Dell Latitude 5491 Review – 14″ Laptop with a 6 Core CPU

by birtanpublished on May 21, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the dell latitude 54 91 which you might might even assuming he would be correct and guessing that this replaces the 54 90 that came before it this is a very interesting if not odd for teenage business laptop or Ultrabook because well we see plenty of fourteen business laptops in unassuming black you know with lots of ports all that sort of thing you would expect a great keyboard are very attractive but inside of here instead of the usual ultrabook 15 watt quad-core CPUs until a generation that you would see in just about everything the ThinkPad team 480

Everything else that dell makes pretty much in the business class and this size this one has 45 watt up to 6 core mobile workstation CPUs so that's the same Intel coffee-like CPUs you see in the XPS 15 our gaming laptop all that sort of thing but in a 14 inch package that's relatively speaking pretty thin and pretty light it's under an inch thick 22.8 millimeters who is this for we're gonna find out now so at one point six five kilograms which is three point six three pounds this thing is as light as any competing 14 inch business ultrabook it doesn't look too skinny from the

Sides but you know it's less than an inch thick it's not one of those super slim ultra looks like an x1 carbon or an XPS 13 even but given the horsepower inside that's fair there's no way you're gonna cram a six-course CPU or even the four core 45 watt core i5 8380 option that is also available you can get this with the core i5 or Core i7 again 45 watt mobile workstation CPU all day all night all the time starts around $1000 typical of Dell Latitude business laptops these things are expensive I assume that corporate buyers IT folks work out discounts when they buy in

Volume of course Dell always has all sorts of coupons but that thousand dollars bates price gives you a Core i5 and three gigs of DDR 426 66 megahertz Ram some hardly any RAM there 500 gigs 7200 rpm hard drive nobody's gonna get excited about a hard job eid IT department might voice that upon you to save some money and the display options are getting ready for at 1366 by 768 or full HD 1920 by 1080 both of those display options available with or without touch you can buy it either way and they're not particularly glossy which is nice not

Full on map and that's super duper glossy either so glare it is well controlled good thing because these displays are bright we'll talk about that in a bit our configuration which is pretty well maxed out with that core i7 in fact it's not the usual 8750 H that you see in gaming laptops and that sort of thing this is an 88 50 H because that's the V pro version the CPU so hundred megahertz faster a little bit of your there 16 gigs of ram a 512 gig nvme SSD and that's a Toshiba SSD the same one Dell uses in alien whereas in the XPS 15 you get the idea a lot and

We have the full HD touchscreen there and there's also there's optional LTE 4G with Snapdragon x7 or if you want so you go for the the top-of-the-line kind of stuff there you're looking to probably around 2200 dollars or so so not cheap but I suppose if you're in that limited market for somebody who is looking for an incredibly powerful CPU in a very small package maybe it's tempting now the graphics this isn't like a razor blade 14 kind of situation here the graphics are it either Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics alone or you can get it switchable via Nvidia Optimus with

NVIDIA MX 130 with 2 gigabytes of gddr5 vram dedicated graphics that's a very low-end dedicated GPU it is faster than Intel integrated graphics give you a little extra pleasure if you're doing some video editing or doing some photoshop but nothing to write home about this is not going to really be a gaming choice by any means so with older games if you're playing like Skyrim it will accelerate them a little bit ok so it's a pretty unique laptop it's a pretty expensive laptop what are the additional pluses here that might make you want to make the spend it does have

Thunderbolt 3 full 40 gigabit per second the Machine this ports on both sides and on the rear it's a business laptop so this has some of those creature comforts I know some units lots of ports we even have Gigabit Ethernet on here we have three USB 3.1 ports you've got HDMI that's Wes BC port on the side can handle DisplayPort out you have an SD card slot you have a smart card reader because this is a business laptop so they're gonna have businesses or curity features like Dell has hard drive encryption and the fingerprint scanner on the

Key on the keyboard deck and optional windows hello IR camera as well in addition to that smart card reader so we've got plenty of security on board here for business buyers the keyboard of the trackpad on this are really nice I mean they're going up against ink pads and they know it and those have world class keyboards in pretty good track pens this is a white backlit with two stages are white backlighting keyboard with really nice travel good and deep and with nice tactile feel and spring it's a real pleasure to the type on and the trackpad which has the eraser stick

Now point style pointer to try to convert you over from thinkpads is also very good so you've got the dedicated buttons on the trackpad as well which I always enjoy and they're nice they're not too stiff they're not too soft works very well so in terms of performance as you might guess this has a lot more CPU CPU performance than average now probably the average 14 inch business Ultrabook buyer doesn't need massive computational power but some of you out there just might maybe you're buying this and you need to compile very large programs maybe you are one of

Those accounting and finance people who really do do computations on extremely large spreadsheets that would be for you the occasional video editing but the display is gonna get in the way of that will talk about the display in a minute so it has more horsepower than probably a lot of people need but if you're the kind of person that knows you need an XPS 15 or I've been considering a gaming laptop because you really need their computation computational power but you want to kind of chill business portability well that would be the model here for you the drawback is is that the

