Dell Latitude 5591 15 Inch (8400H, 130MX) Business Laptop Review

Dell has released several good business notebooks in the 2018 included the Latitude 5591 which now powered by Intel Coffee Lake generation CPU. The Latitude series for years always features of Intel ULV processor in mid end category considering Dell always targets over the battery rather than the performance. This time, they make a slightly improvement in performance while keeping its price in the same category. I am pretty sure they will sacrifice few components in order to make everything fit on the budget. The same case found on its competitors like in Lenovo Thinkpad E480 series which promises the same hardware in similar price level.

As the result for its budget price, you are going to notice the build quality is relatively and sometimes I notice a flex during of my typing. The chassis feels plastic and the size and dimension are relatively big in my opinion here. The battery life also takes a hit and could be much better with its bigger battery capacity. It’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

Never put such a great expectation toward its design because everything looks standard here. There is not much different to see in term of design compared to what we see in Latitude 5590 because they basically add the same thing here. The entire chassis is covered in black finishing surface and it does not look bad at all, but I notice the chassis material is relatively weak. The lid cover is twisted easily with some amount of power. Thankfully, the lid does not lid that much during our typing. The base area is much better although I won’t say the base is really that great.

Interestingly, Dell still markets the MILD STD 810G durability certificate during their marketing despite the chassis needs of big improvement here. I think Lenovo should offer a better overall look and build for this case. Keep in mind, the 5591 will handle all of your daily work without any problem although dropped and bumped might break it in some cases. I guess they put most of the budget into the performance and decide to sacrifice the design as maintaining the budget. Let’s hope for a better impression for the next part.

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Maintenance Support and Input

Dell Latitude 5591 15 InchMaintaining the hardware inside is done pretty easily although you have to open its 8 screws in order to get inside. Don’t be worry for buying the base model with small storage and RAM because both of this hardware is upgradable. Located underneath the CPU, you should find its double DIMM slot and it’s fully supported up to 32GB for upgrade. Moving into the left side, we find the M.2 SSD slot and even the 2.5 inch HDD slot here. For this review, I get the model equipped with 8GB RAM and I can just add another 8GB for maximizing its performance.

As for the input, the keyboard promises a nice typing experience although sometimes we notice of flex during of this case. Thankfully, it does not destroy of our experience here. The keyboard features of nice travel distant between keys as the result of its bigger chassis. The numpad keys are available although the size is smaller than I thought. The keys feedback and resistant won’t disappoint me at all and should be good for long term usage during our daily. The backlit support is there and the setting is controllable through its keys shortcut.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:56:17

Dell Latitude 5591 15 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Coffee Lake Core I5-8400H 2.5 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA 130MX 2GB GDDR5
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OS Windows 10 Pro
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB PCIe SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Intel Core I5 8400 is a decent quad core processor which coming from 8th generation line up. This processor model features a slightly higher CPU clock than the I5 8300H. The four CPU itself are clocked between 2.5 GHz up to 4.2 GHz. Keep in mind, getting 4 GHz clock is hardly reach considering of the thermal performance. The processor will stick around 3.4 GHz to 3.7 GHz in boosted clock mode. In term of performance, I guess you won’t have any issue for some demanding works like Photoshop and video rendering. The 130MX GPU will accompany most of your work much better than Intel HD for handling 3D related stuff.

Dell puts of massive 97 Wh battery inside, but for some reasons it cannot really last long in my test. For most all of time, we should have for between 9 to 12 hours in daily usage included of browsing, editing document, and streaming movies. By seeing how big the battery capacity, it can easily last for 16 hours. The Dell XPS 15 has the same battery capacity and easily last for nearly 16 hours. I just hope the BIOS update will fix of this problem or we need to accept that its hardware component eat more battery here.

Last price update: 2019-06-11 12:56:17
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Final Thought

The Latitude 5591 is not a bad business laptop alternative for users who stuck in limited money to spend. The performance is pretty decent with I5 processor and even NVIDIA MX graphic card. Unfortunately, its competitors like Lenovo and Acer will offer better specification at the same price. For the example, the Yoga 730 15 features of convertible design, 4K resolution display, and GTX 1050 in relatively similar price. Well, the choice is always yours so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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