Dell Latitude 13 7390 Hands-on Review : First impressions

Yesterday, Dell released a trio of new Latitude laptops aimed at professionals who love to work at home or are on the go. Among those released is the thin and light Dell Latitude 13 7390. It might be the most generic of the bunch, but it still packs respectable performance and a small form factor, perfect for anyone looking for a mobile workstation.

The Dell Latitude 13 7390 is encased in a magnesium alloy body that is nice to look at and is cool to the touch. It has an overall simple black design with no overly showy design details but still maintains quite an elegant and sophisticated aura. The laptop is well-built with little to no screen, keyboard, and chassis flex. The hinges too are quite sturdy and opening the lid requires little effort. As mentioned earlier, the Latitude 13 7390 is a slim and light laptop. It’s light enough to carry with one hand and slim enough to stow away on a “travel light” backpack.

The notebook is equipped with a 13.3-inch FHD non-touch display. The panel itself has thin side bezels, although both the top and bottom are evident. Either way, even with the thick upper and lower bezels, the laptop is able to maintain good screen real-estate thanks to the side bezels. Quality-wise, you get your standard IPS display with good color reproduction, accuracy, and viewing angles.

On to the keyboard and trackpad. Being a 13-inch laptop, the Latitude 13 7390 was given a TKL (tenkeyless, no Numpad) keyboard layout. Travel distance is quite average and tactile feedback is good, making typing a pleasant experience. Backlighting is also a plus here and brightness is adjustable. However, the arrows keys are smaller and are quite compressed with other keys, which might cause wrong key presses at times.

The trackpad has a matte-like feel to it, which may or may not be to your liking. Either way, tracking is good and gestures register easily. The two buttons for the left and right click though are mushy and shallow, making clicks feel awkward.

As for the I/O, we have a pretty good selection of ports for a 13-inch device. On the left, we have the power input, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, HDMI port, and a USB 3.0 Type-A port. Then on the right, we have an ethernet port, another USB 3.0 Type-A port, a microSD card reader, a slot for a SIM tray, and an audio port. It’s interesting to see a SIM slot on the device, though we weren’t able to check it thoroughly as there was no ejector tool available and the device was without a SIM card.

Overall, the Dell Latitude 13 7390 is proving to be a perfect partner for the traveling professional. It has a good selection of ports, an updated CPU, a thin and light frame, a well-constructed body and even mobile connectivity. Not to mention, it carries with it a sophisticated and elegant design, a perfect fit for professionals.

Dell Latitude 13 7390 specs:
  • 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Non-Touch Anti-Glare display
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 256GB M.2 SSD
  • WiFi 802.11ac
  • Webcam
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 4-cell 60W/HR battery