The 9 Best Dell Laptops of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Most Popular: Dell Latitude 7480 at Amazon, “A range of work-centric 2-in-1 laptops that pack in so many features you’d have a hard time not taking this laptop out of the office.”
  • Best Overall: Dell XPS 13 at Dell.com, “Comes with plenty of power and speed with Intel’s latest and greatest chip."
  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (2018) at Amazon, “The Inspiron is one of Dell’s most bread-and-butter lines of computers…and the 2018 flagship version delivers a lot of really great features.”
  • Best Budget: Dell 15.6-Inch Inspiron at Amazon, “Gets the job done and punches well above its pay grade with components often found on more expensive machines.”
  • Best for Portability: Dell Inspiron 11 at Amazon, “Has an 11.6-inch HD display and weighs 2.82 pounds, so if it's portability you're after, this is your guy.”
  • Best for Students: Dell G3 15 at Amazon, “The whole system is run by an Intel Core i5 running at speeds up to 2.3 GHz, and turbo speeds of 4 GHz.”
  • Best 2-in-1: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 at Dell.com, "Our top pick for users looking for a powerful laptop that doubles as a sleek and lightweight tablet."
  • Runner-Up, Best 2-in-1: Dell Inspiron 7000 at Amazon, “A 2-in-1 laptop that’s ideal for both work and play and offers impressive performance in a slim design.”
  • Best for Gaming: Alienware 17 GTX 1070 at Amazon, “All in all, this is a competition-ready system.”

Our Top Picks

Most Popular: Dell Latitude 7480

4.8

The 7480 is the most recent addition to Dell’s Latitude business line — a range of work-centric 2-in-1 laptops that pack in so many features you’d have a hard time not taking this laptop out of the office and making it your pseudo-personal machine. To start, weighing three pounds, this 14-inch laptop won’t weigh down your briefcase bringing it to and from your desk. The 14-inch display is a full HD beauty with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The four-cell battery in this workhorse promises full-day use (up to 13 hours) and quick charge tech, even with the amazing, anti-glare brilliance of that display up there.

Now let’s talk processing speed. There’s a 7th gen dual core i7 7600U processor that clocks impressive speeds up to 2.8 GHz, which means it will tackle just about anything the modern office day will throw at it. The 256 GB SSD is a top-of-the-line storage drive and the 16GB of DDR4 RAM will make sure that the processor has plenty of headroom when clocking high lift and high speeds. The machine comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Pro, the standard for business, and there’s even an HD 620 Graphics card when you do want to get a little lunch break gaming/entertainment in. Finally, the connections offer a full suite of options, including Bluetooth 4.2 right out of the box, DisplayPort inputs for multiple screens, USB-C ports, HDMI and more. 

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Best Overall: Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

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Dell’s XPS 13 has always been considered one of the best laptops on the market, and with a 2019 update, Dell has fixed one major complaint about previous models: its webcam. The old camera was placed at the bottom of the screen instead of at the top, earning it the nickname “nosecam” because the camera angle placement often focused up users’ noses. But Dell got the message after this flub, and the 2019 XPS model returns the webcam to the laptop’s top bezel. The only real downside is that you can’t use facial recognition to log in anymore, but the laptop does have a fingerprint reader now, so you can still bypass traditional typed passwords if you wish.

The XPS 13 comes with plenty of power and speed with Intel’s latest and greatest chip: the Whiskey Lake 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U Processor. It also holds up to 16GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The 13-inch display can be upgraded to include a touchscreen and 4K resolution, and while the port options are relatively limited (two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port) they've also thrown in a handy microSD slot. At a lightweight 2.7 pounds and a width of just 0.3 to 0.46 inches thick, this powerful machine is also sleek and portable.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 (2018)

The Inspiron is one of Dell’s most bread-and-butter lines of computers. The 5000 sits right between the 3000 and 7000, and while the series doesn't have quite the same range of acrobatics as the XPS line, the 2018 flagship version delivers a lot of really great features. The 15.6-inch touchscreen display sports a resolution of 1920 x 1080, so it sits in the full HD category, without the intense pixel counts of the more premium Dell models. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core processor with speeds of 2GHz (turbocharged up to 3.6 GHz), which is the main differentiating aspect here, as it’s a processor that’s suited for great graphics. That’s because it’s paired with an AMD Radeo Vega 8 Graphics card. You can choose between 8, 12, 16 or 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and the main storage goes up to 1TB of snappy, solid-state capacity. There’s plenty of I/O including HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, and Bluetooth 4.1. The whole package weighs less than 4.5 pounds and is less than an inch thick for ideal portability. 

