Best Dell laptops in 2024

The best Dell laptops are a testament to the brand's diverse catalog. One that touches upon everything from MacBook rivaling, premium XPS notebooks to budget-friendly gaming laptops designed to strike a balance between price and performance.

Far from being a one-trick pony, Dell has a laptop to suit just about every need and budget imaginable — all of which adhering to the fantastic standards the manufacturer is known and admired for.

So whether you're in the market for a business-focused Latitude, a productivity powerhouse in the Precision, or something to cover all bases through Dell's mighty Inspiron, this is the brand you want to turn to.

From Ultrabooks to 2-in-1s and for education, creation, work, and play, these are the best Dell laptops in 2024.

The Quick List

Best for most people

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1. Dell XPS 13 Plus

Best Dell laptop for most people

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1280P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB NVMe Gen 4 SSD
Display: 3,456 x 2,160-pixel touch OLED 60Hz
Dimensions: 11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6-inch
Weight: 2.7 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, minimalist design
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Great performance
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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The design is highly polarizing
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Below-average battery life

Are you ready for the future? Dell certainly is, and for them, the future is the XPS 13 Plus. Although the laptop sports an incredibly minimalistic and polarizing design, it doesn’t skimp in the power department — thanks to its Core i7 processor. The 4K OLED display is a vision of loveliness and the keyboard is comfortable, which just serves to sweeten the pot. 

However, as beautiful as the display is, it’s also a drain on the battery life. And then there’s that polarizing design. Some will be drawn to the ultra-minimalistic aesthetic while others will take issue with the invisible touchpad and absent headset jack. If you’re looking for a piece of the future right now, then the $1,910 ($1,273 starting) Dell XPS 13 Plus is for you.

See our full Dell XPS 13 Plus review.

Best 2-in-1

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2. Dell Latitude 9430

Best 2-in-1 Dell laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1265U
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB
Display: 14 inches, 2560 x 1600
Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 3.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous InfinityEdge touchscreen with wide viewing angles
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Comfy keyboard with good travel
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Wide, responsive touchpad
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Outstanding battery life
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Includes HDMI port

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price
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Paltry port selection
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Kind of clunky in tablet mode

If you’re looking for a premium 2-in-1 laptop that can handle all of your multimedia multitasking (whether you’re on or off the clock) and much more, the Dell Latitude 9430 might well be worth the investment. From an aesthetic standpoint, it shares several similarities with the similarly priced Dell Precision 9430, and similar specs as the HP Spectre x360 14 and Dell XPS 13 (OLED). When it comes to battery life, however, the Latitude 9430 puts most 14-inch convertibles to shame.

There are plenty of cheaper 2-in-1 laptops and less-powerful Chromebooks on the market that’ll give you all-day endurance, but you get what you pay for, and Dell sweetens the deal with enterprise-level security features and a surprisingly capable sound system to boot. At the end of the day, the Dell Latitude 9430 is ideal for work and play, all the way.

See our full Dell Latitude 9430 review.

Best gaming

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3. Dell G16

Best gaming Dell laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Display: 16-inch 165Hz QHD IPS (2560 x 1600)
Dimensions: 14.1 x 10.7 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Impressive gaming performance
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Phenomenal for productivity
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Sturdy and satisfying build
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Decent display brightness
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Affordable for a gaming laptop

Reasons to avoid

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Mediocre battery life
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Lackluster color
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Runs hot during gaming
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Underpowered speaker system

The Dell G16 surprised us in how well it handled productivity tasks, making it a great pick for someone who needs to run demanding software at an affordable price. It’s also pretty darn good at playing video games, which shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a gaming laptop, but we didn’t expect its performance to get so close to some of its competitors when they’re backed by stronger graphics cards.

It’s not without flaws though, as a lackluster display, hot underside, mediocre speakers, and subpar battery life hold it back. If you’re looking for a display with deeper colors and longer lasting battery life, this won't satisfy you. Otherwise, the Dell G16 is a great affordable gaming laptop.

See our full Dell G16 review.

Best display

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4. Dell Precision 5760

Best display in a Dell laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-11850H
GPU: Nvidia RTX A3000 6GB vRAM
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 2TB SSD
Display: 17-inch, OLED 4K (3840 x 2160)
Dimensions: 14.7 x 9.7 x 0.34 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Good Battery Life
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Gorgeous 17-inch 4K display
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Good Audio
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Lovely tactile deck, touchpad, and keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of ports
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Dated 720 webcam

Meet the workaholic’s dream. The Dell Precision 5760 is priced at $2,059 to start, with our review unit costing $3,941, is a sleek, sexy workstation that offers power and endurance in a thin, portable package. But the Precision’s just getting started. 

