A top-notch keyboard and stellar performance make Dell's Latitude E5470 a compelling notebook for workers. The laptop offers a vibrant 14-inch display, a durable design and business-class security features. However, subpar battery life might sour the experience for frequent travelers.
The Latitude E5470's best feature is its excellent keyboard. It boasts a generous 1.93 millimeters of key travel, which is well above the 1.5 mm we look for in laptop computers. The keys themselves feel springy and responsive, which is ideal for extended work sessions.
Military-grade durability is a big perk for commuters who need to lug the E5470 between home and the office. The machine is rated to withstand short drops and dings, as well as high temperatures, sand and dust. Dell also packs in a variety of security features, including a hardware encryption module and the option to include a smart card reader and a fingerprint scanner.
Other hardware highlights include a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and discrete AMD graphics. Those specifications helped the E5470 outperform all rivals on our benchmark performance tests, including the HP EliteBook 745 G3, the Lenovo Thinkpad T450s and the Toshiba Tecra Z40t-B. The E5470's 1080p display is also more colorful and vibrant than the screens on its closest competitors.
But disappointing battery life might make road warriors want to pass on this one. The E5470 died quicker than most other business-class notebooks, running for 7 hours and 16 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's not terrible, but it falls short of the thin-and-light-notebook average of 8 hours and 14 minutes. The ThinkPad T450s also lasted longer (7:31), and so did the Tecra Z40t-B (8:32).
Check back for a full review of the Dell Latitude E5470 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.