The Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 is a detachable hybrid tablet with a 12.3-inch screen, a kickstand, and a removable keyboard cover. The Latitude 5285 is pricey but loaded, with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a Core i7 processor. It’s a good choice if you like the portability and aesthetics, but need to stay with an IT-approved platform. The Latitude measures 8.2 by 11.5 by 0.38 inches (HWD).
The tablet weighs 1.96 pounds alone, 2.71 pounds with the keyboard case, and 2.75 pounds with the keyboard and Active Pen. That’s not bad compared to traditional notebooks with a clamshell form factor. This well-equipped version comes with the Travel Keyboard cover and the Active Pen, though the base model lacks both. Keyboard covers let you use these detachable-hybrid tablets as laptop replacements, though they work best on a coffee table or desk. When used in your lap, it’s a little less comfortable, as the kickstand digs into your thighs, just above the knees.
The 12.3-inch Full HD (1,920-by-1,280 resolution) display has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which matches the panel on the HP Elite x2. It clearly displays 1080p HD videos, and there is ample space for multiple windows or browser tabs. The text is smooth and graphics are bright and vibrant.
The 10-point touch screen responds quickly to inputs, though as on most current tablets, there is an almost imperceptible lag when you draw quickly on the screen with the included Active Pen. The Pen has a rocker switch on its side for customizable functions like right-clicking and erasing errant drawings. A shortcut button on the blunt end of the Pen brings up Windows Ink functions, like on the Surface Pen and HP Pen. It is more convenient than the tethered HP Pen, since it attaches to the side of the tablet with magnets, or you can use the included tether cord.
The speakers, on the left and right sides of the tablet, don’t exude thumping low end, but low levels could be heard in our two bass test tracks, “Pony” by Ginuwine and “Silent Shout” by The Knife. The speakers are loud enough to fill a medium-sized room with music or a streaming movie.
Connectivity is sparse but well thought out. All of the connectors are on the left side of the tablet, including a headset jack, a USB 3.0 port, and two USB-C ports. The second USB-C port will come in handy since you’ll need to use one for charging the tablet. You can connect displays to the USB-C ports with adapters, or use Dell’s WD15 USB-C Dock ($199.99) for displays and USB peripherals, like keyboards and mouse, with one cord. An SD card slot behind the kickstand adds up to 2TB of local storage. There’s a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera that takes clear photos and 1080p videos, and a front-facing 5MP lens for selfies and web conferences. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 handle wireless connections.
PROCESSOR AND OPERATING SYSTEM
The base model comes with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. Our unit has been upgraded to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The extra memory gives you breathing room for creating and reviewing large spreadsheets, viewing raw photos from your DSLR, and otherwise multitasking with dozens of browser tabs open. 256GB is the current sweet spot for SSD storage. It’s plenty of space for documents and your Office suite and other programs, though you’ll probably crave more for large files if you’re a photographer or videographer. If you need more space, a 1TB SSD upgrade is available for an extra $560.
The tablet has the standard array of corporate security features, with a few novel additions. There are extra Dell utilities installed through Windows 10 Pro. Like other Dell corporate systems, the Latitude 5285 includes TPM2.0, Intel vPro, and can easily deal with your IT department’s management systems. The front-facing webcam has an extra IR camera built in that supports Windows Hello for logging into your system with a glance. Dell backs the system with a one-year warranty with on-site service after an online diagnostic.
An Intel Core i7-7600U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 provides the power to quickly dispatch everyday business tasks like calculating in spreadsheets, word processing, and video conferencing. The Latitude 5285 scored top marks on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test (3,322 points). It returned above-average scores on multi media tests, including Handbrake (2:11), CineBench (347 points), and Photoshop (3:13), again beating most of the field. The Latitude 5285 returned respectable numbers on our 3D gaming tests, but the only system here that had smooth animation on our game tests was the Microsoft Surface Book, which employs discrete graphics. For the performance scores check the analysis below the specs chart.
Battery life is excellent. The Latitude 5285 lasted 11 hours, 9 minutes on our rundown test.