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Dell Precision 5510: Is It Good for Business?

Dell Precision 5510, business laptops The Precision 5510 has a stunning edge-to-edge display. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

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.

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.