One of our favorite laptops for several years running, 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.
|Best Dell and Alienware Laptops 2018|
|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|
|Dell Precision 3530||Best Workstation||4 out of 5|
|Alienware 13 OLED||Best Lightweight Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Dell Inspiron 11 3000||Best Under $200||4 out of 5|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dell Precision 3530 will knock you off your feet -- figuratively with its Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro P600 graphics, and literally with its thick, MIL-STD-810G durable chassis. The laptop delivers stellar performance on the overall and graphics front and has a blistering-fast SSD to boot. And with nearly 9 hours of battery life, this durable tank of a laptop is ready to render 3D animations or run complex scientific calculations in almost any environment.
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.
You can't get a ton of power for just $180, but you can get quite a bit of battery life. The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 lasted an epic 13 hours and 39 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. You also get surprisingly good audio, but the display is a dim 196 nits and covers a dull 67 percent of the sRGB color gamut. At least it comes in fun colors.
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.
The Dell XPS 13 just got a major price drop to $899 thanks to a timely refresh that outfits it with an Intel Core i3 processor.
Dell's Inspiron 2-in-1 line just got some premium updates including an optional 4K display, a first for the company's mid-level brand.
Bridging the gap between price and performance, Dell recently unveiled its G Series line of gaming laptops for gamers that want solid power at an affordable price. Check out our review of the Dell G3 15 Gaming and Dell G7 15.
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.
For more details, check out our Which Dell is Right for You article.