Dell Latitude 5290 2

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The Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 has a cool auto-deploying kickst& & long battery life. But its speakers are poor, and it costs too much to lớn come with so little storage.

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Thanks to their fold-up designs, detachable 2-in-1s are a portable way to lớn get work done on the road. Dell"s Latitude 5290 2-in-1 ($899 lớn start; $1,770.40 as tested) is the company"s lachạy thử attempt at making a Microsoft Surface-style machine for business, and it features all the security features you need, as well as long battery life and a bright display. But when you look at that price, note that you"ll probably want to pay more for extra storage.


From afar, the Latitude 5290 2-in-1 looks lượt thích most other Surface clones. That is, it"s a tablet with a kickstvà and a detachable keyboard. This one is black with the company logo sản phẩm in gray và a fingerprint reader on the right side. The front is where you"ll find a 12.3-inch, 19đôi mươi x 1280 display surrounded by a bezel.

The coolest part is the kickstand, which auto-deploys. If you stvà the tablet up on the desk and press it down, the kickst& shoots out, và you"re in business. If you need to lớn adjust it, you just push on the tablet.

The keyboard connects with a magnet. The whole type cover is made of a synthetic material that feels like cheap leather.

The Latitude 5290 is 2 pounds on its own (2.8 pounds with the keyboard) & 11.5 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches (it grows lớn 8.5 inches with the cover on). For comparison, Microsoft"s Surface Pro is 1.7 pounds (2.4 pounds with the Type Cover) and 11.4 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which is a bend-baông xã 2-in-1, is 3.1 pounds and 13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches.

Like most detachables, the Latitude doesn"t have a wealth of ports, but it has the essentials. On the left side of the machine are the tai nghe jaông chồng, a USB 3.0 port and a pair of USB Type-C ports with DisplayPort functionality. The right side is where you"ll find a smart card reader & a Noble lochồng slot. If you"re wondering what peripherals you might need for the Latitude 5290 2-in-1, kiểm tra out our page with the five sầu best Latitude accessories.

Security and Durability

Dell claims that the Latitude 5290 has passed a number of MIL-STD-810G durability tests, including for vibrations, extreme temperatures & air transport. While it passed most of the tests, the results Dell showed Laptop Mag suggest that in one 30-inch drop thử nghiệm, a battery alignment pin broke và the volume-down button locked in.

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Users can log in with either the rear-mounted fingerprint reader or facial recognition using Windows Hello. There"s also an optional smart card reader for token-based logins. Our đánh giá unit included vPro for remote management, though that"s not the case with all configurations.


The 12-inch, 1920 x 1280 display has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and I think that taller display will be great for anyone who works on the website or in spreadsheets & needs more vertical space. It also happens to be incredibly bright và quite vivid. When I watched the trailer for Deadpool 2, I didn"t need lớn turn the screen anywhere near its maximum brightness to be able to see, và Shatterstar"s dark-red hair stood out against his white suit.

The panel on the Latitude 5290 covers 125 percent of the sRGB color gamut, surpassing the premium-máy vi tính average of 113 percent. However, both the Microsoft Surface Pro (140 percent) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (201 percent) were even more vivid.

The Latitude 5290"s display is incredibly bright & quite vivid.

But the Latitude was the brighchạy thử of the bunch, measuring a whopping 542 nits và easily beating the category average (301 nits), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (477 nits) và the Surface Pro (396 nits).

Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus

The keys on the keyboard cover offer just 1.1 millimeters of travel & require 62 grams of force khổng lồ press. (We look for 1.5 mm of travel and 60 grams of force.) They"re slightly bouncy, but not uncomfortable. I reached 107 words per minute on the typing demo, which is the lower bound of my usual range, with a 4 percent error rate, which is twice my usual 2-percent error rate.

The $60 Dell Active Pen sticks to lớn the right side of the tablet with magnets. It has 2,048 degrees of pressure sensitivity. While I had no issues with palm rejection, I did wish that the pen had a bit more weight và were a teeny bit shorter. Additionally, its middle buttons are comprised of a single rocker, và I wish the two switches were separated. There"s no software on board for the pen, but you can make some customizations to lớn the buttons in Windows 10"s settings.


The speakers on the Latitude 5290 aren"t good. When I listened khổng lồ Blue Swede"s "Hooked on a Feeling," it crackled, especially at high volumes that filled a tiny personal office. I had the same issue with other songs, lượt thích Redbone"s "Come và Get Your Love." In both songs, guitars & vocals were clear, and on the former tuy vậy, I was even able khổng lồ slightly drag out the bass using a knob on the preinstalled Waves MaxxAudio Pro, though it didn"t thump the way I lượt thích.


The Latitude 5290 is ready for business, with an Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM và a 256GB NVME SSD. I had 25 tabs open in Google Chrome, including one streaming a 1080p clip from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, & I didn"t encounter any performance issues.

On the Geekbench 4 overall performance kiểm tra, the Latitude achieved a score of 11,949, beating the premium-máy vi tính average (10,090) and the Microsoft Surface Pro (8,652, Hãng sản xuất Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i7-7660U) but not the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (14,517, Hãng Intel Chip Core i7-8650U). However, we tested the ThinkPad with a more powerful Chip Core i7 CPU, so a more expensive Latitude might match the ThinkPad"s score. The Surface Pro still uses last year"s 7th Gen bộ vi xử lý Core CPUs.

