 68Wh one.

Display quality

Dell Latitude 14 5411 is equipped with a Full HD display, model number AUO B140HAN-F87J3 (AUO463D). Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – 0.161 x 0.161 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

Its viewing angles are excellent. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 247 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 238 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 8%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 5900K (average) – warmer than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective.
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 – 1380:1.

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 on HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. 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 14 5411’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 50% 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 14 5411 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display can reproduce 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 = 34 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.

The light coming from Dell Latitude 14 5411’s display does not flicker at any brightness level, which 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.

Conclusions

Dell Latitude 14 5411’s IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, comfortable viewing angles, and adequate default settings. Also, its backlight doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. However, it’s color coverage is rather modest, able to show only 50% of the sRGB gamut.

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Since our profiles are tailored for each display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Dell Latitude 14 5411 configurations with 14.0″ AUO B140HAN-F87J3 (AUO0463D) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS panel.

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Read more about the profiles HERE.

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 14 5411’s speakers produce a deep sound with relatively good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones all have some deviations from clarity, and the maximum volume is a bit low.

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-14-5411-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. This device comes with a rather beefy 68Wh battery pack. It lasted for 14 hours and 17 minutes of Web browsing, and 11 hours and 4 minutes of video playback.

CPU options

This model comes equipped with some very powerful processors. This includes the Core i5-10300H, Core i5-10400H, and the Core i7-10850H – all 45W CPUs.


GPU options

In addition to the integrated UHD Graphics, you can purchase the device with a GeForce MX250 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.


Dell Latitude 14 5411 GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Dell Latitude 14 5411 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell Latitude 14 5411 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.


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 i5-10400H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 14 5411 3.64 GHz (B+40%) @ 98°C 3.33 GHz (B+36%) @ 98°C 2.93 GHz (B+13%) @ 98°C
Dell Latitude 15 5511 4.01 GHz (B+54%) @ 98°C 3.66 GHz (B+41%) @ 98°C 3.12 GHz (B+20%) @ 98°C
Intel Core i5-10300H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo Ideapad Creator 5 (15) 4.11 GHz (B+64%) @ 91°C 3.99 GHz (B+60%) @ 94°C 3.67 GHz (B+45%) @ 94°C
Dell XPS 15 9500 3.43 GHz (B+38%) @ 85°C 3.34 GHz (B+34%) @ 97°C 3.34 GHz (B+34%) @ 99°C
Dell G3 15 3500 3.70 GHz (B+48%) @ 97°C 3.53 GHz (B+41%) @ 97°C 3.32 GHz (B+33%) @ 95°C
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3i (15) 4.00 GHz (B+60%) @ 94°C 3.76 GHz (B+50%) @ 94°C 3.57 GHz (B+43%) @ 94°C
Acer Predator Triton 300 (PT315-52) 3.35 GHz (B+34%) @ 72°C 3.33 GHz (B+33%) @ 79°C 3.31 GHz (B+32%) @ 84°C

It’s not a surprise that this 14-inch device can’t cope with the big boys in terms of thermal management. It runs hot, the clock speed at the end is below 3.00 GHz, and is generally loud (for a 14-incher nonetheless).

Comfort during full load

On the bright side, even under extreme workloads, the laptop doesn’t heat up dramatically. Just keep your hands off the Hellgate on the left.

Verdict

Look, we know that at least one of you has ever wondered, could I get a business-grade notebook that has the power to run my heavy-duty software. Well, the Latitude 14 5411 may just be such a device. Although the quad-core processor was nothing extraordinary, we believe that the Core i7-10850H will deliver the performance you need.

However, you have to brace yourself for heat, should you be willing to push the hardware to its limits. The 45W TDP is having none of it, and we feel that the cooling system on this laptop is just too limited by the space inside. They could have gone for a vapor chamber, but the price would have been higher, we believe.

Dell Latitude 14 5411’s IPS panel (AUO B140HAN-F87J3 (AUO0463D)) has a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, comfortable viewing angles, and adequate default settings. Also, its backlight doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. However, it’s color coverage is rather modest, able to show only 50% of the sRGB gamut.

This leads to another question, is it worth paying your hard-earned money for something this power-hungry, when you can get the MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) for a similar price? Well, the answer is both yes, and no. Indeed, the latter has a far more superior display, but it lacks in areas like upgradeability. On this particular notebook (the Latitude 14 5411), you can put up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, while the storage features an M.2 PCIe x4 slot for bigger and faster drives.

Additionally, the laptop is packed with I/O. Not only there’s a Thunderbolt 3 connector, but there are three USB Type-A ports, an RJ-45 connector, an HDMI connector, a MicroSD card slot, and the optional Smart Card and SIM card slots. Good look replicating that even with a dongle on your MacBook Air.

Not in the last place, there is the battery life. We got over 14 hours of Web browsing and 11 hours of video playback, meaning you can comfortably get a workday’s worth of use. Well, the 45W CPU is definitely going to drain the battery quickly, should you try some productivity work away from the plug.

So, the question here doesn’t sit on whether you should get this device, over the MacBook Air (M1, late 2020), but rather is it worth spending a little more to get the 45W version of the Latitude 14 5410. The answer is yes! If you are going for productivity, spending the extra dollar will deliver what you want – more performance in pretty much the same package.

Pros

  • Strong body
  • One of the best keyboards on a laptop
  • I/O and upgradability are on point
  • Great battery life
  • Optional fingerprint reader and IR face recognition
  • Great viewing angles and contrast ratio (AUO B140HAN-F87J3)
  • Thunderbolt support and PCIe x4 M.2 slot
  • Environmentally-conscious with up to 18% of recycled Carbon fiber
  • Doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment (AUO B140HAN-F87J3)

Cons

  • Insufficient cooling solution
  • Covers only 50% of sRGB (AUO B140HAN-F87J3)

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-14-5411/





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