The 12.5 inch model we received comes with the higher specification display for this series. At 1920x1080, it results in 176 pixels per inch. While this is not as high as some of the devices we have reviewed, it is a good resolution for a business laptop due to the higher chance of apps with High DPI scaling issues. You can run this laptop at 100% scaling and it is still usable, although the default setting is 125% scaling which makes it a bit easier to use. If you do have an app that does not scale, it should be usable anyway assuming your eyesight is not too bad.

The display is a LG model LGD0436, outfitted with a touch screen and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. The eIPS display has no issues with off angle viewing, although this model is only 6 bits per color and does not cover the entire sRGB gamut.

The display is a standard RGB stripe, which is not surprising since it is not a really high DPI model. I had no issues with the touch screen’s responsiveness, and although some people do not like to touch their laptop screens, it is a nice feature. When scrolling through multiple open windows, it is really easy just to reach up and scroll with your finger. This device does not have any sort of 2-in-1 capability though, so the touch is certainly less important. For those that prefer no touch, the base model lacks touch but the anti-glare display is only 1366x768.

To test display accuracy, we use SpectralCal’s CalMAN 5 software suite, along with the X-Rite i1Display Pro for brightness and contrast measurements, and the i1Pro spectrophotometer for the remainder of our tests. We test all of our displays at 200 nits brightness. As with our performance tests, if you would like to compare this device to any other we have tested, you can use our online database Bench.

Display - Max BrightnessDisplay - Black LevelsDisplay - Contrast Ratio

While the brightness levels are not off the charts, at almost 370 nits the display is fine for any sort of office work. At maximum brightness, the contrast ratio is 763:1 due to the higher black levels of this display.

Display - Grayscale AccuracyDisplay - White Point

The white point is pretty good, but the grayscale average is a bit high at 4.35. We are looking for values below 3 if possible.

Display - Saturation Accuracy

Display - Gamut Accuracy

The saturation sweep is not a great score, with the E5250 coming in close to 7. Everything is compressed into a smaller gamut than sRGB, with the display only able to cover up to about 80% of the range.

Display - GMB Accuracy

The GMB score clocks in at just a hair over 5. It is far from the worst display we have tested, but as it is a 6-bit panel this is not the kind of device that a color professional would use.

The display could use some work, and it would be great if Dell would/could provide an ICC file from the factory that would help the scores, but with the display unable to cover the entire sRGB, there is no way to make it perfect. Display quality has improved dramatically on laptops over the last couple of years, and while this is an IPS display, at this price point that is pretty much standard so having a more accurate display would be a point of differentiation.

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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.
  • 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"
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • crimson117 - Sunday, January 25, 2015 - link

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

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

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

    Dual core ULV parts only.

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