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Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 Review, Specifications And Features

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DELL LATITUDE 7285 2-IN-1 REVIEW

The Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 is a business hybrid
that attempts to merge the best bits of tablets and
laptops.

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 Review

It has an ultra-stiff keyboard like a good laptop, but
also a detachable tablet part with a high-resolution
display and a narrow surround. While it has a shot
of desirability most business laptops lack, limited
battery life and connectivity narrow the appeal of
the Dell Latitude 7285 a little.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Dell makes five key variants of the Dell Latitude
7285. All use Intel’s ultra-low power Y-series
processors, but the CPU power, RAM and storage
varies.
The entry-level Dell Latitude 7285 has a Core
i5-7Y54 CPU, 8GB RAM and a relatively small
128GB SSD. It costs £1193 (£1432 inc VAT) with
the keyboard and Active Pen stylus.

Our review model has a faster i5-7Y57 chipset, 8GB
RAM and a 256GB SSD. It costs £1603 (£1924 inc
VAT).

The top-end Dell Latitude 7285 has a Core i7 Y-
series CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Those
upgrades push the price up to £1,873 (£2248 inc
VAT) with the keyboard and stylus.

Unlike most of Dell’s Latitude laptops, the 7285
comes with a 3-year ProSupport next-day on-site
warranty as standard. Buying direct from Dell this
can be chipped back to a one-year warranty for a
saving of £111.

DESIGN AND BUILD
The Dell Latitude 7285 is a great example of a
business hybrid with no-compromise build. It looks
plain and practical, but is exceptionally well-made.

Its screen part uses a magnesium shell with a
tough rubberised coating. Squared-off edges make
it feel a little chunky in-hand, but the Dell Latitude
7285 tablet is only 7.25mm thick.

The keyboard is mostly plastic rather than metal,
but is very rigid, and uses a stable magnetic
mechanism to attach to the screen. Metal teeth
reach up into the display part for a surer
connection.

Tablet and keyboard together weigh 1.35kg. While
substantially thicker and heavier than the 12in
MacBook, the Dell Latitude 7285 comes across like
an executive hybrid take on that ultra-portable
concept.

With the Dell Latitude 7285’s “clamshell” closed, it
seems almost armoured.

Connections

Unlike most business laptops, the Dell Latitude 7285
has jumped straight into the new world of USB-C.
There are no full-size USBs. Dell includes a USB
adapter in the box, but our one was faulty: be sure
to check yours.

In place of larger USBs the Dell Latitude 7285 has
two USB-C ports, both specced to the ultra-fast
Thunderbolt 3 standard. This provides 40Gbps
bandwidth, eight times that of USB 3.0.
There’s also a headphone jack and Noble security
port. Under a little plastic flap on the side of the
tablet sit microSD and SIM card slots.

Ultra-fast USB-C ports allow connection to a
desktop dock, turning the Dell Latitude 7285 into the
brains of a desk setup. However, it’s clearly
primarily a roving portable computer.
Yet another up-to-date extra, the front camera has
an IR sensor, used with Windows 10’s Hello feature
to login with your face. This can often be a hit and
miss process, but the Dell Latitude 7285’s hardware
seems among the fastest we’ve seen yet, with
virtually no delay involved.

Keyboard and touchpad

Dell makes a few different keyboards for the Dell
Latitude 7285. One has an extra 22Whr battery.

Another doubles as a wireless charging receiver
when paired with Dell’s dedicated wireless charging
dock.

However, we’re using the vanilla keyboard. It’s a
sturdy keyboard with fairly long travel to the keys
for comfortable long-form typing.
The Dell Latitude 7285 has among the chunkiest
typing feel found in a hybrid. There’s also a two-
level backlight behind the keys.

Below the keys there’s a very smooth textured
glass trackpad, with two buttons built into the
surface. This is a keyboard base built to a much
higher standard than that of almost any hybrid or
tablet accessory.

The one limitation is that it only lets the screen tilt
back by around 110 degrees, which is likely
because any further would make the Dell Latitude
7285 tip over.

