System Performance

Our Latitude 12 5000 model uses the Haswell based Core i5-4310U, which is a dual-core, quad-thread processor with Turbo Boost. Base clocks are 2.0 GHz, and the boost frequency is 3.0 GHz under a 15 watt TDP. Integrated graphics are provided by the Intel HD 4400 GPU, with a 200 MHz base frequency and 1.1 GHz boost frequency. The Haswell-U range is well-known in our benchmarks at this time, so we do not expect any surprises. The sample we received does have 8 GB of memory, but it is single channel only, so performance could be better if Dell instead offered 2x4 GB. Dell does offer their Power Vault software, so you can tune whether you want the system to target quiet, balanced, or performance depending on your needs. With all of our benchmarks, we run at maximum performance to reduce the chance of throttling.

Performance Graphs

For general performance, PCMark 8 from from FutureMark covers a large range of scenarios including Home, Creative, and Work. TouchXPRT runs tests based on five usage scenarios in the Modern environment. As a comparison, most of these laptops are U series CPUs, but I have included the Retina Macbook Pro and HP Stream 11 to bracket the scores with a higher wattage quad-core part and a low wattage Atom part. You can compare the E5250 with any other device we have tested with our online database, Bench.

PCMark 8 - HomePCMark 8 - CreativePCMark 8 - WorkPCMark 7 (2013)Cinebench R11.5 - Single-Threaded BenchmarkCinebench R11.5 - Multi-Threaded Benchmarkx264 HD 5.xx264 HD 5.xWebXPRTTouchXPRT 2013 - Photo EnhanceTouchXPRT 2013 - Photo SharingTouchXPRT 2013 - Video SharingTouchXPRT 2013 - Podcast MP3 ExportTouchXPRT 2013 - Photo Slideshow

For normal tasks, the i5-4310U does a good job. For those that need more performance, the Core i7 models will be of interest. As Broadwell is an option now, it would be great to get the identical device but with the 5th gen Core part as a comparison.

Storage Performance

The model we received has the Samsung PM851 based 128 GB SSD. This is a very popular OEM SSD from Samsung based on the TLC 840 EVO. The smaller capacity might have led to the slightly lower score in PCMark 8’s Storage benchmark, although the difference is negligible.

PCMark 8 - Storage

This device is offered with spinning disk options, which I would not recommend for anyone concerned about performance. For those that require encryption, Dell offers several models with SSD encryption as well.

GPU Performance

This is a business laptop, so I won’t bother with our normal game benchmarks, mostly because we have tested them on the Yoga 2 Pro and found that all of our games were unplayable with the built in graphics. We can still run the synthetics though to get a feel for where this device fits in.

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)Futuremark 3DMark (2013)Futuremark 3DMark (2013)Futuremark 3DMark 11

The Intel HD4400 GPU is no powerhouse. Gaming on this device will be restricted to games with low graphics demand, or Windows Store, Flash or basic Unity games.

 

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  • nevertell - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    Is there a similar laptop with a non-ultra-low-voltage intel CPU ? In the sense that it would be 12" and have a nice keyboard with a pointing stick ?
    Cookie points for a quad. And a discrete GPU is not necessary, if anything, it only makes it worse.
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  • Taneli - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    Haswell quads start at 37w TDP, so it's highly unlikely that they fit chassis designed for 17w TDP ULT parts. Razer Blade comes probably closest, though it's larger at 14" Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    To get a pointing stick you preitty much need to buy an Thinkpad and the smallest Thinkpad that uses M-series instead of U-series processors is the ThinkPad T440p, which is a 14". Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    The Latitude 7000 series give the pointing stick. I continue to watch the E7240 and E7440; the E7440 or its successor will probably replace my ThinkPad T420 at some point.
    I'm waiting it out though --the T420 had almost everything (HDD, mSATA, switchable graphics, 16GB RAM capacity), incredible keyboard, and for the time, a 1600x900 display was good. Only thing I could use is a brighter display and a lighter system.
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  • DanNeely - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    Dell's gallery shows the 7240 and 7250 come without a pointy stick; the 13 detachable is also without. You have to go to the 14" models to get one. Reply
  • crimson117 - Sunday, January 25, 2015 - link

    Happily working from my T430s :) Reply
  • marvias - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    hp 2570p seems to be what you are looking for. But it has IVB, I am not aware of anything newer with haswell Reply
  • meacupla - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    You're probably looking for an Eurocom M4 Reply
  • eanazag - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    Macbook Pro 13? Install Windows on it. Reply
  • Taneli - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - link

    Dual core ULV parts only. Reply

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