Dell is a very well-known and some of the best brand for buying branded PCs and Laptops and there are many fans of the brand. If you are out to buy a new Dell laptop for this Christmas or New Year, we have short listed some of the best Dell Laptops from its whole range to make your buying decision is a bit less confusing.
Dell Alienware M11x
The Alienware M11x is the latest installation in the high end gaming rig from the Dell family. As the coveted ‘Alienware’ tag is associated with this laptop, expecting high performance is only natural.
The M11x is a much smaller and much portable than most of its other siblings; the idea behind this is largely contributed by the fact that Dell wants to unleash these monsters to come out. The matt finish and the glowing Alienware logo is the primary factors in its design appeal.
For better connectivity, the M11x has a lot of connectivity options. There are three USB ports, FireWire, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, and Display Port. Along with a SIM card slot and a 3-in-1 memory card reader, contributing to a host of options. The M11x with a core 2 duo has arguably much higher performance than any laptop in its class but what really stands out is, its GPU performance and to be able to see such powerful graphics in such a small system is mind blowing .The 11.6-inch display on the M11x is one of the better ones which is complementing the top notch graphic performance along with a really fast hard drive. With the integrated GPU activated and backlighting turned off, the M11x lasts 7 hours and 14 minutes. And when you activate the Nvidia GPU and backlighting, battery life is going to suffer, making it an average performer.
Dell Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook
The 14Z Ultrabook is Dells attempt on walking the tightrope on the ultrabook standard. It makes the ideal choice for people to experience the ultrabook standard because of the enticing price strategy introduced by Dell. The 14z is a very basic looking laptop with brushed aluminum matte finish. It is rounded edged mediocre looking, without any high-end appeal. Dell should have come up with a better looking model for its standard.
The ultrabook offers only two flimsy USB 3.0 ports which is very disappointing for people requiring more ports. It features a HDMI port with other basic connectivity options, with introduction of little flaps for covering and allowing exterior protection can be the change you can see in this laptop. The 14z is good on connectivity except for the number for ports besides it is a very avid performer which is the area of expertise. It features an Intel Core i5 processor with enough RAM to smoothly perform any given task and more. Dell incorporates an AMD Radeon HD graphics card offering smooth 3D performance and high end output. This is clearly the forte of the 14z and lives up to its class. The battery life is not very impressive on the 14z owing to its high performance; it fails to strike a decent balance between the two. It falls short by almost 2 hrs on the battery comparison with its competitors making it very average in this segment but rest apart definitely impresses the crowd.
Dell Inspiron 15R
The Inspiron 15R is trendy and a very robust performer aimed at the casual user, this laptop functions better than it looks making its presence felt every time it is switched on. The Inspiron 15R follows the basic characteristics of the Inspiron series with simple design cutting out the excess and making it more customizable with interchangeable front panel aimed to match and complement the users fashion sense.
When it comes to budget 15-inch laptops, Dell has allowed enough inputs and outputs to keep every enthusiast happy. It features two USB 2.0 ports, which is regular but it even features two “Super Speed” USB 3.0 ports now which is really impressing and apart from which there are no other major factors making it a decent choice. With the next gen i5 processor and 6 GB of RAM, this laptop very efficiently supports multitasking and manages to give a steady performance but the disappointing feature here is the lack of an additional GPU, although with Intel HD integrated graphics it does not justify its price range. The battery is the game changer in the 15R, at an impressive output of more than 7 hours this laptop is streets ahead with its competitors. It compels to be taken out with no disappointments at all which is very compelling, making it a very promising feature.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
The XPS 13 is the latest ultrabook contender for Dell, armed with hybrid light weight looks and its blazing performance gives its competitors a run for their money. The XPS 13 is a very sleek looking ultrabook featuring an elegant design, the inclusion of magnesium and carbon is what makes the laptop so thin and light. This design follows suit with standards set by the Mac Book air which are very tough to compete with, but the XPS 13 delivers an amazing design concept here.
The XPS 13 does not pack high connective options, with one USB 3.0 Super Speed port, one standard USB 2.0 port, a mini Display Port connection the one thing that you will find missing would be a SD slot , making the laptop ultra portable has left out some key connective features here which is a very harder to do with. The Core i7 configuration of the XPS 13 delivers best-in-class performance among 13-inch ultrabooks, the very fast part of the XPS 13 is actually the 256GB mSATA solid state drive. The GPU on this one is the Intel integrated HD 3000 graphics which apparently does not satisfy the gamer needs. Apart from these features, there are no other performance perking additions to the XPS 13 making it an above average prospect. The XPS 13 offers a pretty decent battery backup despite its high performance; this does not come as a shock because the XPS series is a highly advanced and coveted choice of laptops from Dell.
Dell XPS 15
The XPS series has always been Dell’s best bet in desktop replacing laptops, now with the XPS 15 Dell has risen to the occasion and made a premium laptop for people who are not entirely ready to go the Mac way, forming a very remarkable backup plan. The XPS 15 features full metallic chassis with rounded edges which almost all resembles Apple’s Mac book pro, well not completely but is a spitting image of it. Dell could have gone in a different way with this but has taken the competing with similar products more literally.
Users requiring high speed connections will not be disappointed configured with two USB 3.0 ports and other premium connectivity options; Dell ensures there are no loopholes in this section. It gives a SDHC-card reader/writer as an inclusion which is a smart addition. Dell teamed up with a Core i7 processor, paired with 8GB of RAM it allows much higher performance and giving it a giant performance surge, loaded with an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M discrete graphics processor and 2GB of VRAM, making a viable option for the gamer. But the best feature so far would be the optimus automatic switching allowing seamless transition from the Nvidia GPU to the on board graphics saving energy. Fast, crisp and bold displaying XPS is worth every penny. The XPS 15 comes with a option of selecting the battery but with a normal 6 cell battery, it lasts well above 5 hrs making it just a mere average performer.
Asif Iqbal Shaik is a Consumer Electronics Expert with MySmartPrice, which is the best price comparison website in India. I am a computer sciences graduate and I have been closely following consumer electronics space from last 6 years.