Dell's Precision 5510 is a gorgeous, compact 15-inch notebook with workstation-class power. It has a much smaller footprint than competing laptops, with razor-thin bezels and a striking edge-to-edge display. But while it looks just like Dell's consumer-focused XPS 15 laptop, the Precision 5510 is a powerhouse designed for graphically intense workloads.
Under the hood, you get a 2.8-GHz Intel Core Xeon E3-1505M processor with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. That configuration provides blazing performance, outstripping all challengers on the Geekbench 3 test, which measures overall performance. You also get a powerful Nvidia Quadro M1000M graphics card that's made for graphic design and intensive 3D applications such as AutoCAD.
But the Precision 5510 has a couple of minor strikes against it. The first is the machine's modest battery life of 5 hours and 34 minutes. That beats some rival workstations, including the MSI WS60 (3:05), as well as the category average of 4:30. But other machines last longer on a charge, including the HP ZBook 15u G2 (6:44). And Lenovo's ThinkPad W550s is the battery-life king, running for an epic 15:52 with its extended battery attached.
The Precision 5510's other drawback is its awkward webcam placement. Because the bezel is so small, there's no place to stick a camera above the display. Instead, Dell positioned it just below the screen, which means that the person on the other end of a video call will spend a lot of time looking up at you from an extreme angle. It's awkward, but not a big deal if videoconferencing isn't a big part of your routine.
Check back for a full review of the Dell Precision 5510 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.