Best overall: Dell XPS 13 (9370)

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It's pretty well known by this point how much we love the Dell XPS line, and the updated XPS 13 9370 model (starting at about $1,000) makes things smaller and more powerful. The 13.3-inch display has thinner bezels and is available in 1080p or 4K touch, 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (CPU) bring four cores of power, and the smaller body is available in a white and gold color combination along with the original carbon fiber version. Toss in a battery that still lasts a workday and you have one slick little device.

Bottom line: For the best Dell laptop there is, check out the updated Dell XPS 13 9370.

One more thing: Have a look at our review for way more information about the XPS 13 9370.

Why the XPS 13 9370 is the best Dell laptop

The Dell XPS 13 9370 is an all-around fantastic laptop, but the things that really set it apart from others are its body design and display. In order to fit a 13.3-inch touch display into the undersized chassis, Dell removed nearly all of the bezel — the screen practically stretches from edge to edge. It's a beautiful display to look at, especially with the 4K configuration.

The XPS 13 is now available in gold and white colors, but you can still get the classic dark look with the carbon fiber and silver combination. The new keyboard has the same key travel and backlight as before, but it's using a new mechanism beneath, no doubt to help to fit into the smaller body. You're still looking at a quality Precision touchpad that's sized in proportion to the body, and there's now an IR camera for Windows Hello located below the display.

All models come with either an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U CPU with four cores and a 15W thermal design point (TDP), offering extra power without sucking up more battery life. Although the battery is now smaller, improved thermals and efficient hardware should keep it running through a workday, even on the 4K configuration. As expected, you can get up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD).

Configurations of the Dell XPS 13 9370 start at about $1,000. Don't forget to have a look at our selection of the best Dell laptop deals available now.

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Best budget: Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

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The Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 PC (starting at about $450) is a great little package despite the low price you'll pay. It comes with up to a 7th Gen AMD A9-9420e CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 500GB hard-disk drive (HDD). The display sits at 11.6 inches with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, and it has full-touch functionality to work with the convertible design — you can use the laptop in tent, stand, tablet, or standard notebook modes. For a bit of extra graphics power, there's also an AMD Radeon R5 graphics chip (GPU).

Best gaming: Dell Alienware 15

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When it comes to gaming laptops from Dell, you can't look anywhere other than the Alienware brand, which Dell owns. Anything you play will look downright gorgeous on the Alienware 15's 15.6-inch, 4K display, and the combination of up to an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM will be able to easily handle any game you throw at it. You're getting a beastly 8th Gen Core i9-8950HK CPU with cores, as well as a 1TB HDD coupled with a 512GB PCIe SSD. These laptops start at about $1,400.

Best business: Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1

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Dell has combined important security and business features ― like vPro CPU, LTE-A capability, fingerprint reader, and smart card reader ― to deliver one impressive 2-in-1 device. Models start at about $1,150, but you can get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8650U vPro CPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD for ultimate performance. The 13.3-inch 1080p display is compatible with Dell's Active Pen, and there are plenty of ports for easy connectivity.

Best for photography: Dell XPS 15

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Dell's refreshed XPS 15 is still the laptop you love, albeit with updated hardware inside. Get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe SSD, plus there's now the option to include an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Coupled with a 15.6-inch 4K touch display, this laptop is ideal for anyone who regularly works with media. It also still has a wide selection of ports, making it easy to connect your peripherals. The base model starts at about $1,000.

Best workstation: Dell Precision 5520

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If the Precision 5520 and the XPS 15 were next to each other, you'd have a hard time telling them apart. The sleek chassis, the 4K touch display, the comfortable keyboard, and the Precision touchpad are all pretty much identical. Bu inside is where the difference can be found. Available with up to an Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 CPU with up to a 4.0GHz clock speed, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA Quadro M1200 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, it's clear that this laptop performs. Expect to pay about $1,400 for a base model.

Best convertible: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

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Like the 2-in-1 model of the XPS 13 unveiled last year, there's now a convertible version of the larger XPS 15. It still has the beautiful 15.6-inch touch display available with up to a 4K resolution, and it still has the excellent keyboard and touchpad. Get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8705G CPU with a Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU with 4GB of HBM2 VRAM, and couple it with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. Ports are a bit more future-proof, with two Thunderbolt 3 (4x lanes of PCIe each), two USB-C 3.1, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Configurations start at about $1,300.

Conclusion

The XPS 13 9370 remains the top Dell laptop for most people, though there are plenty of other options when it comes to specialized interests.

Best overall: Dell XPS 13 (9370)

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Stylish, portable, and functional.

Updated July 02, 2018: We refreshed this list to ensure you're looking at up-to-date information when it comes to the best laptops Dell has to offer.