The E5410's chunkier frame has allowed Dell to kit it out with a decent, if not overly generous, line-up of ports. You get four USB ports as well as a mini FireWire socket. There's also a PC Card slot and SD card reader as well as a VGA output. Unfortunately, the laptop doesn't have a DisplayPort or HDMI socket, and there's no eSata port. Storage is taken care of via a reasonable 250GB hard drive, and there's also a DVD writer on the right-hand side of the chassis.
The brains of the machine are taken care of by a dual-core Intel i3-350M processor, which is clocked at 2.27 GHz and backed up by 2GB of RAM. The laptop is available in a range of different configurations, including one with a more powerful Core i7 processor. The Core i3 chip may be the entry-level spec, but it still managed to turn in a respectable score of 5,303 in the PCMark05 benchmark test, so it'll have no problem chomping through day-to-day business applications.
Perhaps predictably, the E5410 is fairly rubbish when it comes to 3D graphics. It relies on on-board Intel HD graphics, which only managed to push it to a score of 1,873 in the 3DMark06 benchmark test, so it's not much cop for gaming. That level of 3D performance will, however, be enough to handle the lighter 3D work a business machine is expected to perform.
On the battery front, the laptop put in a good, but again not spectacular, performance. It managed to keep running for an hour and 40 minutes in our Battery Eater test. That said, this test maxes out the processor to simulate worst-case-scenario battery life, so under normal conditions the battery should last significantly longer.
Overall, the Dell Latitude E5410 is a well-built machine that offers decent levels of performance and battery life. Business users will also appreciate the wide range of configurations available from the Dell website. It has to be said, though, this isn't the most inspiring machine to look at and is a little heavy for lugging around.
Edited by Emma Bayly