The Dell XPS 13 is a fantastic laptop with a durable, intelligent build and a ton of powerful hardware configurations for you to choose from. Nevertheless, the XPS 13 might not be up your alley for whatever reason. To help you choose the right laptop, here are the best alternatives based on price, size, and performance.
Update 30 November 2016: We've refreshed this article with the new ZenBook 3, the overhauled Alienware 13, the updated HP Spectre, and the new Yoga 910.
ASUS ZenBook 3
ASUS has here an impressive ultrabook that weighs only two pounds (0.9kg) and is only 0.47 inches (1.19cm) thick. The 12.5-inch, 1080p display does not come in a touch option, but it does have a thin bezel and a wide viewing angle. Choose from up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of RAM to keep everything chugging along smoothly, and a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive that will boot Windows 10 in seconds.
Like the XPS 13, the ZenBook 3 has a comfortable, backlit keyboard and precise touchpad — with a built-in fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello — for an effortless user experience. Configurations start at about $1070.
The HP Spectre looks like a laptop straight out of a billionaire's dream. Crafted from carbon fiber and aluminum and finished in shiny copper and matte black, the Spectre weighs only 2.45 pounds (1.11kg) and is only 0.41 inches (1.04cm) thick. Inside is up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive for plenty of storage space and for lightning-fast Windows 10 startups.
The 13.3-inch, 1080p display does not come in a touch option, but is nevertheless a joy to use thanks to plenty of brightness and near-perfect contrast. Configurations for the HP Spectre start at about $1170.
Samsung Notebook 9
The Samsung Notebook 9 is a fantastic ultrabook that is criminally under-reported. Get inside an Intel Core i5 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed that will handle a medium to heavy workload, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. Samsung has screens figured out — the 13.3-inch, 1080p display found here is an absolute pleasure to use thanks to it being plenty bright and having excellent contrast.
Add a battery that will last upwards of nine hours on a single charge, and you get a great alternative to the XPS 13. Configurations start at about $900.
If you're a gamer or if you've invested in a VR setup, you're no doubt looking for a gaming laptop. The Alienware 13 comes at you with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM — this thing has enough juice to run all current games, as well as your Rift or Vive. Get up to an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. This is some serious hardware.
To top it all off, the 13.3-inch display comes in a 1440p touch option. There are also non-touch options available in 768p and 1080p with significantly lower prices. Configurations for the Alienware 13 start at about $1200.
Lenovo Yoga 910
Unlike the XPS 13, the Yoga 910 has a convertible design that allows for tablet, tent, and stand mode aside from the traditional notebook mode. One of the first things you'll notice is the 13.9-inch, 4K touchscreen — it's truly magnificent with its narrow bezel. Inside is up to a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. The backlit keyboard rivals the XPS 13's as far as comfort goes, and the precision touchpad lets you take advantage of all Windows 10 gestures.
For extra security, sign in with the fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello. Configurations of the Yoga 910 start at about $1050.
Your XPS 13 alternative
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