In the crowded business laptop market, it’s hard to stand out. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon and HP’s Elite Dragonfly have raised the bar, making it difficult for other manufacturers to compete. With the Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1, a sleek and sturdy business notebook with long battery life, Dell is proving that it is up to the task.
Although the chassis of the Latitude 9410 is made entirely of aluminum, it is thin and durable. There are powerful components inside, such as an Intel Core i5 10th Gen CPU which makes it capable of running demanding tasks. Its 14-inch, 1080p display is rich in colors when you’re off the clock, but could be even brighter.
Its well-rounded battery life of 17 hours distracts from some minor pitfalls, like a high price and a relatively heavyweight, that make the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 a powerful contender to the other best business laptops.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-10610U (vPro)
- GPU: Intel UHD
- RAM: 16GB
- Storage: 512GB
- Display: 14-inch, 1080p
- Battery: 16:54
- Size: 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
- Weight: 3 pounds
Dell Latitude 9410 design
Like Dorothy when she arrived in Oz, I feel like I’m back in Kansas. Unlike other high-end Latitudes I’ve come to know, this one is sleek and stylish.
The Latitude 9410 definitely owes some gratitude to the 2-in-1 Latitude 7400, which was Dell’s first foray into what seems to be a new epoch. As a follow-up to the Latitude 9410, it comes with sleek metal surfaces and shiny chrome edges instead of rectangular plastic. While the design has more restraint than other flashier models, it is certainly an upgrade over previous models.
As long as you don’t compare the updated Latitude 9410 to the HP Elite Dragonfly, a competing 2-in-1 with an enticing royal blue chassis and an aggressively slim frame that looks like a sports car, you’ll appreciate this modernized Latitude. However, not everyone wants to ride in a Lamborghini with its top-down. A simple, unassuming look will do just fine in the office or on a long-haul flight. Latitude plays a vital role in this.
This chrome-hinged laptop comes with an oval Dell logo on the brushed silver lid. On the edges and around the touchpad, all the ports have glistening accents. I love the thin bezels that surround the display. Most old-fashioned business laptops lack this feature.
It can compete with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (0.6 inches, 2.4 pounds) and the Elite Dragonfly (0.6 inches, 2.5 pounds) on thinness and weight, but the Dell is considerably thicker.
Dell Latitude 9410 ports
Ports are plentiful on this portable laptop for its size. Besides the Headphone Jack and the Lock slot, the right side of the phone has a USB Type-A input, microSD, and SIM card slots, along with a USB 3.2 Type-A input.
There is yet another Type-A USB 3.2 input (with power-sharing) on the other side, as well as an HDMI 2.0 port and a Thunderbolt 3 port (one of which is for charging).
It does not have an Ethernet port, as you might expect from such a thin laptop (Ethernet can be achieved by using a USB-to-Ethernet dongle).
Dell Latitude 9410 display
The Latitude 9410 has only one display option: a 14-inch touchscreen with 1080p resolution and anti-reflective and anti-smudge coating. The colors in the videos I watched were sharp, even though the screen wasn’t the brightest.
It took the panel a long time to capture all the details in the trailer for Bill & Ted Face The Music. There was a tattoo of “Elizabeth + Billie Forever” on one of the convict’s six-packs during the prison scene. When the trailer was paused during one of Bill and Ted’s radical conversations, wrinkles were visible on their faces that weren’t there in the previous film.
Despite rich and accurate colors, the famous phone booth did not pop off the screen; the electricity running through the booth was a fiery orange. In fact, a brighter screen would have caused it to radiate more.
As I tapped and swiped, the touch panel responded quickly. Thanks to the sensitive screen on the Latitude, I was able to enter URLs with my fingers without issue. Furthermore, I would like to draw attention to the display’s anti-glare coating because it does a good job of blocking reflections, yet still maintains a pleasing glossy appearance.
We measured 111% of sRGB color space with a colorimeter attached to the display. This makes the Latitude 9410’s screen more colorful than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s (101%), but less vibrant than the Elite Dragonfly’s (117%) and the category average (121%).
