We were given the opportunity to test Dell’s new flagship business laptop, the Latitude 9510. This 2-in-1 device boasts its size, light weight, convertibility, and power as its main selling points. It features a 10th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and a 15” 1920×1080 400-nit Display. Dell has come up with very impressive business laptops in the past, including the well-received Dell XPS15. This being their top-of-the-range model, I wouldn’t expect any less — so let’s dive right into it.
CPU: 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10810
GPU: Intel(R) UHD Graphics
SSD: 512GB SSD
Battery: 60Wh 4 cells
Display: 1920×1080 15’’ 60HZ- Pixel Touch Display
Design and Build
As first impressions go, I noticed that this laptop was extremely light and thin for a 15’’ notebook. Weighing in at just 3.1lbs while having dimensions of 13.4 x 8.5 x 0.3~0.6 inches, this device is one of the more portable options out there. The material that makes up the 9510 also feels extremely premium. It features an aluminum chassis and running my hands through it feels extremely comfortable and cool to the touch.
Overall the design looks minimalistic and sleek. The whole laptop screams professional. Its sleek edges and elegant frame perfectly capture the look Dell wanted for its newest business range-topper. The exterior of the laptop feels extremely durable, and the hinges feel tight and sturdy. Although the look may seem too simple for some, it makes up for it by catering to those who prefer a more simple and refined design.
The 9510 features two USB-C Ports, one Audio Jack, microSD Card Reader, one USB-A, and an HDMI 2.0, and a wedge lock. There are just the perfect amount of ports in order not to sacrifice portability and design, and I am extremely glad that they still included one USB-A port (*cough* Apple *cough).
The Dell 9510 has a traditional 1920×1080 screen which is pretty standard for most devices. I found the display to be reasonably bright and the colors accurate and vibrant. For the price of PHP 113,500, I would have expected at least a 4K resolution screen. Don’t get me wrong, the 1920×1080 HD display looks pretty decent on this 15’’ laptop. Despite this, at least it didn’t disappoint with its 2-in-1 feature. It can easily convert into a tablet and has touchscreen functionality. This is extremely important and useful if you need to do some graphic work or don’t have enough room to make use of its more space-consuming desktop mode. The screen is responsive to touch and reacts very well.
Keyboard, Trackpad, Camera, and Speakers
Personally, the keyboard took some getting used to. The keys felt rubbery and a bit uncomfortable to press. It did not feel as tactile as I hoped it would be. Soon enough, though, I got used to it. The keyboard features a reasonably bright white backlighting so you can work in the dark.
The trackpad is sensitive and comfortable to use. It reacts to light taps as well as harder taps that give a satisfying feeling when pressed. The camera is okay but for such a pricey laptop you’d expect better than just a 720p camera. The camera includes an IR Scanner and is compatible with Windows Hello. This means the camera has facial recognition functionality making it easier for you to access your data. It also locks automatically once you step away from the device.
The thing that heavily impressed me were the speakers on this device. The speakers were not only decent but are one of the best available on a laptop. I tested the speakers on a variety of genres from rap to rock and I can say that these are the best laptop speakers I’ve heard in a while. I’m able to appreciate the heavy 808s on rap tracks and appreciate the high trebles on guitar solos. They are exceptional for a pair of laptop speakers.
Under the hood
The Dell Latitude 9510 is powered by 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10810 CPU and a stock Intel UHD Graphics GPU — with no options for the Core i9 or a choice of GPU this laptop is a bit lacking. Sure I understand that you cannot switch out GPUs because it will compromise the weight and size, but I’m not sure why Dell didn’t give an option for an i9 variant. Without a dedicated graphics card, the 9510 might not be ideal for gaming but would do well as a lifestyle and business laptop.
I am very happy though with the 16GB RAM, this means that you can run several applications at once, therefore being perfect for multitasking work. It has a storage space of 512GB SSD. The 1TB variant would cost you a lot more.
The battery life is impeccable though, being able to last 25 hours on a single charge. This is extremely impressive for a powerful laptop. You can use your laptop through long international flights or several business meetings. It also charges fast thanks to USB-C so you won’t have to wait forever to get that 25-hour portable performance. The Dell Latitude 9510 is regarded in the laptop community as the longest-lasting laptop but with the premium pricing, is it worth it?
Objectively speaking, the Dell 9510 is a gorgeous laptop. It has a bright screen, a beautiful exterior, convertibility, amazing speakers, and is extremely light and portable. The downside is its pricing at P113,500. For a traditional 1920×1080 display, 720p camera, Core i7 processor, and no dedicated graphics card, you’re paying a premium for the lightweight and convertible design, and battery life. But if you’re in the market for a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop that won’t let you down and price isn’t a factor for you, I’d highly recommend this one.
- Sleek design choice
- Perfect amount of I/O ports
- Amazing speakers
- 2-in-1 convertible and touch screen
- Fast charging
- Amazing battery life
- No better display options or processor options
- Bad Webcam