Screen

This hybrid has a non-wide 3:2 screen like the
Latitude 5285. It’s a very high-resolution 2880 x
1920 LCD with superb performance all-round.

It covers 99.6% of the sRGB colour gamut, and
including the tones it renders outside of the
standard it actually represents 108.3% of sRGB.

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This wide gamut display lets it handle 76.2% of DCI
P3 and 71.7% of Adobe RGB, which is unusually
good for any laptop, let alone a business one.

Outdoors visibility is also excellent. The Dell
Latitude 7285 has an anti-reflective coating, taking
the edge off the reflections on the glossy surface,
and max brightness of 443 cd/m is very powerful.

This is a portable laptop you can use in bright
sunlight. Contrast of 1169:1 is also very high for an
LCD, combining with the great colour performance
to make videos look excellent.

Of course, the non-widescreen aspect leaves big
black bars at the top and bottom when playing
movies.

When purchased through Dell, the Latitude 7285
comes with an Active Pen stylus. This uses Wacom
technology to provide 2048 pressure sensitivity
levels.

It’s a battery-powered stylus, but an AAAA cell will
last for up to six months.

PERFORMANCE
Most portable laptops use Intel U-series Core
processors. The Dell Latitude 7285 has one of
Intel’s Y-series ones.

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These are lower-power processors with a much
lower base clock speed than normal Core CPUs, but
also a fast Turbo mode. This provides performance
comparable with a U-series chipset, although the
idea is you’ll use Turbo in relatively quick bursts
rather than all day long. To be clear: you don’t
switch to Turbo manually, the Dell Latitude 7285
uses it automatically as needed.

Our laptop has the Intel Core i5-7Y57, which has a
base clock speed of 1.2GHz and a 3.3GHz Turbo.
Benchmarks show its burst performance is similar
to that of a standard Core i5. The Dell Latitude
scores 2704 points in PC Mark 10 and 7004 in
Geekbench 4, very close to the score of the Lenovo
IdeaPad 720S.

However, it’s worth remembering this is the higher-
end Y-series Core i5. The entry-level Dell Latitude
7285 will have at least slightly lower performance.
These Y-series chips are also worse at gaming and
other graphics jobs than the U-series kind. The Dell
Latitude 7285 manages 26fps in Alien: Isolation at
720p, down from 30-ish frames from a normal Core
i5. This drops to 10.5fps at 1080p.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is not playable at any
setting. It runs at an average 10.9fps at 720p and
2.9fps at 1080p, Ultra graphics.

The Dell Latitude 7285 is best suited to light jobs,
with the odd spurt of something more challenging
such as Photoshop image or video editing.

No matter the job the Dell Latitude 7285 remains
silent because it uses passive cooling. There are no
visible heat sinks, the warmth instead seemingly
spread across the back of the tablet. This is an
ultra-quiet hybrid.

Battery life

Given the use of a low-power Y CPU, we hoped the
Dell Latitude 7285 would deliver very good battery
life. But it doesn’t.

It has a 34Wh unit, which is fairly small. When
playing back a 720p video on loop it lasts 7 hours
19 minutes, at 120cd/m brightness.
This is less than the Microsoft Surface Pro or the
Dell Inspiron 5289, a hybrid with a more
conventional CPU but a less impressive screen.
We’d ideally like to see a couple more hours of use
between charges. However, when one of the
keyboard options has an extra 22Wh battery, there’s
an easy solution.

The battery is charged using one of the USB-C ports
on the side.

Like most other hybrids, the Dell Latitude 7285 has
speakers built into the tablet part and cameras on
both the front and back. The front camera has a
basic but serviceable 720p sensor and the rear one
an 8MP chip.

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The back camera is nowhere near as good as that
of a top-end consumer tablet or a good entry-level
phone, and is prone to smearing of light sources.

However, it’ll do the job for emergencies.
The Dell Latitude 7285 also has fair-quality
speakers. Their tone is pleasant and there’s at least
a hint of bass. However, volume, power and
soundstage width are all bettered by laptops with
more conventional designs.

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