Best Dell Laptops

Dell XPS 13 Best Dell laptop 2021

The best Dell laptop for most people

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 – Screen: 13.4-inch (up to 3840 x 2400 pixels) – Graphics: Intel Iris Plus – RAM: Up to 16GB – Storage: Up to 1TB

+ Powerful internal hardware
+ 4K screen variant available
+ Stylish and portable

– Average battery life
– Limited number of ports

The Dell XPS 13 series has consistently wowed us here at T3, and the latest version of the laptop continues that trend – it’s powerful, supremely well built, and compact, so just about everything you could possibly want in your search for the best Dell laptop around at the moment.

With the latest 10th-gen Intel processors installed and up to 16GB of RAM installed, this is a portable computer that’s going to be able to handle everything that you want to throw at it. From late-night Netflix to early-morning report writing, you’ll find the Dell XPS 13 a highly capable and competent laptop.

It’s that 13.4-inch display with the super-thin bezels that really makes the XPS 13 stand out though: if you want to, you can go all the way up to a 4K resolution, but the 1,920 x 1,080 resolution models still look fantastic (4K doesn’t make a huge amount of difference on a laptop display this size). Wondering what the differences are between this and the 15-inch model below? Here’s our Dell XPS 13 vs Dell XPS 15 guide.

The best premium Dell laptop

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10885H – Screen: 15.6-inch (up to 3840 x 2400 pixels) – Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB – RAM: Up to 64GB – Storage: Up to 1TB

+ Elite level internal hardware
+ Nvidia graphics card built in
+ 4K screen option

The brand new Dell XPS 15 for 2020 has wowed us even more than previous versions of the flagship laptop, and if you’ve got enough money to be able to afford it, this is undoubtedly one of the best Dell laptops in the business – you pay a little bit extra than the XPS 13 for that 15.6-inch display, but we reckon that it’s worth it.

We’re pleased to see that display making use of the 16:10 aspect ratio: it doesn’t work so well for widescreen movies, but it’s perfect for working through documents and scrolling through websites. As you would expect from the XPS series, the whole laptop is beautifully built and a winner from an aesthetic point of view, whether it’s open or closed.

You can trick out the Dell XPS 15 with some top-quality internal components as well: Intel Core i9 processors, some impressive graphics card solutions, and a maximum of 64GB of RAM (which should be enough for even your most advanced projects. Even at the higher price bracket, you get plenty of Dell laptops for your money.

The best budget Dell laptop

CPU: Up to Intel Pentium Gold Processor 5405U – Screen: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) – Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 610 – RAM: 4GB – Storage: 128GB

+ Affordable
+ Portable
+ Inoffensive design

– Screen has large bezels
– Outpunched by XPS range

Besides the premium, flagship laptops that Dell puts out, there are plenty of value-for-money models as well – the selection on Dell’s website is so huge that you’re bound to find something that fits your financial situation. The Inspiron line is a good place to start looking, and the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is particularly tempting.

The main highlight is an expensive 15.6-inch screen – large screens aren’t always a given at lower price points, but the display attached to this particular Dell laptop gives your video streaming apps and your web browsers and anything else you want to run plenty of space to move around in.

You get some very decent specs to go alongside that screen, with SSD hard drives and AMD chipsets on offer on certain models. Shopping for the best Dell laptop at this end of the market means you’ll have to forget about hardcore gaming or video editing, but for a good-looking computer that will take care of the everyday basics, this is ideal.

The best Dell laptop for business users

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H – Screen: 17-inch (1920 x 1200 pixels) – Graphics: Nvidia Quadro T2000 4GB – RAM: 16GB – Storage: Up to 512GB

+ Fantastic minimal bezel screen
+ Loads of processing power
+ Lightweight design

– Pricey

At this price, with these specs, and that sharp 17-inch screen, this is very much a Dell laptop aimed at business and power users – you’ll have to spend a lot of money to get your hands on the Dell Precision 5750, but we don’t think you’re going to be disappointed with what you get in return if you need a laptop that’s capable of doing everything a desktop could but in a laptop form factor.

You really are getting top-tier components here – note the 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor and the Nvidia Quadro T2000 graphics card, as well as some of the most premium and reliable RAM sticks around – so it’s not really one for the students or for casual use at the weekends.

Even with a 17-inch display attached, the Dell Precision 5750 still manages to be lightweight and easy to carry around during the day, with this model tipping the scales at 2.13 kg or 4.7 lbs. Connectivity options are good too, with no fewer than four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports and a full-size SD card slot to make use of too. No matter what you need to do with your laptop, the Dell Precision 5750 will be up to the task.

