If you're in the market for a Dell laptop, there are some fantastic ones out there. Here's the best ones you need to know about.
Dell has been around the block when it comes to laptops, and their current range is wide and varied. In days gone by it wasn't all happy times for Dell owners, but the last couple of years the company has turned itself around completely and now makes some of the very finest Windows laptops money can buy. And this little lot that follows is the very best that Dell has to offer.
Article updated January 2016
1. Dell XPS 13
If ever there was a head turner in the laptop world in recent times it was this, the re-imagined Dell XPS 13. From the moment it was first unveiled at CES 2015 it had people talking about it, lusting after it. And it's easy to see why. What Dell managed to do was nothing short of witchcraft, cramming a full 13-inch ultrabook into the form factor of an 11-inch. And the best part is that it's available at a variety of price points, but always looks incredible.
Prices start at $799.99 and base specs now include latest generation Intel Core i3 processors, 128GB of SSD storage and a 1080p non-touch display. Dig deeper into your pockets and you're able to choose from such things as Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD and a stunning 3200x1800 QHD+ touch display. The most expensive model is over $2000, but there's plenty of room in between to get something for your budget.
2. Dell XPS 15
If you like everything the XPS 13 has to offer but you want something bigger and with more horsepower, the revamped XPS 15 is the one for you. It's the same principle as the smaller one. Large notebook, smaller form factor. That's in part, again, to the InfinityEdge display, which here can be had in glorious 4K resolution. You get the same great carbon fiber and aluminum chassis as the XPS 13, too, with added grunt underneath.
That's in part due to the discrete graphics options from NVIDIA in the form of a GTX 960M 2GB. You can also ramp up the internals to include 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD or 1TB hard drive and Intel Core i7 processor. The base model starts at $999 and for that you get an Intel Core i3, 500GB hard drive and a 1080p non-touch display.
3. Dell Inspiron 15 7559
While Alienware is Dell's gaming brand, like most gaming focused laptops those with the logo cost quite a lot of money. What Dell has with the rather uninspiringly named Inspiron 15 7559 is something that isn't strictly speaking a gaming notebook, but can still play some of the latest titles available today. And for a fraction of the cost of an Alienware or other branded gaming laptop.
Prices start at $799 and you get an NVIDIA GTX 960M 4GB graphics card for that, too. Other base specs include a Skylake Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and a 15.6-inch 1080p anti-glare display. Spend a little more and you can ramp up the specs to Core i7 processors, SSD storage options and even a gorgeous 4K display.
4. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition
Dell isn't perhaps the first laptop maker that springs to mind for someone shopping for a convertible, but that doesn't mean it's not got something well worth your time. The Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition is a premium 2-in-1 laptop that blends a stylish design with solid construction and top notch hardware.
Prices start at $799 and with that you get a Skylake Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM and a 13.3-inch Full HD 1080p touch display that of course can fold right the way back around. Spend a little more and you can bump to a Core i7 processor and either a 256GB SSD or 1TB hard drive. Even at the top end it comes in around the $1,000 mark, which is still a fair bit, but also not as expensive as some other premium 2-in-1s.
5. Alienware 13 R2
The Inspiron 15 mentioned elsewhere on this list isn't a dedicated gaming laptop, but the Alienware range from Dell most definitely is. There are a few different models to choose from but if you actually want a laptop, that is, something you can easily enough carry around, it's the Alienware 13 R2 that gets the nod. It's relatively thick, not that light, but it packs it where it matters most for the target audience: Power.
There are a couple of options either side of $1,000 that have Skylake Core i5 processors and 1366 x 768 resolution displays, but we'd recommend going for the first Full HD 1080p offering as the base. With this you also get a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics card.
That's a sampling of what Dell has available, what what's your favorite model? Let us know in the comments!