Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable review: Tablets are back in business


Windows tablets are making a comeback, especially in the business world. Microsoft released its Surface Pro 7+ for business users, and Lenovo released the ThinkPad X12 Detachable. Lenovo is a particularly formidable competitor, making our list of the best 2-in-1s. Now, Dell has jumped into the fray with the Latitude 7320 Detachable, another business-oriented laptop aimed at meeting the needs of corporate users.

Dell sent me an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1180G7 CPU with vPro support, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe, solid-state drive (SSD), 13-inch IPS FHD+ (1920) with a $2,189 (retail price $3,127) configuration. x 1280) 3:2 display, and optional keyboard and pen. is a special form of detachable tablet, pioneered by the Surface Pro, and Latitude 7320 Detachable Follows that format to the letter. Does it offer enough to stand out in an increasingly crowded area?

design

A Dell Latitude 7320 detachable propelled by its kickstand.
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The Latitude 7320 Detachable and Surface Pro 7+ don’t look exactly alike. They’re similar, but Dell’s aluminum chassis is more rounded along the edges than Microsoft’s magnesium chassis. It’s a darker gray than Microsoft’s Bright Silver, and the bezels are smaller along the edges—a huge positive. There is more in common with the Surface Pro X, which is also more rounded and enjoys smaller side bezels. The Latitude 7320 Detachable is an attractive device, if it’s traditionally designed, with few embellishments besides the Dell and Latitude logos on the back of the chassis.

Tablets from Dell and Microsoft sport the same kickstands that open from the back and extend to similar angles, and their detachable keyboards are nearly identical (more on that later). I’ll note here that the Latitude 7320 detachable’s kickstand opens to the bottom and it’s not quite as sturdy as the Surface Pro 7+ if you hold the tablet in an upright position. The design of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable is also similar, though it uses the iconic ThinkPad look and feel with a soft-touch surface compared to the cool metal and an all-black aesthetic of the other two. Interestingly, Lenovo looks a lot like the Surface Pro 7+, and its kickstand is also in better condition for a more solid experience.

Each tablet is remarkably similar in size, with the Latitude 7320 detachable coming in at 0.33 inches thick and 1.7 pounds (tablet only), while the Surface Pro 7+ is detachable at 0.33 inches and 1.7 pounds, and the ThinkPad X12 at 0.34 inches. and 1.67 lbs. Thanks to the slightly larger 13-inch 3:2 display (compared to the 12.3-inch 3:2 displays on Microsoft and Lenovo tablets), the Latitude 7320 detachable is a bit tall. However, these are all very light and well sized tablets, and so no one is of any use here.

In terms of durability, the Latitude 7320 Detachable feels almost as sturdy as its competition, which is saying a lot. The Surface Pro 7+ and ThinkPad X12 Detachable are both rock-solid machines, and Dell follows suit — for the most part. The difference is only in the kickstand. Again, Dell’s version is inferior to the other two. It’s simply not as well designed as the others, and as mentioned, the tablet doesn’t feel stable after a certain vertical point.

A profile image of a Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable showing the charging port and power button.
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Connectivity is limited to a single USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 support on each side of the tablet and a 3.5mm audio jack on the top left. If you opt for the optional WWAN LTE 4 support, you’ll also find a micro-SIM slot on the right side. Wireless connectivity is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

Display

Dell equipped the Latitude 7320 detachable with lower-powered versions of Intel’s 11th-gen Core processors, and my review unit was configured with a Core i7-1180G7 with vPro. This is the first laptop we reviewed with this specific CPU, though we reviewed the slower versions. I was expecting the same kind of performance from the Latitude 7320 Detachable, which is to say, solid productivity performance but not enough power for CPU-intensive creative apps.

Unexpectedly, that’s exactly what I experienced. For example, in Geekbench 5, Dell performed slightly slower than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano with the Core i7-1160G7, but faster than the ThinkPad X12 Detachable with its Core i5-1130G7. The HP Specter x360 14 was slow, but I’m reporting its performance in “optimal” mode, not in “Performance” mode as set in the HP Command Center utility. That laptop is quite fast in performance mode. When it comes to thermal and performance management utilities, the Latitude 7320 Detachable uses Dell’s Power Manager utility, but it made little difference to our benchmarks.

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Screen 2
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In our Handbrake test, which encodes 420MB of video as the H.265, the Latitude 7320 detachable ranked last among our comparison group. Four minutes is quite a long time in this test for a modern CPU, and while the Specter x360 14 was also slow, it was very fast in its performance mode. Next up is Cinebench R23, where Dell again took last place. Obviously, the tablet needs to throttle the CPU to keep things cool in such a thin chassis. Note that I included the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED just to demonstrate how these slower Intel Core machines compare to AMD’s contemporary Ryzen chips.

