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Best Dell Latitude and Precision Business Laptops 2021

Dell has expanded its business offerings in recent years, and now sells everything from detachable tablets to powerful (and expensive) rugged workstations. Every business user has their own individual needs, so in an effort to help you fulfill those needs, we've rounded up our favorite Dell business laptops by category.

Comfortable keyboards, durable chassis and a wide range of security features are some of the things you can expect from these recommended enterprise notebooks. Here are the best Dell Precision and Latitude laptops you can buy today. Looking to save a few dollars? Check out our Best Dell Deals page. And once you've chosen your notebook, be sure to check out our list of the best accessories for Dell Latitude laptops

Best Dell business laptops

1. Dell Latitude 7410
2. Dell Precision 7550
3. Dell Latitude 5490
4. Dell Latitude 9510
5. Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1
6. Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

Best Laptops of the Year

Dell Latitude 7410 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

1. Dell Latitude 7410

Best Dell business laptop overall

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10610U | GPU: UHD | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display: 14-inch, 4K | Size: 12.7 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Attractive, compact design
Beautiful 4K Display
Great performance
Upgrades can get expensive
Heavier than rivals

The Dell Latitude 7410 is the business laptop that convinced me to put my current laptop and desktop combo into sleep mode. Capable of acting as both a portable notebook and a powerful stay-at-home solution, the Latitude 7410 helped me create a more efficient workflow. 

It combines a sleek aluminum design with powerful 10th Gen Intel processors and a gorgeous 4K display to work as both your business laptop and day-to-day notebook. It's good for use in the office or when the world opens back up again.

See our Dell Latitude 7410 review

Best Performance: Dell Precision 3530

2. Dell Precision 7550

Best performance

CPU: Intel Xeon W-10885M | GPU: Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB | Display Size/Resolution: 15.6-inch, 4K | Size: 14.17 x 9.53 x 1.08 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds

Powerful performance and graphics
Bright 4K display
Amazing battery life
Comfortable keyboard
Exorbitantly expensive
Display could be more colorful for the price

If you’re looking for the king of workstations, we might’ve just found it. The Dell Precision 7550 offers incredible performance from its Intel Xeon W-10885M CPU and Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. There’s also a bright 15.6-inch, 4K display, long battery life, a comfortable keyboard and even a pair of high-quality speakers. Not to mention, this machine is super configurable.

To top it off, the display isn’t as colorful as the price tag would indicate. However, given all of the pros that come with this laptop, especially the battery life and power combo, the Dell Precision 7550 is undoubtedly one of the best workstations you can buy, that is, if you can afford it.

See our Dell Precision 7550 review

Best Budget: Dell Latitude 5490

3. Dell Latitude 5490

Best Budget

CPU: Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD | Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch, 1080p | Size/Weight: 13.1 x 9 x 0.8 inches/3.8 pounds

Strong performance
All-day endurance
Comfortable keyboard
Tons of security options
Dull display
Poor speaker quality
Runs warm

If you're running a startup or small business and don't have the funds to buy every employee a workstation, then go with the Latitude 5490. Starting at $799, this relatively affordable business laptop gives you a lot for your money, including strong performance, nearly 9 hours of battery life and a comfortable keyboard. Most important, the Latitude 5490 has a bunch of security features — including a fingerprint sensor and IR camera — to ensure your company's sensitive data is protected. Yes, the 5490's display is disappointing, but it'll work just fine as a secondary screen when the laptop is connected to a monitor via USB-C.

Best 2-in-1: Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1

4. Dell Latitude 9510

Best 2-in-1 laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-10810 vPro | GPU: UHD | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display Size/Resolution: 15.0-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel | Size: 13.4 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.7 pounds

Longest-lasting battery life ever
Slim design
Relatively bright 15-inch display
Solid performance
Absurd pricing

The Dell Latitude 9510 comes with a battery life that’ll last you two workdays, a bright 15-inch screen, and solid performance packed in a super slim design.

