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Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Hands-on, First impressions

If you don’t fancy a stationary type laptop like the Dell Latitude 13 7390 or isn’t quite content with just the flexibility of the Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1. Then the notebook for you might be the Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 detachable. It combines the small form factor of the 7390 with the flexibility of the 7390 2-in-1 by having the ability to turn into a tablet.

The Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 detachable might very well be the one with the smallest footprint among the three newly released devices. It has a minimalistic detachable keyboard and a very respectable 12-inch slim body. The device is simple, due to the fact that its main body is a 12-inch tablet, yet it still has an elegant aura. Not to mention, the built-in large kickstand at the back is a welcome feature. The body of the device itself has a sturdy and rigid construction, this also carries over to the detachable keyboard which has just the right amount of heft and a good construction.

The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is equipped with a 12.3-inch WUXGA+ touch display. The screen itself has vivid colors, good accuracy, and above average viewing angles. It is also responsive to the touch and registers gestures well. Overall, you get an above average display that’s good for color accurate work and general office use.

We are again treated with a TKL (tenkeyless, no Numpad) keyboard, due to the device’s small form factor. The keyboard itself has short travel distance and excellent tactile feedback, making it a joy to type on. It also has a lower profile than the keyboard of the aforementioned Latitude 7390 pair. While the arrow keys are, again, smaller than usual, we do get a little more spacing between the rest of the keyboard. Accidental key presses may still occur, though at lesser frequencies that with the 7390 duo.


The trackpad, on the other hand, is a Clickpad (the whole pad can be clicked to register commands) with a smooth surface. This time around, we get pretty clicky keys with good haptic feedback. Swipes and gestures are also registered easily and accurately.

As for I/O we still have a good selection. The left side houses the audio port, volume rockers, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port (with power share), and two USB Type-C ports (With support for optional Thunderbolt 3). Over to the right, we have the power button and a uSD 4.0 Memory card reader. Interestingly at the back of the device is a fingerprint scanner.

Like the two Dell Latitude 13 7390, the Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is a good choice for any on-the-go professional. It’s even more portable than the other two models due to its ability to transform into a handy tablet. Paired with respectable specs, a tiny form factor, well-constructed body, and portable keyboard, the Dell Latitude 5290 is shaping up to be a perfect travel buddy or mobile workstation. Although, it does start at a hefty Php 83,000. The device is now available in the Philippine market.

Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 specs:
12.3-inch WUXGA+ (1920 x 1280) 3:2 Touch Display
Intel Core i5-8350U
256GB M.2 SSD
WiFi 802.11ac
Fingerprint reader
Back Cover w/ Smart Card
Keyboard and Pen
Windows 10 Pro
4-cell 42W/HR Battery

Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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1 Response

  1. Freeje says:

    Lenovo Mix 520 is a better option with similar specs.

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