Dell packed a 13-inch machine into an 11-inch body with the Dell XPS 13. The company accomplished this impressive feat by putting an extremely small bezel (5-mm thick) around the full HD display. Under the hood, this laptop sports an Intel 7th Generation Core series (Kaby Lake) CPU and PCIe SSD for zippy performance, and the 60-watt-hour battery provides enough juice to last nearly 14 hours. We particularly like the soft-touch keyboard deck and new rose gold color option.
|Best Dell and Alienware Laptops|
|Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake CPU)||Best Dell Laptop Overall||4.5 out of 5|
|Dell Chromebook 13||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Alienware 17||Best Gaming Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Dell Latitude E7470||Best Business Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Dell XPS 15||Best Multimedia Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Dell XPS 13 2-in-1||Best 2-in-1||4 out of 5|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000||Best Affordable Gaming Laptop||3.5 out of 5|
|Dell Precision 5510||Best Workstation||4 out of 5|
|Alienware 13 OLED||Best Lightweight Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming||New and Notable||N/A|
One of the best Chromebooks yet, the Dell Chromebook 13 combines superb battery life, great build quality and a comfy keyboard. We love the sturdy magnesium-alloy design, as well as the soft-touch carbon fiber on the lid. The more than 13 hours of juice solidify this system as a top pick.
Beneath the spaceship-inspired paneling with its glowing alien head and look-at-me lighting lurks a machine that can't wait to tear into the latest graphics-heavy AAA titles. If you're willing to splurge, you can configure the Alienware 17 with a gorgeous 4K display, an overclockable Core i7-6820HK CPU and Nvidia 980M GPU. An optional graphics amp allows you to use desktop-grade graphics cards so you can connect to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Lightweight, powerful and a pleasure to use, the 14-inch Latitude E7470 is a productivity worker's best friend. The 3.4-pound laptop features a snappy keyboard, an extremely vibrant display that covers 118 percent of the sRGB color gamut and over 9 hours of battery life. It also has all the ports a business user needs, including three USB connections, HDMI, Ethernet and mini DisplayPort.
Boasting a 4K display in an attractive aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis, the Dell XPS 15 is a multimedia powerhouse with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce 750M graphics. It has a wide and spacious keyboard surrounded by a comfortable, soft-touch deck, as well as some monstrously loud speakers. Our configuration -- which included 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD -- was a pricey $2,549, but the XPS 15 starts at $999 with a 1080p display. For photo or video professionals, though, the 4K panel is the way to go.
The XPS 13 2-in-1 takes the nearly borderless Infinity Display on our favorite laptop and puts it on a convertible that's thinner, lighter and completely fanless. The Y-Series Kaby Lake chip provides plenty of pep, especially when the Dynamic Power Mode kicks in, which automatically scales up performance when you need it. Add in impressive audio, a comfy keyboard and above-average battery life, and you have a winner.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review
Looking for a gaming laptop, but don't want to crack open that nest egg? Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop offers solid overall and gaming performance with over 11 hours of battery life in a slick, red chassis -- starting at $799. While we recommend the $949 model, keep in mind that the display is duller than we'd expect from a gaming laptop. But for the price, it's a forgivable flaw.
If you like the sleek looks of the Dell XPS 15, but need plenty of processing power for CAD, 3D modeling or running demanding business applications, the Precision 5510 is your best choice. This 4.6-pound workstation has the same svelte profile and gorgeous, bezel-free Infinity Display as Dell's XPS laptops, but packs in high-end components such as an Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro M1000M graphics.
When it comes to sheer power, the Alienware 13 proves that size doesn't matter. As one of the smallest VR-ready systems available, the highly-portable system works with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. If that wasn't enough, the Alienware 13 is a stone-cold fox with its slimmed-down dimensions and a super-vivid OLED display that's sure to attract a fair amount of onlookers.
If you're looking to play the latest games on a budget, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is for you. The budget gaming laptop uses an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU, which will handle many AAA titles at 60 fps but won't support high-end VR. Its red and black case is a bit more subtle than Dell's Alienware line, but we love the spiderweb patterns on the vents. You can pick from a 1080p or 4K display, Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs or even upgrade to a 1050 Ti for extra cost. Finally, you won't have to break the bank to play blockbuster titles.