Which Dell Brand Professional Laptop is Best Suited to your Work?
With the speed at which new technologies are advancing, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to buy the right equipment that will meet our needs. For example, not many people know that an Intel i3 8th generation processor is as powerful as an i5 7th generation.
XPS, Latitude or Precision?
Dell now has 5 laptop model names: XPS, Latitude, Precision, Vostro and Inspiron. In this article, I will take into account the 3 commercial range models: XPS, Latitude and Precision. The Inspiron range is mainly a home model and Vostro is for very small businesses and niche uses.
The XPS range is the Dell flagship. It also constitutes a benchmark for netbook-type computers (thin, light and powerful). This model is very comparable to the Latitude 7300, a slightly heavier and more robust model. The XPS laptop is for anyone who travels a lot with their device: this type of person would look for a powerful, yet small and light, device.
The Precision range is the laptop of choice for those who need performance and processing power.
It comes with a large range of Quadro graphics cards and offers choice between the i9 and Xeon processors. Anyone who uses CAD (computer aided design) or needs considerable graphics and processing power will appreciate the Precision.
Lastly, the Latitude range is the model most associated with office equipment. It’s a one-size-fits-all computer. You can get it with basic configuration (for someone who uses Office Suite with little internet) or with a configuration that will meet the needs of those who do “light” graphics design or who use Excel spreadsheets requiring more processing power.
Once you’ve found the model that’s right for you, half the work is done. Now you need to choose the appropriate model number.
3000, 5000 or 7000 Series?
For the Precision and Latitude ranges, Dell has a sub-category for each model.
The 3000 series is an entry model. These computers are generally larger and have more basic setups. These are computers that are mainly designed for those who work from the office and don’t often travel with their device.
By comparison, the 5000 series will be slimmer than the 3000 model, but less so than the 7000 model. The higher the series, the more powerful the machine components. The 5000 series is made up of computers that will be appreciated by employees who are often on the move from one office to another.
Lastly, the 7000 series is for travellers. These computers are generally the slimmest, smallest and lightest with reasonable power to meet the needs of demanding executives. These laptops are practical in confined spaces like trains and planes.
It should be noted that the XPS range doesn’t use this denomination and is mainly for people that would like a 7000 series or higher range computer.
What do the digits following the 3, the 5 and the 7 mean?
When shopping online for the different Latitude and Precision models, you’ll see numbers like 3500, 7300 and 3540. In the past, there were model numbers ending in 5.
The first digit indicates who the computer is geared towards (3 for entry level, 5 for those who need power and 7 for those who need mobility).
The second digit indicates screen size. A 3500 would therefore have a 15 inch screen and the 7300 would have a 13 inch screen.
The third digit generally indicates the generation of the model. A Precision 3540 would therefore be a more recent generation than a Precision 3520. However, there’s a small flaw in the system since last spring Dell restarted the digits in this column for the Latitude range. A Latitude 3570 is therefore older than a Latitude 3500.
Lastly, these days the fourth digit is always a zero. As mentioned previously, it used to be possible to find a 5. This digit indicates the brand of the computer processor. A zero represents Intel while a five represents AMD, but Dell doesn’t have a laptop with an AMD processor in its portfolio.
Consult a Specialist
Finally, this little guide provides a generalized overview of shopping for a Dell commercial laptop. Many other parameters will be factored in when choosing the computer that’s best adapted to your needs. The key is to clearly explain what you plan to do with your laptop (general usage, under which conditions, the software you plan to use) to your consultant.