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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Latitude E5530 adapted to surf the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Dell with this Latitude E5530.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s not prohibitive, but you may find it Latitude E5530 less easy to use when you’re on the go.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Dell thought it over carefully in this case.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-3230M. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 240 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Latitude E5530 the right choice for watching movies ?
This Latitude E5530 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
For this model, Dell thought big. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1366×768. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The color contrast is sharp, and the image is bright, no matter from what angle you look at it.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.7 kg.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the Latitude E5530 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i5-3230M, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, Dell has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
As for battery life, it Latitude E5530 can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. You have 7 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
Is Latitude E5530 planned for travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Dell. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
It Latitude E5530 weights 1.7 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this Latitude E5530 do not generally have touch screens. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
No backlit keyboard on this Latitude E5530. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Core i5-3230M; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
The result is a poorer autonomy. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
An autonomy of 7 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 240 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Latitude E5530 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Latitude E5530 really made for travelling.
Latitude E5530 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this Latitude E5530 may be fine. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-3230M does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Dell made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Latitude E5530 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 240 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
For the autonomy part, Dell proposes last generation batteries. The available battery life is of 7 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. However, it’s still a decent average range.
For the connector part, the Latitude E5530has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
A quality product, designed by Dell with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
The Latitude E5530 for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis Latitude E5530 wasn’t designed for video games. The Dell technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 240 Gb it Latitude E5530is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Latitude E5530 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.7 Kg and is 15.6 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
Please note that with an autonomy of 7 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Latitude E5530 one. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
Latitude E5530 the right choice for office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Latitude E5530 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It is a mature product.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10 Pro.
Neither too heavy nor too light. Average weight, with 1.7 Kg.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 240 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In the end, this Latitude E5530 is a good compromise. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
Finally, the Latitude E5530….
This Latitude E5530 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
– playing video games
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks