Dell Latitude E7440 Touch Business Ultrabook Review

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PCMark 7 and PCMark 8

Futuremark’s PCMark 7 is a well-known benchmark tool that runs the system through ordinary tasks, including word processing and multimedia playback and editing. Graphics and processor power figure prominently in this benchmark, but graphics power doesn’t play as big a role here as it does in another Futuremark benchmark, 3DMark (which is designed for testing the system’s gaming capabilities). This test also weights heavily on the storage subsystem of a given device.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

In PCMark 7, the Latitude E7440 posted a score in a very tight grouping with the similarly-appointed Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, all of which bested the field--except for the Toshiba KIRAbook and its Core i7 chip.

Futuremark PCMark 8
Simulated Application Performance

Futuremark recently launched PCMark 8, which has several built-in benchmark tests. The Home test measures a system's ability to handle basic tasks such as web browsing, writing, gaming, photo editing, and video chat. The Creative test offers similar types of tasks, but has more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark and is meant for mid-range and higher-end PCs. The Work test measures the performance of typical office PC systems that lack media capabilities. Finally, the Storage benchmark tests the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games.

Our system’s scores in PCMark 8 were strong, hanging right with the other systems in our test bank. Its Work score in particular was excellent.

Futuremark has updated PCMark 8 to version 2, which produces scores that are not compatible with those from version 1, so we ran a second set of tests with version 2 just to have that data on hand. In PCMark 8 v.2, the Latitude E7440 posted the following: Home Accelerated (2057), Work (2442), and Storage (4909).

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