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Does the Dell Latitude 5300 Chromebook have what it takes to be the best Chromebook for business? That remains to be seen. What it offers is tantalizing, for sure: a fast NVMe SSD? Sign us up! It even offers a few ports that are hard to find in a Chromebook model.
The Dell Latitude 5300 Chromebook surprises its users with port options otherwise ignored or hard to find, like HDMI, mobile broadband, and NVMe SSD, housed in a sleek, but plastic chassis.
Housed inside its plastic body is a 1080p, IPS, glossy display. Color accuracy is solid, but nothing fancy. Since it’s an IPS panel, you get wide viewing angles. More importantly, 1080p looks fantastic on a 13.3-inch screen. It’s also touchscreen, allowing for quick workspace changes when the need arises.
Battery life is, without a doubt, fantastic. It can offer you up to 13 hours of life, which is an hour more than the Google Pixelbook Go. More importantly, it hits that mark more often than not. A few adjustments to your power settings will ensure it.
The Dell latitude 5300 Chromebook weighs 4.64 lbs, which is surprising coinciding it’s built with hard plastic. Sturdy, yes, but ultimately lower in quality compared to the all-metal body of the Asus Chromebook Flip C434. It’s still plenty to protect the fast, NVMe solid state drive inside.
You’ll find the Dell Latitude 5300 Chromebook offers more inputs otherwise forgotten on many Chromebook models. For example, there’s HDMI and mobile broadband, two features you’ll be hard pressed to find. You also get a single Type C port, two USB A, and an audio jack.
Is the Dell Latitude Chromebook 5300 worth its asking price of $1100? That’s an awful lot for an average number of features. Sure, it has a few ports that aren’t fitted to typical Chromebook models, and it does come with Chromebook Enterprise, which offers a host of security controls, corporate data access, and so on—but with that kind of price it should’ve been fitted with an Intel Core i7. And plus, you might already have something of that nature or a service offered by your workplace. You’re better off saving yourself some cash and going with the HP Chromebook X360 14.
There’s few instances where the Dell Latitude 5300 Chromebook is more valuable than its cheaper brothers. Its fast NVMe SSD and ports simply aren’t enough to make that jump. Chrome Enterprise is great, but could be eclipsed by software already bought or offered by your own workplace. It’s a steep price that few may be willing to pay.