Dell Latitude E5430 Laptop 14" Screen - Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB DDR3 Memory - 128GB SSD Genuine Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
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Two weeks ago, we brought you our full reviewof the newest member of the Latitude E5XXX family, the E5530. In it, we praised its impressive performance, stable construction, great battery life, and largely unmatched input devices. We were pleased by the inclusion of two USB 3.0 ports, an upgrade which the E5430 also boasts over its predecessor (the E5420). Meanwhile, we had our reservations about the E5530’s hefty weight, noise level, and subpar fit and finish. The distinction between the Latitude 6XXX series and the lower-grade 5XXX series is certainly evident in a side-by-side comparison, with such luxury MIL-STD 810G-tested amenities as magnesium alloy wrapped corners and heavy-duty hinges surrendered in exchange for a lower price tag. But how much do such omissions really affect the Latitude E5430’s overall appeal? And how well does it fare in the wake of its last-gen predecessor, the E5420?
The lid of the laptop is supported by brushed metal, with a chrome Dell logo in the middle, for a subtle uniformity. It’s not only attractive, but it’s also quite protective – preventing all but the tiniest bit of distortion on the LCD panel even under moderate stress, as well as providing impressive scratch resistance. All other products will be delivered via the fastest available method (excluding bank holidays and weekends) and generally within 3-5 days, depending on customer location.Regardless, there are a few areas where the E5430 still falls short. The first is display quality; while our upgraded 1600x900 HD+ panel is certainly adequately bright for even outdoor use, the contrast ratio and color spectrum leave much to be desired. It’s also still quite a loud machine, reaching disturbing decibel levels under moderate levels of stress (though this behavior can be adjusted at the expense of some performance using Dell’s built-in power plans). And finally, the weight—while partially a factor of the heavier-than-usual build quality—is more prohibitive than that of many competing 14” notebooks.
You can get a model of Dell Latitude E5430 that comes with 320 GB (encrypted or non-encrypted). Additionally, you can get one with a 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. Is the Dell LatitudeE5430 all a budget-conscious entrepreneur hopes for? Let find out! Dell Latitude E5430 Design, Dimension & Weight Review You also get an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 port, and Ethernet are all located on the left side of the laptop. The Latitude E5430 can be outfitted with either a 320 GB (encrypted or non-encrypted) or 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, or for a little higher cost, a 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). Our review unit came equipped with a Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142 7200 RPM 320 GB drive. Like the drive we received in our E5530 review model, this is a smaller, single-platter 7 mm-height hard drive that normally is meant for situations where drive size is a prohibitive design factor (such as in many ultraportables). The E5430 actually features a fully-sized 9.5 mm-height drive bay, so any traditional SATA laptop drive will also fit.
The Core i5-3360M CPU’s performance rivals even the fastest dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs. In our synthetic benchmarks, we witnessed scores comparable to the Core i7-2640M in most categories, and consistently higher than the Core i7-2620M. Cinebench R10/R11.5 both tested the i5-3360M in our unit higher than the similar second-generation i7 CPUs, and the 3DMark 06 CPU benchmark agrees. wPrime places the i5-3360M squarely between the i7-2620M and i7-2640M, but the results are so similar (around 2.5% difference) that comparisons really don’t mean much. The bottom line is that the Core i5-3360M should provide more than enough power for just about any business user who’s looking to accomplish the essentials with their notebook, but it also shows no signs of weakness in terms of heavier tasks such as photo and video editing. Accidental Damage-Additional Information: Accidental Damage Service excludes theft, loss, and damage due to fire, flood or other acts of nature, or intentional damage. Customer may be required to return damaged unit to Dell. Limit of 1 qualified incident per contract year. For more information, consumers visit Accidental Damage Service Contract (Consumer) or commercial customers visit Accidental Damage Service Contract (Commercial). These battery optionshave a feature called ExpressCharge. This is a term used by Dell to describe a circuitry that allows the battery to charge faster than usual. Furthermore, ExpressCharge batteries may reach a maximum charge of more than 80% in just one hour of charging. This feature works independently of the installed storage device (it’s a board-level feature). It protects the drive from sudden changes in the notebook’s posture. One of the most-discussed features of the Ivy Bridge chipset is Intel HD Graphics 4000, which you’ll find included with any mid- to high-end third-generation Intel Core CPU. While integrated solutions still can’t compete with midgrade or better discrete adapters in terms of performance, they are better in terms of power consumption and cost, and—at least in the case of the HD 4000—they come close enough to their lower-end discrete comrades such as to render them quite enticing for many users.
Finally, I changed the laptop’s power profile to “Balanced” and increased the screen brightness to around 120 nits. The laptop lasted 7 hours and 43 minutes in this setting, which should be enough time to get some work done at normal laptop brightness and performance settings. Dell designed Latitude E5430 laptop for those who cannot live without VGA displays, ExpressCards, or optical discs. It’s a good laptop with one of the most ports we’ve seen on a non-desktop computer in a long time.Unfortunately, none of these GPUs offers dedicated VRAM. So, you should not expect exceptional gaming performance from these GPUs.
Finally, you have the option to get a model of the laptop with a 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)for a slightly higher price. Before I conclude this section, there is one feature I like to mention. Dell Latitude E5430 features Dell Fast Response Free Fall Sensor. Furthermore, the laptop has a good build quality and a decent assortment of ports. Most notably, it provides memory and storage upgrade options and also exceptional battery life.The Latitude E5430 carries the torch forward with another round of impressive graphical benchmark results for a machine restricted to an integrated GPU. Though these machines certainly aren’t built for gaming, our tests prove that the HD 4000 is no slouch should some low-end gaming still find itself on the agenda. The Dell Latitude E5430 laptop uses Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge Processors. The laptop comes with two CPU options. on Dell internal analysis using publicly available specs in August 2023 comparing maximum effective capacity for PowerStore 1200 and FlashArray //X20. Assumes average 4:1 data reduction for PowerStore, 5:1 for Pure Storage. Actual results vary. The closest notebooks in terms of specifications in comparison with the Latitude E5430 are perhaps the Dell Latitude E5530 (which we’ve already referenced heavily throughout this review) and the Lenovo ThinkPad L530 model we recently reviewed. Both of these competing models are 15-inch notebooks, but it’s safe to assume that their 14-inch counterparts with identical specifications should post similar performance scores. As it happens, the E5430 matches (or comes in negligibly below) its E5530 bigger brother in most every benchmark. In turn, it thus also bests the ThinkPad L530 in every Cinebench test. These are impressive results coming from a 14-inch business notebook with a “mid-range” CPU. I fully charged the laptopbefore testing and turned off sleep, hibernation, screen and hard drive timeouts, and Wi-Fi. The Laptop lasted an incredible 11 hours and 2 minutes under these conditions andwhen set to the “Power Saver” power profile.