Like an XPS 14. Just because you’re small doesn’t mean you can’t be as powerful as the big guns. The Precision 5470 utilizes the same Core i9 CPU currently shipping on hulking gaming laptops and other workstations over twice its size, but how does it actually perform?
The Precision 5470 is Dell’s smallest mobile workstation yet. Much like the XPS 17-inspired Precision 5750 and XPS 15-inspired Precision 5560, the 14-inch Precision 5470 is inspired by the XPS 13 9300/9310 in terms of looks and design. If you’ve played around with an XPS system in the past, then the Precision 5470 should look and feel very familiar.
The two distinguishing factors of the Precision 5470 relate to its 12th gen Core H-series CPU and optional Nvidia RTX A1000 GPU for an immense amount of processing power considering the 14-inch form factor. Our particular review unit comes with the Core i9-12900H CPU, A1000 GPU, and 1600p glossy touchscreen for approximately $3000 USD retail. Other SKUs with the i5-12500H to i7-12800H, integrated Iris Xe graphics only, and matte 1200p display are also available for lower starting prices.
Direct competitors include other high-end 14-inch mobile workstations like the HP ZBook Firefly 14 or Lenovo ThinkPad P14s. This size category is still new when it comes to workstations and so we will also be comparing the Precision 5470 to a few larger models instead like the ThinkPad P15 G2 or Dell’s own Precision 5560.
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Intel Core i9-12900H 14 x 1.8 – 5 GHz, 91 W PL2 / Short Burst, 20 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P
, LPDDR5, 5200 MHz, dual-channel, soldered, 32-24-24-52
14.00 inch 16: 10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 216 PPI, 10-point capacitive, AU Optronics B140QAN, IPS, Controller: AUO4F9B, Dell P/N: X6NRM, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH – cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 4 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Hall Effect, Adaptive Thermal Performance
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.95 x 310.6 x 210.3 ( = 0.75 x 12.23 x 8.28 in)
72 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Speakers: 2W x 4, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dell Power Manager, Command, Optimizer, PremierColor, Digital Delivery, 12 Months Warranty
1.621 kg ( = 57.18 oz / 3.57 pounds), Power Supply: 415 g ( = 14.64 oz / 0.91 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.
Potential Competitors in Comparison
Case — XPS Look And Feel
There is no XPS 14 at the time of writing, but the Precision 5470 is essentially the precursor to one. It sits comfortably in between the classic 13-inch XPS 13 and 15-inch XPS 15 while utilizing the same gray magnesium alloy shell and carbon fiber deck that have become standard on XPS models.
Chassis quality is excellent with only minor creaking or warping when attempting to twist or bend its surfaces. It certainly feels stronger and more professional than the new XPS 13 9320 design. Nonetheless, the hinges could have been stiffer or more rigid for a better sense of longevity.
The 14-inch Precision 5470 is larger and heavier than the 13-inch XPS 13 9300 by noticeable margins. It’s even a bit thicker than the XPS 15 while being closer in weight to the XPS 15 than to the XPS 13. It’s still very compact for its class nonetheless especially in terms of footprint when compared to the HP Firefly 14 G8 or ThinkPad P14s.
Connectivity — USB-C Only
Port options are limited to USB-C only whereas most workstations have a much wider variety. Precision 5470 owners are therefore expected to rely on adapters or docking stations for connecting most devices.
SD Card Reader
Transfer rates from the integrated card reader are very fast at almost 230 MB/s from our UHS-II test card. Depending on the file sizes involved, however, actual transfer rates may be lower. Moving 1 GB of pictures (~4 MB each) is slower and takes about 13 seconds.
An Intel AX211 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. Though we experienced no noticeable issues, transmit rates would be slower and more variable than expected.
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1049 (764-1342)
; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1304 (500-1450)
The webcam is limited to just 1 MP or 720p whereas most other laptops have already moved on to 2 MP or even 5 MP as is the case with many high-end HP laptops. Image quality is muddy much like on the webcam on the XPS 13 series.
IR is present for Hello support, but there is no webcam shutter for privacy.
The bottom panel is secured by eight T5 Torx screws for easy removal. There is not much to upgrade, however, as the RAM and WLAN modules are soldered.
The base warranty is only 12 months in the US instead of the 36-month period we’ve come to expect from most mobile workstations and high-end professional laptops.
The model inherits the keyboard as found on the older XPS 13 9300 or 9310 design. If you’ve typed on an XPS 13 before, then you’ll know what to expect on the Precision 5470. Key feedback is uniform with moderate travel, but the keys on the HP EliteBook or Firefly series tend to be crisper or sharper when pressed.
Clickpad surface area is roughly the same size as the one on the XPS 13 9300 (10.8 x 6.7 cm vs. 11.2 x 6.5 cm). Traction is smooth and only slightly sticky at slower speeds for better precision when needed. Feedback when clicking on the clickpad is relatively soft and shallow but with a much quieter clatter when on most other laptops.
Display — Identical To Latitude 9430 2-in-1
The Precision 5470 shares the same high quality AU Optronics B140QAN IPS touchscreen as found on the Latitude 9430 2-in-1. Thus, both models share similar black-white response times, gamut, contrast ratio, and even overall brightness. This display is excellent for users who desire full sRGB coverage and relatively deep black levels, but it unfortunately suffers from noticeable ghosting which can be an issue if dealing with applications involving fast-moving graphics or video.
There are no OLED, AdobeRGB or P3 colors, or higher refresh rate options to choose from meaning users are limited to IPS and 60 Hz on all current configurations.
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140QAN
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 537 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 518.4 cd/m² Minimum: 51.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 537 cd/m²
Contrast: 1627:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.97 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3, calibrated: 0.88
ΔE Greyscale 2.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.5
78.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
79.3% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)