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Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Review: The Business Tablet

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable

MSRP $2,189.00

“The Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable is the best tablet for business users.”

Pros

  • Solid construct high quality
  • Very good show
  • Competent productiveness efficiency
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Good choice of enterprise options

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Keyboard and pen are pricey add-ons
  • Battery life is lower than common

Windows tablets are making a comeback, particularly within the enterprise world. Microsoft launched its Surface Pro 7+ for enterprise customers, and Lenovo launched the ThinkPad X12 Detachable. The Lenovo is a very formidable competitor, making our checklist of best 2-in-1s. Now, Dell has jumped into the fray with the Latitude 7320 Detachable, one other business-oriented laptop that goals to satisfy the wants of company customers.

Dell despatched me a $2,189 (retail value $3,127) configuration with an Eleventh-gen Intel Core i7-1180G7 CPU with vPro assist, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe, solid-state drive (SSD), a 13-inch IPS FHD+ (1920 x 1280) 3:2 show, and the elective keyboard and pen. The removable pill has a really explicit kind, pioneered by the Surface Pro, and the Latitude 7320 Detachable follows that format to the letter. Does it supply sufficient to face out in an more and more crowded area?

Design

A Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable propped up by its kickstand.
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The Latitude 7320 Detachable and the Surface Pro 7+ don’t look precisely alike. They’re comparable, however Dell’s aluminum chassis is extra rounded alongside the sides than Microsoft’s magnesium chassis. It’s a darker grey coloration in contrast with Microsoft’s brighter silver, and the bezels are smaller alongside the perimeters — an enormous constructive. There’s extra similarity with the Surface Pro X, which can be extra rounded and enjoys smaller facet bezels. The Latitude 7320 Detachable is a horny system if relatively conservatively designed, with few gildings aside from the Dell and Latitude logos on the again of the chassis.

Dell’s and Microsoft’s tablets sport the identical sort of kickstand that opens alongside the again and extends to comparable angles, and their removable keyboards are nearly equivalent (extra on that later). I’ll word right here that the Latitude 7320 Detachable’s kickstand opens farther down and isn’t as sturdy because the Surface Pro 7+ the extra upright you place the pill. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable additionally has an identical design though it harnesses the enduring ThinkPad appear and feel, with a soft-touch floor in contrast with the chilly steel of the opposite two and an all-black aesthetic. Interestingly, the Lenovo seems extra just like the Surface Pro 7+ alongside the perimeters, and its kickstand can be higher positioned for a extra stable really feel.

Each of the tablets is remarkably comparable in measurement, with the Latitude 7320 Detachable coming in at 0.33 inches thick and 1.7 kilos (pill solely), in comparison with the Surface Pro 7+ at 0.33 inches and 1.7 kilos and the ThinkPad X12 Detachable at 0.34 inches and 1.67 kilos. Thanks to the marginally bigger 13-inch 3:2 show (in comparison with the 12.3-inch 3:2 shows on the Microsoft and Lenovo tablets), the Latitude 7320 Detachable is a bit taller. These are all very light-weight and properly sized tablets, although, and so none has a bonus right here.

In phrases of sturdiness, the Latitude 7320 Detachable feels nearly as sturdy as its competitors, which is saying loads. Both the Surface Pro 7+ and ThinkPad X12 Detachable are rock-solid machines, and the Dell follows go well with — for probably the most half. The solely distinction is within the kickstand. Again, Dell’s model is inferior to the opposite two. It merely doesn’t really feel as well-designed because the others, and as talked about, the pill doesn’t really feel as secure previous a sure vertical level.

A profile image of the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable showing its charging port and power buttons.
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Connectivity is restricted to a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 assist on all sides of the pill and a 3.5mm audio jack on the higher left. If you go for the elective WWAN LTE 4 assist, you then’ll additionally discover a micro-SIM slot on the precise facet. Wireless connectivity is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

Performance

Dell outfitted the Latitude 7320 Detachable with low-power variations of Intel’s Eleventh-gen Core processors, and my overview unit was configured with the Core i7-1180G7 with vPro. This is the primary laptop computer we’ve reviewed with this particular CPU, though we’ve reviewed slower variations. I used to be anticipating the identical sort of efficiency out of the Latitude 7320 Detachable, which is to say, stable productiveness efficiency however not sufficient energy for CPU-intensive inventive apps.