DELL G5 15
A compact gaming powerhouse laptop from Dell

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H – Screen: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) – Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB – RAM: 8GB – Storage: 512GB

+ Compact and portable
+ 1080p gaming unlocked
+ Understated looks

– Outpunched by Alienware gaming laptops

If you want to game on your laptop but you don’t want to go overboard in terms of size and price, get the Dell G5 15: it’ll play all the latest Windows games very nicely indeed (ranking as “next-level gaming” on the official 3DMark benchmark score), and comes with a subtle lighting effect underneath that you can enable or disable as needed.

Dell has kept this down to a fantastic price considering the components you get inside, components that include a healthy 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB graphics card to keep those frame rates nice and smooth. The star of the show is the 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display though, with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz.

When you’re not gaming, you can of course use the laptop for everything else as well – it’s not so flamboyantly styled that you won’t be able to get it out in the local coffee shop. We’re impressed with the thermal management and the battery life of the Dell G5 15 as well – definitely one of the best Dell laptops for gamers. Curious what you get here that the also-powerful Dell XPS 15 doesn’t offer? Here’s our Dell XPS 15 vs Dell G5 15 head-to-head.

DELL G7 17
Top-level gaming power in a laptop

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H – Screen: 17.3-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) – Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 8GB – RAM: 16GB – Storage: Up to 1TB

+ Buckets of gaming power
+ Large 17.3-inch screen
+ Don’t look like a gaming laptop

– Higher spec costs

The Dell G7 17 is a step up from the Dell G5 15 in almost every respect, from the size of the display to the available graphics options to the dramatic looks of the device – the display stands a little way above the rest of the chassis, so it’s almost as if you’re got a separate monitor in front of rather than a laptop screen.

With a 144Hz refresh rate and a 9ms response time, that 17.3-inch screen is guaranteed to show off your games in the best way possible, and it should give you an edge against opponents and enemies (either real or computer-generated). This is of course a relatively chunky laptop thanks to that screen, but you can still carry it around fairly easily.

This model was recently updated to offer 1TB of storage, which means more room for your games without having to rely on the cloud all the time, and you get the same subtle lighting effect options as on the Dell G5 15. Definitely a gem of a gaming laptop.

The best Dell laptop with Apple MacBook looks

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core I7-10810U – Screen: 15-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) – Graphics: Intel UHD – RAM: Up to 16GB – Storage: Up to 512GB

+ MacBook Pro-style looks
+ Strong all-round hardware spec

– Your bank manager will weep

The Dell Latitude 9510 gets you MacBook Pro-style looks and performance in a Dell chassis that runs Windows: it’s a fantastic-looking laptop with plenty of power under the hood, and while it’s also on the expensive side, we’d say that it’s worth the investment if you want one of the best Windows laptops and best Dell laptops currently available.

With one of the latest 10th-gen Intel CPUs and up to 16GB of RAM keeping everything running smoothly, the only tasks you won’t be able to take on with this laptop are video editing and heavy gaming – Intel integrated graphics will do for web browsing, office tasks, and image editing, but will struggle if you push them any further.

It’s thin, it’s light, and it comes with plenty of connectivity options as well, so take a look at the various configuration options and see which one suits you best – because of the number of different ways you can set up the Latitude 9510, the price can vary quite a bit too. The laptop is also available in a 2-in-1 form factor as well, and even with 5G in the US. Take a look at our full Dell Latitude 9510 review for more on what we think about it, or take a look at our Dell Latitude 9510 vs Dell Inspiron 7506 review to see how two of Dell’s big business laptops shape up.

DELL XPS 13 2-IN-1
A premium, versatile 2-in-1 Dell laptop

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 – Screen: 13.4-inch (up to 3840 x 2400 pixels) – Graphics: Intel Iris Plus – RAM: Up to 32GB – Storage: Up to 1TB

+ 2-in-1 functionality
+ Premium hardware

– Do you need 2-in-1 functionality?

Our top pick for the best Dell laptop is also available in a 2-in-1 configuration, so you can prop it up to watch some movies or fold it right over and use it as a (thick) tablet – depending on your requirements and what you’re going to be using your tablet for, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 might be an even better deal for you than the standard version.

You still get the excellent build quality and the top-level specs: some of the latest and greatest Intel processors around, plus a maximum of 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage space (though the very best specs will of course cost you a hefty amount of money). On a laptop this size you can’t expect too much in terms of graphics, but the integrated Iris Plus chipset will handle all the basics with ease.

There’s even the option of a 4K resolution screen here, on what is already one of the brightest and best display panels in the business. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 isn’t for everyone – those on a budget and those needing a more spacious screen will want to look elsewhere – but it certainly ticks a lot of important boxes.

