Best Computer for Your Business

Dell’s Latitude 14 3000 is a solid travel companion for workers. With its optional extended battery attached, the system runs for more than 10 hours, making it one of the longer-lasting business laptops on the market. Plus, it packs solid security, a durable design and fast performance. It would be easier to recommend if it came with a more comfortable keyboard and a nicer display, but the Dell Latitude 14 3000 (starting at $449, reviewed at $1,024) is still pretty decent for the money — though there are better options.

Design

Frequent travelers will love the Latitude 14’s long battery life, but they may not be thrilled by its relative heft. The system weighs in at 4.4 lbs. (with the extended battery attached). That’s noticeably heavier than rival systems like Lenovo’s 3.8-lb. ThinkPad T460 or the 3.97-lb. Toshiba Tecra C40. HP’s EliteBook 745 is more portable than any of those systems though, weighing just 3.4 lbs.

The Latitude 14’s extended battery adds nearly a full inch of thickness to the laptop’s back end. The tilt is no big deal — in fact, it actually makes typing more comfortable — but the extra thickness could be an issue when you’re trying to slide it in and out of your bag.

If you do need to lug the Latitude 14 back and forth between home and the office, you’ll appreciate its durable design. The notebook feels rigid and durable, and comes with MIL-STD-810G security credentials. In other words, it was tested to withstand vibrations, shocks and extreme temperatures.

The right edge, meanwhile, adds a USB 2.0 port; a VGA video out port, which could come in handy for connecting to older monitors and projectors; and an SD card slot for expanding the system’s 128GB of internal storage.

Security

The Latitude 14 3000 offers most of the standard security features that workers need, but it might not be suited for an enterprise environment. For starters, it comes with a Trusted Platform Module that encrypts your data at a hardware level. Plus, it can be purchased with a fingerprint reader for an extra $14. My review unit didn’t come with the fingerprint reader, so I didn’t have a chance to test its reliability.

Enterprise IT departments might want to opt for a different system, though, since the Latitude 14 3000 isn’t available with vPro remote management. That’s because the laptop isn’t available with a processor that supports those features. For that functionality, you’ll have to opt for the pricier Latitude 14 7000, which will run you $1,249.