The king stays on the throne. Yes, the new XPS 13 takes everything we loved about last year's XPS 13, and fixes our biggest problem with it. So while this sleek laptop is still thin, light and powerful, the 2019 Dell XPS 13 does away with the weird "nosecam" webcam stuck in the bottom of the screen, and manages to fitt its webcam in a still-slim top bezel. And of course, this laptop is packing tons of speed with Intel's new Whiskey Lake CPUs.
While the 4K model we tested provided less battery life than some may need, the 1080p version lasted more than 12 hours.
|Dell XPS 13 (2019)||Best Dell Laptop Overall||4 out of 5|
|Dell XPS 15 (2019)||Best 15-inch Laptop||4.5 out of 5|
|Alienware Area-51m||Best Gaming Laptop||4.5 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 7400 2-in-1||Best Business Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Alienware m17 R2||Best Max-Q Design||4 out of 5|
|Dell Precision 7730||Best Workstation||4 out of 5|
|Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged||Best Rugged||4.5 out of 5|
This iteration of the Dell XPS 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 it's thousands of dollars less than a tricked-out Apple MacBook Pro.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.