It has a massive 17-inch bright, colorful WLED 4K touch display that renders smooth eye-catching images and video. And you’ve got some solidly potent specs, including an11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia RTX A3000 GPU, and a 2TB SSD. Plus, you get a heaping helping of security features. 

Its 17-inch display is captivating, endlessly immersive, and just a joy to work on. The 5760 is sleek and doesn’t feel at all like it weighs 5.5 pounds. From its 0.34 inches thick, tactile deck to its massive clicky keyboard and touchpad and 8-plus hours of battery life, it doesn't disappoint.

It's also within its test group the most affordable workstation, starting at just $2,059, and should you be in the market for a workstation, the Dell Precision 5760 is an excellent option.

See our full Dell Precision 5760 review.

Best workstation

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5. Dell Precision 5470

Best Dell workstation

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H
GPU: Nvidia RTX A1000
RAM: 32GB
Storage: 1TB
Display: 14 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Powerful performance in a premium package
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Sleek chassis, economical design
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Beautiful InfinityEdge touchscreen
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Outstanding battery life
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Advanced thermals keep things cool

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price point
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Lacks USB-A or HDMI ports

There’s a new productivity powerhouse in town, and it’s much more mobile than the average workstation. The Dell Precision 5470 doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, of course, but it represents the gradual evolution of business-centric workstation laptops. It’s a premium machine for sure — especially if you splurge for a Core i7 or Core i9 configuration — but a fairly futureproof one at that thanks to Intel’s ever-evolving vPro tech.

Climbing over $3,000, the Dell Precision 5470’s price tag is nothing to sneeze at. The Nvidia RTX A1000 graphics inside may not be as powerful as the Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs inside the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 and MSI Creator Z16 laptops (both cost between $2,500 and $3,000), but keep in mind that the Precision targets business-oriented power users – not gamers nor professionals who need a laptop that pushes performance envelope for graphic-intensive tasks.

On top of that, if you purchase the ROG Strix Scar 17 and MSI Creator Z16 laptops, you’ll take quite a hit when it comes to battery life. Meanwhile, the Dell Precision 5470 delivers a decent discrete GPU and a relatively long battery runtime.

Pound for pixelated pound, the Dell Precision 5470 may be the most portable, powerful workstation you’ll find on the market, and it’s the ultimate tool for on-the-go creatives, workaholics, and multimedia junkies alike.

See our full Dell Precision 5470 review.

Best 16-inch

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6. Dell Inspiron 16 Plus

Best 16-inch Dell laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti 4GB VRAM
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 16-inch WVA 3K (3072 x 1920) 16:10 Aspect Ratio 60Hz
Dimensions: 14.05 x 9.92 x 0.75 (at the rear) 0.67 inches (at the front)
Weight: 4.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Simple, straightforward sleek styling
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Immersive 16:10 aspect ratio display
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Quality audio
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Solid consistent performance

Reasons to avoid

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Below average display brightness

The Dell Inspiron 16 Plus is a very likable mainstream laptop that reminds you that stability is a good thing – basically, it's Paul Rudd. Although it lacks a wow factor, its solid, consistent performance will cover the needs of most users. The Inspiron does enough of everything well and adds all-day battery life. It’s not the Hulk, but Ant-Man is a superhero and gets the job done.

At the end of the day, the HP Inspiron 16 Plus ($1,599.99) compares favorably with its competitors in every way and allows you to not only create and edit content, but get a little gaming in. The Dell Inspiron 16 is an excellent and relatively affordable performer.

See our full Dell Inspiron 16 Plus review.

Best battery life

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7. Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (7620)

Best battery life in a Dell laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-1260P
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Display: 16-inch, 1920 x 1200
Dimensions: 14.1 x 9.9 x 0.6~0.7 inches
Weight: 4.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Premium design (BUY DARK GREEN)
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Bright display for price
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Strong performance
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Amazing battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Keyboard and touchpad could be better
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Audio software issues

You don’t typically get good battery life on a laptop with a large display — more screen space means more battery drain — but the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (7620) says “bump that.” While we felt that it couldn't look more boring, it also feels premium thanks to its hard, metal chassis. If you don’t want to be bogged down by the monotonous silver paint, the Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (7620) also comes in a gorgeous Dark Green.

