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Dell Precision 3510: Is It Good for Business?

Dell Precision 3510, business laptops The Dell Precision 3510 sports a sharp 15.6-inch display. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

Powerful performance, long battery life and a vivid 15.6-inch display make Dell's Precision 3510 an enticing workstation. Workers will also appreciate the $999 laptop's strong security and business-class durability. Mobile users might be put off by the system's bulky design, but it shines as a desktop replacement.

The system comes with hardware that's powerful enough to replace your desktop computer, including a beefy 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ processor with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state drive storage. That configuration helped it rack up an impressive score of 13,738 on the Geekbench 3 performance test, which is better than average in its category. You also get a powerful AMD FirePro W5130M GPU, which can handle most graphically intense workloads with ease.

Other hardware highlights include a tough design that's rated to withstand dings, shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures. A strong lineup of security features is also present, including Trusted Platform Module-enabled encryption and vPro functionality for secure remote management. Plus, a built-in fingerprint reader provides a nice day-to-day security boost.

The hulking Precision 3510 tips the scales at 5.7 lbs., making it more than a full pound heavier than rivals like the 4.6-lb. HP ZBook Studio G3 and 4.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro. Workers who need a laptop they can lug back and forth between home and the office should keep that in mind. The Precision 3510 isn't the heaviest notebook of its kind, though; Lenovo's 5.8-lb. ThinkPad P50 is a bit heftier.

The Precision 3510's keyboard could also be better. It offers a generous 2.2 millimeters of key travel — deeper than the 1.5 mm we consider the minimum for a work laptop — but its keys feel a bit too stiff to make marathon typing sessions as comfortable as they could be.

Check back for a full review of the Dell Precision 3510 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.