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The Dell Latitude 14 E7470 is proof that business notebooks don't have to be boring. This 14-inch productivity laptop ($1,079 starting, $1,339 as reviewed) is one of the sleekest of its kind, with a slim and lightweight, 3.4-pound chassis that makes the device an excellent companion on the road. It's also perfectly capable of handling your workload, with a zippy Intel Core i5 processor, a snappy keyboard and a 9-hour battery built for a full day of crunching away. Despite some hard-to-reach ports, the Latitude 14 E740 is the rare business notebook that offers equal parts style and speed.
CPU 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U
Operating System Windows 10 RAM 8GB
Hard Drive Size 128GB
Who said business can't be sexy? The all-black Dell Latitude E7470 is strikingly sleek, sporting a slim, soft-touch, magnesium-alloy chassis that makes this PC a joy to hold. The notebook's supersoft lid is just as pleasant to the touch, though it is fairly susceptible to fingerprints.
Dell Latitude E7470At 13.19 x 9.13 x 0.74 inches and 3.4 pounds (with a four-cell battery), the E7470 is both small enough and light enough to fit into your bag without much of an issue. It's not quite as svelte as HP's EliteBook Folio G1 (11.5 x 8.23 x 0.47 inches, 2.14 pounds), but is roughly on par with Lenovo's ThinkPad T460s (13 x 8.9 x 0.74 inches, 3 pounds).
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Ports and Webcam
Unlike most notebooks, the Latitude 14 E7470 has the majority of its ports in the back. That means you'll have to do some extra reaching around to access the PC's power input, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, mini DisplayPort and Ethernet jack. The only ports you'll find on the edges are a headphone/mic jack, an SD card slot, a SIM port and a single USB 3.0 input. It's worth noting that the notebook doesn't have a USB Type-C port for newer, fast-charging accessories; this may be a concern for those looking for a more future-proof machine.
Dell Latitude E7470The Latitude's rear-facing ports allow it to fit seamlessly into Dell's E-Family of docks, and these make it easy to turn the laptop into a full workstation with monitors and desktop accessories. The ports also help keep the laptop's edges slim and seamless. While that's fine if you plan on keeping your Latitude in the office, it can be a bit of a pain having to reach in the back for ports when plugging things in while on the go.
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The laptop's 720p webcam is clear enough for conference calls, but you won't be stunned by your selfies. I noticed very obvious pixelation in my photos, with my stubbly beard becoming one big, dark blur.
Security and Durability
The Latitude 14 is built from the ground up with security in mind, offering Trusted Platform Module (TPM) encryption to keep your files safe. Optional security add-ons include a fingerprint reader, a smart card reader and Dell's Data Protection encryption software. If you configure it with a Core i5-6300U CPU or higher, the laptop also has Intel vPro manageability.
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