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Dell Latitude E7270 Laptop: Is It Good for Business?

Dell Latitude E7270, business laptops The Latitude E7270 sports a sharp but compact 12.5-inch display.

Compact laptops don't have to be light on performance. Dell's Latitude E7270 is a 12-inch work machine that will fit nicely into your work bag, without sacrificing speed or battery life. You'll also get a really comfortable keyboard and a durable design that can stand up to a daily commute. The Latitude E7270 is a bit heavier than rival systems, but it's still a great pick for mobile power users. 

Despite the E7270's small overall size, the notebook packs an excellent, full-size keyboard. It offers above-average key travel – about 1.6mm, which is deeper than the 1.5mm we look for. Deeper keyboards provide a more comfortable, desktoplike typing experience. 

Other hardware highlights include a striking, 12.5-inch full-HD touch screen and processor options up to a speedy 6th-generation Intel Core i7 chip. On top of that, you get business-class durability; Dell says the E7270 was tested to withstand short drops and dings, as well as extreme temperatures and altitudes.

And while compact laptops often sacrifice battery life for a smaller footprint, the Latitude E7270 is an exception. The notebook ran for an impressive 8 hours and 2 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That beats competing laptops like the HP EliteBook 1040 (7:11), Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 (7:46), and Lenovo ThinkPad X250 (7:39). That means the E7270 is more likely to last through the end of a long business flight.

But travelers might not love the E7270's hefty design. It tips the scales at 3.6 lbs., making it noticeably heavier than its closest rival, the 2.88-lb. Lenovo ThinkPad x250.

Check back for a full review of the Dell Latitude E7270 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.