Dell Latitude 5480 Performance
Dell offers the Latitude 5480 with either a seventh-generation Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor. The i3 is the least expensive version, and it’s rated at 2.4 GHz with 3MB cache. The i5 version comes in between 2.5 GHz and 3.1 GHz with 3MB cache, and the Core i7 in our test unit goes from 2.8 GHz to 3.9 GHz with 4MB cache. All have a 15-watt thermal specification.
These are Intel’s latest and greatest, but they are all also dual-core, not the faster quad-core chips. This makes them well suited for Office work and photo editing, but not the best option for editing high-resolution video or extreme gaming.
Naturally, the i7 chip has the speediest performance, but at also adds $300 to $400 to the price tag. Shoppers should consider carefully if they need to increase the cost by such a significant amount for the additional speed. Moving to the i5 processor adds only about $100.
Dell offers the Core i3 version with 4 GB of RAM, the i5 version is available with either 4 GB or 8 GB, while the i7 can be configured with 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB. Where available, going to 8 GB of RAM costs $63, and a jump to 16 GB is $189.
Built-in storage also depends somewhat on the processor. The i3 model is available only with a 500 GB hard drive. Those who opt for an i5 or i7 chip can upgrade that to a 128 GB solid state drive for $42, a 256 GB SSD ($140) or a 512 GB SSD ($322). Another option is a 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD for $231.
The default graphics processor is an Intel HD Graphics 620 for Ki5-7200U. Those who want better performance can add an NVIDIA GeForce 930MX GPU for $69.30 to the Core i5 or i7 versions.
Our Dell Latitude 5480 review unit has the following technical specifications:
- Processor: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7600U (Kaby Lake)
- RAM: 8GB DDR4
- Storage: 256G M.2 2280 SATA SSD (Toshiba THNSNK256GVN8)
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
- Screen: 14.0-inch Touchscreen FHD LCD (1920 x 1080)
- Dimensions: 22.45 mm (.88”) x 333.4 mm (13.1”) x 228.9 mm (9”)
- Starting weight: 1.60 kg (3.52lbs)
- Battery: 4-cell 68WHR