Currently positioned at the top of Dell’s revamped Latitude lineup, the 9510 2-in-1 is a machine for those who refuse to compromise when it comes to productivity. Whether judged by its versatility, aesthetic, or the horsepower on tap, the 15-inch Latitude 9510 is clearly gunning for power-users who might normally look to high-end laptops like the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
But rather than simply imitating a standard bearer, Dell brings its own set of innovations aimed at improving the user experience rather than reinventing the wheel. Through a tight integration of hardware and software, the Latitude 9510 2-in-1 offers a wide array of functionality. It also sets new benchmarks in core areas like battery life and portability — at least in theory.
All of that innovation doesn’t come cheap, however. Can Dell’s new business flagship deliver on the company’s impressive claims and justify its lofty as-tested price? Time to find out.
Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1 Tech Specs (As Tested)
- 10th Generation Intel Core I7-10710U (6 Core, 8M Cache, base 1.1GHz up to 4.7GHz)
- 16GB RAM (2133 MHz, LPDDR3)
- Intel UHD Graphics
- 15-inch FHD touchscreen display (16:9 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1080 max resolution)
- 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive
- 88 WHr Polymer, ExpressCharge capable battery
- Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 802.11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.1 Wireless Card
- Windows 10 Pro 64bit
While the Latitude 9510 is available as a traditional laptop, the 2-in-1 configuration here is outfitted with 360-degree hinges that allow for tablet-style computing on the fly. Thanks in part to the exceptionally thin bezels, Dell managed to pack a 15-inch touchscreen display into a 14-inch chassis. And in doing so, it proclaims this 3.3-pound convertible to be the smallest and lightest 15-inch notebook PC in the segment.
The Latitude 9510 feels premium in hand despite its relatively compact footprint. This is due, in part, to the CNC-machined aluminum chassis, sturdy backlit keyboard and a generously sized, glass-surfaced touchpad. Top-firing speakers flank either side of the keyboard. And paired with the brushed silver finish, the overall look makes it clear that Dell wasn’t bashful about taking some inspiration from Apple.
A USB-A port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a wedge lock slot can be found on the right side of the machine. The left houses a pair of USB-C ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a smart-card reader (if optionally configured). A fixed-focus IR camera is situated above the display, along with a proximity sensor (if configured). Although a privacy shutter is available on the laptop version of the 9510, it is not offered on the 2-in-1 configuration.
Tailored for Business Success
Processor options on the Latitude 9510 range from the 10th generation Intel Core i5-10210U CPU to the six-core i7-10810U. Our tester was outfitted with the latter, along with 16GB of memory and 512GBs of solid state storage.
Regardless of how you spec it out otherwise, all configurations of the Latitude 9510 come equipped with a 1080p touchscreen display and an Intel integrated GPU. One could argue that the lack of an available 4K display and high-end GPU option points to a tailored focus on maximizing efficiency and productivity in business environments. And that is the 9510’s primary role, but it’s still worth noting that those omissions do limit its potential outside the office.
The notion that the Latitude 9510 has been designed to perform at its best in specific use cases is reinforced by the Dell Optimizer, a software suite intended to enhance an array of different functions. ExpressSign-in, for instance, works with the optional proximity sensor to detect the user’s presence (or absence) in front of the laptop. Then it automatically wakes or locks the system accordingly. While the ExpressCharge function collects information about your app usage to optimize the machine’s battery usage and charge times.
Dell says users can see as much as 34 hours of battery life with the Latitude 9510 2-in-1, a figure which is certainly impressive. However, it’s important to note that factors like display brightness settings and the applications you use most can have a significant impact on real-world battery performance, so it would be wise to consider that a best-case scenario rather than the norm.
Performance Where it Counts
As you’d expect from a machine with Intel’s latest i7 chip and plenty of memory to go around, the Latitude 9510 hardly ever breaks a sweat when put through its paces during everyday use. Whether used as a traditional laptop or in tablet mode, tasks like office applications and high-definition video streaming are dispatched with ease. However, we’d stop short of considering it a good option for graphics-intensive work due to the lack of discrete GPU availability.
Dell also included their Premium Active Pen with this review unit, which feels natural and responsive for jotting down quick notes or creating a random doodle when inspiration strikes. The pen also features a number of handy program shortcuts via the buttons on the side and top of the device, making it more convenient to pick up and use without having to plan ahead.
Both the keyboard and touchpad of the Latitude 9510 live up to the promises made by their aesthetic. Key travel is satisfyingly tactile, and the touchpad feels both responsive to taps and effortless to move around on. The touchpad itself is clickable in lieu of dedicated buttons, and provides uniform travel anywhere outside of the top edge of the pad.
Should You Buy the Dell Latitude 9510 2-in-1?
There’s no doubt that this is a well-built machine with a lot of capability, but the situation gets a little bit tricky when it comes to the value proposition. Dell offers the Latitude 9510 2-in-1 in base configuration for $1,848.99, but loaded with options, our tester rang up to $2,937. That’s quite a bit of coin when you consider the fact that it lacks a 4K display and a discrete GPU.
Still, for those who value portability and a premium experience from their 15-inch notebook PC (and plan to stick mainly to productivity tasks), the Latitude 9510 isn’t likely to disappoint.