However, at a whopping $2,713, it might just be cheaper to sell your soul. If you have money to blow and don’t care about display resolution or discrete graphics, the Latitude 9510 is for you, and certainly makes its mark as one of the best business laptops. In short, if you are a manager eyeing this laptop because you want to equip your employees with a top-of-the-line laptop, then you’ve found it.

See our Dell Latitude 9510 review

Best Tablet: Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

5. Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

Best Tablet

CPU: Intel Core i5-8350U | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM/Storage: 8GB/256GB NVMe SSD | Display Size/Resolution: 12.3/1920 x 1280 | Size/Weight: 11.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches/2.8 pounds

Clever auto-deploying kickstand
Long battery life
Clear webcam
Weak speakers
Low storage capacity

Tablets are great for getting work done on the road or in the air because of their compact size and responsive touch screens, but they're not always convenient to use. Dell's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro, the Latitude 5290 2-in-1 fixes our biggest gripes with detachables by using an auto-deploying kickstand. Just press the bottom edge of the laptop down on a desk and out pops an adjustable kickstand. The ingenious mechanism combined with the 5290 2-in-1's long battery life make it the perfect travel companion.

Best Rugged: Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

6. Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

Best rugged laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: AMD Radeon RX540 | RAM/Storage: 16GB/512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD | Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch, 1080p | Size/Weight: 13.7 x 9.6 x 1.3 inches/6.2 pounds

Extremely bright display
Survives 3-foot drops
Fast performance
All-day battery life
Comfortable RGB keyboard
No Thunderbolt 3

The Latitude 5420 Rugged didn't flinch when we dropped it from 3 feet, then doused it in water. This practically indestructible beast passed a range of military-grade durability tests, from repeated drops to exposure to sand and dust. Further proving that the Latitude 5420 Rugged belongs outdoors are its excellent battery life and superbright touch-screen display, which is clearly visible on the sunniest of days. For gaming or running graphics-intensive programs, the Latitude 5420 Rugged has a discrete AMD RX540 GPU and a comfortable RGB keyboard.

How We Test Laptops

When we bring a laptop into our lab, our goal is to see how it would work if you brought it into your home or office. While we use a number of industry-standard benchmarks, such as Geekbench and 3DMark, we focus heavily on real-world tests that we have developed in-house.

To test endurance, the Laptop Mag Battery Test surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until the system runs out of juice. To judge pure processing power, we use a giant spreadsheet macro that matches 65,000 names with their addresses, a video transcoder that converts a 4K video to 1080p and the Geekbench 4 synthetic test. We measure graphics prowess with both 3DMark Ice Storm / Fire Strike and a series of actual game titles.

We use a colorimeter to measure screen brightness and color gamut while other instruments help us determine a laptop's key travel and ambient heat.  See this page on How We Test Laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.

Specs: 1080p / Core i5 / 8GB Are Best Bets

You can spend a lot of time delving into specs, but here are the key components to think about when buying a 17-inch laptop. If you just want really good mainstream performance, go for a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p screen.

  • Screen Resolution: Unfortunately, 66 percent of consumer laptops and 51 percent of business systems have low-res screens. If possible, get a display with a 1920 x 1080 (aka 1080p, or Full HD) or higher resolution.
  • CPU: An Intel Core i5 provides good mainstream performance. Some budget systems will come with Core i3, Celeron or Pentium CPUs, which are good  for basic tasks but not heavy multitasking. Get a Core i7 or a quad-core processor (serial number ends in HQ or HK) for gaming or high-end productivity tasks such as video editing and 3D modeling.
  • RAM: 8GB is ideal for most users, but power users will want 12 or 16GB. 4GB is acceptable for budget systems. Secondary laptops and Chromebooks may have less.
  • Storage: Unless you're a gamer or a power user, 256GB of internal storage is probably enough. If possible, get an SSD (solid-state drive) rather than a hard drive, because it's going to make your computer a lot faster.
  • Graphics Chip: Gamers and creative professionals need to do some research and figure out which discrete GPU from Nvidia or AMD is good enough to run their favorite software. Everyone else will be happy with the built-in Intel HD Graphics that come with the CPU.