The XPS 13 impressed us with incredible performance, even showing inter-generational gains using the same chip between late 2017 and early 2018 models, thanks to an improved thermal solution among a few other tweaks. The Latitude 7390 we have on deck does not have the XPS’s fancy Gore material layer or dual-blower setup, but it does weigh-in with a slightly faster Core i7-8650U to the XPS 13’s i7-8550U as reviewed — all in roughly the same 13.3-inch footprint. Will this be enough to give it a performance edge? Well, read on to find out.
Our system is further kitted out with 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, a 512GB NVMe SSD from SK Hynix, and a 1920×1080 WVA Touch Display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for added durability and Active Pen support. Speaking of the pen, Dell provided us with their PN557W Active Pen and Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank combo, but more on those later. Check out the full specifications below:
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8650U Quad-Core 1.8GHz (Max 4.2GHz)|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|Display||13.3″ FHD WVA (1920 x 1080) Touch with Corning Gorilla Glass, IR Camera & Microphone, WLAN capable|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Storage||512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive|
|Memory||16GB LPDDR3-2133MHz (on board)|
|Audio||Stereo speakers tuned w/ Waves MaxxAudio Pro|
|Networking||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2) + BT 4.2|
|Ports: Left||2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C), HDMI 1.4, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, Smart Card Slot (FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certification)|
|Ports: Right||USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 w/ PowerShare, microSD card slot, microSIM slot, Noble lock slot, 3.5mm headset jack|
|Keyboard||Full-size backlit chiclet keyboard, 1.65mm travel|
|Extras||Active Pen PN557W ($51), Hybrid Power adapter ($130)|
|Weight||2.68 pounds (starting)|
|Dimensions||11.98 x 7.88 x 0.3-0.46 inches (304 x 200 x 9-15 mm)|
|Price||$2180.35 as configured – Find More @ Dell.Com|
The Latitude 7390 2-in-1 can optionally be equipped with a mobile broadband radio, with options for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon here in the United States. Road warriors could find this to be a convenient upgrade so keep an eye out for that option, if interested, when ordering.
We want to clarify that the Latitude 7390 is available, like the XPS 13, as a traditional clamshell model and as a category blurring 2-in-1. There are significant enough differences between the two flavors that our review here will only be pertaining to the 2-in-1 variant.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?