Dell Laptop Reviews for Home and Business

Dell Inspiron 1352 (2 in 1)

Dell Laptop Reviews

Shopping for a laptop is like car shopping; if you make a bad decision you are pretty much committed to it for the next three to five years.  I’m a fan of Dell if you steer clear of their less than desirable line of products.  Fortunately, we’ve spent some time playing around creating our own Dell laptop reviews so you don’t have to.  We have four priorities when looking for a laptop:

  • Does it feel cheap? Move on…
  • Does the track pad work well? Way too many people have RSS and carpal tunnel syndrome due to bad ergonomics and or hardware.  Make sure the laptop works well or at the very least buy an external mouse.
  • Does it come with a Solid State Drive with 256 gigs or better? SSD’s are necessary for laptops.  The laptop gets knocked around and you are guaranteed to lose your standard SATA drive.  SSD do not have this problem.   They have no moving parts.
  • Is it 8 Gigs of RAM or greater? Every iteration of operating systems requires more RAM.  Do yourself a favor and upgrade the RAM using Kingston.com.  NOTE:  The smaller lines like the XPS 13  sometimes solder RAM on.  Check with the manufacturer or get the proper amount before committing to a purchase.

What Computer to Buy:

Google “Dell Outlet store” for purchases based on our recommendations here:

The rest of the specs depend on your work situation.  Here’s a nice narrowed down list of laptop options.  All contain solid web reviews.

The Road Warrior – Dell XPS 13 – 7390 with or without 2-in-1 capability

 

NOTE:  The business version of the XPS line is the Dell Latitude 7400 series

  • 13” screen, small, very light and beautiful design.
    ***I think I would prefer the 15″ but I have not got my hands on it.***
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • No touch display. Don’t bother.
  • 256 gig SSD
  • 4 cell battery
  • Intel Core 10th Generation i7-1065G7 Processor (Quad Core, Up to 3.90Ghz, 8MB Cache, 15W
  • 4 Gig – Make sure it’s possible to upgrade
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Webcam
  • Works with 3rd party replication or docking stations so you can connect to a big monitor and external keyboard (view Dell dock AKA replicator below)
  • Windows 10 Home (need to upgrade for corporate use)
    Best XPS price seen $760 ( and as low as $570 w/ discounts)
    It can be viewed at Costco.  Costco has a good Warranty.  I’m not sure about price.

Dell Laptop Reviews

XPS 13 and Latitude E5570


Resources:

XPS 15 Non-Touch
$1,399.99

XPS 13 Non-Touch
$1,099.99

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Latitude Docking Station

The Corporate Laptop – Dell Latitude 14″ 7400

7400 is the newest model for 2019 -2020.   It’s a little lighter than the previous year and the battery performance may have improved.  The 7000 series is equivalent to the popular XPS laptop.  However, the XPS is not a business laptop.

Price:

Dell Outlet store has the 7000 series with 16 gig, 256 SSD drive at $1000 or $800 on Black Friday sale.

Specs:

  • ports on 7400: Universal audio port (Headset Jack + microphone-in + line-in support)
    micro-SD 4.0 memory card reader
  • SIM card slot
    USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports (PowerShare capable)
    Noble wedge lock slot
  • Power adapter port
    USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 port (Thunderbolt)
    HDMI 1.4a port
    USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 port
    Smart card slot
  • Dell Latitude 7400 is a 14 inch clamshell laptop, which offers the following:
    • 8th Gen Intel Core Whiskey Lake processors.
    • 100% Solid-state drive computer.
    • 14 inch FHD wide viewing angle touch display.
    • 1x Thunderbolt 3 with Power Delivery (PD) and DisplayPort (USB Type-C).
    • Bluetooth 4.2LE, 5.0.
    • Optional face IR camera (Windows Hello compliant) with proximity sensor.
    • Adaptive thermal performance.Note:  Dell 452-BCYT D6000 Universal Dock is the most reliable dock for this computer.

Dell Latitude 14″ 7490 (last year’s model)

7490: Headset or mic combo jack
uSD 4.0 Memory card reader
DC-in 7.4 mm barrel, DisplayPort over USB Type–C with optional Thunderbolt™ 3, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (one with PowerShare), HDMI 1.4,RJ-45, external uSIM card tray option
3 x M.2 expansion slots: 1 SSD, 1 WWAN and 1 WLAN
Optional SmartCard Reader and Touch Fingerprint Reader
Noble Wedge Lock slot
Plus ethernet port

 

Dell Latitude E5570 (4 year Old laptop with dock)

NOTE: The E series is no longer being sold.  Carrying the E means it is equipped to dock from the serial base of the computer.  The Lenovo Thinkpad T480 is the only PC manufacture still equipped with a legacy docking feature.

  • 15” screen, a little more bulky but definitely not a nuisance
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • No touch display. Don’t bother.
  • 500 gig SSD
  • 6 cell battery
  • 6th generation i3 or better processor
  • 8 Gig
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Webcam
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Docking Station – See Picture

Best price seen ($540 w/ discount)

 

How do I dock if no manufacturer is making a decent docking station or laptops no longer feature an input for a dock?

The Dell D6000 is a universal (works with any laptop manufacturer) dock.  The laptop doesn’t really dock though.  The cable from the “dock” plugs into the side of the laptop.  This dock has a significant amount of outputs for multiple displays.  Requirements: You have to go into “personalize” in Windows 10 to tell the laptop to be active when the laptop screen is closed though.  Also, some drivers are required.  It’s a safe bet any laptop will work with this dock that was made within the last two years.

I have a Mac… What’s the recommended port replicator for that?

Mac Port Replicator

 

The 2 in 1 – Dell Inspiron 13 -7352

  • 13” screen, very light and great design
  • 2 in 1… Can be set to tablet mode.  Note:  The 15”is not practical.  You’re better off getting a Latitude for that size.
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • No touch display. Don’t bother.
  • 500 gig SSD
  • 3 cell battery
  • 5th generation i5 or better processor
  • 8 Gig – Make sure it’s possible to upgrade
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Webcam
  • Windows 10 Home (need to upgrade for corporate use)
    ***picture can be found as our cover pic or first pic of this blog***


Best Price $700 ($500 w/ discounts)

Dell Laptop Reviews Resources:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2473725,00.asp

Dell Laptop Reviews Additional Notes:

Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 $705

Inspiron 15 7000 2 in 1 $830 on display @Costco

Dell Laptop Alternative:

The ThinkPad T480s features SSD, 16 gig RAM, 14″ fancy (T580 is 15″ but too heavy) display, and a three video output dock can be purchased with it.

Dell Laptop Reviews Summary

Hopefully, this decreased this time consuming tasks to under 30 minutes.  The next item is how to set it up for us or your favorite tech to your liking.  Please read our post on Windows 10 support for more information.

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