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Best Dell Business Laptops 2018

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 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. 

Best Dell Laptop
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  • Price
  • CPU
    3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best Dell for Power Users
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  • Price
  • CPU
    2.4GHz Intel Core i3-7100U
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
Best Dell Workstation
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  • Price
  • CPU
    2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700
  • RAM
  • Display Size & Resolution
    15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested


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The Dell XPS 13 has long been a favorite of business users, and the 2018 version more than earns its title as Best Dell Laptop Overall. One of the slimmest and most attractive Dell's ever released, this highly customizable laptop starts at a reasonable $999.99 and comes with a respectable Intel Core i5 CPU. Like other Dells, this model increases in price as upgraded specs are added. The excellent battery life we observed (12 hours and 37 minutes) was based on a non-touchscreen model, but even the touchscreen version offers users a respectable battery life of 8 hours and 53 minutes.

While buying an award-winning business laptop for around a grand seems like the perfect deal, most business users will want to upgrade at least a few specs. Bumping up the RAM from 4GB to 8GB (additional $100), opting for Windows 10 Pro instead of Home (additional $60) and nabbing Microsoft Office Pro (additional $170) may increase the price, but it also makes this machine infinitely more suitable for serious business users.

Read a full review of the Dell XPS 13 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

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.

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

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.

Read our 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.