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Dell's Latitude 5285 is a Serious Surface Rival

Dell's Latitude 5285 is a Serious Surface Rival Dell Latitude 5285 / Credit: Brett Nuckles

LAS VEGAS – Dell’s new Latitude 5285 2-in-1 looks like an excellent Surface Pro alternative for the business set. The hybrid system includes a 12-inch slate and a detachable keyboard cover, so switching between tablet and laptop mode is a snap. Even better, the tablet – which was announced this week at the CES tech trade show – also includes a built-in kickstand and excellent stylus support.

Dell Latitude 5285 Credit: Brett Nuckles

Taking notes on the system’s 12.3-inch, 1080p display feels great. The screen offers full pressure sensitivity, so you can taper your strokes like you would with a real ink pen. The pen ships in the box alongside the Latitude 5285 2-in-1, so you can start taking notes right away.

Dell Latitude 5285 Credit: Brett Nuckles

Like the Surface Pro 4, the Latitude 5285 2-in-1 has a flip-out kickstand built into the back of the tablet, which props the slate up while you work. But Dell’s system has a little trick up its sleeve: two triggers on the tablet’s bottom edge will automatically pop out the spring-loaded kickstand when you set it down on a tablet or desk, so you can get right to work without any fuss. I tried it out during a hands-on demo, and found that the kickstand pops out with a satisfying click.

You get strong security, too. The system includes an IR camera capable of facial recognition, so you can log in just by looking at it. And it’s powered by Intel’s 7th-generation Core U-series processors, which feature vPro technology for secure manageability.

Check back for a full review of the Latitude 5285 2in-1 very soon, or check out our top picks for the best business laptops on the market.

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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.