Unsurprisingly, that’s precisely what I skilled. In Geekbench 5, for instance, the Dell carried out a little bit slower than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano with the Core i7-1160G7 however quicker than the ThinkPad X12 Detachable with its Core i5-1130G7. The HP Spectre x360 14 was slower, however I’m reporting its efficiency in “optimal” mode and never “performance” mode as set within the HP Command Center utility. That laptop computer is way quicker in efficiency mode. Speaking of thermal and efficiency administration utilities, the Latitude 7320 Detachable makes use of Dell’s Power Manager utility, nevertheless it made little distinction in our benchmarks.

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable screen 2
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In our Handbrake check, which encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the Latitude 7320 Detachable took final place amongst our comparability group. Four minutes is relatively lengthy on this check for contemporary CPUs, and whereas the Spectre x360 14 was additionally sluggish, it was a lot quicker in its efficiency mode. Next up is Cinebench R23, the place the Dell once more took final place. Clearly, the pill must throttle the CPU to maintain issues cool in such a skinny chassis. Note that I included the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED simply to display how these slower Intel Core machines examine to AMD’s up to date Ryzen chips.

Finally, I ran the PCMark 10 Complete check, the place, as you may think, the Latitude 7320 Detachable fell behind. These outcomes carried over to the Essentials, Productivity, and Content Creation parts of the benchmark, with the latter being significantly sluggish. Interestingly, the Dell Power Manager utility made a bit extra of a distinction on this check the place each different utility I’ve used didn’t. The distinction wasn’t vital, however the Latitude 7320 Detachable was quicker than the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and ThinkPad X1 Nano in efficiency mode.

Overall, as I suspected, the Latitude 7320 Detachable is a lot quick for productiveness duties, which we are able to say for each trendy laptop computer we’ve reviewed. You gained’t discover any slowdowns or lagging once you’re operating your internet browser, Office apps, and the like, however attempt to do something that’s CPU-intensive and also you’ll be disillusioned. The pill additionally stayed cool to the contact, with quiet and unobtrusive followers that spun up when it was working laborious. We reviewed the Surface Pro 7 lengthy earlier than switching our benchmark assessments, and so I can’t do a direct comparability. The Surface Pro 7+ makes use of full-speed Eleventh-gen Intel Core CPUs, and so it’s prone to be quicker than the Dell.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake (seconds) Cinebench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable
(Core i7-1180G7)
1532/5031 247 1246/3339 4410 1443
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable (Core i5-1130G7) 1352/4796 185 1125/3663 4443 926
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
(Core i7-1160G7)
1466/5139 180 1377/4550 4600 1549
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1214/4117 236 1389/3941 4728 1457
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED 
(AMD Ryzen 7 5800U)
1423 / 6758 124 1171 / 7824 6034 1342

I ran Fortnite on the Latitude 7320 Detachable to see how nicely the pill can recreation, and lengthy story quick, it might’t. It managed simply 14 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and excessive graphics and eight fps at epic graphics. That’s much like the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and to be anticipated for a pill that’s thermally constrained operating a low-power GPU.

Display and audio

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable screen
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Like the Surface Pro X, the Latitude 7320 Detachable has a 13-inch 3:2 show that’s barely bigger than the 12.3-inch shows on the Surface Pro 7+ and the ThinkPad X12 ThinkPad. It runs at 1920 x 1280 (just like the ThinkPad), which is a decrease decision than the Surface Pro X’2 2880 x 1920 and the Surface Pro 7+’s 2736 x 1824. If you’re a pixel peeper you then may discover the distinction, however I think about most individuals can be advantageous with the decision.

Fortunately, Dell selected a pleasant panel for the Latitude 7320 Detachable, in accordance with my colorimeter. First, it’s very vivid at 397 nits, nicely past our 300-nit threshold, which compares to the ThinkPad at 364 nits and the Surface Pro 7 at 377 nits — we haven’t reviewed the Surface Pro 7+, nevertheless it’s protected to imagine that the shows are the identical. The Dell exceeded our most popular 1000:1 distinction ratio at 1040:1, whereas the ThinkPad fell quick at 940:1 and the Surface Pro 7 got here in at 1140:1.

