The best Dell laptops aren’t only thin and powerful. They’re also built to last, making Dell one of the most successful PC manufacturers out there.
The best Dell laptops come in two main lines: for general work and for home use. The mid-range Inspiron range is designed with a wide range of specifications and has some excellent budget laptops. The flagship XPS lineup, on the other hand, are among the best Ultrabooks on the market, with powerful internals in a chassis that’s light and stylish enough to turn Apple’s head. Just take a look at the Dell XPS 2019, and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
Of course, if you’re looking for something that handles all your gaming needs, Dell’s Alienware laptops are also among the best gaming laptops in 2019 with powerhouses like the Alienware Area 51m. In fact, these are among the most powerful and best Dell laptops, capable of producing silky smooth frame rates and the best gaming experiences. They even look the part, complete with RGB keyboards and programmable lighting.
No matter what your budget looks like, if you’re in the market for a notebook, you’re going to want to consider the best Dell laptops 2019 has to offer.
1. Dell XPS 13
CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4k (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 128GB – 2TB SSD
Better webcam placement
New Frost color option
Otherwise iterative update
The Dell XPS 13 has been our favorite Dell laptop for a few years now, but it’s also easily one of the best laptops on the market in 2019. There’s a lot to love here. While there was the issue of the webcam placement, the Dell XPS 13 2019 has fixed that. It’s also now boasting the new Intel Whiskey Lake processors, which means its faster. If you’re looking for a premium Ultrabook that hardly makes any compromises, the Dell XPS 13 2019 is certainly one of the best Dell laptops around today.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 13
2. Alienware Area-51m
An out-of-this-world gaming laptop
CPU: 9th-Generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 – 2080 | RAM: 64GB | Storage: 2TB SSDs + 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
Widely user upgradeable
Hands down, the Alienware Area-51m is a stunner of a gaming laptop, with a beautiful yet unique chassis and a comfortable keyboard to complement it. But it goes beyond looks; it’s also by far the most powerful gaming laptop on the market right now (and obviously, one of the best Dell laptops). Not that it’s perfect, as it does get really hot and its fans can get very loud. However, it’s a performance beast fitted with high-end processors and high-end graphics cards, and your gaming experience with it will be an absolute pressure.
Read the full review: Alienware Area-51m
3. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Thin, light and powerful – a near-perfect convertible
CPU: Intel Core i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Impressive integrated graphics
A little noisy
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 cuts no corners, bringing in some serious power within a thin and light package that flits easily between its laptop and tablet modes. The XPS 15 2-in-1 weighs a shade under 2kg and is only 16mm thick, which makes it easy to travel with as well as use on the move. It’s also a beautiful device, and although it doesn’t have the XPS 13’s discrete graphics card, it still has ample grunt for gaming.
Despite those sleek lines, it also offers an impressive array of ports: two Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-C, plus a headphone jack and MicroSD card reader. The XPS 15 2-in-1 has come down in price considerably since launch, and is amazingly affordably-priced considering its specifications. It’s easily one of the best Dell laptops you can buy.
Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
4. Dell Latitude 7490
Intel’s new silicon and a honed design make a great combo
CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Storage: 128GB SSD – 512GB SSD
Great battery life
Dell proprietary PSU
Despite the derivative design, the Dell Latitude 7490 has many of the makings of a great computer and one of the best Dell laptops 2019 has on offer. It’s all thanks to its excellent performance, a long battery life, and more than decent memory and storage options. It isn’t the cheapest, but it’s definitely worth the price.
Read the full review: Dell Latitude 7490
5. Dell Alienware 17 R5
A super-powerful beast of a gaming laptop
CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440)144Hz | Storage: 246GB PCIe M.2 SSD, 1TB 7,200RPM HDD
Superb gaming performance
The Dell Alienware 17 R5 is a mighty gaming machine in more ways than one. Equipped with an Intel Core i9 processor and overclocked GTX 1080 GPU, it’s incredibly powerful. It tips the scales at 4.4kg so this certainly isn’t a laptop you’ll be tossing into a work bag. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better machine for serious gaming. It’s a sound investment, as that top-end processor, which runs the latest AAA titles with ease, ensures it’ll serve you well for several years to come. It’s certainly at the higher end of the price scale, but factor in the trademark Dell build quality, and it’s definitely worth the outlay.
Read the full review: Dell Alienware 17 R5
6. Dell Alienware 15 R3
More modestly sized, but with plenty of power where it matters
CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5); Intel Graphics 630 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS, 120Hz, Anti-Glare, G-SYNC enabled | Storage: 512GB M.2 SATA III SSD, 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
More compact size
Smooth, fast performance
Not much lighter than the Alienware 17, despite smaller size
The Dell Alienware 15 R3 is the Alienware 17 R5’s little brother, cramming in that similar punch into a more compact package. Its 15-inch display is still large enough to show off games at their best. However, it’s slightly more modest specs make it a more economical alternative if you don’t require that much sheer horsepower. The Alienware 15 R3 is still a weighty laptop – just a fraction lighter than its larger sibling at 3.5kg, not including its power brick – but it looks stunning, with colored LEDs beneath practically every surface. Its gaming performance is solid, and it’s VR-ready if you fancy getting immersive. Dell will be launching a new version of the Alienware 15 before long, so if you’re not quite ready to invest now, keep an eye out for the update soon.
Read the full review: Dell Alienware 15 R3
7. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 (3181) 2-in-1
Back to the core of the Chromebook
CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 11.6-inch, HD (1366 x 768) touchscreen | Storage: 32GB-64GB eMMC
Long battery life
Not very powerful
While the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 isn’t the most powerful Chromebook or Dell laptop on the market, it is what Chromebooks need to be: affordable, easy to use and durable. It’s great for doing all your web browsing, movie watching and minor productivity tasks with, all while being rugged. What more can you ask for? This small Chromebook is one of the best Dell laptops to consider, especially for kids and students.
Read the full review: Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1
8. Dell G5 15 5590
Dell’s value gaming laptop delivers a killer combo
CPU: up to 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H | Graphics: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS 300-nits – 15.6 inch FHD(1920 x 1080) 300nits IPS Anti-Glare LED with 144Hz refresh rate | Storage: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD – 1TB SSD
Perfectly balanced feature set
Strong gaming performance
Great battery life
IPS panel is merely OK
Confusing configuration options
A gaming laptop that delivers a solid performance without costing you a pretty penny is key when you’re a gamer looking to upgrade on a somewhat limited budget. Dell’s 15-inch G5 may not have the highest end specs, but it will see you through 1080p gaming and last you up to 10 hours of battery life as well. All while boasting a robust, appealing, arguably thin chassis and a port selection that’s up to par.
Read the full review: Dell 5 15 5590
Michelle Rae Uy contributed to this article