Dell’s Latitude 6-series is neither very thin nor especially light and does not win any design awards either. But it does not have to – business devices have other priorities: Ports, stability, simple handling, performance, and restrained design are much more important for business customers. Dell built up quite a reputation in this area over the last couple of years and obviously wants to continue the success of the Latitude series.
The 6-series within the Latitude range is in the upper range in terms of price and performance. We review the Dell Latitude E5440 with a 14-inch display, Core i5-4300M processor and AMD Radeon HD 8690M graphics card. These components indicate a fairly powerful system and Dell promises first-class security features with DDP Protected Workspace, TPM module, Dell Control Vault and much more. We already reviewed the 15-inch sibling, the E6540 (i7-4800MQ, HD 8790M).
Other manufacturers obviously also know that it is quite lucrative to supply companies with laptops for hundreds or thousands of employees, so the competition is quite big: HP often has an advantage thanks to its server business and wants to convince companies with its EliteBook 840, for example. Lenovo offers the ThinkPad T440 and Toshiba has its Tecra R940 for demanding customers. We only reviewed the latter premium rival.
Less expensive and equipped with a 15-inch display is HP’s ProBook 650. ThinkPads are already familiar in office environments and Lenovo’s ThinkPad L440 is a convincing package. Toshiba’s Tecra A50 has very similar hardware equipment to our review unit, but costs around 1,300 Euros (~$1780). There are also some companies nowadays with an Apple infrastructure, so the MacBook Pro 13 is an alternative as well.