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Dell Latitude E6420 review

Dell's latest business laptop may have odd, retro-like looks but it's crammed full of the latest technology. Is this enough to make it the best portable computer for your workforce? Read our review to find out.

Price
£903

Ultra-portable laptops get all the attention, but for many office workers who don't travel all the time but need a portable computer to carry occasionally from place-to-place the humble 14in and 15in laptop is the workhorse of choice. The Latitude E6420 is Dell's latest business-oriented 14in laptop and, as expected from Dell, it can be customised to have almost everything you need in an office computer.

Although the Latitude E6420 has a good-looking aluminium lid, the rest of the laptop looks utilitarian. The black and silver plastic build has a retro appearance which is only emphasised by the odd orange piping around the keyboard. It's not going to win any beauty awards, but that's hardly a concern for most businesses. More importantly it feels rigid and sturdy, although some of the plastics did creak under pressure more than we'd like. The underside did become a little warm when processor-intensive applications were running, but it wasn't uncomfortably hot.

The metal lid of the Dell Latitude E6420.

The E6420 is chunky and a bit heavy at 2.39kg. This may not sound like much, but paired with its thick build, this isn't a laptop we'd want to carry around all day on trains, planes and automobiles. If you do insist on travelling with it regularly though, you'll benefit from its surprisingly long battery life it lasted over seven hours in our light usage web browsing test. This is long enough to put some ultra-portable laptops to shame. The lid doesn't have an L-shaped hinge to reduce its height, but it does tilt all the way back so it's parallel to the keyboard so it should be possible to find a comfortable viewing angle when it's placed on your lap in cramped conditions.

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