- Keyboard is backlit
- Long-lasting battery life
- Doesn't lie flat
- Webcam quality is shabby
- Bottom gets hot
The least power-hungry computer we’ve ever used.
The design of this 15-inch business laptop is simple but it looks good. It looks like a large slab of matter black piece. If you select the 6-inch cell battery, it will raise the far end of the system by few inches. The company has added a latch to remove the battery. Once you open the lid, you’ll be welcomed by the flat keyboard deck equipped with black full size keyboard and a 15.6-inch display surrounded by the thick solid bezel. There is not much to appreciate as far as design is concerned.
The laptop weighs 4.5 pounds, which makes it heavier than most of the laptop of this category. It is heavier than the competitors for sure, but although this laptop is heavier than most of the laptops currently available in the market, you can carry it around.
The notebook measures 14.96 x 10.23 x 0.92 inches, which means that it is thinner than most competitor laptops on the market.
If you opt for 6-cell battery, this Latitude notebook measures 14.96 x 10.23 x 1.73 inches and weighs 5 pounds, which makes it heaviest and thickest laptop available in the market. This means that you have to deal with the heavy piece if you want better endurance.
Inside the Dell Latitude is a sixth-generation 6200U Core i5 processor that runs at 2.3GHz. The Dell also boasts 8GB of RAM and a 240GB solid state drive depending on your customisation preferences.
It was no surprise that the Dell came in greatly with our range of benchmark tests, with a PCMark 8 score of 2,658 and Cinebench scores of 29.55 fps and 245 for graphics and processor tasks.
The Dell is augmented with the company’s Dell Data Protection heuristic technology that monitors the system’s behavior looking for the telltale signs of an attack.
If you have opted for a 6-cell battery, you don’t need to worry anything for a whole day, as the laptop lasted roughly 11 hours during our tests, which is much longer than the average battery life of this category laptop (which is around 6 hours). We test the battery by continuously using the laptop for surfing over Wi-Fi.
As a side note I also really liked Dell’s Power Manager app, which squeezes every last electron out of the battery pack and checks on its health.
The Dell Latitude’s optional 1080p display, we can imagine, offers crisp images with dull colours. Annoyingly, Dell offers this high-res display only to shoppers who order the top-of-the-line Core i7 Latitude 15 3570 with a costly upgrade. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with a low-res, 1366 x 768-pixel display.
According to our colourimeter, the Latitude 15 3570 can reproduce only 60 percent of the sRGB spectrum. That’s lower than competitor laptops, and the mainstream notebook average (86 percent).
The Dell’s display isn’t exactly accurate, as it scored a mediocre 3.4 on the Delta-E test (where 0 is perfect).
The Dell Latitude 15 3570 doesn’t have the brightest display, either, emitting up to 205 nits (a measure of brightness). The Latitude 15’s screen isn’t strong enough to supply wide viewing angles either, as I saw colours darken at 45 degrees to the left and right.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard of this laptop is very unimpressive; you won’t be able to type on this keyboard for a longer time. You’ll have to take breaks after typing for few minutes on the laptop. The company should have added a better keyboard, as most of the business laptops come with a very comfy keyboard. The keyboard of a business laptop is essential and important parts.
The space between the keys is pretty bad, which makes typing very uncomfortable. The travel distance of the keys is just 1.15 mm, which is much lesser than 1.5 mm comfortable travel distance of the mainstream laptop, which makes this keyboard very uncomfortable for typing even for a shorter duration. The keys of this laptop also require 55 grams of actuation weight for pressing them. When I was testing the keyboard on 10fastfinger.com, I typed 67 words per minute, which is much less than my average 75 words per minute on this category laptop.
The company has added a 4.1 x 2.5 inches button-less touchpad, which is smooth and responsive. The touchpad responded to our responses pretty quickly and also has enough space to let you navigate throughout the screen comfortably. The touchpad is very smooth and responsive, it responded pretty quickly to all my inputs. The touchpad also responded well to all kinds of multi-touch gestures. Overall the touchpad of this laptop is pretty good and comfortable to use, but it cannot be said for the keyboard.
Ports and Webcam
Dell has added a wide range of ports on this laptop, which allows you to connect all kinds of external device you want. You’ll find two USB 3.0 ports, one Ethernet port, headphone and microphone jack along with HDMI port on the left side of the system. The system also houses a USB 2.0 port, a VGA port, a security slot and SD card reader on the right side.
The laptop comes with a 0.9 MP webcam to this system, which captures pretty poor pictures. The picture taken by its webcam was very dark and noisy. The image taken in the bright room was very dark. This would be decent for video chatting through Hangouts or Skype, but won’t be sufficient for taking Selfies. Overall, the Webcam of this notebook is pretty bad, should have been better.
The Dell Latitude 15 3570 is a business laptop that starts at the price of £359, whereas our review unit costs a little more due to the better processor and battery. But for everything the system offers in terms of performance and visually, we think that £359 is a real bargain especially for the introductary system because even that will perform leaps and bounds better than competitor laptops currently on the market.
If you’re looking for a business notebook with enough performance to obliterate your to-do list and enough volume for a proper celebration afterwards, the Core i5 model of the Dell Latitude 15 3570 is definitely worth your consideration, especially since its optional 6-cell battery provides all-day battery life.
Unfortunately, its keyboard isn’t that comfortable and that extra battery life comes with the downside of carrying a chunkier notebook.