The best Dell laptop for ultimate gaming performance

CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK – Screen: 17.3-inch (up to 3840 x 2160 pixels) – Graphics: Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 16GB GDDR6 – RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4 2933MHz – Storage: Up to 4.5TB

+ Incredible performance
+ Lots of configurations
+ Superb screen

– Incredibly expensive

The latest version of the exceptional Alienware M17 R4 doesn’t come cheap – we’re currently looking at a configuration that comes in at £4,549, although the entry-level config is less than half that – but it’s an astonishing gaming laptop with 10th generation Intel processors and graphics up to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX™ 3080 16GB GDDR6. There are multiple display options too, ranging from 60Hz to a very rapid 360Hz with Nvidia Gsync.

To say that this is a fast laptop would be an understatement: in some configurations, you can expect to achieve an amazing 280+ fps in Rainbow Six Siege and over 250fps in League of Legends.

Sometimes gaming laptops focus entirely on performance and leave the design as an afterthought, but that isn’t the case here. The m17 R4 is a beautiful thing with a smear-reducing coating, stain-resistant paint, and a magnesium alloy casing, and inside there’s “Cryo-Tech” cooling to enable higher sustained performance without your laptop becoming hotter than the sun.

DELL XPS 17 2021
The one we’d buy if we were made of money


Stunning screen: A redefined InfinityEdge display enables optimal camera placement and a 16:10 display with a stunning edge-to-edge view. Plus, with 921k more pixels on UHD+, you’ll be more productive than ever.

A display like no other:
 Take full advantage of HDR content’s superior dynamic range with Dolby Vision™, which can deliver colors never seen on SDR PC displays. Dolby Vision content can deliver highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are up to 10 times darker.

See every detail: The optional 4K Ultra HD+ (3840×2400) touch display offers to pinpoint accuracy for all of your computing needs. See the detail of every pixel in photos without needing to zoom in or see more content while browsing the web.

Color that pops: Equipped with 100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI-P3 color gamut, your screen delivers saturated colors while a 1650:1 contrast ratio allows you to see the brightest brights and darkest darks. And 500-nit brightness provides more clarity in bright light, like outdoors, while a 0.65% anti-reflective coating cuts the glare of a glossy screen.

Easy on the eyes: Eyesafe® display reduces harmful blue light and maintains vivid color. It’s the first panel to intelligently manage light energy and the source, selectively reducing harmful blue light and dispersing it across the light spectrum.

Precision manufacturing: 100% of the enclosure is sculpted by a CNC (computer numerical control) machining process. A high-precision, machine-milled aluminum chassis creates an elegant design with high build quality that’s stronger and stiffer than magnesium or plastic.

Cool and light: The black carbon fiber palm rest is inspired by the aerospace industry allowing for maximum strength and minimal weight.

Superior screen: The latest Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 is strong, as well as impact and scratch-resistant.

Diamond-cut sidewalls: Anodizing provides a superior, scratch-resistant surface, but here, edges are dipped a second time to further prevent damage from repeated plugging and unplugging of peripherals. Using this finish on the metal achieves the perfect color without using paint, which could chip away over time.

The finest details: Stainless inlay logos are laser cut out of a sheet of stainless steel and dropped into the machined-cut outline by hand.

Elevated essentials: Elements like the display, keys, and touchpad are all larger for an easier, more optimized user experience. The XPS features a massive display, a big, comfortable touchpad, and an edge-to-edge backlit keyboard with large keycaps for maximum productivity.

Easier to open: The new twin coil press-fit hinge is designed to maximize the screen-to-body ratio and enable 4-sided InfinityEdge. The new hinge design makes it easier to open while staying stable when you are using the touchscreen.

Revolutionary webcam construction: The new XPS 17 webcam is small (only 2.25 mm) and also better. A new 4-element lens uses more elements than a typical webcam to deliver sharp video in all areas of the frame, while temporal noise reduction uses advanced noise reduction, significantly improving video quality, especially in dim lighting conditions. Finally, the lens is assembled with precise machinery to ensure all points of the image are in focus.

You are the password: Choose between two secure, personalized ways to log on. Wake your system with Windows Hello as the infrared camera recognizes your face and unlocks your XPS with secure facial recognition technology. The fingerprint reader integrated into the power button lets you log on with just a touch.

Easy on the go: Sacrificing the essentials for a thinner body is unheard of. With four Thunderbolt™ 3 ports, one-cable connect for Dell docking, headphone jack, and a full SD card slot you can count on high-speed connectivity, the flexibility of power-in, and transferring files from your camera on the go.

Work or play all day: You’ll experience a long battery life – up to 23 hours, 25 minutes on a Full HD+ model with a 97WHr battery when using productivity applications like Word or Excel or up to 13 hours, 8 minutes when streaming Netflix. On our UHD+ panel, get up to 14 hours and 8 minutes using productivity apps or up to 7 hours and 28 minutes of Netflix streaming.

+ Fantastic display
+ Exceptionally powerful
+ Lots of configuration options

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