Best Budget: Dell 15.6-Inch Inspiron

Dell 15.6-Inch Inspiron
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Dell’s Inspiron 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop might be budget friendly, but it sure doesn’t act like it with powerful internals and a great overall experience. An Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.4GHz processor, 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive all work together to power the 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 TrueLife LED-backlit display. Weighing 5.2 pounds and measuring just .9 inches thin, the Inspiron 15 gets the job done and punches well above its pay grade with components often found on more expensive machines.

The comfortable and well-spaced keyboard is paired with a 10-key numeric keypad for additional work comfort. Additionally, audio quality is also surprisingly promising with MaxxAudio, which offers a crisp and clear experience for both movies and music. For connectivity fans, there are a full suite of ports, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, a DVD-RW optical drive and a built-in card reader for transferring pictures from an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card.

Best for Portability: Dell Inspiron 11

Dell Inspiron 11
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Dell’s Inspiron 11 sleek laptop has an 11.6-inch HD display and weighs 2.82 pounds, so if it's portability you're after, this is your guy. Powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 2.48GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage, performance is about what you would expect from a lower-end machine, but it’s more than enough power for everyday computing activities that include Word processing and Web browsing. Throw it in your bag, take it to work or school or on a trip where its small size can truly be appreciated without sacrificing a great keyboard or touchpad. The 1366 x 768 11.6-inch display isn’t terribly exciting, but In-Plane Switching (IPS) and Full HD 1080p displays are generally found on more expensive computers, so it’s still above average for its price point.

It runs Windows 10 and there’s a full suite of Microsoft options, including Office 365 software, plus a microSD card reader and USB 3.0 for added storage and quick-charging external hardware. The Waves MaxxAudio speakers punch well above their class with clear sound, especially during Google Hangouts or Skype calls.

Best for Students: Dell G3 15

When you’re looking for a student laptop, there are a lot of things you need to consider. It needs to be reliable, reasonably powerful, not too cumbersome, and it shouldn’t be too expensive as it'll be jostled around in a backpack. It also needs to suffice for entertainment, and that often means it has gaming capabilities. Now, Dell’s gaming line (Alienware) is a little too specialized for this purpose, but the G3 line is the stepped-down version that fits more of an all-around bill and doesn’t cost as much as a flagship gaming laptop.

At a resolution of 1920 x 1080, the Dell G3 15's display is full HD, but won’t be anything special from a pixel-count perspective. The graphics are supported by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB of dedicated RAM, so the performance during gaming will be pretty good. The whole system is run by an Intel Core i5 running at speeds up to 2.3 GHz, and turbo speeds of 4 GHz. You can opt for a solid state drive up to 1TB, and you can expand it with an additional 2TB mechanical drive, so it’s great for gamers to store their games digitally. It comes loaded with Windows 10, there’s all the requisite I/O and at about 5.5 pounds, while a little on the heavier side, the build quality is great for accident-prone students.

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Best 2-in-1: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell’s flagship XPS lineup of laptops also come in a 2-in-1 variety. With the enhancements made in 2019, it’s easy to recommend the XPS 13 2-in-1 as our top pick for users looking for a powerful laptop that doubles as a sleek and lightweight tablet. Fitted with an Infinity Edge panel that maximizes screen space and minimizes bezels, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has a radiant 13.4-inch display that benefits greatly from its 1920x1200 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

Dell has refined the cooling system in the 2019 version of the XPS 13 2-in-1 in order to prevent the chassis from overheating. It has also provided a more comfortable user experience in both laptop and tablet modes. Though it’s certainly pretty, the true beauty of the XPS 13 2-in-1 is found on the inside. With four configurations featuring 10th-generation Intel Core processors, fast RAM, and lightning-quick NVMe SSD storage, the XPS 13 2-in-1 boasts stellar performance.

