Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series (E7250) review

A pleasure to type with

Dell Latitude 12 7000 Series E7250

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The Latitude 12 7000 Series (E7250) packs lots of features that are sure to please the most demanding business user. It balances security, performance and connectivity in a travel-friendly 12.5-inch form factor.

What we liked

With a bevy of ports, options for wireless connectivity and highly serviceable internal components that users can upgrade, the Latitude 12 7000 Series can be considered a pared down mobile workstation in its own right, but one without a dedicated GPU.

Even though the keyboard is slightly smaller than a traditional keyboard, the Latitude packs in one of the best typing experiences on a laptop.

Enterprise users will appreciate the robust selection of security protocols, superb battery life, rugged build quality and a highly mobile 12.5-inch form factor.

What we disliked

The Latitude 12 lacks the sheen of sleeker consumer Ultrabooks, and its port-friendly design may be considered uninspiring. At its highest priced configuration, the Latitude 12 instantly feels underpowered, compared to mobile workstations like the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, as it lacks a dedicated graphics processor. The Latitude 12 also lacks the higher resolution screen options found on some of its rivals.

Final verdict

The Latitude 12 7000 Series (E7250) is the ultimate business-class Ultrabook for power users. Even though the understated design may look boring compared to the sheen of consumer notebooks, the Latitude's subtle curves make it appear stylish while staying functional. A long three-year warranty, upgradability, removable battery, comfortable keyboard and assortment of wired and wireless connectivity options make the Latitude an excellent productivity companion for mobile road warriors who need a thin-and-light laptop without compromise.