Best Dell and Alienware Laptops 2018

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Best Dell Laptop Overall

Dell XPS 13 (8th Gen, Kaby Lake R)

Editor's Choice

Our favorite laptop overall, the Dell XPS 13 comes in two awesome models that we can equally recommend. Both boast stunning aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, a nearly bezel-free InfinityEdge display and powerful Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs. 

The newer version, the XPS 13 9370, is slimmer and has a more beautiful display, and endures for up to 12 hours (8 hours on a 4K model). It offers Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C ports for connectivity. But if you don't mind a slightly thicker design, the older XPS 13 9360 offers a full-size USB port and even longer battery life at over 16 hours on a charge.

Dell XPS 13 Review

Best Dell and Alienware Laptops 2018
Product: Use Case: Rating:
Dell XPS 13 (8th Gen, Kaby Lake R) Best Dell Laptop Overall 4.5 out of 5
Dell XPS 15 Best 15-inch Laptop 4.5 out of 5
Alienware 17 R5 Best Gaming Laptop 4 out of 5
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Best 2-in-1 3.5 out of 5
Dell G7 15 Gaming Best Affordable Gaming Laptop 3.5 out of 5
Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Best Business Laptop 4 out of 5
Alienware m15 Best Max-Q Design 4 out of 5
Dell Precision 7730 Best Workstation 4 out of 5
  • Best 15-inch Laptop

    Dell XPS 15

    Editor's Choice

    Productivity, multimedia and even a bit of gaming -- the Dell XPS 15 can do it all -- and do it well. The Dell XPS 15 is one of the most powerful laptops on the market, thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics. It's also drop-dead gorgeous with its slim, modern industrial design, incredibly thin bezels and lovely display. The keyboard is surprisingly comfortable, and the display is simply lovely. Throw in nearly 12 hours of battery life, and you've got a certified beast.

    Dell XPS 15 Review

  • Best Gaming Laptop

    Alienware 17 R5

    Editor's Choice

    Alienware's spaceship-inspired laptop is back with a new black finish and powerful performance. With up to a Intel Core i9 "Coffee Lake" CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, it can tear into intense games. It also includes Tobii Eye Tracking and a powerful new Alienware Command Center that makes it easy to overclock your CPU and customize the laptop's many RGB lights.

    Alienware 17 Review

  • Best 2-in-1

    Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

    Editor's Choice

    The XPS 15 2-in-1 has the incredible InfinityEdge display you've come to know and love and lets you flip it into a tablet. It's really thin, and Dell's new "maglev" keyboard feels great despite low travel. Toss in Kaby Lake G with Radeon graphics, and you have strong performance for productivity and entry-level gaming.

    Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Review

  • Best Affordable Gaming Laptop

    Dell G7 15 Gaming

    Rocking a sports-car-like design complete with an eye-catching color, the G7 looks like nothing Dell's ever made. But beyond the fetching new look, you get loud audio and specs capable of delivering solid mid-level gaming performance. The laptop offers solid overall performance for all your multitasking needs. But more importantly, thanks to its Max-Q GTX 1060, budget-conscious gamers can get good frame rates on graphically taxing games.

  • Best Business Laptop

    Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

    Dell's Latitude 5290 2-in-1 features all the security features you need, as well as long battery life and a bright display, making it a great choice for a business machine. With its Intel Core i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVME SSD, the convertible is ready to crunch numbers, create presentations and send off an email or two. The hybrid also works with Dell's Active Pen in case you want to jot down a note or two or be a little more creative.  

    Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Review

  • Best Max-Q Design

    Alienware m15

    It took a while, but Alienware has created a thin-and-light gaming laptop that's equal parts flashy, sexy and powerful. The m15 is legitimately portable without sacrificing the performance and endurance we've come to expect from the brand. And don't forget that lovely, vivacious display. Rocking an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Max-Q GPU, over 6 hours of battery life and a drool-worthy display, Alienware is proof that thin and light doesn't have to mean weak. 

  • Best Workstation

    Dell Precision 7730

    If you need the most powerful laptop around, regardless of price or size, look no further than the Precision 7730. This workstation has blazing-fast performance and an alluring 4K display that bursts with color. Factor in a comfortable keyboard, premium design and rugged build quality, and this beastly machine hits all the right notes.

    Dell Precision 7730 Review

News and Updates (December 2018)

  • The 13 and 15-inch XPS laptops are currently on sale on Dell's website for $699 ($130 off) and $949 ($150 off) when you use the code "50OFF699".

  • Check out our exclusive review of the Alienware m15, the company's thinnest, lightest laptop ever.

  • We recently reviewed the newest version of the Dell XPS 15, which earned an impressive 4.5 stars for its great overall and graphics performance, lovely display and excellent battery life.

Choosing the Right Dell

Dell's varied lineup of laptop fits every need, from 2-in-1s to education-focused Chromebooks to powerful gaming rigs in its Alienware line. We've identified our favorite Dell systems above, but this list of Dell's laptop lines can help you decide what the best options are for you.

  • XPS: Premium Ultrabooks like the XPS 13 and 15, which offer the best design and usability.
  • Alienware: Some of the best mobile gaming rigs on the market.
  • Inspiron: Mainstream consumer laptops, available in a wide range of prices.
  • Latitude: Business notebooks with the security, manageability and durability features that companies require.
  • Precision: High-end workstations for demanding tasks. Some use the XPS 15 chassis.
  • Chromebook: Dell's Chromebooks are primarily targeted at the education market.

For more details, check out our Which Dell is Right for You article.