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Latitude 5285 2-in-1 Is Surface Pro for the Enterprise

It’s no secret that 2-in-1s are the fastest growing category of PCs, but despite the popularity of consumer devices like the Surface Pro 4, no company has really cracked the formula for an enterprise-ready detachable.

Some companies have tried and come pretty close, such as HP’s Elite x2, but now Dell is giving it another go with the Latitude 5285 2-in-1. With a folding keyboard cover, built-in stylus support and rear kickstand, it's clear that the 5285 draws a lot of inspiration from Microsoft's Surface Pro line.

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But where the Latitude 5285 differs is with its fully serviceable body which features easy-to-remove screws and room for both USB Type-A and Type C ports. The 2-in-1 can also be configured with an optional 4G LTE modem, NFC scanner, fingerprint reader and smart reader for a higher level of mobility and security.

When you set the device down, two small pads on the device's bottom edge will trigger and automatically pop out the Latitude's spring-loaded kickstand. It's a clever feature, but on it's own, won't be a deciding factor for businesses.

What remains to be seen is how long the Laititude 5285 will last on a charge. If this system comes in at around 6.5 hours like a lot of other detachable 2-in-1s we’ve tested, that won’t be enough for serious business users. However, if the 5285’s 31.5 Whr or 42 Whr battery can deliver 9 or even 10 hours of runtime, Dell will likely have a winner on its hands.

No word yet on pricing or availability.

Key Specs

Display: 12.3 FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS screen
CPU: 7th Gen Intel Core U-series CPUs with vPro
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
OS: Windows 10
Memory: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM
Storage: 256GB, 512GB or 1TB M.2 SSDs
Cameras: 5-MP front cam, 8-MP rear cam, front IR cam for use with Windows Hello

Sam is a former penguin trainer and archery instructor who dabbles in esports and has lived on three different continents. If you have some comments on new tech or the best noodle spots in NYC, drop a line @SamRutherford.