Somehow, Dell packed a 13-inch machine into an 11-inch body with the Dell XPS 13 (2015). The company accomplished this impressive feat by putting the smallest bezel (5-mm thick) humanly possible around the 2560 x 1440-pixel display. Under the hood, this laptop sports an Intel 6th Generation Core series CPU, a 128GB SSD and Windows 10, and enough juice to last nearly 12 hours. We particularly like the soft-touch keyboard deck and carbon-fiber bottom.
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.
You won't find a more versatile convertible for the money in Dell's lineup. Starting at $329 ($440 as reviewed), the Inspiron 11 3000 sports a vibrant touch screen that you can easily flip into tent or tablet mode. We also like the comfortable keyboard and fairly loud speakers. The Pentium CPU provides decent performance, while the 500GB hard drive gives you plenty of storage. We just wish the touchpad was more responsive.
Who says gaming laptops have to cost an arm and a leg? The $799 Dell Inspiron 15-7000 Series offers gamers a sexy, head-turning chassis with an Nvidia GeForce 960M chip -- a workhorse of a GPU that delivers satisfying frame rates. And when you're not saving the universe or remaking it in your own image, you can take advantage of the system's great audio quality and nearly 7 hours of battery life to binge-watch your favorite programs.
Who says consumers get all the cool convertibles? Dell's 7350 2-in-1 is a business tablet with military-grade 810G durability, enhanced by a dock that brings more than just a keyboard and touchpad. While the tablet itself is a little light on connectivity, attaching the dock adds two USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader and mini DisplayPort, all while doubling the battery life to more than 10 hours. The 7350's performance is fairly strong, too, featuring an Intel Core M CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
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.
Up until now, you've only been able to get a vibrant OLED display on small mobile devices or super-expensive TVs. The new Alienware 13 is the first laptop to offer a screen using this eye-popping technology and it shows in its deep greens, blues and reds. Featuring Nvidia GTX 965M graphics, this 4.5 pound notebook is fast enough to play demanding games but portable enough to take with you everywhere.