It is well known that the Latitude brand is one of the most secure types of laptops money can buy. Together with the ThinkPads of Lenovo, they have been ruling the industry for quite a while now. However, in terms of hardware, both companies have a different approach to endurance. While Lenovo is using hard plastic in a combination with glass-fiber composite materials, Dell uses carbon fiber.

The more we dig into it, the more we are going to find. To offer maximum performance in addition to the security enhancements, the Latitude 5300 can be configured from the bottom line Core i3-8145U, all the way up to the vPro Core i7-8665U. This is paired with a 1080p IPS panel and supposedly a great battery life. Of course, none of the aforementioned has been left untested, so let us share with you our thoughts on this machine.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-5300/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Dell Latitude 13 5300 – Specs


M.2 Slot


1x 2230/2280 M.2 slot (M key)


Dimensions


305 x 207 x 17 mm (12.01″ x 8.15″ x 0.67″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • Card reader Micro SD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo
  • One micro SIM card slot

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD RGB
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, you will find a 65Wh power adapter, as well as the mandatory paper manuals and the laptop itself.

Design and construction

This device is pretty lightweight – it tops the scales at 1.24 kg and has a profile of 16.9mm. Dell was able to achieve this thanks to the use of mainly Carbon fiber for the build of Latitude 5300. We have to note that we find the laptop extremely sturdy and difficult to bend when you stress it on both ends.

Its lid does not open with a single hand and the camera is placed on its usual position. When you press upon the lid in the closed position, there is some bending going on, but nothing too dramatic.

On the base of the Latitude 5300, you are going to find a backlit keyboard that has some click to it and also some decent feedback. It is not the greatest out there, but it certainly does the job. On its right, you are going to see the fingerprint reader, which is extremely fast.

Below the keyboard, on the other side, is located the touchpad. It has a nice rough texture, which happens to be very responsive and accurate. While we are happy to see the dedicated mouse buttons below it, we are kind of disappointed not to see the blue Latitude nipple and its respective buttons on this device.

Ports

On the right side, you can see the enormous barrel plug style power plug. Really… it looks like it can fit these old cylindrical firecrackers. Anyways, still on the left, you can also find a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 2) port (optional Thunderbolt 3), an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) and an optional SmartCard reader. On the other side, you can observe an RJ-45 connector, another USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1), followed closely by the MicroSD card reader that is stacked above the LTE pop-up tray as well as an audio jack.

Display quality

Dell Latitude 5300 is equipped with a Full HD IPS panel, AUO B133HAN05.6 (AUO562D). 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 excellent. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 346 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 303 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 6930K – slightly colder than the 6500K temperature for sRGB. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 7050K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 41% Brightness (White level = 141 cd/m2, Black level = 0.08 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 excellent – 1790:1 (1560:1 after profiling).

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction of 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 5300′ color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 95% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976, providing a punchy and vibrant image.

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 5300 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 = 24 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 5300’s backlight doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. This makes it comfortable for your eyes during long working periods.

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 5300 has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, very good contrast ratio and comfortable viewing angles. In addition to that, it covers 95% of sRGB and doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness levels.

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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 5300’s speakers produce a relatively good quality sound. Its low, mid and high tones are clear of deviations.

Drivers

You can download all drivers and utilities for this laptop from here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/latitude-13-5300-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. Dell offers this laptop with two different battery packs – a 42Wh and a 60Wh unit.

Our configuration was equipped with the latter and we observed some great battery life figures – up to 15 hours of Web browsing and more than 16 hours of video playback.

CPU options

Here, the processors of choice are – Core i3-8145U (two cores/four threads), Core i5-8265U (four cores/eight threads) and the vPro Core i7-8665U (four cores/ eight threads).


Dell Latitude 13 5300 CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Dell Latitude 13 5300 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell Latitude 13 5300 model is the best bang for your buck.

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


GPU options

Intel UHD Graphics 620 is a refresh of the HD Graphics 620 found as an integrated solution in many ULV Kaby Lake processors. UHD Graphics 620 is codenamed “Kaby Lake R U GT2” and it’s a part of the Gen 9.5 generation.

Intel UHD Graphics 620 has roughly the same performance as HD Graphics 620, depending on the other components in the system. UHD Graphics 620’s performance is similar to AMD Radeon R5 M420X and NVIDIA GeForce 910M/920M.


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 i7-8665U (15W TDP): 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 5300 2.94 GHz (B+55%) @ 98°C 2.59 GHz (B+36%) @ 99°C 2.31 GHz (B+22%) @ 88°C
Fujitsu Lifebook U939X 2.65 GHz (B+39%) @ 97°C 2.29 GHz (B+21%) @ 98°C 1.88 GHz @ 86°C
Intel Core i7-8650U (15W TDP): 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen 2.24 GHz (B+24%) @ 85°C 1.88 GHz (B+4%) @ 85°C 1.91 GHz (B+6%) @ 85°C

Apparently, this processor runs very hotly on every device we’ve tested it on. However, the Latitude 5300 has a far greater cooling capacity than the Fujitsu Lifebook U939X, as the frequency never fell below 2.30 GHz. However, these temperatures… we think that Dell should ease the leash on this CPU with a future firmware update if it wants it to last further along the way.

Comfort during full load

Quite unexpectedly, the Latitude 5300 is not very comfortable when a full load is applied. First, the fan is pretty loud and second, the temperatures on the outside reached more than 47C.

Verdict

Dell Latitude 5300 is another very strong offering from the newly refreshed Latitude line up. In fact, it is very suitable for business solutions that require a multi-factor login, as well as 24/7 support and most importantly – reliability. Not only on the software side but also on the hardware. Indeed, $1200 bucks for a 13-inch business notebook have to be justified. By the way, we are talking about that price tag, despite it not being the cheapest offering for this laptop, however, we are pretty confident that there won’t be many people buying the $849 Latitude 5300, since it comes with a Core i3-8145U, 4GB of memory and a 768p TN screen.

Speaking of a display, the 1080p IPS panel on this configuration is great. It has comfortable viewing angles, a very high contrast ratio, coupled with wide color coverage (95% of sRGB) and decent maximum brightness. Moreover, it doesn’t use PWM to adjust the brightness at any level and with the help of our Gaming and Web design profile, it drops its average dE from 4.6 down to 1.0, which is great for Web designers.

When we started the laptop for the first time we were very impressed by the responsiveness of the input devices. Its keyboard is pretty good for typing, while the touchpad is super accurate and has a great surface. However, we noticed that the dedicated buttons on the touchpad are clickier when you go towards the middle and on the sides, they become a little loose and mushy.

We were expecting a good battery life, especially since naturally, the Latitude 5000 series is known for providing exceptional battery life figures. This was further enhanced by the fact that it comes equipped with a 60Wh unit. That makes it no surprise to see around 15 hours of Web browsing and more than 16 hours of video playback.

Despite the performance was above the average for this type of hardware, we noticed that Dell uses a very aggressive thermal curve in order to achieve this. This results in louder fan noise and very hot internals. Keep this in mind if you are constantly rendering video files or using high capacity of the laptop.

Pros

  • Light and strong carbon body
  • Covers 95% of sRGB colors (LG LP140QH2-SPA1) and has a great color accuracy when our Gaming and Web design profile is present
  • Great battery life
  • Flourishing with security features
  • It has optional Thunderbolt support and LTE connectivity

Cons

  • Tends to get pretty hot and noisy under heavy load
  • Its touchpad buttons are not very uniform along their surface

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/dell-latitude-13-5300/





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