In the end, I ran the PCMark 10 Full test, where, as you can imagine, the Latitude 7320 Detachable lagged. These results were carried over to the essentials, productivity and content creation parts of the benchmark, the latter being particularly slow. Interestingly, the Dell Power Manager utility made a slight difference in this test where every other utility I’ve used didn’t. The difference wasn’t significant, but the Latitude 7320 Detachable was faster than the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and the ThinkPad X1 Nano in performance mode.

Overall, as I suspected, the Latitude 7320 Detachable is fast enough for productivity tasks, which we can say for every modern laptop we’ve reviewed. You won’t notice any slowdown or lagging when you’re running your web browser, Office apps, and the like, but try anything that’s CPU-intensive and you’ll be disappointed. The tablet also remained cool to the touch, with quiet and unobtrusive fans that swirled when working hard. We reviewed the Surface Pro 7 long before we changed our benchmark tests, and so I can’t make a direct comparison. The Surface Pro 7+ uses a full-speed 11th-gen Intel Core CPU, and is therefore likely to be faster than Dell.

Geekbench (Single/Multi) Handbrake (sec) Cinebench R23 (Single/Multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Detective
Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable
(Core i7-1180G7)
1532/531 247 1246/3339 4410 1443
Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable (Core i5-1130G7) 1352/4796 185 1125/3663 4443 926
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
(Core i7-1160G7)
1466/5139 180 1377/4550 4600 1549
hp specter x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1214/417 236 1389/3941 4728 1457
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED

(AMD Ryzen 7 5800U)

1423/6758 124 1171/7824 6034 1342

i ran fortnite Detachable on the Latitude 7320 to see how well the tablet can play, and long story short, it can’t. It managed just 14 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and higher and 8 fps at Epic Graphics. This is similar to the ThinkPad X12 Detachable and is expected for a tablet that is thermally constrained to run a low-power GPU.

performance and audio

Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable Screen
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Like the Surface Pro X, the Latitude 7320 Detachable features a 13-inch 3:2 display that’s slightly larger than the 12.3-inch display on the Surface Pro 7+ and ThinkPad X12 ThinkPad. It runs at 1920 x 1280 (like the ThinkPad), which is a lower resolution than the Surface Pro X’2 2880 x 1920 and the Surface Pro 7+’s 2736 x 1824. If you’re a pixel peeper you can see the difference, but I think most people would be fine with the resolution.

Luckily, Dell chose a decent panel for the Latitude 7320 detachable according to my colorimeter. First, it’s very bright at 397 nits, well beyond our 300-nit threshold, compared to the ThinkPad at 364 nits and the Surface Pro 7 at 377 nits—we haven’t reviewed the Surface Pro 7+, but it It’s safe to assume the displays are identical. The Dell surpassed our favorite 1000:1 contrast ratio at 1040:1, while the ThinkPad fell short at 940:1 and the Surface Pro 7 came in at 1140:1.

In terms of color, the Latitude 7320 Detachable averages a slightly higher 77% AdobeRGB and 99% sRGB (most premium laptops are around 75% and 95%, respectively), while the ThinkPad X12 Detachable is 72% and 97. % and Surface Pro 7 at 70% and 93%. Dell led the way in color accuracy at a Delta E of 1.17 (1.0 or less is considered excellent), the ThinkPad at 1.59 and the Surface Pro 7 at a disappointing 3.51.

The Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable is being used as a tablet with a stylus.
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I enjoyed the performance during my testing, finding it to display such vibrant colors that aren’t oversaturated and crisp black text and make for a pleasant experience when streaming media content. It’s not going to please creative types who want a wide range of colors, but for everyone else, it’s a pleasure to use.

Two side-firing speakers provide audio, and I found it to be very low volume, even at max volume. Quality was fine, with balanced mids and highs (but no bass), and no distortion. The speakers are very quiet. You’ll need headphones or a Bluetooth speaker if you want to do more than just listen to the sound of the system and watch the occasional YouTube video.

Keyboard, Touchpad and Webcam

Close-up of the Dell Latitude 7320 detachable pen and keyboard.
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Unlike the ThinkPad X12 detachable and just like the Surface Pro 7+ and X, the Latitude 7320 doesn’t ship with a detachable keyboard and pen. while slim active pen (more on that in a moment) is a reasonable $70, keyboard One valued is $200. Part of that cost is justified by its design, which includes a docking bay for the pen, which…

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