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Dell Latitude 12 7000 review: Software

Our review unit of the Latitude 12 7000 came with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed. This particular operating system launched in 2009 along, has become the Windows of choice for business users the world over, such was its classic Microsoft feel when compared to the overthought, app-based mess that was Windows 8 and 8.1. On booting up, we were prompted to install Windows 10, and if you are buying this laptop for personal use then you can upgrade for free until 29 July 2016. If you are a business owner looking to provide your employees with a laptop, then which operating system you use will be your own administrative decision. 

We did not install Windows 10, but the machine runs excellently on Windows 7. If you’re a little unsure of the differences between the operating systems and want to find out more, here are some of our most useful articles on the topic. 

Windows 10 review

Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

How to install or upgrade to Windows 10

How to stay on Windows 7 or 8 forever

Be aware that as with many PCs these days, you don’t get Microsoft Office for free. The programmes do not come preinstalled and you’ll have to purchase a subscription. Check out all the prices for Office here, we’d recommend Office 365 as it is a pay monthly, non-contract way of having the latest Office software with continuous updates. 

Dell Latitude 12 7000 review: Performance 

For the price, you’d expect excellent performance, but luckily the Latitude 12 7000 delivers. Our model had the standard specs on offer for this range, which is an Intel Core i5 processor (the 6300U to be precise) 2.40GHz, with integrated HD Graphics 520. There’s also 8GB RAM, which when paired with the i5 absolutely blitzed through an average working day, with several Chrome tabs open alongside email, Spotify, Slack, and many other programmes besides. 

Multi-tabbing between Google Docs, Sheets and other third party programmes was smooth with no noticeable lag unless we had near to 25 Chrome tabs open at once. This is normal stuttering for any machine but in real-life use this is a slick-running computer. 

We ran standard benchmark tests on the Latitude 12 7000, alongside its sibling in the same line, the Latitude 14 7000, which we’ve reviewed here. You can also see how it stacks up against the Microsoft Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4.  

Dell Latitude 12 7000 review: Battery life 

We were impressed with what the Latitude 12 7000 can cope with when it’s away from a charger. In our battery test running a continuous loop of a film on Windows Media Player, it lasted 9 hours and 24 minutes, which is excellent for a 12in machine. You would of course get less with constant use and Wi-Fi connectivity.

In day-to-day usage it also impressed, and using it alongside a desktop for general tasks saw it last two days away from the plug.

Specs

Dell Latitude 12 7000 E7270: Specs

  • Windows 7 or 10 Pro 12.5in LCD screen 2.40GHz Intel Core i5 8GB DDR4 128GB SSD 1366x768 Intel HD 520 802.11ac Gigabit Bluetooth Yes 2x USB 3.0 Firewire No Thunderbolt No DisplayPort Yes HDMI Yes DVI No VGA No eSATA No Media card slot Yes Audio Headphone jack, mic Optical drive n/a Extras HD webcam Windows 10 Professional Gaming scores not tested 55Wh lithium ion Battery life 9hrs 24 minutes PC Mark 8 score 2647 Height: 18.85 mm x Width: 310.5 mm x Depth: 215.15 mm 1.26kg 3yr basic warranty

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