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Dell Latitude E5540 15.6" Laptop i5-4210U 1.70GHz Processor 4GB RAM 128GB SSD DVD Webcam Windows 10 Professional

Dell Latitude E5540 15.6
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[£333.29 ex VAT]
[£399.95 inc VAT]
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item # 418163AW1
Condition: Refurbished / Grade A1
Warranty: 12 Months warranty
  • What It Does
  • Specifications
  • Our Specialist View

The Dell Latitude E5540 is a sturdy and reliable full size laptop, boasting the Intel Haswell Processor technology and a host of office-friendly features.
 
Key Features
  • 15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Display
  • Intel Core i5-4210U 1.70GHz Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • DVD ROM Optical Drive
  • HDMI, VGA & USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Windows 10 Professional
 
With a low-voltage 4th Gen Intel® Core i5 processor along with Windows 10 Professional, allowing you to work on big jobs with ease.
 
Count on fast and reliable performance from your 128GB Solid-State Drive. Collaborate effectively with an integrated HD webcam and microphone array.
 
It is also a highly mobile laptop, which balances the advantages of the design and the high demands of professional business customers.
 
The Dell Latitude E5540 features a screen size of 15.6” which display your contents in a full view without cutting off any portion and distortion.
 
It's screen gives you a wide view of everything you want to display, as well as, providing you the best and advanced viewing options.
 
We really like the E5540 and the product is only enhanced by an increase in memory or perhaps greater performance from a larger solid state drive.

Processor - Intel Core i5-4210U 1.70GHz Dual Core (2.40GHz Max Turbo Frequency, 3MB Intel SMART Cache)
 
Graphics - Intel HD 4600
 
Display - 15.6" LED backlit FHD WLED
 
Display Resolution - 1920 x 1080 
 
Hard Drive - 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) 
 
RAM - 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 Slots, Max 16GB) 
 
WiFi - Yes 
 
LAN - Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
 
Audio - HD Audio, Two intergrated stereo speakers 
 
Webcam - Yes
 
Optical Drive - DVD/CD ROM
 
Keyboard - UK Language
 
Operating System - Windows 10 Professional 64Bit 
 
Bluetooth - Yes
 
Ports - USB 2.0 x, USB 3.0 x 2, VGA x 1, HDMI x 1, Headphone/Microphone combo x 1, RJ-45 x 1, Docking connector x 1
 
Card Reader - Yes, SD/SDHC/SDXC 
 
Dimensions - 2.60-2.97 x 37.90 x 25.05 cm (H x W x D) 
 
Weight - 2.42 kg (approx)

Our Specialist view of the Dell Latitude E5540 laptop

The Spec:

The Dell Latitude E5540 specs are as follows: A full HD 1920 x 1080 15.6” WLED larger screen display with a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM that can be upgraded to 16GB and a reasonable size 128GB solid state drive. The SSD still have an acceptable amount of storage space after the OS. Windows 10 Professional is preinstalled so you can get up and running straight away. Lots of connectivity options as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and a webcam.

The Good Bits:

Unlike a lot of our laptops it’s got a larger 15.6” display rather than a 14” or smaller. We really like that it’s Full HD WLED because it provides a sharp viewing experience and lots more viewable screen! We’ve mentioned on several of our other refurbished Dell laptop reviews that Dell laptops are superbly well made and durable, and the E5540 is no different. The case also houses a separate number pad, which if you’re working a lot with Excel or accounting software is invaluable. The addition of an SSD, for performance gains, is also a big plus, ignoring the relatively small capacity. We do see this as a positive however, as it encourages the use external storage, which in our opinion is a far safer way of storing data. Click here for some benefits to using external storage.

The Not So Good Bits:

Something that plagues Dell laptops of this age is the overall size and weight. Coming in at just under 2.5kg it’s by no means a super heavy weight, but it’s more Mike Tyson than Floyd Mayweather, which may put some off. We touched on the smaller capacity SSD above and mentioned the positives to it, though it does have some obvious drawbacks. There won’t be huge amounts of storage available so if you are someone that likes to store lots of music, photos, videos etc then a SSD upgrade may come around a lot sooner than expected.

The Design:

A few less straight lines in the E5540 does make this laptop feel a little less boxy and slightly more modern than the smaller E5430’s. The plethora of ports and slots is also a big bonus.

Suitability:

It offers more that it’s smaller cousin, the E5430 and doesn’t weigh much more either so it certainly would suit a home user but also a business professional that is predominantly office based.


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