If you’re in the market for a new laptop, Dell is one of the best brands for your money. The tech giant is the third biggest PC maker in the world and an incredible portfolio of options. To help you figure out exactly which Dell laptops are worth your money, we’ve rounded up the best ones for work, play, and more.
Though the list primarily includes Windows machines, we’ve added a Chromebook as well. If you’re set on ChromeOS, you can check out more of our Chromebook picks right here. Ready to get started? Let’s jump in.
The best Dell laptops:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best Dell laptops regularly as new devices launch.
1. Dell XPS 13
This pick should come as no surprise to anyone. Dell’s XPS 13 has been one of the best laptops for a number of years, and it’s not losing any ground in early 2021. From the powerful processor to the paper-thin bezels, and webcam at the top, the XPS 13 is well worth the price of admission.
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If you decide to splurge on the XPS 13, you’ll be greeted with up to an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of memory, and 2TB of storage. Dell reimagined the hinge to drop part of the wider bottom bezel out of sight for a true InfinityEdge display. Once you jump to the more expensive XPS 13, configurations you get even more room to accessorize. For example, it comes in the classic Platinum Silver design or a new Frost White finish.
Unfortunately, the XPS 13 has opted to drop a few ports in favor of a slimmer body and lighter weight. With just two USB-C ports, a MicroSD slot, and a headphone jack, you might find it worth your while to invest in a USB-C adapter to regain some functionality.
2. Dell XPS 15
A 13-inch laptop isn’t perfect for everyone, which is why the Dell XPS 15 is up next on our list. It’s been refined in much the same way as the smaller XPS 13 — with slimmer bezels and more powerful graphics options, but Dell hasn’t made the 11th-gen Intel move quite yet on the XPS 15.
The XPS 15 is configurable with up to 2TB of storage. You can pair that storage with the power of an Intel Core i7-10750H or i7-10875H chip and up to 32GB of DDR4 memory — equal to the amount of the smaller XPS. As for graphics, the XPS 15 swaps the Intel Xe GPU for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti offering.
The Dell XPS 15 also reclaims one of the lost ports for a total of three USB-C options, and the SD card reader is bumped up to full-size. You can only grab the XPS 15 in Platinum Silver, so you may have to wait around if you’re hoping for a Frost White version.
3. Dell XPS 17
The Dell XPS 17 is a real new kid on the block for Dell. It’s the largest XPS released in a decade and packs the same excellence as the XPS 13 and XPS 15. It tops the smaller laptops with peak power and performance, a bigger screen, and comes with more ports. At the top, you can max out to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, 64GB of RAM, and you’ll get up to 20 hours of battery life if you’re not demanding performance from it.
Interestingly, thanks to its slim bezels, Dell claims the XPS 17 is smaller than 48% of 15-inch notebooks on the market so it’s not even a big boy, although it does weigh a bit more as you spec it up. The touchscreen option will give your laptop bag more than five pounds of PC to deal with.
Configurable up to 2TB of storage, and even an i9-10885H CPU, this really is a performance machine that’s great for those who want to game, edit videos, or do other demanding tasks. Given the specs and sizing, it’s also an expensive option, with pre-built top-specs running up to $2,999, but you can add more RAM and hard-drive to easily blow past $3,000. Like the XPS 15, the XPS 17 is only available in Platinum Silver for now, so Frost White might not make an appearance.
4. Alienware Area M17 R4
The XPS line is one of the most powerful on the market today, but you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want high-end gaming performance. Dell owns the Alienware brand, which has been a top name in gaming since its launch in 1996. If you want the best that Alienware has to offer, it’s tough to top the brand-new M17 R4.
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While you might have trouble lugging the M17 R4 around — it weighs in at over 5 pounds — that hefty chassis houses a new 10th-gen Intel Core i7 or Core i9 CPU and full desktop-size Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics. Backing up the powerful CPU and GPU, the M17 R4 can be configured with 32GB of memory and a whopping 6TB of storage.
The large 17.3-inch display is complemented by a per-key RGB keyboard, plenty of port options, and powerful cooling to keep you in the zone.
5. Latitude 7520 15-inch
Switching over to a business option, the Latitude 7520 is the best Dell business option you can get. It’s available either as a clamshell or a 2-in-1, and it packs many of the latest options to keep you productive. The 15.6-inch screen size is a nice compromise between the portability of a 13-inch and the power of a 17.3-inch option.
Under the hood, you’ll find an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 chip and integrated Intel Xe graphics. The Latitude 7520 runs Windows 10 Pro to keep you focused on your work. Along with the Core i5 chip, the Latitude 7410 is loaded with 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage.
The Latitude line retains a variety of USB-A and USB-C options as well as an HDMI port. You can even opt for a 4K display if you find yourself working on content creation frequently.
6. Inspiron 14 5000
The best Dell laptop for everyday use is one from the Inspiron line. It’s not as high-end as the XPS, but that also means that it’s far more accessible for most people. The Inspiron 14 5000 utilizes an 11th-gen Intel Core i3 processor and powerful Iris Xe graphics for a smooth experience.
All of that power is supported by 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 256GB SSD. Even better, the Inspiron 14 5000 is a 14-inch non-touch device, but it packs the right mix of power and value. There aren’t too many configuration options, but a unique hinge helps to trim off the bottom bezel.
The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 keeps a wide selection of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and HDMI options.
7. Dell G5 Special Edition gaming laptop
While the Alienware Area 51m may be the best Dell gaming laptop around, the price keeps it out of reach for many. Dell’s own G line of gaming laptops brings some of the same high-end performance in a far more affordable package. This is also the only laptop on the list with AMD hardware instead of Intel, at least in the Special Edition configuration.
If you crack into the G5, you’ll find up to an AMD Ryzen 9 4900H processor and Radeon RX 6500M graphics. The Full HD 15.6-inch display has a 144Hz refresh rate that should do its part to keep your games running smoothly. Dell packed the G5 with 16GB of memory and up to a 1TB SSD for plenty of storage space.
8. Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
The name may seem familiar, and that’s because this is the Chromebook version of Dell’s powerful business machine. Instead of offering a unique Chromebook platform, Dell adapts some of its best Latitude offerings for the lighter operating system.
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The 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor is more than you might need for a Chromebook, but the extra power is always nice. It’s available with up to 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, which are both plenty as most of your work is saved to the cloud.
The Chromebook Enterprise is built for business — not to fight Klingons — and you can choose from plenty of business software options. They’ll cost a bit extra, but it helps you take full advantage of the Chrome OS.
That does it for our list of the best Dell laptops you can buy right now! There’s more to the perfect setup than just a laptop though, so you might find a few of these resources useful: