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Dell Latitude E5570 Review: Is It Good for Business?

Dell Latitude E5570 Review: Is It Good for Business? The Dell Latitude E5570 earns 3.5 out of 5 stars. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

If you don't mind the hefty design, Dell's Latitude E5570 is one of the best work laptops on the market. This 15.6-inch workhorse laptop, which starts at $779, offers a sturdy design, fast performance, excellent security features and a really comfortable keyboard. That makes it a great pick for business users, so long as you don't plan to lug it around on your daily commute.

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Road warriors will appreciate that the Latitude E5570 feels like it was built to last. The notebook is rated with military-grade durability, and Dell says the machine was tested to withstand extreme temperatures, elevation, dust and dings.

Frequent travelers will be less thrilled by the machine's weight. At 5.6 lbs., the Latitude E5570 is noticeably heavier than its closest rivals, including the HP ZBook 15u G2 (4.23 lbs.), Toshiba Tecra Z40t-B (3.7 lbs.) and Lenovo ThinkPad W550s (3.7 lbs.). In other words, the E5570 isn't the very best option for users who want to work away from their desks.

Our review unit came with a vibrant, 15.6-inch touch display (the nontouch model costs $140 less). Even with a relatively modest resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, the display looks great. Text is sharp, viewing angles are generous, and images look crisp.

It's not quite as bright as the displays on rival laptops, though. Topping out at 242 nits, it's outshone by the ZBook 15u G2 (307 nits), ThinkPad W550s (312 nits) and Tecra Z40t-B (265 nits). A brighter display is easier to view in direct sunlight, but the E5570's display is more than bright enough for typical indoor use.

Touch-screen functionality felt reliable, and the notebook responded swiftly to my swipes and taps. I doubt that workers will find much need for touch in daily use, though.

The Latitude E5570's superb keyboard is perfect for marathon work sessions. The keyboard is nice and deep, with about 2 millimeters of key travel — well above the 1.5mm average we look for on laptop keyboard. A deep keyboard provides a more comfortable, desktoplike typing experience. Individual keys also feel snappy, with plenty of feedback on each stroke.

My finger glided easily over the 3.9 x 2.1-inch touchpad, which has a nice, smooth finish. Cursor navigation felt responsive, and so did gestures like two-finger scrolling. The left and right buttons click in softly but firmly, without any annoying clicking sounds.

A pointing stick — nestled amid the G, H and B keys — is another perk, providing accurate cursor control without the need to move your fingers from home row on the keyboard. While I prefer the convex nub on Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops, the concave design of Dell's pointing stick works well.

Individual business users can choose from a variety of optional security features for the Latitude E5570. A smart-card reader can be added for $7, and a fingerprint scanner can be included for an extra $21 over the base price of the laptop.

A variety of enterprise-friendly security options are also available on the E5570. The machine includes hardware encryption, with a built-in TPM 1.2 module. You also get Dell's own Data Protection software, which can help your company's IT department keep sensitive data secure.

My E5570 review unit came packed with top-end hardware, including a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6280HQ processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. The machine provides blazing-fast performance, even during heavy multitasking. I didn't notice so much as a hiccup when I edited a large spreadsheet while streaming an HD video with more than 20 tabs open in my Firefox Web browser.

So I wasn't surprised to see the E5570 easily beat the competition on the Geekbench 3 test, which measures overall performance. Dell's laptop racked up an impressive score of 12,148, which beats the ThinkPad W550S (6,860), Tecra Z40t-B (6,427 and HP ZBook 15u G2 (6,892).

The Latitude E5570 can be outfitted with a discrete AMD Radeon R7 graphics card, which will provide a huge boost if your job involves editing photos or video, or working with 3D applications. The E5570 earned a score of 1,593 on the 3DMark Firestorm benchmark test, which beats the ZBook 15u (1,461) and ThinkPad W550S (719).

The Latitude E5570 should easily last through a long business flight if you pick up the optional six-cell extended battery. The upgrade is available for an extra $34.30 when you purchase the Latitude E5570 from Dell.com.

With the six-cell battery installed, our test unit ran for a solid 7 hours and 17 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's longer than the mainstream laptop average of 5 hours and 45 minutes, and it beats out the ZBook 15u (6:44) as well. 

A couple of 15-inch rivals lasted longer on the same test. Toshiba's Tecra Z40t-B ran for an impressive 8 hours and 23 minutes. Lenovo's ThinkPad W550S is the battery-life king, though, running for an amazing 15 hours and 52 minutes with its extended battery attached.

The majority of the Latitude E5570's ports are on the backside of the machine, which means you'll see fewer wires sprouting out from the sides of your laptop when you're working at your desk. On the other hand, the rear-facing placement of the ports also means they're are harder to access.

On the back edge, you'll find an Ethernet port, a VGA video-out port, an HDMI port and a USB 3.0 port.

The right edge includes two additional USB 3.0 ports, as well as an SD card slot for expanding the notebook's internal storage.

Dell sells the Latitude E5570 in a huge variety of hardware configurations, many of which can be upgraded in a variety of ways. The entry-level model costs just $769 with a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a 1,376 x 768-pixel nontouch display. You can upgrade to a speedier Core i7 processor for $1,169. There's also the option to upgrade the display to a sharper 1080p (nontouch) panel for $70. The cheapest touch-screen upgrade costs $210.

For this review, I tested a much pricier $2,096 model. For that price, you can get a 2.7G-GHz 6th-Gen Core i7-6820HQ processor with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, a 1080p touch display and an AMD Radeon R7 graphics card. That's overkill for the average worker, but it's perfect for power users who have graphically demanding workloads.

Dell's Latitude E5570 is a supremely capable work laptop, offering top-notch performance, a great keyboard, excellent security and a durable design. It's not perfect, though. My biggest complaint is its hefty design, which should make this laptop a hard sell for commuters. And while the E5570 provides pretty good battery life, some rival notebooks last even longer on a charge. 

Still, the Latitude E5570 is one of the most well-rounded 15.6-inch work laptops on the market, and it comes highly recommended.

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Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.