Dell Latitude 5300 vs 7300: Which to Buy?

Dell Latitude 5300 vs Latitude 7300

The Dell Latitude 5300 and Latitude 7300 are compared here. Both the laptops have almost similar features but there are some differences which may change your decision of buying one of these laptops.

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Dell Latitude 13 5300Dell Latitude 13 7300
PROSPROS
Compact, light, and strong body.
Lots of security features.
Epic battery life with 60WHr option.
Low-watt FHD display looks great.
Comfortable keyboard and touchpad.
CONSCONS
Tends to get pretty hot and noisy under heavy load.
Battery life does not respond to the capacity.
Not the lightest one.
Terrible fingerprint reader.

SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLAYDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Monitor FeaturesLaptop, 13.3″ FHD AG, SLP, 6.0mm HD Cam/Mic, WLAN, Carbon Fiber, Non-Touch display,
2-in-1, 13.3″ FHD AR, Anti Smudge, 6.0mm HD Cam/Mic, WLAN, Carbon Fiber, Touch display,
Laptop, 13.3″ FHD AR+AS SafeScreen Touch, IR Cam/Mic, ALS, Prox Sensor, WLAN/2×2 WWAN, Carbon Fiber display
13.4-inch UHD, WLED, Touch Display13.3-in. HD AG (WXGA 1366×768), 220 nits, non-touch display,
13.3-in FHD AG (1920 x 1080), 300 nits, non-touch display 13.3-in. FHD AG (1920 x 1080), 300 nits, non-touch display with Dynamic Privacy Dell SafeScreen,
13.3-in FHD AG (1920 x 1080), 300 nits, touch display13.4-inch UHD, WLED, Touch Display
Resolution1920 x 12001920 x 1080, 3840 x 2400
LCD Backlight TechnologyLED-BacklitWLED-Backlit
PROCESSORDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
CPU8th Gen Intel Core i7-8665U processor, Intel Core i5-8365U Processor, Intel Core i5-8265U processor, Intel Core i3-8145U processor8th Generation Intel core i5-8265U, 8th Generation Intel core i5-8365U, 8th Generation Intel core i7-8665U
Clock Speed (Turbo boost)3.9 GHz, 4.1 GHz, 4.8 GHz3.9 GHz, 4.1 GHz, 4.8 GHz
Cache4MB Cache, 6MB Cache, 8MB Cache6M Cache, 8M Cache
MEMORYDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Speed2666 MHz2400 MHz
TechnologyDDR4DDR4
Size16GB4GB to 32GB
HARD DRIVEDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
StorageUp to 1 TB128 GB, 256 GB, 1TB
Spindle SpeedSATA Solid-State Drive Class 20, PCIe Solid-State Drive Class 35 or 40, SED Solid-State Drive Class 40M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive
AUDIO & VIDEODELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Graphic ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 620Intel UHD Graphics 620
SoundRealtek ALC3254 with Waves MaxxAudio ProRealtek ALC3254 with Waves MaxxAudio Pro, Two-channel high-definition audio
CameraRealtek ALC3254 with Waves MaxxAudio ProStill image: HD resolution (1280 x 720), Video: HD resolution (1280 x 720) at 30 fpsStill image: 0.92 megapixels,
Video: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
OPERATING SYSTEMDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
TypeWindows 10 Home, Windows 10 ProfessionalWindows 10 Home (64 bit), Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
CONNECTIONSDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
PortsOne micro SIM card slot,
One USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A) ports,
One USB 3.1 Gen 1 with PowerShare,
One USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 port with DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 3(optional),
Noble wedge lock slot, One headset (headphone and microphone combo) port,
One HDMI 1.4b port (supports up to 4k at 30 Hz),
RJ-45, 10/100/1000, No LED indicator
One USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 port (Thunderbolt),
Two USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one PowerShare capable),
Noble Wedge lock slot Smart card reader (optional),
Dell USB 3.0 Dock (UNO),
Universal audio jack (Headset Jack + microphone-in + line-in support),
HDMI 1.4a
Memory carduSD 4.0 Memory Cardmicro-SD 4.0 memory card
COMMUNICATIONSDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Wireless ProtocolIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX210 2×2 802.11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.1 Wireless CardIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2×2 .11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.0
Wired Protocol
BATTERYDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Capacity42WHr or 60WHr ExpressCharge Capable Battery42WHr, 60WHr
Cells3-Cell or 4-Cell3-Cell, 4-Cell
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Width12.03 in13.07 in
Depth8.17 in8.15 in
Height0.66-0.76 in0.65-0.69 in
Weight2.73 lbs2.75-2.88 lbs
MISCELLANEOUSDELL LATITUDE 13 5300DELL LATITUDE 13 7300
Color
KeyboardOptional (backlit and Non-backlit)Optional Backlit Keyboard
AVAILABLE OPTIONSOption-1
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INTRODUCTION:

This is the comparison of Latitude 5300 and 7300. They’re both very similar and the 7300 supposed to be a higher grade laptop than the 5300. The main reason for this comparison review is that the hardware of these laptops is almost the same and also the price range. So, what are the differences between them that make each laptop different?