In phrases of coloration, the Latitude 7320 Detachable has a barely larger than common 77% of AdobeRGB and 99% of sRGB (most premium laptops are round 75% and 95%, respectively), in comparison with the ThinkPad X12 Detachable at 72% and 97% and the Surface Pro 7 at 70% and 93%. The Dell additionally led the best way in coloration accuracy at a Delta E of 1.17 (1.0 or much less is taken into account wonderful), with the ThinkPad at 1.59 and the Surface Pro 7 at a disappointing 3.51.

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable being used as tablet with stylus.
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I loved the show throughout my testing, discovering it to display vibrant colours that aren’t oversaturated and crisp black textual content and to make for a nice expertise when streaming media content material. It’s not going to please inventive sorts who need in depth colours, however for everybody else, it’s a pleasure to make use of.

Two side-firing audio system present audio, and I discovered it to be extraordinarily low quantity even at its most. The high quality was advantageous, with balanced mids and highs (however no bass), and there was no distortion. The audio system are simply too quiet. You’ll need headphones or a Bluetooth speaker if you wish to do greater than hear system sounds and watch the occasional YouTube video.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

A close-up of the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable's pen and keyboard.
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Unlike the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and precisely just like the Surface Pro 7+ and X, the Latitude 7320 Detachable doesn’t ship with the keyboard and pen included. While the slim active pen (extra on that in a second) is an affordable $70, the keyboard is a dear $200. Part of that value is justified by its design, which features a docking bay for the pen that’s hidden once you prop up the keyboard. Otherwise, the Lenovo’s removable keyboard very intently resembles Microsoft’s model. Other than being barely bigger to accommodate the bigger show, you’d be hard-pressed to inform them aside simply by taking a look at them.

You’ll discover extra of a distinction when you begin typing. The Latitude 7320 Detachable’s keyboard has a steel plate inside that provides some rigidity. It’s not as bouncy because the Surface Pro 7+ keyboard, nevertheless it’s additionally not as stable because the ThinkPad X12 Detachable’s keyboard. The typing really feel can be similar to the Microsoft keyboard, with loads of journey and a mechanism that gives a pleasant click on, however I discovered its bottoming motion weak and the general expertise much less exact than the most effective keyboards. You’ll benefit from the HP Spectre and Apple Magic Keyboard far more than this one, and also you gained’t really feel just like the keyboard is unsteady as you kind. I’d price the typing expertise pretty much as good however not nice, and barely behind Lenovo’s removable keyboard.

The lively pen is a slim model that matches into the keyboard’s docking bay for magnetic storage and charging. According to Dell, the pen will cost to 100% in simply 30 seconds after which present 90 minutes of steady use. While that sounds nice in principle, 90 minutes is probably not lengthy sufficient in apply and different pens last more. For instance, Microsoft estimates that the Surface Pro X’s slim pen will final 15 hours. The pen makes use of Wacom AES know-how and helps Windows Ink (after all), and whereas I wasn’t capable of uncover the pen specs, comparable to its decision, I discovered it to supply a easy and responsive inking expertise. Of course, the show is touch-enabled and responsive, as ordinary.

The case of the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable.
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One Latitude 7320 Detachable element that stands out is its webcam. Dell took word of the elevated use of videoconferencing due to the coronavirus pandemic and inbuilt a 5 megapixel (MP) webcam able to Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) video at 30 fps. That’s considerably higher than the standard 720p laptop computer webcam and places the Latitude in a distinct class as a videoconferencing machine. There’s additionally a world-facing digicam on the again that’s 8MP and may take 1080p video at 30 fps.

Management, safety, and privateness

The Latitude 7320 Detachable is out there with elective vPro assist, which my overview unit included. That offers it enhanced manageability and safety when linked to a company setting. Dell additionally included a number of of its optimization options, together with ExpressConnect to routinely be part of the strongest community, Express Response to prioritize a very powerful apps, and ExpressSignal-In. The latter makes use of an Intel Connect Sensing proximity sensor that may acknowledge when a person is in entrance of the pill and routinely wake it up and lock the pill when the person steps away.

