As for the speed of the processor, will someone utilizing this machine in an office setting notice the speed difference between the U and HQ processors? Most work is done with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (incorporating video playback into the PowerPoint slideshows.
The HQ one is literally twice the CPU the U one is, but with what you've described doing it won't make a difference in the slightest which you use. So go with the cheaper option.
If I go with the Precision, do you think it is worth it to upgrade to the Xeon E3-1505M v5 processor for $70 more?
The upgrade to a High Performance Class 50 SSD for another $50?
Go from 16GB to 32GB of RAM for $170?
It's not worth it, for what you do, to get the Xeon over the i7 U.
Nothing you'd do would benefit from the faster SSD. Dell someitmes uses different SSD brands across classes. So it might actually end up that the lower class SSD is a more reliable, better brand, anyways.
That's a pretty insane price jump for RAM, but that aside 32GB of RAM is way overkill for what you described. 16GB is more then enough (even that's quite a bit overkill).
The setting is heavy office use and I need the system to be robust and dependability is a must.
Perscion laptops are made to be mobile workstations. They're made for tasks that heavily stress the hardware to their limit, having tons of different professional devices plugged into it at once leveraging it for communication with software, and are essentially portable powerful desktops just short of severs. They're used for things like professional 4k and 8k video editing, CAD work in engineering or other 3D modeling, scientific simulation workloads, ETC. They are heavier machines built to take anything thrown at them with ease.
Latitude laptops are made for in office use like you described. They're made for showing off and setting up presentations. Are made to look visualizing pleasing so clients aren't put off by this big hulk of a device you brought in (though Dell seems to be trying to add that to the Perscion line to). They are made to have good battery life so you can work on things in coffee shops, parks, on a car or plane ride. They are also very light for constant and easy transport.
The Latitude is for you. It won't be as physically durable as the Perscion, but it doesn't need to be.
Edited by SEANIA, 03 August 2016 - 09:47 PM.
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