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Best Dell laptops Top 6 Dell laptops you can buy

Dell consistently releases industry-leading portable PCs, so we've put together a list of the very best it offers right now

If you’ve decided that Dell is your go-to laptop brand, you’ve only won half the battle. Now it’s time to determine which is the best Dell laptop for your needs.

Dell has a great variety of laptops available, from business notebooks to portable gaming machines. The company has several different ranges, including XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro and Alienware. With so many options, it can get overwhelming very quickly.

For this reason, we’ve decided to step in and help. Our team of experts review multiple laptops every month, and so we’ve assembled this list of the top rated options.

Every laptop that we’ve reviewed has gone through a thorough testing process, which includes benchmark tests, battery life tests and even a screen evaluation with professional equipment such as a coloromiter. We’ll spend at least a week with each laptop to ensure we’re confident of its quality.

If you can’t find a Dell laptop you like at the moment, then make sure to return at a later date as we’ll be updating this list as we review more laptops throughout 2022 and beyond. Alternatively, if you’re willing to broaden your options you can check out our Best LaptopBest UltrabookBest Student Laptop and Best Budget Laptop pages for a more general look.

Best Dell laptops at a glance:

How we test

Learn more about how we test laptops

Every laptop we review goes through a series of uniform checks designed to gauge key things including build quality, performance, screen quality and battery life. 

These include formal synthetic benchmarks and scripted tests, plus a series of real world checks, such as how well it runs the most frequently used apps. 

We also make sure to use every laptop we review as our primary device for at least a week to ensure our review is as accurate as possible.

Dell XPS 13 OLED

Best overall Dell laptop
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Pros

  • The absolute best laptop screen for the price
  • Speedy productivity performance
  • Class-leading laptop design
  • Lots of configuration options

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Stingy port offering

The Dell XPS 13 OLED is a true class-leading laptop and one that we think is a truly excellent option from Dell. 

The addition of an OLED panel offers a big upgrade on the more conventional LCD screen, while we found the immense 3.5K resolution to offer a significant improvement over a standard 1080p laptop with an extra layer of detail present in images. In addition, we measured the colour accuracy, with results showing it to feature outstanding coverage for specialist gamuts including 97.4% DCI-P3 and 94.7% Adobe RGB. This means the Dell XPS 13 OLED could be used for more specialist and colour-sensitive work as well as more generic office workloads.

Our review sample packed an Intel Core i7-1185G7 which we found to offer a terrific productivity performance. In our benchmark tests, the XPS 13 OLED churned out some standout results that are not a million miles away from the M1-powered MacBooks.

The XPS 13 OLED’s design is notably sleek and stylish with wafer-thin bezels. Moreover, its aluminium and carbon-fibre casing is both sturdy and light, as also indicated by the 1.27kg total weight. You can find lighter laptops, but few that are as premium and powerful as this offering from Dell. 

The only major downsides to the XPS 13 OLED is its subpar battery life and the lack of port options, forcing you to use a dongle if you want to plug in an old USB drive or peripheral. But those are minor flaws when you consider the outstanding all-round quality of the Dell XPS 13.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Dell XPS 13 OLED Review

Dell XPS 13 Plus

Best looking Dell laptop
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Pros

  • Gorgeous, cutting-edge design
  • Bright and vibrant display
  • Haptic feedback trackpad feels great
  • Light, portable and premium

Cons

  • Battery life is poor
  • Very expensive
  • Not as fast as rival laptops
  • Poor selection of ports

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the most cutting-edge laptop in Dell’s range, with futuristic features arguably making it even better looking than the standard Dell XPS 13 model.

It features a touch bar panel for streamlined shortcuts, an edge-to-edge keyboard with no spaces between each key and a haptic feedback trackpad that can be customised to your own liking with gesture commands to boot. It also retains the same InfinityEdge screen as previous models, making the bezel virtually invisible.

The XPS 13 Plus is powered by an Intel Core 12th Gen processor, and has the option of an OLED screen to improve contrast and vibrancy if you like to watch videos on your portable. Battery life is fairly poor, lasting less than 8 hours in our tests. But that won’t be an issue if you plan on spending most of your time deskbound.

