Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 vs. Latitude 7400: Which is a better buy?
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The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 offers most of what makes the regular Latitude 7400 great in a more versatile package, ultimately making it our favorite. However, it's considerably more expensive.
- Great power
- Durable design
- Excellent battery power
- More storage
- More expensive
- Less RAM
The standard Dell Latitude 7400 laptop is a less expensive, but also less versatile alternative to the new convertible model that gives you excellent bang for your buck.
- Great power
- Durable design
- More RAM
- Less expensive
- Lower battery life
- Less versatility
- Less storage
Both the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 and Dell Latitude 7400 are excellent business laptops, but we think that overall, the 7400 2-in-1 is the better device as it offers more versatility and a stronger battery life. However, if you're looking to save a little money or have no need for a tablet mode, then the Latitude 7400 is a very strong alternative.
Duel of the Latitudes: Versatility or affordability?
In many respects, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 and Latitude 7400 are similar (although the names would tell you that). Both of them offer great business laptop specs: they both have Intel UHD 620 Graphics and up to an Intel Core i7-8665U processor, and both of them have great 14-inch 1080p screens with great color gamut and touch support, though you'll need to pay a little extra in order to get touch support for the Dell Latitude 7400. In addition, both devices have durable metal frames, excellent keyboards, quality mouse pads, and both of their bezels are razor thin.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1||Dell Latitude 7400|
|Graphics||Intel UHD 620||Intel UHD 620|
|Processor||Up to Intel Core i7-8665U||Up to Intel Core i7-8665U|
|RAM||Up to 16GB LPDDR3||Up to 32GB of DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 2TB SSD||Up to 1TB SSD|
|Display||FHD 1920x1080||FHD 1920x1080|
|Battery||Up to 78 Wh||Up to 60 Wh|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||0.59" x 12.59" x 7.87"||0.75" x 12.65" x 8.42"|
|Weight (Minimum):||2.99 lbs||2.99 lbs|
Past these similarities, though, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 pulls ahead in most categories. Most notably, the battery life is much better. You can get up to a 78 Wh battery with it as opposed to the 60 Wh battery that can be chosen for the Dell Latitude 7400, and this combined with the fact that the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 uses less power for its display results in almost 15 full hours of life.
It can be configured with a full terabyte more of storage space than the Dell Latitude 7400 too, and it's also got slightly smaller dimensions, though not by very much. In general, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is simply more versatile, as it can be used in a tablet mode and also comes with Dell's advanced Express Sign-In security feature that makes good use of Windows Hello.
The regular Latitude 7400 has neither of these things, but it can be configured with double the RAM, so you'll have more power to run multple tasks at once. In addition, and most importantly, it's less expensive than the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 across all configuration match-ups.
Duel of the Latitudes: Which should you buy?
Overall, I think most people will get more use out of the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, as the increased battery life and 2-in-1 form factor mean that you'll be able to use it anywhere, for a much longer period of time.
However, if you don't think you need a device with an exceptional battery or the ability to be used as a tablet, than don't count out the Dell Latitude 7400. It's just as powerful as the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 in most respects, and you can save yourself a considerable amount of money by opting for it instead.
This laptop does it all
The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is an incredibly capable, well-designed, and versatile convertible business laptop that can do it all, but will cost you.
A more affordable alternative
The Dell Latitude 7400 laptop lacks the versatility and longevity of its convertible brother, but it's still great overall, and it makes up for its disadvantage with a lower price tag.
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