For $1,249, you’re buying a premium chassis packed with a bright 16-inch touchscreen display, strong performance, and a long-lasting battery. It’s not perfect — we didn’t like the keyboard and touchpad experience, and the audio wasn’t up to par. But it’s also not exorbitantly expensive.

See our full Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (7620) review.

How to Find the Right Laptop

When shopping for the best Dell laptop, there's a lot to consider. To help you choose a top-tier system, here are five key points to keep in mind.

Budget: What you get for the money

You can find plenty of Dell laptops for under $1,000. However, more powerful workstations and gaming laptops are often priced between $1,500 and $2,000. Premium systems typically cost more than $2,000 and come stacked with a host of high-powered specs and tricked-out software.

Screen Size: 13 to 17 inches

17-inch desktop replacements are becoming more svelte with every passing year; these big behemoths don't skimp on the specs. However, often weighing upwards of 8 pounds, they're better suited for at-home gaming. If mobility is a prime concern, you'll want to consider Dell's 13- and 15-inch offerings instead. 

Screen Resolution: 1080p for high refresh rates, 4K for detail

Laptop displays should strike a balance between capable frame rates and sleek aesthetics. Panel makers are now serving up screens with higher refresh rates, topping out at 360Hz with a 3-millisecond response rate, but we're also starting to see 4K laptop displays with 120Hz refresh rate. Keep in mind that Dell laptops with lower resolutions tend to have longer battery life overall.

CPU: Intel or AMD?

A few years ago, the answer to this question would have been undoubtedly Intel. But AMD has made a furious comeback with its Ryzen CPUs, which are delivering great overall performance. Thanks to the architecture in the new Ryzen chips, they're super power-efficient without sacrificing productivity. The Ryzen 5000 series CPUs have consistently impressed with its performance versus battery life.

Still, Intel's 12th and 13th Gen chips are nothing to sneeze at. Dell has started rolling out more systems with Intel's 12th and 13th Gen chips and the performance is astounding.

Battery Life: 4 to 10+ hours

Laptop battery life has gotten increasing longer over the years, often topping off at 8 hours or more. There a handful of gaming laptops that'll last longer than 10 hours, but most Dell laptops can handle at least 6 hours of battery life or more.

Why Trust Laptop Mag

Laptop Mag reviews over a hundred different laptops every year, from paperweight ultralights to everyday workhorses to lumbering gaming notebooks that scorch the frame rates of even the hottest AAA games. We're not just experts in the laptop field, as we go one step further by meticulously testing smartphones, tablets, headphones, PC accessories, software, and even the latest in gaming. 

We are 100% independent and have decades of experience to help you buy with confidence. In fact, Laptop Mag has been testing and reviewing products for three decades, and we continue to deliver trustworthy reviews you can rely on. 

Our experienced team of writers and editors scour the available information about the laptop and put it through its paces to determine which is best for you. But before they start, the testing team subjects each system to a rigorous regimen of synthetic and real-world tests to see how a system handles the type of work and games you’re most likely to throw at it. 

Our editorial trustworthiness is enforced by one of the world's largest technology publishers, Future Publishing. As a company, we have unrivaled experience across every tech sector — and we're the group's specialist for all things mobile tech.

How We Test Laptops

In order to make our best Dell laptop of 2023 list, a system needs to score at least 4 out of 5 stars on our reviews and deliver on the things shoppers care about most. In our evaluations, we focus on design and comfort, display quality, the keyboard and touchpad, performance, battery life, and especially value.

Our expert reviewers also use each product to see how it looks, feels, and performs in everyday situations. Because we see so many different notebooks, we can compare each to its direct competitors and give you an idea of how it stacks up to the average laptop in its price band.

When we bring a laptop into our laboratory, our goal is to see how it would work if you brought it into your home or office. While we use a number of industry standard benchmarks such as Geekbench and 3DMark, we focus heavily on real-world tests that we have developed in-house.

To test endurance, the Laptop Mag Battery test surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until the system runs out of juice. To judge pure processing power, we use a giant spreadsheet macro that matches 65,000 names with their addresses, a video transcoder that converts a 4K video to 1080p, and the Geekbench 5 synthetic test. We measure graphics prowess with both 3DMark Ice Storm / Fire Strike and a series of games including Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, Metro: Exodus, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption just to name a few. 

We use a colorimeter to measure screen brightness and color gamut while other instruments help us determine a laptop's key travel and ambient heat. See this page on how we test laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.