We were also impressed by how thin this laptop is at just 15.28mm, but that has the unfortunate consequence of not leaving enough room for ports beyond two USB-C connections.

We think the Dell XPS 13 Plus is a superb laptop, especially if you want a portable with an eye-catching design. But if you’re not desperate to make use of all the futuristic features, you’ll find better value with the likes of the Dell XPS 13 OLED.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full Review: Dell XPS 13 Plus Review

Dell XPS 15 (2021)

Best 15-inch Dell laptop
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Pros

  • Sleek, sturdy and impressive design
  • Lots of processing power
  • High-quality keyboard
  • Vivid, bright and high-resolution display

Cons

  • Some colour accuracy issues
  • Middling battery life
  • Some missing ports
  • Underwhelming graphics core

For those hunting for a larger screen laptop that’s also a superb all-rounder, we think the Dell XPS 15 (2021) is worthy of consideration. 

In terms of design, this larger screen XPS looks as sleek as ever with a sturdy and modern metal casing. This is also a supremely thin laptop, with a total thickness of just 18mm and while its svelte design is good for minimising bulk, it does mean you miss out on a few connectivity options. The XPS 15 doesn’t feature any USB-A, HDMI out or Ethernet ports, with Dell opting for Thunderbolt 4 and an SD card reader instead. You can use dongles, but it’s not an elegant solution. 

The 15.6-inch screen has an 16:10 aspect ratio that we found to provide excellent colour accuracy with 99.9% sRGB and 99% Adobe RGB coverage. The IPS display proved capable of brilliant contrast, ensuring the display looks punchy and crisp.

The XPS 15 packs a speedy Intel i7-11800H processor. The fact this is an H-Series chip means it’s specifically designed with high performance and intense usage in mind. During testing, we found that the XPS 15 could handle multi-tasking with no problem at all. You can also use the XPS 15 for more intense workloads, with photo editing and video editing all possible when configured with an RTX 3050 Ti GPU.

After running our battery benchmark tests, we found the XPS 15 to last for an average of 10 hours. This means this laptop should be able to last for a working day with a little bit of juice to spare. Overall, the Dell XPS 15 is one of our favourite 15-inch laptops from any brand, although make sure you need the extra screen space and high-end performance as it does have a relatively steep price.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Dell XPS 15 (2021) Review

Alienware x15 (2021)

Best gaming Dell laptop
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Pros

  • Slim, sturdy and good-looking exterior
  • Great gaming and processing performance
  • A fast, high-quality display
  • Excellent keyboard

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Not many ports
  • Small trackpad
  • Tinny speakers

The Alienware x15 R1 is our current favourite gaming laptop from Dell, and for good reason.

It packs an Intel Core i9-11900H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3070 discrete GPU that, during testing, combined to run the likes of Borderlands 3 at an impressive 85fps performance. As well as offering great overall power, the x15 R1 also performed well with modest fan noise. Exterior surfaces didn’t get all too hot when we ploughed through various games, although with the overclocked mode, fan noise increased dramatically.

The display here is fantastic, with a 15.6-inch 1080p panel – that may not sound much on its own, but combine it with a 360Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time and you get some fantastic performance. With 376 nits of peak brightness, as measured with our colorimeter, this is also a punchy panel capable of vibrant and accurate colours.

Compared to its predecessor, the x15 R1 is also slimmer and lighter. It is a hefty laptop at 2.34kg, but in the context of more powerful gaming machines, it isn’t so bad. This laptop is 16mm thin, which is incredible for a high-end gaming laptop. Its keyboards also excellent for gaming, with a full size layout and responsive keys.

There are plenty of other gaming laptops worth considering, including the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and Razer Blade 14, but the Alienware x15 R1 is our top recommendation if you’re keen to remain faithful to the Dell brand.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Alienware x15 R1 Review

Dell Latitude 7320

Best business Dell laptop
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Pros

  • High-brightness matte screen
  • Near-silent with general office-type work
  • Low weight
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Limited display contrast
  • Touchpad should be better at this price

If it’s a no-thrills laptop for the office, the Dell Latitude 7320 is a great choice. 

