Powerful performance, long battery life and a vivid 15.6-inch display make Dell's Precision 3510 an enticing workstation. Workers will also appreciate the $999 laptop's strong security and business-class durability. Mobile users might be put off by the system's bulky design, but it shines as a desktop replacement.
The system comes with hardware that's powerful enough to replace your desktop computer, including a beefy 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state drive storage. That configuration helped it rack up an impressive score of 13,738 on the Geekbench 3 performance test, which is better than average in its category. You also get a powerful AMD FirePro W5130M GPU, which can handle most graphically intense workloads with ease.
Other hardware highlights include a tough design that's rated to withstand dings, shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures. A strong lineup of security features is also present, including Trusted Platform Module-enabled encryption and vPro functionality for secure remote management. Plus, a built-in fingerprint reader provides a nice day-to-day security boost.
The hulking Precision 3510 tips the scales at 5.7 lbs., making it more than a full pound heavier than rivals like the 4.6-lb. HP ZBook Studio G3 and 4.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro. Workers who need a laptop they can lug back and forth between home and the office should keep that in mind. The Precision 3510 isn't the heaviest notebook of its kind, though; Lenovo's 5.8-lb. ThinkPad P50 is a bit heftier.
The Precision 3510's keyboard could also be better. It offers a generous 2.2 millimeters of key travel — deeper than the 1.5 mm we consider the minimum for a work laptop — but its keys feel a bit too stiff to make marathon typing sessions as comfortable as they could be.
Check back for a full review of the Dell Precision 3510 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.