The 8 Best Dell Laptops to Buy in 2017

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As the industry shifts between laptops, desktops, and tablets, Dell has stood the test of time and consumer interest and has been able to stay at the forefront of innovation and the computing experience. Whether you’re looking for something powerful enough for work or something that helps you stay productive at home, there’s a Dell model for you. Here’s our picks for the best Dell laptops available today.

Widely regarded as the best overall laptop money can buy, the XPS9360-7758SLV-PUS is an outstanding computer complemented by superb performance and a gorgeous form factor. Ultimately, the XPS 13 is a 13.3-inch computer trapped in an 12-inch computer body thanks to its InfinityEdge display and Dell’s innovative and durable build quality. Powered by a 7th generation Intel Core i7 3.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB hard drive, the XPS 13 is ready to tackle both work and play (with power to spare).

Beyond power, the focus is on the 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200 x 1800 InfinityEdge touch display, which is nothing short of outstanding. The lightning fast SSD (solid state drive) helps boost overall performance, specifically application loading time, making the Dell the definition of good things coming in small packages. Add in nearly 14 hours of battery life, a 2.7-pound lightweight aluminum frame, Windows 10 and it’s quite possible you’ve discovered the perfect computer.

Featuring an eye-popping 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge display, the Dell XPS 15 is a worthy contender of being the best overall. Powered by an Intel Core i7 3.5GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, the XPS 15 takes it to another level with the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M video card, which comes with its own 2GB of dedicated memory. Containing all this internal power is a sleek and beautiful aluminum frame that’s firmly built and feels durable every time you pick it up.

At 4.6 pounds, it won’t be mistaken for an Ultrabook computer like its sister the XPS 13, but it has all the right moves in all the right corners. The display offers vivid and accurate colors that are ideal for Netflix binging or making Word docs pop out just a little bit more. Battery life lasts more than eight hours.

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.

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 2.2GHz 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 4.85 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.

While Windows might continue to be the dominant force in schools across the country, Google’s Chrome OS continues to rise as a shining star, thanks to a cheaper price tag and less troublesome interface. Powered by an Intel Celeron N2840 2.6GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB SSD, Dell’s Chromebook 11 is built specifically with students in mind. Weighing 2.91 pounds, the Dell is made for student wear and tear courtesy of a durable construction that passes military standards for dirt, dust, pressure, temperature, humidity, shock and vibration.

The optional touchscreen is ideal for students who might already be used to a touchscreen computer in their home, so they can quickly switch between tabs. Without Microsoft’s Office platform, students will have to stick to Google’s suite of Office-like replacements, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, which are very mature and equally capable.

Take a peek at some of the other best laptops for students you can buy.

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 3.10GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS touch screen. Weighing 3.53 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.  

Take a peek at some of the other best 2-in-1 laptops​ you can buy.

While the thought of a business-oriented laptop might typically have you yawning, that’s not the case with the Dell Latitude 14 E7470. The 3.4-pound frame is lightweight, sleek and feels great in the hand with its 14-inch, 1366 x 768 HD display. It comes souped up with an Intel Core i7 3.40GHz processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Windows 10.

The keyboard and touchpad combination will quickly earn the trust and respect of business users with an outstanding experience that rivals that of Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup. Additionally, business customers will appreciate the inclusion of Trusted Platform Encryption (TPM) for keeping files on the computer safe and sound. With more than nine hours of battery life, the impressive performance keeps you going throughout the work day with a little bit of extra juice to spare for the evening.

Take a peek at some of the other best business laptops you can buy.

Dell’s purchase of the Alienware lineup in 2006 is long since history, but it's allowed them to build some of the best gaming computers today. The Alienware 15 R3 is one of the best gaming machines around and it is powered by an Intel Core i7 3.5GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card with 8GB of dedicated video memory, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD paired with a 1TB hard drive for additional storage. The 15.6-inch FHD 120Hz (1920 x 1080) display isn’t nearly as eye-catching as a 4K screen, but the 4ms response time is still more than enough to showcase today’s most popular games in style.

Weighing eight pounds, the R3 might be a bit to heavy to lug around everywhere, but you can certainly camp out in quiet part of your house for discreet gaming. Additionally, you’ll find a higher maximum thermal design to help the R3 keep its cool during intense gameplay, as well as upgraded speakers and a TactX keyboard that’s a gaming favorite. One last perk of the R3 is that it’s future-proofed with VR-ready components that pass both Oculus and Vive certifications.

Take a peek at some of the other best gaming laptops you can buy.

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