The base configuration — ideal for students and everyday use — has a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. To up the power, you may want to consider the mid-tier Core i5 processor fitted with 8GB of RAM. Those longing for optimal performance to handle intensive work and software should look into the pair of i7 configurations. Each Core i7 model has 16GB of RAM, more advanced graphics, and up to 512GB of storage. You have the option to significantly increase the resolution with an Ultra-High-Definition display.

Runner-Up, Best 2-in-1: Dell Inspiron 7000

Dell Inspiron 7000
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Dell’s flagship Inspiron 7000 computer is a 2-in-1 laptop that’s ideal for both work and play and offers impressive performance in a slim design. It's juiced up with a 7th generation Intel Core i5 3.4GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touch screen. Weighing 3.59 pounds doesn’t allow the Inspiron to slide into the Ultrabook category, but it’s still very much a portable computer. The display itself offers a 360-degree hinge that enables four modes for your computing needs, including laptop, tent, stand and tablet mode for varying levels of viewing and enjoyment.

Dell also included its well-performing MaxxAudio speakers for an improved audio experience that helps highlight the entertainment and business side of this computer for video viewing or Hangout/Skype calls during the workday. Additionally, the backlit keyboard will help keep you going right into the night, though the seven hours of battery life will have you charging throughout the day if you’re constantly online.  

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Best for Gaming: Alienware 17 GTX 1070

Dell has owned Alienware, the flashy, gaming-centric hardware maker, since 2006. And the Alienware 17 is arguably the most powerful, best choice for a gaming laptop from Dell. Why? Well let’s start with the graphics card (this is a gaming comp, after all). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is the cream of the crop for mobile video cards, and it shows with ultra-fast operation and a seamless set of graphic movements and functionality. Speaking of how the graphics look, the 17-inch, virtually immersive screen is the largest that Alienware offers in its laptop line. To be more specific, the display is actually 17.3 inches, and it offers a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s an IPS, anti-glare surface that also employs 300 nits for supremely striking color and brightness.

Now let’s get into the guts of the performance this thing packs. There is a quad-core Intel i7-7700HQ processor that gives you speeds of 3.8 GHz with turbo boost. In other words, this thing is lightning fast. To go with those clock speeds, there’s a huge bank of RAM…16GB DDR4 to be exact. And you can even expand the RAM up to 32 GB with a separate purchase if things are lagging a bit for you. It comes with a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive that’ll store a small fortune of files, and it all runs on 64-bit Windows 10 HighEnd. There are Bluetooth capabilities and the usual suspects of display ports and USBs for all the peripherals you’ll inevitably need when setting up a proper gaming situation on the go. All in all, this is a competition-ready system.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 40 hours testing one of our readers’ favorite Dell laptops. To get the most complete results, they set it up at home and used it for everything from email and surfing the web to photo editing and gaming. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this Dell laptop, from its speed to its portability. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Dell Laptop

Portability - Dell XPS laptops are classed as ultra-portable, so they’re super easy to carry around. If portability isn’t as important to you, a high-end Alienware laptop can weigh two to three times more than most of Dell’s other laptops, but its power blows the competition out of the water.

Windows vs. Chrome OS - The majority of Dell’s sub-brands are Windows-based, so you can find Windows-based Dell laptops that are perfect for business, students, entertainment, and even gaming. If you’re looking for a less expensive laptop that’s great for web browsing, word processing, and other basic tasks, take a look at Dell’s line of Chromebooks.

Gaming - Most Latitude and XPS models have enough power under the hood to run games to some degree, and a higher-end Precision model can do double duty as a business machine and gaming rig. If you want to really get down to the business of gaming, Dell’s Alienware line has the power you need to run newer games at higher settings.

Test Results: Dell Latitude 7480 (Most Popular)

4.8

What We Like

  • Fast speed

  • Sleek design

  • Portable

What We Don't Like

  • Screen is slightly too small

“This laptop is better than my previous laptop in every way but at the same price point,” raved one of our testers. “The interface is fast, I have all the current Windows features, and its design is clean.” One reviewer also highlighted its portability: “This laptop is very slim and light,” he explained. “My little sister can carry it, and she's young! It fits into my bookbag with no problem.” Our testers only real complaint? They wished its screen were bigger. “If it were 1 to 3 inches wider on the screen it would be perfect,” one person said. “It still runs amazing though!"