- Editor's Rating
- Sturdy build
- Customizable touchpad
- Solid battery life
- Bulky design
- Limited storage
- Fingerprint magnet
Quick TakeThe Dell Latitude E5530 is a well-balanced notebook, with suitable levels of performance and a sturdy build designed to last.
The Dell Latitude E5530 is a business notebook made to last. The sturdy tri-metal chassis design ensures that device will stand up to the wear and tears of travel, but the durability comes at the expense of the machine’s portability. At 6.4 lbs. the machine can be a bit much to lug around; however, for those that don’t mind the extra weight its strong sturdy design is a welcomed addition.
A full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display option is available, but the standard version of Latitude E5530 offers a 15.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Admittedly, the standard display (which we tested) is average, offering acceptable color contrast that holds up well against normal lighting conditions.
Perhaps the best aspects of this notebook are its comfortable keyboard and customizable touchpad. The Latitude E5530 comes equipped with a full sized textured keyboard complete with number pad. The keyboard offers solid key depth and a tactile responsive feedback that allows users to type with assurance. While the touchpad conforms to the user’s preferences with its adjustable sensitivity and programmable multi-finger gestures.
Equipped with a Intel Core i5-3360M 2.8 GHz processor and 4GB of RAM the Latitude E5530 offers solid performance running basic computing functions with relative ease. The notebook is also able to multitask quite well running numerous programs simultaneously with little to no noticeable lag. The real limiting factor for the device is its dedicated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The limited GPU functions allow the machine to run most programs, but the machine will struggle to take on most graphic intensive functions such as video editing.
While this Dell notebook is rather large device its impressive 9-cell 97Wh battery offers exceptional battery life. The experts at NotebookReview noted that the battery lasted a full “5 hours and 10 minutes before the device shut down after reaching 5 percent battery limit reserve”.
Overall the latitude is machine that offers solid performance and design at an affordable price. Users who want a sleek business notebook will ultimately be disappointed, but those that don’t mind the machine’s bulk will find a quality productive business notebook.