It’s a pleasant function that works nicely, though it might intrude with lengthy processes — I wanted to show it off to finish our longer benchmarks and to conduct battery testing. There’s additionally ExpressCost to ship a 35% cost in 20 minutes of an 80% cost in an hour, and Intelligent Audio that enhances audio high quality and reduces background noise.

Windows 10 Hello assist is offered by each an infrared digicam and facial recognition and a fingerprint reader positioned on the again of the chassis near the facility button. If discovered each to work reliably and rapidly, and when you allow facial recognition, then the Latitude 7320 Detachable can routinely acknowledge you once you return to your workstation and log you straight into Windows.

One factor that’s lacking is a approach to flip off or obscure the webcam. That’s a typical function on trendy laptops and tablets, and it’s missed right here.

Battery life

A profile images of the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable's charging port.
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There are 40 watt-hours of battery capability within the Latitude 7320 Detachable, near the 42 watt-hours within the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and farther behind the 50 watt-hours within the Surface Pro 7+. With the lower-resolution show and low-power CPU, I used to be anticipating comparable battery life to these two machines.

We haven’t examined the Surface Pro 7+, and so I can’t make that comparability. But the Dell outlasted the Lenovo in our assessments, beginning with the online searching check the place the Latitude 7320 Detachable made it to only over seven hours in comparison with the ThinkPad X12 Detachable that shut down 12 minutes sooner. That’s not a really sturdy rating, the place most trendy laptops come nearer to 10 hours on this check. In our video check that loops a neighborhood Full HD Avengers trailer, the Dell lasted for a stronger 13.5 hours, the place the Lenovo simply exceeded 11 hours.

In the PCMark 10 Gaming check, which stresses the CPU, the Latitude 7320 Detachable was on the low finish of our database at 2.5 hours, the place the ThinkPad X12 Detachable managed simply 18 minutes extra. Finally, within the PCMark 10 Applications check, which is the most effective indication of seemingly productiveness battery life, the Dell was common at 10.75 hours whereas the Lenovo lasted for about half-hour much less.

Overall, these aren’t the most effective outcomes. You may make it by means of a day’s work when you hold your duties gentle, however stress the CPU in any respect, and also you’ll be in search of the charger. This is frequent amongst Windows 10 tablets, although, and so whereas the Latitude 7320 Detachable can’t compete with bigger convertible 2-in-1s and clamshell laptops, it does okay for a Windows 10 pill.

Our take

The Latitude 7320 Detachable is a advantageous Windows 10 pill with options that may attraction to enterprise customers. It doesn’t precisely stand out in its efficiency or battery life, nevertheless it’s simply as well-built because the competitors (aside from the kickstand) and presents typing and inking expertise. It doesn’t beat out the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable, nevertheless it’s a stronger competitor to the Surface Pro 7+.

Really, any of those tablets is an effective alternative. The Dell ought to be in your shortlist when you like its function set, and also you in all probability will.

Are there any alternate options?

The ThinkPad X12 Detachable is the strongest competitor. It’s cheaper than the Dell, and it doesn’t supply fairly as many enterprise options. But it’s simply as quick and has comparable battery life, and its removable keyboard is extra stable.

The Surface Pro 7+ is one other various pill, and it’s an incredible alternative when you’re a Surface fan. It’s prone to be barely quicker than the Latitude 7320 Detachable and will supply barely longer battery life. It, too, is kind of costly and gained’t prevent any cash.

If you’d relatively take a look at a convertible 2-in-1 and don’t care as a lot about enterprise options, then the HP Spectre x360 14 is a stable competitor. It’s cheaper and higher trying, with a spectacular OLED 4K show and a bigger 13.5-inch 3:2 panel. It’s bigger and heavier and doesn’t work in addition to a pill, nevertheless it makes for a greater laptop computer.

The iPad Pro deserves point out, because it continues so as to add options that make it a stronger competitor to Windows 10 tablets. If you’re purchased into the Apple ecosystem, then the iPad Pro ought to be given sturdy consideration.

How lengthy will it final?

The Latitude 7320 Detachable is a strong laptop computer with trendy elements that ought to final you years of service. The single yr of guarantee is disappointing for a business-class machine, however Dell presents a number of service upgrades.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. The Latitude 7320 Detachable has sufficient options to make it a stable alternative for enterprise professionals.

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