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It took the Latitude 13 seconds lớn transfer 4.97GB of files, or 391.5 MBps. Only the ThinkPad X1 Yoga was faster (508.9 MBps), while the Surface Pro (339 MBps) and the average (283.2 MBps) were slower.

The Latitude 5290 finished our Excel spreadsheet kiểm tra (pairing 65,000 names & addresses) in 1 minute and 27 seconds, coming ahead of the 1:39 average but behind the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (1:10). Dell"s 2-in-1 took 26 minutes & 48 seconds to transcode a 4K video clip to lớn 1080p in HandBrake, falling behind the average (22:05) & the ThinkPad (18:38).

With its integrated Hãng sản xuất Intel UHD 6đôi mươi graphics, the Latitude ran Dirt 3 at 68 frames per second. That"s higher than both the average (66 fps) and the frame rate from the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (64 fps), but the Latitude still won"t run more intense titles lượt thích Far Cry 5.

Battery Life

You can expect your new tablet khổng lồ last a full workday. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test 2.0 -- which continuously browses the web, watches video and runs graphics benchmarks (all at 150 nits of brightness) -- the Latitude 5290 lasted 9 hours và 7 minutes. That"s the exact same time as the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. The premium-máy tính average is a lesser 8:43.

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In our testing, the Latitude 5290 stayed fairly cool. After we streamed 15 minutes of HD đoạn Clip from YouTube, the baông chồng of the 2-in-1 reached 87.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is comfortably under our 95-degree threshold. In practice, though, the fans went on often, và loudly, khổng lồ keep this temperature.


The 2560 x 1440p webcam on the Latitude 5290 is excellent for a máy tính, và I wouldn"t be embarrassed khổng lồ jump on an important conference điện thoại tư vấn with it. It"s sharp, và it caught every hair on my head and in my beard, as well as my dimple, & the red of my shirt was accurate. The light behind me wasn"t blown out as badly as it was on some other webcams.

The 2560 x 1440p webcam on the Latitude 5290 is excellent for a máy vi tính.

The rear 3200 x 1800 shooter isn"t as good with color; a photo I took of my desk toys made my Captain America Funko Pop"s xanh costume appear far brighter & deeper than it looks in real life.

Software and Warranty

Dell is mercifully light on its preinstalled software. Beyond Waves MaxxAudio Pro, the only major phầm mềm is Dell SupportAssist, which lets you contact customer tư vấn, run system scans and check warranty status.

Of course, the Latitude 5290 does have the same bloat as other Windows 10 machines, including Candy Crush Sodomain authority Saga, Dolby Access, Disney Magic Kingdoms, and March of Empires: War of Lords.

Dell sells the Latitude 5290 2-in-1 with a one-year warranty. See how the company performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best & Worst Brands ranking.

How Much Does a Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Cost?

The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 we reviewed -- which has an Hãng Intel Core i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM và a 256GB NVME SSD -- costs $1,770.40.

The base model -- which includes last year"s Intel Core i3-7130U processor, 4GB of storage và an M.2. SATA 128GB SSD -- is $899. The cheapest option with an 8th Gen bộ vi xử lý Core CPU costs $1,299 and includes a Chip Core i5-8250U, 8GB of RAM và the same 128GB SSD.

The most expensive version you can get costs $1,789 và includes a bộ vi xử lý Core i7-8650U processor, 16GB of RAM & a 128GB SSD (but it"s customizable, so you can add more storage as in our reviews model).

Bottom Line

The Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is a solid Surface clone for business, with long battery life và a cool auto-deploying kickstand. I just wish it came with more storage by default & had better speakers.

Even with the cool st&, though, it"s not as artfully designed as the Microsoft Surface Pro. And if you want the lachạy thử processor, you"ll need to lớn wait for that one lớn be refreshed. If you prefer a convertible 2-in-1 khổng lồ a detachable, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the way to go. Its battery life is the same, and while its screen isn"t as bright, it shows off more color.

But if you need a portable tablet with a keyboard & lots of security features for business, the Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is a good choice.Credit: Laptop Mag

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Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Specs

BluetoothCông nghệ Bluetooth 4.2
CPUHãng Intel Vi xử lý Core i5-8350U CPU
Card SlotsSmart Card
Display Size12.3
Graphics CardHãng sản xuất Intel UHD Graphics 620
Hard Drive Size256GB
Hard Drive TypeNVMe SSD
Highest Available Resolution19trăng tròn x 1280
Native Resolution19đôi mươi x 1280
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Ports (excluding USB)USB Type-C, Headphone/Mic, Lock Slot, USB 3.0
Size11.5 x 8.22 0.42 inches (without keyboard) / 11.5 x 8.52 x 0.6 inches (with keyboard)
Touchpad Size3.9 x 2.1 inches
USB Ports3
Warranty/Support1-year warranty
Weight2 pounds, 2.8 pounds (with keyboard)
Wi-Fi ModelHãng Intel 8265 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 Wireless Card (2x2)