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Best Dell Business Laptops 2017

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

As the third largest laptop manufacturer in the world, Dell commands 15 percent market share. Many business owners choose Dell over other brands because of the company's comprehensive warranties, business-focused designs and accessible entry-level price points. When we set out to recommend our five favorite Dell laptops to our business readers, we wanted to cover as many bases as possible. We know that every business is different, so we segmented our selection to appeal to casual emailers, multitasking professionals, hardcore power users and everyone in between. 

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Best Dell Laptop Overall
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  • Price
    $799.99
  • CPU
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    13:49
Best Dell for Power Users
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  • Price
    $1,199
  • CPU
    2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    10:46
Best Dell Workstation
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  • Price
    $2,279
  • CPU
    2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700
  • RAM
    16GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    11:57

 

 

Dell XPS 13 (2017)

The XPS 13 is, hands down, the best Dell business laptop on the market. It's not only one of the nicest-looking machines that the manufacturer has produced in the last several years, but it's one of the most versatile and affordable as well. You can purchase the XPS 13 in a touch or non-touch model, but either way, you're sure to be taken with the dazzling InfinityEdge display, great resolution (1920 x 1080), long battery life (13 hours, 49 minutes) and fast processing capabilities. The no-frills starting price is surprisingly low at just $799.99, but upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and an i5 core, which we recommend, will cost you a little extra. 

Click here for a full review of the Dell XPS 13.

Dell New Latitude 7380

The New Latitude 7380 is nearly identical to its predecessor, the New Latitude 7280, our previous top pick. The newer model has the same CPU and RAM as the previous version, but it does sport a slightly larger screen (13.3 inches compared to 12.5 inches) and a slightly shorter battery life (10:46 compared to 12:29). Despite these slight variations, this laptop remains an excellent choice for Dell power users who need the customization options Dell offers in a package that's all business.

We recommend upgrading from the base model to at least a Core i5, which starts at $1,379. If need be, you can upgrade the RAM and get 8GB for an additional $77 and an impressive 16GB for an extra $231. The display specs can also be upgraded, but for standard, nondesign-specific business use, the base level screen (1920 x 1080 pixels) should be fine.

Click here for a full review of the Dell New Latitude 7380 on our sister site, Laptop Mag. 

Dell Precision 5520

The New Precision 5520 workstation from Dell is on the pricey side, but the price tag is warranted when you peek under the hood of this robust workstation. The entry-level Precision 5520 has an impressive quad-core Intel i7 that can be overclocked up to 3.9-GHz, but if you want even more power you can upgrade to an Intel Core Xeon for an extra $630. The impressive processing power of the New Precision 5520 with its outstanding battery life of nearly 12 hours and its roomy 16GB RAM (upgradable to 32GB), makes for a work-ready machine that’s ideal for high-level multitasking.

Click here for a full review of the Dell Precision 5520.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.