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.