Dell aims for a new approach on budget-friendly notebooks with the Latitude 15 3570 and offers something that most similarly-priced laptops don’t have – extra long battery life. Unfortunately, though, this comes at a price and some important features have been neglected like not enough emphasis on the keyboard and screen. Though, the latter won’t be such a problem since it’s a notebook for work and not a multimedia station.
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The design department has gone with black matte plastic finish all-around and the best part is that fingerprints aren’t so visible as you’d expect them to be. It’s definitely nice to touch, though.
The decision to go with all-plastic build has crippled the overall sturdiness of the machine and you can feel it bend at some particular areas like the lid or at the edges of the base. However, the weight has been kept pretty low tipping the scale at just 2.06 kg while the thickness is just 23.25 mm but not accounting the huge battery bulge on the bottom, which also gives an ergonomic incline and helps with the typing comfort.
Speaking of typing comfort, you won’t be particularly impressed by the keyboard’s travel but compensates with a decent feedback and feel. We also have mixed feelings about the touchpad as well. It’s rather small for a 15-inch machine, especially when it’s business-oriented but that’s not the biggest issue here. It’s actually the surface, which is slightly rough and kills the precision at times. Mouse buttons, on the other hand, produce good feedback, feel extra stable and light to click.
In any case, there’s little room for criticism due to the affordable price range of the product. And as we often find ourselves comparing budget business solutions to the HP ProBook 450 G3, we will do this again but more thoroughly in our upcoming review because the HP solution and Dell’s Latitude 3570 have less common ground and focus on very different aspects.
Dell is selling the notebook with processors ranging from Celeron all the way up to Core i7. To be more precise, the entry-level model comes with a Celeron 3215U, the next one is Core i3-6100U (the one we are reviewing, then comes the Core i5-6200U and finally the most expensive model ships with Core i7-6500U. Discrete graphics aren’t the order of the day and you must deal with an Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU but it should be more than enough for everyday office work and browsing. Memory options are limited and you can go as high as 8GB of DDR3L-1600 because there’s no integrated RAM chips and only one available slot.
Storage options include only 500GB of HDD spinning at 7200 rpm but in some regions the laptop ships with an SSD. Screen options are also a bit limited offering only HD and Full HD variants, both of which adopt a TN panel with poor viewing angles. And again, it’s quite normal for a business-oriented notebook since picture quality isn’t exactly a priority for most users looking at this market segment. The key feature of the notebook, however, is its battery life. The standard model comes with a 40Wh unit but can be ordered with a big battery bulge incorporating a whopping 65Wh charge. We will see how the 65Wh tunrs out in our battery tests.
Specs listed below may differ depending on your region.
|Processor||Intel Celeron 3215U (2-core, 1.50 GHz, 2MB cache) / Intel Core i3-6100U (2-core, 2.30 GHz, 3MB cache) / Intel Core i5-6200U (2-core, 2.30 – 2.80 GHz, 3MB cache) / Intel Core i7-6500U (2-core, 2.50 – 3.10 GHz, 3MB cache)|
|RAM||up to 16GB (2x 8192MB) – DDR3L, 1866MHz|
|Graphics card||Intel HD Graphics 520|
|HDD/SSD||500GB HDD (7200 rpm)|
|Display||15.6-inch HD (1366×768) TN panel, matte / 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) TN panel, matte|
|Connectivity||LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n 2×2, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Battery||40Wh, 4-cell / 65 Wh, 6-Cell Battery|
|Thickness||0.92″ (23.25 mm)|
|Weight||2.06 kg (4.54 lbs)|