The Latitude 7320 is a plain looking laptop, but that isn’t such a bad thing. It looks more like a business class laptop and succeeds in looking functional. At 1.21kg, this is also a lightweight device which we found to be especially portable without compromising on the build quality. The keyboard here is one the best small laptop keyboards around, with chunky keys and a deep travel, ensuring a comfortable typing experience.

The 13.3-inch FHD screen comes complete with a matte finish that makes this laptop easy to use in bright environments. Colour space coverage here is decent enough for general productivity work, although this isn’t the best laptop for more colour-sensitive work if you need a laptop to edit photos and video.

For such a compact laptop, the performance here is solid, achieving great results in our benchmark tests. The battery life is fantastic, with a total 63Wh capacity. This allowed it to last for 12 and a half hours during our testing, which means you can get through a day’s work without a hitch, and maybe even challenge the Latitude 7320 a little more before needing to reach for the charger.

The Dell Latitude 7320 may lack the character and flashy looks of other laptops on this list, but the Latitude excels in terms of functionality. If you want a snappy laptop that doesn’t cost too much and fits in well in an office environment, then the Latitude 7320 is a top-notch buy.

Reviewer: Andrew Williams
Full review: Dell Latitude 7320 Review

Dell XPS 17 (2021)

Best 17-inch Dell laptop
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Pros

  • Great-looking, sturdy chassis
  • Fantastic high-resolution touchscreen
  • Good everyday creative power
  • A crisp, comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • Other processors are faster
  • Not the best port selection
  • Expensive
  • Middling battery life

The Dell XPS 17 is the definition of a premium productivity portable, and offers the largest screen in the XPS lineup. 

The 17.3-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect is perfect for modern apps and workloads, given the extra vertical space on offer. We measured brightness levels here to be around 500 nits which means this large screen offered a good level of vibrancy, and the total 3840 x 2400 resolution provided excellent detail. The XPS 17 can also hit 100% Adobe RGB coverage, as well as nearly 100% DCI-P3, which means this laptop’s display is ideal for colour-sensitive workloads such as editing video.

You also need a fair bit of power for those more intense workloads, and the XPS 17’s Intel Core i7-11800H processor is up to the task, with peak clock speed of 4.6GHz. Combined with its discrete Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, the XPS 17 should provide enough grunt for creative workloads.

As with the other laptops in the XPS line, this 17-inch model looks fabulous with thin bezels around the screen helping it to look especially modern. Ports-wise, expect to find four Thunderbolt 4 ports and an SD Card reader, but if you’re after a full size HDMI though for instance, you may wish to head for the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro instead. The keyboard offers a deep, consistent keypress, and sits alongside a trackpad with responsive buttons and clever gesture controls. 

The 9hrs and 23 minutes of battery life that we managed to get out of the XPS 17 is perfectly reasonable and will provide enough juice for a day’s worth of work. Push it any further though and you’ll soon see that charge drop. Once again here, the new MacBook comes up trumps, but for a Windows laptop, this isn’t bad going. To sum up, this one of the better 17-inch laptops available, although you’ll find superior value with the smaller models if you’re not fussed about having a massive panel.

Reviewer: Mike Jennings
Full review: Dell XPS 17 (2021)

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FAQs

Which Dell brand is the best?

There is not one particular best Dell brand, as they’re all catered for different audiences. Inspiron includes budget-friendly consumer laptops, XPS features premium-quality consumer laptops, while both Latitude and Vostro are designed for the business market.

And then you have the Dell G Series and Alienware ranges, which both feature numerous gaming laptops.

Are Dell laptops still good?

Dell has built up a great reputation for high-quality laptops, although every model is different. It’s worth checking individual reviews for every laptop to make sure the like of build quality, screen quality, performance speeds and battery life all up to the task of your chosen workloads.

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