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.
|Best Dell and Alienware Laptops 2019|
|Dell XPS 13 (2019)||Best Dell Laptop Overall||4 out of 5|
|Dell XPS 15||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 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|
|Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged||Best Rugged||4.5 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Looking for an Alienware that's powerful, but not as expensive as the Area m-51? Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the Alienware m17.
- Fan of Dell's XPS 13? We recently reviewed the 1080p version of the top-rated powerhouse which lasted over 12 hours.
- Looking for a seriously tough laptop? Check out our review of the Dell Latitude 5420, which earned 4.5 stars and our coveted Editor's Choice Award.
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.