With its specs, it’s hard for the Latitude 9330 to underperform. Whether used as a standard laptop or flipped over to use purely in tablet mode, the 2-in-1 device, aimed at CXOs, always delivers and more – all for a substantial price.
The Dell Latitude 9330 2-in-1 is the latest in a long line of laptops aimed at business users, some of which require the processing power of a professional laptop. However, according to Dell, the 9330 is aimed at C-suite executives – and does it do the job for that? I’ve had about three weeks to play with this super-compact, ultra-light laptop – Dell was kind enough to lend me a device for this review, and I have my reservations.
My review unit was equipped with a 12th generation Core i7 processor with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. Plus, it has a crisp, snappy 16:10 touchscreen display with a 2K 2560×1600 resolution that’s more than enough for reading emails, browsing the web, and doing your typical C-suite executive stuff – don’t ask me what those are, I’m not even close to working at that level yet.
With specs like this, it’s hard for a device to underperform, and the Latitude 9330 is no exception. Whether used as a standard laptop or flipped over to use purely in tablet mode, the device always delivers and more. I am a heavy user of web browsers and word processing programs – at any given time there will be at least 20 Google Chome tabs open. And if there’s one thing we know about Chrome, it’s that it doesn’t eat power, it gobbles it up. However, this laptop barely broke a sweat. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the heat sink—the fan—turn on. The laptop is just that good.
I did wonder why senior executives, whose job I assume mostly consists of answering emails, video conferencing, and maybe working on a spreadsheet or 10, need that much horsepower. Please note that I am well aware that my description of the day-to-day responsibilities of a CXO is quite restrictive, but this was still a point I’ve been thinking about a lot. This was clearly a professional grade laptop that has enough horsepower to potentially power your home.
This laptop is a good use case for CXOs for exactly the reason I mentioned above: I barely break a sweat while I have some of the most power-hungry programs open. For that same reason, since the stakes are much higher for CXOs, they want a laptop that won’t topple over and die no matter what – in short, a device that has more power than they need so that their day-to-day tasks can be performed without any interruption.
If that was the intention, Dell definitely knocked this out of the park.
Ah yes. The ubiquitous keyboard. A component that no computer can run without, and I’m happy to report that the Dell Latitude 9330 has one of the best laptop keyboards I’ve used outside of the Apple ecosystem. It has a pleasant click feel, with decent key travel. It takes almost no time to get used to this keyboard, especially if – like me – you come here from a comparably compact keyboard.
This is also a very important aspect of a laptop. Any mobile computer should have decent battery life or else the whole purpose of being mobile is called into question. On a single charge, under normal use, the Latitude 9330 lasted seven hours from 100 percent to 0 percent. That’s pretty impressive for such a small laptop.
The screen is designed for hours of use – it’s equipped with blue light filters, has a sharp resolution and despite its smaller screen is about 0.3in smaller than the 2020 MacBook Air, which is still a significant amount. difference – it has enough power to make your viewing experience extremely enjoyable, thanks to native HDR support.
Now Dell has yet to give me an official maximum retail price for this laptop – but from my own online research, it costs around $2,000 which is about Rs 1.65 lakh.
Would I recommend this laptop for someone who performs light, everyday tasks such as writing, browsing the web, and consuming media? Probably not. But if you have money burning a hole in your pocket and just need to spend more than Rs 1.6 lakh, and don’t feel like dipping your toe into the macOS pool, then definitely get the Latitude 9330 2-in-1 . You do it for several years.
If you’re a CXO and need a laptop that never gives up, this one’s for you.
If not, there are several more than adequate laptops at a fraction of the price that will put your money to better use.
That said, this laptop is an absolute beast, and I hope whoever buys one enjoys it as much as I do.
(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)
First print: IST