In terms of brightness, the screen of the Latitude 9410 reaches a maximum of 287 nits. In this regard, the Latitude does not measure up to a premium laptop with a brightness of at least 300 nits. As further proof, it had lower brightness than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (364 nits), the Elite Dragonfly (373 nits), and the average of the category (368 nits).
Dell Latitude 9410 audio
Considering that the speakers are on the bottom of the laptop, the Latitude 9410’s dual stereo speakers sound surprisingly good.
At 100% volume, Brandon Flower’s vocals sounded clear. The drum beats were lackluster, but the guitars were well separated. Nevertheless, those agile drumbeats and soaring electric riffs were struggling to fill it, and at maximum volume, there was some treble distortion. Maybe Dell will upgrade this next time with a quad-speaker setup with some top-firing speakers from the XPS 15 or 17?
Dell Latitude 9410 performance
With an Intel Core i7-10610U CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Latitude 9410 was able to handle my demanding workload in the real world. The Edge browser opened 40 tabs with my favorite websites loaded. Without any lag, the Latitude breezed through it. I didn’t notice any slowdown when playing four 1080p YouTube videos.
Taking Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, we found that the Latitude 9410 did well, scoring 16,849. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (16,958, Core i7-10610U) scored similarly, while the Elite Dragonfly’s (14,114, Core i7-8665U) score and premium laptop average (16,521) scored lower than the ThinkPad.
In the more demanding Geekbench 5.0 test, the Latitude reached 3,780 points. Dell edged out the Elite Dragonfly (3,101) to win this round, but the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3,913) took the win.
In our real-world tests, the Latitude 9410 converted 4K video to 1080p in 19 minutes and 9 seconds. In the time it took the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (19:51) to finish the task and crush the Elite Dragonfly (22:23), this machine was on top of the competition. All three of these are faster than the average laptop in this category (18:43).
An SSD inside the Latitude 9410 filled up to 4.97GB of multimedia files in just 5 seconds, equating to a transfer rate of 1,017.8 megabytes per second. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s 256GB SSD was also extremely fast (997.9 MBps) and both laptops outperformed the Elite Dragonfly (424.1) and the average (696.5).
Dell Latitude 9410 graphics
In the meantime, Intel’s integrated graphics will lag behind Nvidia and AMD discrete options.
During our gaming benchmarks, the Latitude 9410 managed just 11 frames per second while playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. That doesn’t even meet the category average (23 fps), much less our playability threshold of 30 frames per second.
Despite being able to drift around corners in Dirt 3 at a steady 38 frames per second, we did not achieve the 65 fps average. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (33 frames per second) and Elite Dragonfly (31 frames per second) were also equipped with unimpressive graphics.
Dell Latitude 9410 battery life
Congratulations to the new king! A king of endurance. With 16 hours and 54 minutes of battery life, the Latitude 9410 lasted longer than any other laptop we’ve tested.
You may find different results depending on your usage of Wi-Fi and brightness, which is where we conduct our battery test. No matter what, the Latitude 9410 will keep running throughout the day without needing a plug. Once powered down, the battery can be charged to 80% in only an hour with its upgraded 90-watt charger.
Despite the ferocious competition from rival notebooks, even the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (10:45) and Elite Dragonfly (12:25), which we praised for their endurance, powered down hours before the Latitude 9410 did.
|Record-shattering battery life||The display could be brighter|
|Premium, durable aluminum chassis||No webcam cover|
|IR camera with proximity sensor||Heavier than competitors|
|Stylus and LTE support|
With its few shortcomings, Dell’s Latitude 9410 2-in-1 laptop is a great business laptop with a few standout features.
There are lots of things that make the Latitude 9410 stand out, but its battery life is undoubtedly its biggest selling point. This makes it the most durable laptop we have tested. Although the chassis is relatively slim, its military-grade durability is impressive despite its relatively thin design.
In addition, it comes with 10th Gen Intel CPUs and a good 14-inch screen with 1080p resolution. The Latitude 9410 delivers on the basics, while not skimping on extras, such as the IR camera and fingerprint sensor. However, I wish it had a webcam cover for privacy-conscious consumers.
The Latitude 9410 is one of the best business laptops you can buy. Lightweight competitors, such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Elite Dragonfly, offer better portability and should be considered instead by road warriors and frequent flyers.