Fans are louder when they come up is they are physically larger fans for that more powerful CPU that's on board there so yeah if you're just using it for light productivity work you're not gonna hear the fans but when they come on babe will filled the room more than teeny little Ultrabook fans ever could so if you're pushing it hard you're gonna hear the fans if you're using it again for productivity test it's going to get warm on the bottom it's not gonna get hot if you are pushing it hot hard it will get quite hot on the bottom particularly on the left side so it's not in the

In-between section between your legs where you could use it on your lap and ignore it you will feel it again only when you're really pushing it hard for example when we're doing benchmarks and we're doing test compiles of code and that sort of thing in terms of performance beyond the throttling issue and you can see when we ran the firestrike graphics test which is a pretty any graphics test but then that Nvidia it makes well dirty does not get very hot it's not very powerful where it's Ronald pretty much immediately ninety

Nine centigrade 100 is the allowable maximum the only other ding I can give it is that the Toshiba SSD it doesn't have very fast write speeds for an nvme SSD well you notice this in actual real world news probably not so much but for specs geeks out there those are gonna look at SSD performance this one does not have great write speeds really good read speeds on the display on this is business class atrocity basically so it's not that path the 13 6 by 768 we didn't receive that one for review but I assume it's not gonna be better than the full HD touchscreen which is the highest

End option that you can get here the brightness on this is astoundingly low it may set a new record low for brightness or anything we measured at a hundred and eighty five minutes thank god there's not a lot of glare here it's fine if we're indoors soft office lighting and that sort of thing but if you're expecting to use this outdoors and vertical market applications like insurance going out inspecting cars in broad day like it's not gonna work out well for you color gamut is hobbled also it's it's pretty mediocre you we expect to see once we get into this price range

Even for a business laptop where we're pushing two thousand dollars better color gamut than this so the very middle-income gamut means it's not a great choice for photo editors and for those who are producing videos hopefully it's just boring corporate videos without Wow jazzy beautiful things going on in screen because you're not gonna be able to see those represented very accurately with that kind of narrow color gamut contrast is good at least so battery life 68 watt hour battery inside which is for a knowledge of a pretty decent but for an ultrabook that happens

To have a mobile workstation class CPU it's not a whole lot thankfully the graphics are not that demanding and get 130 watt charger which is bigger than your ultrabook charger certainly because it has to power the more powerful CPU and the low-end nvidia graphics as well so 68 watt hours it depends on what you do with it if you're really going to be pushing this hard and make use of that cpu that you're picking up this model for your battery life is probably not gonna be fantastic would probably be 4 to 5 hours I mean I said probably biz it really depends on what particular tasks

You're using it for for us we throw really heavy video editing it at a program compilation that sort of thing if you're using it just for kind of everyday business tasks on the go then you should be able to get seven hours out of it though which is certainly passable it does support Dells Express fast charging and again ample charger there to do that with 130 watts is plenty to charge up this system taking off the bottom cover means unscrewing the Phillips head screws these are captive screws which means they get held inside the cover you don't

Have to pull them all the way out and then prying there's a little pride point right near the back you can start with a guitar pick or whatever you've got to pry with to get the bottom lock and that's what the underside looks like with the spray-on metal shielding and here we have the guts there's our battery to RAM slots so that means a maximum of 32 gigs of DDR for around as possible if you went with 216 gig modules we have two eights in here for a total of 16 on ours here's our Intel Wi-Fi card 95/60 AC latest generation that is a good card

The fan here is a decent size given the power of the CPU and that is our heatsink for our CPU and that's the little heatsink for the NVIDIA MX 130 graphics that heatsink by the way is pretty tiny this is like ultra book size 15 watt CPU sized heatsink we usually you see something beefier with a 45 watt CPU perhaps that's why this thermal throttles when you push it really hard and the single heat pipe is about as little as you can get away with for cooling SD card slots want this metal shield is for right here and if you had the optional 4G LTE a Snapdragon x7 LTE

LTE a modem it would go right over here and the SIM card slot is in the back that's what this little metal cage is for right there we have our m2 PCIe nvme SSD mounted over here if you have the hard drive option the hard drive would fill in this area instead tight fit there there's a bunch of room honestly especially given the fact that the backup battery is sitting over there so that's the dell latitude 54 91 it's not easy being green so to speak being a very oddball laptop but I'm sure I guess there's somebody out there that needs this sort of horsepower insight in terms

Of computing performance the GPU nothing to write home about but in a very ultra portable package I'm assuming they intended for spreadsheet warriors who deal with thousands and thousands if not millions of lines in an Excel spreadsheet and doing computations heavy-duty coders like I said even ZBrush because that uses the CPU more than the GPU the challenges are in a chassis this small well there's not a lot of room for cooling so those cpu cores do throttle they do reach their thermal maximum so you're still getting more performance than you went out of an

Ultrabook the question is how many people are looking for that in a package this small without the fancy pans and dedicated graphics to go with it they turn into a weekend gaming laptop and all that sort of thing how many super mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this vid

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