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Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook - first impressions

Dell Latitude E7240 12.5 inch ultrabook first impressions and quick review

Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook
Dell Latitude E7240 laptop - tested

After a very long period of researching I decided to finally change my  primary work machine and give my well respected and over 5 years old HP EliteBook 6930p. And to be honest the choice that I made was a bit surprising for me as during the last couple of weeks I was extensively testing the latest MacBook Air and this was actually the primary candidate for my next work computer on the go.

So as you may have already guessed I decided to give up the idea of owning a Mac and decided to give it a try with the powerful Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook.

What kind of laptop is the Dell Latitude E7240?

Dell Latitude E7240 is a 12.5 inch  business class ultrabook with very high specifications and also a very high price tag. Depending on the configuration you choose the Latitude E7240 starts from around $1200 and can easily top $2000 for a pumped up configuration.

Actually mine happened to be one of these high spec machines equipped with the latest generation Intel Core i5 4310U procesor clocked at 2.0 GHz and TurboBoost of over 3.0 GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256 SSD drive, fingerprint reader and variety of ports and interfaces.

The E7240 weighs less than 1400 grams which puts it among the most compact and portable ultrabooks on the market today. It is also extremely thin and is quite easy to carry around.

Dell Latitude E7240 hold
Dell Latitude E7240 is very light and compact
Latitude E7240 and EliteBook 6930pLatitude E7240

First impressions

You probably know that it is the first impression that usually makes you buy something that you haven't even considered before. That was the case with my Dell E7240. Before I chose this particular computer I tested few other ultrabooks including a very nice looking 14 inch Lenovo. The Latitude E7240 looks like a very solid machine and it actually is - it covers couple of military standards against for dust protection, humidity and few more. Unfortunately looks doesn't dell the whole story.

Dell Latitude E7240 - six months review

Compared to my bigger HP EliteBook 6930p the  E7240 looks and feels a bit plastic which is quite strange considering this is one of Dell's most expensive machines and one of the leaders in this class. Actually just after couple of hours of use I managed to scratch my precious little companion on the top of the lid which really mad a very bad impressions for how this laptop is done and what are the materials used in it build. Another than that it is a good looking little machine that offers plenty of performance on the go.

Dell Latitude E7240 batteryDell Latitude E7240 thin

Hardware and Performance

With the very fast fourth generation Core i5 processor, 8 gigs of  RAM and fast mini SSD this is one snappy device but there was one very big problem here- Windows  7 is not. My computer came with Windows home premium operating system which is just way too old for such a machine. I myself love Windows 7 but it is just so outdated for such high-end device.

The keyboard is very comfortable, much better than the overpriced keyboard of 
MacBook Air which on the other hand is much more solid and works at lower temperatures. The touchpad on the Latitude is also good but far from what I have in the Elitebook which is just awesome - very precise.

Another strange thing here that I found out is that the touchpad on my new ultrabook doesn't support multi-touch and gesture support, that is something that really come as a bad surprise to me.
Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad
Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard and touchpad

Consumer Verdict 

Dell Latitude E7240 seems to be a very promising little and yet powerful computer. I would like to play with it a little longer and I will share my final impressions and I will give you my honest opinion whether it is worth the high price tag or not.

Meanwhile you can check the Acer Aspire S3-391ultrabook review and the Asus Zenbook UX31E-RY012V specs and video review.