Dell Latitude 13 7000 review

XPS-styled notebook is in a (business) class of its own

Dell Latitude 13 7000 review

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The Latitude 13 7370 is a unique business machine, which is reflected in the price tag. Like the XPS 13 it's compact, light enough to carry anywhere and and stands up well to knocks and scrapes. You'll have to pay extra for its enterprise features, however, whether you want them or not. If you're a fan of slick design, the Latitude 13 7370 will be hard to resist even in the face of more affordable and powerful rivals.

We liked

With its InfinityEdge display, there's no other business ultrabook quite as compact as the Latitude. It slips into a bag for easy transportation, and stands up well to knocks and scrapes. Its soft-touch interior contrasts well with the solid aluminium exterior, adding up a machine you can confidently take anywhere. Its keyboard is one of the best in the business (and in business), with keys that feature a perfect amount of travel - even if the keycaps are a little on the small side.

If you go for the 1080p version you'll get the best combination of battery life and screen real-estate. With plenty of connectivity options including twin USB-C ports and double-digit hours of battery life on the go (if you stick to having one app open at a time with the brightness turned nearly all the way down), there's enough juice to keep you going for a decent length of time.

We disliked

The Intel Core M processor inside is a confusing choice and muddies the Latitude's value. Had it come with a Core i5 chip inside, its high cost would've made much more sense. As it stands, unless you really want its compact design and excellent keyboard, there are other laptops out there that aren't far off - such as the Yoga 260 - that carry Core i7 chips and are around 50% more powerful for the same price.

There being no touchscreen is either a good or bad thing depending on your view. If you've got used to using one then its omission will come as a disappointment, but on the other hand its absence helps keep weight and cost down.

Final verdict

There's no two ways about it: the Latitude 13 7370 lives up to the XPS 13's excellent reputation and convincingly carries over its best traits into the business world. You can sling it into a bag, rough it up a bit, go for hours on the road with one under your arm and connect just about anything you like up to it.

Productivity comes easy thanks to its 1080p display and best-in-class keyboard. (For a Windows machine, anyway - the 13-inch MacBook Air's keyboard is arguably the more comfortable of the two thanks to its larger keycaps.)

It's disappointing then, that the Latitude is powered by a processor more accustomed to value (and fashion) laptops and tablets. It's not like the Latitude is too thin to slip in full Core-series processors, which are already offered in the slimmer XPS 13. It results in an unnecessary compromise, and one that restricts the Latitude to being a fancy portable laptop designed for lightweight tasks rather than one that business users can depend on in any situation.

On the other hand, if you're seeking a well-built, compact laptop that packs enterprise features and enough horsepower to surf the web, stream video and music and multi-task, the Latitude 13 7370 is in a (business) class of its own.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.