The Latitude E6520 represents a very attractive alternative to the Dell XPS 15z for those who are looking for more oomph and more features even if it comes at a price (added weight and thickness).
There are several features that suggest the Latitude E6520 is a better deal for corporate and business users rather than the XPS 15z, especially when faced with the choice of opting for the Apple MacBook Pro.
For a start, the E6520 comes by default with Windows 7 Professional and three years onsite warranty with next business day collection included. Other features that come with the base unit are: built in assisted GPS, a powder coated antimicrobial treatment, spill resistant keyboard, reinforced steel hinges, VGA & ExpressCard slots, eSATA & Firewire ports, a magnesium alloy internal frame and zinc alloy latch plus a 360-degree bumper for added screen protection.
It also includes the option of an Intel Quad Core i7 Processor, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB SSD, a full HD screen, a primary nine cell 97Whr battery, a fingerprint reader and contactless smartcard reader and a full HD camera with microphone.
When opting for all these added value features listed above, the total cost of the E6520 reaches £1360 excluding delivery, which is halfway between the cost of the XPS 15z and the MacBook Pro. Granted you lose a bit on portability (the 9-cell battery model weighs around 3Kg and is 35mm thick) but you definitely gain on specifications and features.