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Best Dell and Alienware Laptops

Dell XPS 13 (2019)

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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.

Here are the top Dell and Alienware laptops of 2020

Dell XPS 13 (Late 2019)

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1. Dell XPS 13 (Late 2019)

The reigning king

CPU: Core i7-8565U | GPU: Intel UHD 620 Graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD | Display: 13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080/4K | Size: 14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.7 pounds

Slim, lightweight design
Strong performance
Gorgeous 4K display
Long battery life (on 1080p model)
InfinityEdge bezels with properly placed webcam
Below-average battery life (on 4K model)

The king stays on the throne. The best laptop you can buy is now better than ever. The XPS 13 has gotten a powerful refresh by way of Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake processors. Now you get everything we loved about the previous version — a premium, ultraportable chassis, a gorgeous 4K display and a comfortable keyboard — with even faster performance. And yes, the weird "nosecam" webcam is finally gone. 

See our full Dell XPS 13 (late 2019) review.

Dell XPS 15 (2019)

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2. Dell XPS 15 (2019)

A gorgeous mobile workhorse

CPU: Intel Core i9-9980HK | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650/Intel UHD 630 Graphics | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB m.2 NVMe PCIe SSD | Display: 15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080/4K | Size: 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.5~0.7 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds

Striking 4K OLED display
Great overall and graphics performance
Webcam in the right place
Slim, attractive design
Below-average battery life

This iteration of the Dell XPS 15 (2019) is a workhorse of the highest caliber. Inside that stylish, 0.7-inch thick aluminum chassis lies an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor, speedy 1TB m.2 NVMe PCIe SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, effectively giving consumers premium good looks with workstation-caliber power. And speaking of good looks, you can configure this bad boy with a spectacular 4K OLED display, which makes just about anything look great. And it's thousands of dollars less than a tricked-out Apple MacBook Pro.

See our full Dell XPS 15 (2019) review.

Alienware Area-51m

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3. Alienware Area-51m

A desktop replacement that's totally upgradable

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 | RAM: 64GB | Storage: 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs/1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive | Display: 17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080/4K | Size: 16.1 x 15.9 x 1.2~1.7 inches | Weight: 8.5 pounds

Stunning space station aesthetic
Excellent graphics and overall performance
Lightning fast SSDs
All major components upgradable
Exorbitantly expensive

It's a brand new day for Alienware. One that separates the brand into two specific tracks. With its high cost of entry, the Area-51m is decidedly in the realm of enthusiasts. It's the company's first laptop to wield an eight-core processor and one of the first equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU -- its power is undeniable. It's also one of the first systems in a while that allows you to upgrade the CPU, RAM, storage and GPU. It's a bit pricey, but the power and upgradability are worth the cost of entry.   

See our full Alienware Area-51m review.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019)

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4. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

All the strength and beauty of the XPS 13 but convertible

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7 | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650/Intel UHD 630 Graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 13.3 inches, 1920 x 1200 | Size: 11.7 x 8.2 x 0.3~0.5 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Slim, ultraportable design
Strong performance
Bright, 16:10 display
Great battery life
Scant on ports
Shallow keyboard

Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 is not only back, but it's new and improved with a bangin' 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a viciously bright 16:10 display and a plus 10-hour battery life. It has a premium Platinum Silver design on the outside and a gorgeous Arctic White scheme on the inside, laid over a woven glass fiber texture. If you're a fan of the MacBook's keyboard, you'll also take a liking to how Dell constructed the keyboard for the new XPS 13 2-in-1.

See our full Dell XPS 2-in-1 review.

Dell G3 15 (2019)

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5. Dell G3 15 (2019)

Best gaming laptop for gaming on a budget

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650/Intel UHD 630 Graphics | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB SSD/1TB HDD | Display: 15.6 inches, 1920 x 1200 | Size: 14.4 x 10.0 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.4 pounds

Strong overall performance and graphics
Good battery life
Great gaming software
Dull display

The G3 15 is a great refresh of an already impressive, affordable gaming laptop. It has solid performance paired with a great gaming utility on top of awesome battery life for a gaming laptop. It also has an Intel 9th Gen Core i5 CPU and an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU. Without a doubt, the G3 15 is the cheap gaming laptop to get if you're on a tight budget.

See our full Dell G3 15 (2019) review.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (2019)

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6. Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1

A lightweight convertible built for office life

CPU: Intel Core i7-8665U | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD | Display: 14 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3 pounds

Sleek, modern design
Strong performance
13+ hours of battery life
Proximity sign-in feature works well
Display could be brighter
Poor speakers

There's a lot to love about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1; the convertible has a sleek chassis, ridiculously long battery life and strong performance. The keyboard and touchpad are both first-rate, and a unique proximity sign-in feature will secure your laptop when you're away. Borrowing some of the best qualities of the acclaimed XPS series, this sleek convertible has an attractive chassis that is both thin and lightweight. Despite its portable size, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 offers exceptional battery life, a good selection of ports and a comfortable keyboard. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a highly recommended convertible for those who value portability.

See the full Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review.

Alienware m17 R2

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7. Alienware m17 R2

New design, same impressive power

CPU: Intel Core i9-9980HK | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q/Intel UHD 630 Graphics | RAM: 16GB | Storage: dual 512GB M.2 PCIe SSDs | Display: 17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 15.7 x 11.6 x 0.7~0.8 inches | Weight: 5.7 pounds

Lightweight, captivating design
Powerful gaming and overall performance
Above-average battery life
Comfortable keyboard

Alienware put a whole lotta laptop into a relatively slim, lightweight package. The m17 comes out of the box swinging with an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, which all but guarantees the system will be a powerhouse. Impressive battery life (for a gaming laptop) and a speedy SSD only sweeten the pot, while Alienware's new showstopping Legend design is an emphatic nod to the future. If you want the very best power and performance, the Alienware m17 is the clear choice.

See our full Alienware m17 R2 review.

Dell G7 15 (2018)

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8. Dell G7 15 Gaming

Long battery life, great price

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB HDD | Display: 15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 15.3 x 10.8 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 6.3 pounds

Strong overall and gaming performance
Striking design
Good battery life
Dim display
Shallow keyboard

Rocking a sports-car-like design complete with 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.

See our full Dell G7 15 Gaming review

Dell Precision 7730

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9. Dell Precision 7730

A powerful big-screen workstation for serious pros

CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK | GPU: Nvidia Quadro P5200 | RAM: 32GB | Storage: dual 512GB PCIe NVMe SSDs | Display: 17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080/4K | Size: 16.3 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 7.5 pounds

Vibrant, sharp 4K display
Blistering performance
Comfortable keyboard
Durable, premium design
Powerful graphics
Below-average battery life
Runs warm
Top configs are absurdly expensive

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.

See our full Dell Precision 7730 review

Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

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10. Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged

The toughest laptop around

CPU: Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: AMD Radeon RX540 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 14 inches, 1920 x 1080 | Size: 13.7 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches | Weight: 6.2 pounds

Super-bright display
Survives 3-foot drops
Strong performance
Long battery life
Comfortable RGB keyboard
No Thunderbolt 3
Poorly designed stylus garage

If you need a capable all-around laptop that can brave the outdoors, look no further than the Latitude 5420 Rugged. With a bright 1080p display, a relatively slim chassis and a responsive touchpad, the Latitude 5420 addresses the biggest problems we've previously encountered with rugged laptops. And it does so without sacrificing durability or performance, thanks to its military-grade strength and capable Core i7 CPU. Better yet, the Latitude 5420 offers all-day battery life, despite sporting a chassis that's thinner than those of its rugged rivals.

See our full Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged review.