Dell Latitude 7300

DESIGN:

The 5300 casing is plastic while the 7300 is all aluminum which feels like a more premium product and may help with heat dissipation. The dimensions of the laptops are both very similar. However, this 5300 is slightly thicker in the rear.

DISPLAY:

The 7300 has an LG 133 WF7 panel while the 5300 has an LG 133 WF6 panel and they both have a brightness of 300 nits. However, the WF7 panel has a contrast ratio of 800:1 versus 700:1 on the WF6 panel. The WF7 panel has a 72% NTSC color coverage which is equivalent to 100% sRGB, while the WF6 panel has 75% NTSC color coverage which equates to about 102% sRGB coverage. As to why they look significantly different maybe it’s because of the 2 to 3 percent difference in color coverage or it may be the fact that one has a touch panel and one doesn’t.

FEATURES:

In the box with the laptop, they only include the charger. The 5300 and 7300 that we picked up have very similar specs. Both have a core i7 8655 processor with 8 GB of memory and they both also have a 13-inch 1080p screen. The differences however are that the 5300 has a touchscreen and IR camera, fingerprint, and smart card reader and the Wi-Fi card is an Intel AC9560 card. While the 7300 has a Qualcomm QCA61x4A Wi-Fi card. The SSDs also have different capacities as well as manufacturers. The 5300 has a 256 GB Samsung PM991 SSD, while the 7300 has a 128 GB KIOXIA BG4 SSD.

Surprisingly, there are two memory slots that Dell says are upgradable to 32 GB. As with most other laptops, the SSD, as well as the Wi-Fi card, are replaceable. A WLAN card can be installed on both laptops but since the 7300 didn’t have a WLAN antenna, there’s also no sim card tray on the side of the laptop. Interestingly, my guess is the 7300 and 5300 shipped with the same motherboard but the casing and screen vary depending on if you order the laptop with the WLAN antenna or cell module.

Connectivity between the two laptops is pretty much the same with the exception that the 5300 has a built-in ethernet port. Otherwise, they both have a power connector USB-C port, HDMI 1.4 port, a micro SD slot, headphone jack, and two USB 3 ports which one has always-on charging.

The 5300 has a better webcam, speakers, and brighter screen. If you use a wired network connection often, the 5300 has one built-in saving you from needing to carry around a dongle. The speakers on the 5300 are considerably better than the 7300. Personally, the webcam on the 5300 is better than the 7300 even though they’re the same resolution. 

Downsides for the Latitude 5300 is the plastic interior, lower peak performance due to an inferior cooling solution, the touchpad buttons being a little more flimsy in the Latitude 7300, and only a one year warranty. The 7300 has an aluminum casing with an optional carbon-fiber casing, arguably sleeker design, three-year warranty, better performance and cooling, slightly slimmer towards the rear of the laptop, and slightly better touchpad buttons. Disadvantages of Latitude 7300 are a seemingly dim display despite the specs saying it’s the same 300 brightness, the speakers and webcam aren’t as nice as the 5300.

Dell Latitude 5300 vs Dell Latitude 7300

PERFORMANCE:

The interesting thing regarding the thermal design of the laptops is even though the laptops are very similar in size and design, there is a rear vent only on the 5300 data hinge design, and the heat sink and heat pipe is bigger in the 7300.

If we see how fast these laptops power up. It looks like the 5300 boots a little faster but from the user benchmark scores, you’ll see that the SSD and the 5300 benchmarks higher than the 7300. Even though the processors are the same, the 7300 performs better and I think this may have to do with the 7300 having a bigger heatsink. GPU performance and memory performance are the same, unsurprisingly since they both have the same GPU and memory.

I did some video editing to see how these laptops perform as well as how much these laptops throttle. I did a simple test by pulling a video from the camera and simply re-encoding it in Davinci Resolve. CPU temperatures did vary between 5300 and 7300 and as I’ve already mentioned, this is more than likely due to the differences in heat sizes. The average time to re-encode an 8-minute video file on the 5300 over three runs was around 13 minutes at 78 degrees celsius and around 11 minutes for the 7300 at 74 degrees celsius. The 5300 encoded videos at around 1900 megahertz and the 7300 encoded video at around 2400 megahertz. From these results having a bigger heat pipe and heatsink definitely helped reduce temperatures and encoding times and also delayed the fan running at full speed.

Copping a 4GB video file using the built-in micro SD card reader yielded 81 megabytes per second on the 5300 versus 85 megabytes per second on the 7300. So, I would call this a draw as well.

BATTERY:

I purchased both laptops with the upgraded 60-watt hour battery over the standard 48-watt hour battery. The Latitude 5300 may give around 15 hours of battery life in web surfing and video playback which is more than the Lenovo Thinkpad T490 and Thinkpad X1 Yoga, and also Asus Zenbook 13. While the Latitude 7300 gives around 10 hours in web surfing and video playback. It shows different battery even when they both use the same watt batteries, it may be because the performance and some more features are different.

Dell Latitude 5300

WHICH TO BUY?

Which laptop would you pick the laptop with the brighter screen, speakers, and ethernet jack with a one year warranty in the Latitude 5300 or the better-built laptop that’s a little faster and has a three-year warranty in the Latitude 7300? The price range of both the laptops is very same. So, it will be in your hands which laptop do you want considering all the features and performance of it.

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