Dell Latitude 5285 Tablet/Notebook 

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While this can be used as a notebook the keyboard is not fixed and the screen would need propping so this Latitude device is really a Tablet with a keyboard attached so probably best described as a Tablet/Notebook to be accurate.

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The Dell Latitude 5285 measures 29x21.5x1.3cm and it weighs 1251grams.

It has an 82 keyboard with the alpha keys being full size. There is a hinge behind the keyboard that can have the screen upright and no space between the function keys and the screen or the other way and over 1cm gap between the two. Around 1.3cm is the gap between the edges and almost 8cm clear in front of the keyboard with the 10x5.5cm trackpad mounted 8.5cm from the left and 10.5cm from the right side.

Should you wish the keyboard part can be detached by using two push buttons on the rear of it and this reduces the weight of the Tablet to 909grams.

There is a Windows key on the left side of the Tablet, the top has the on/off button with the other connections on the right side these are 3.5mm headphone connection, USB port and two USB ‘C’ ports. On the back is a fingerprint sensor and the units camera. Above the screen – landscape mode – is the selfie camera there is a 1.5cm band all round outside the 26x17.4cm screen which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of just over 12inches.

The back is two tone and when you look closely half of it opens to provide a prop for the unit so you do not need an otherwise solid object to stand it against.

My unit came with an Intel i5 processor running at 2.6GHz, it had 8GB RAM, 64bit Windows 10 Pro and a 250GB SSD drive (227GB useable) it had around 45GB of this used.

Streaming video full screen gave me just over six hours of continuous use.

These days an optical drive is not found on many portable units, having just one USB port might be a problem if you use this unit in the office as well as on the road, there are docks that can solve this problem and one such I reviewed recently from StarTech and this supplies everything you might want extra USB ports and even including Ethernet and a cavity for an extra hard drive all run from a USB ‘C’ port.

For someone who travels weight is the main drawback and the only thing I might want is a slip case to protect the screen if you do not travel with the keyboard.

Touch worked well and while this was with me I reviewed a couple of software packages on it and found it worked perfectly well, I can see that storage could be a problem but an external hard drive might solve this or something that uses one of the USB ‘C’ ports. Having no Micro SD or SD Card port could also give problems but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can do wonders. It is of course a juggling problem to keep the weight down to a minimum and less than 1Kilo is very good.

I could only find this unit as a refurbished product on Amazon sold by Dell the manufacturer at £600 with the same specification that I was sent 2nd link. However when I queried it with my helpful PR contact I was given a link to the Dell shop in Ireland that shows it new at £1259 but add VAT and delivery.

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