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.


Design Display
Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • mac_savant - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    It is mentioned that there's a configuration available with Ubuntu. All configurations on Dell's website are configured with Windows. Anyone able to tell me how to find the Ubuntu configurations?
  • ZeDestructor - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    Phone em.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 19, 2015 - link

    The only model they advertise with linux installed is the XPS 13 that they hyped hard as a developer laptop last summer.
  • drgigolo - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    Why do they use 15W TPD parts in a laptop that weighs 1,5kg? I see so many compromises in this laptop. It's big, heavy, uses 15W CPU's, most of which are only HD4400. Single channel memory. No 1TB SSD option. I can really see why Apple is successful with their MBP's.
  • nerd1 - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    Uh... rMBP 13" is actually heavier than this, and you can freely upgrade ram and ssd (unlike MBP)
  • MykeM - Sunday, January 25, 2015 - link

    The 13" rMBP has a larger display (13.3 vs 12.5") and while the RAM is soldered (you can opt for 16GB when ordering), the SSD is user-replaceable although at the time this can only be done with the older (late 2012) model due the fact that at this point there aren't any 3rd party option with the newer PCIe SSD (the late 2012 uses SATA).

    And despite the bigger screen, the 13" rMBP is only 0.02 kg heavier than the Dell.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    What's with the picture on the front page of the review? It appears to be a different laptop than the the one shown on the second page. Round webcam at the very top edge vs square webcam close to the LCD, and the front page screen is shown with much smaller side bezels.
  • jay401 - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    Anyone else skip right to the Display page on laptop reviews? Oh, it has a mediocre display? Next!
  • Johnmcl7 - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    It would be useful to see some internal shots of the laptop showing the ram, the ssd and the battery particularly when surprisingly for a business machine the battery is internal.
  • wyewye - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - link

    Yey, finally a review for a laptop with the brand new Haswell. Because this is early 2014.

    Oh wait.

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now