The Dell Latitude 9510 is a 15-inch business laptop available in either traditional clamshell design or 2-in-1 with a fully rotating screen. This is one of the most flexible business laptops out there. It’s durable and sleek, making it great for any environment. This gaming laptop is not one of the best, but it’s perfect for first-time users or people looking to get a high-performance laptop without breaking the bank. Let’s get into why.
|15-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel touch display
|1.1GHz Intel Core I7-10810U vPro
|16GB LPDDR3 2,133MHz (dual channel)
|Intel UHD Graphics
|512GB NVMe PCIe SSD
|2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 2.0 out, audio/mic jack, microSD card slot, optional SmartCard reader
|Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1
|Windows 10 Pro
|3.5 pounds (1.6kg)
On the outside, this metal-casing machine is fairly harmless. With an included weight of just over 1.5kg, it doesn’t make a noticeable difference as to where it’s placed on the table. The laptop opens up with a hinge that allows the user to adjust the angle of the screen towards them. It also comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB 3.2 Type-A, a full-size HDMI 2.0, and other ports for quick and easy connections.
A 1080p screen is at the front of this laptop. It’s very sleek and helps keep reflections to a minimum. The top and bottom are made of thicker material. The top has the webcam, which is a disappointing 720p model. There’s also an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition and a proximity sensor that will automatically lock the machine when you move away from it and wake it when you come back. At the bottom, there’s nothing.
The Latitude 9510 weighs just 11 pounds and is packed with an Intel Core i7-10810U vPro processor with 16GB of RAM. It juggled 40 Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos without flinching while Spotify ran in the background.
The Latitude 9510 from Dell scored 21,462 on Geekbench which is more than the average of the premium laptops. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ExpertBook B9450 laptop both did not score nearly as well as the Latitude 9510. It took 20 minutes and 33 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on our Benchmark. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon finished it in a speedy 18:29, while the ExpertBook B9450 slowed down to a crawl, finishing it in 28:24.
Dell’s 512GB SSD was slower than average when copying 4.97GB of data in 10.3 seconds, but that’s still over 4 times faster than the 682-MBps premium laptop average. Meanwhile, the SSDs in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (998 MBps) and ExpertBook B9450 (771 MBps) excel.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Look down at the screen and you’ll see the keyboard at the bottom, flanked on three sides by stereo speakers which are better than many other speakers. You’ll also see a trackpad with a lot of nice features, like how it’s great to use it when your palm is placed over it while typing.
The keyboard has an average amount of travel and has a power button with a fingerprint reader. The keys are not overly hard to press, but they are not too easy. The Delete key is easy to reach and often used by people. It is important to keep it engaged because the laptop could stop working without it.
The touchpad is fitted with a 4.5 x 2.6-inch touch panel that has a silky smooth click and plenty of feedback given by the fine textures on its buttons. Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tabbing worked well due to the wireless precision drivers.
Dell’s new Latitude 9510 laptop has the best battery life of any laptop. It lasted 18 hours and 17 minutes on a non-stop WiFI connection, just barely beating the 9:37 average. Even with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7:23), it couldn’t keep up with Dell’s impressive battery life.
Software and warranty
Latitude 9510 comes with many Dell apps and features. Some of these include the Dell Optimizer, a software that speeds up the performance of certain apps and features customized audio sessions for better phone conversations. Dell is the best laptop shopping experience. Dell has a variety of apps that let you quickly and easily check for software updates, buy your favorite programs, tune and optimize performance, and run network diagnostics.
Windows 10 is a clean, fast operating system. It has preinstalled apps like Office, Word, and Excel that are highly beneficial to the consumer. Dell offers a three-year limited warranty on its Latitude 9510 line of laptops. See what they did in our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands special reports.
The Latitude 9510 has an impressive battery, which makes it perfect to take anywhere. The display is bright and the solid performance is also nice. But the price is incredibly high for this laptop, for an average consumer or business owner. The 4K display and the discrete graphics card are not included, which is nonsensical, because this is an innovative working laptop that shouldn’t be overpriced.
If you don’t have the money to buy an expensive computer and you’re not too worried about speed, the Asus VivoBook might be a good choice. But if you are a manager who wants the best laptop to use in your office, then this is the one.