As the third largest laptop manufacturer in the world, Dell commands 15 percent market share. Many business owners choose Dell over other brands because of the company's comprehensive warranties, business-focused designs and accessible entry-level price points. When we set out to recommend our five favorite Dell laptops to our business readers, we wanted to cover as many bases as possible. We know that every business is different, so we segmented our selection to appeal to casual emailers, multitasking professionals, hardcore power users and everyone in between.
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Best Dell Business Laptop Overall
Dell XPS 13 (2017)
The XPS 13 is, hands down, the best Dell business laptop on the market. It's not only one of the nicest-looking machines that the manufacturer has produced in the last several years, but it's one of the most versatile and affordable as well. You can purchase the XPS 13 in a touch or non-touch model, but either way, you're sure to be taken with the dazzling InfinityEdge display, great resolution (1920 x 1080), long battery life (13 hours, 49 minutes) and fast processing capabilities. The no-frills starting price is surprisingly low at just $799.99, but upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and an i5 core, which we recommend, will cost you a little extra.
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Best Dell Business Laptop for Power Users
Dell Latitude 7280
The New Latitude 7280 is an unmistakable workhorse of a machine, and it's the clear choice for Dell users who require power and durability in equal measure. Don't be tricked into the starting price of $1,029 on the Dell Latitude 7280. Most professionals would do well to upgrade to the pricier $1,830 model that we tested, which includes an Intel Core i7 and Windows 10 Pro. The New Latitude makes multitasking a breeze and offers a variety of docking options, which is perfect for professionals who want a specific workstation setup. It also boasts business-grade service options such as ProSupport Plus, ProDeploy Plus and Accidental Damage Service.
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Best Value in a Dell Business Laptop
Dell Latitude 15 3570
Starting at just $439, the Latitude 15 3570 offers solid performance for the business professional who needs a reliable machine that won't break the bank. The 15.6-inch screen is ideal for all-day work usage despite being fairly low-resolution (1366 x 768). The variety of ports, including an SD card slot, HDMI and multiple USB ports, make the Latitude 15 3570 surprisingly versatile. While bulkier and heavier (4.54 pounds) than Dell's higher-end machines, the Latitude 15 3570 gets the job done, and the optional six-cell battery extends the battery life to an impressive 10 hours. If you opt for the Latitude 15 3570, do yourself a favor and upgrade to the $659 version so you can enjoy the benefit of Windows 7 Pro, a license for Windows 10 Pro and an i5 Core.
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Best Dell Chromebook for Business
Dell Chromebook 13
If you're looking to make the switch to a Chromebook for work, the Dell Chromebook 13 is a great choice. The 13.3-inch HD display, comfortable keyboard and ridiculously long battery life (more than 13 hours) combine to make it ideal for working in the office or on the go. With a low $449 starting price point and an attractive aluminum and carbon chassis, it's got the stylish good looks you want in a professional-grade Chromebook at a price that allows for some add-ons.
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Best Dell Workstation
Dell Precision 5510
If you need a high-performance workstation, the Dell Precision 5510 has you covered. The starting price is a little higher than other models on our list ($1,279), but the super-fast SSD, spectacular display (1920 x 1080) with miniscule bezel, and powerful dual speakers make it well worth the money. The Dell Precision 5510 can handle all the heavy graphics work you throw at it and multitask like a champ. The battery life is just under seven hours, but for a sleek workstation with this much horsepower (the starting model comes with an i5 Core but can be upgraded to a Xeon Quad), that's not bad.
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