Dude, You're Getting a Dell? But Which One?
If you're shopping for a PC, you have plenty of options to choose from, be it desktop-replacement systems to rugged notebooks, and a range of options in between. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to narrow down your options based on what you know, and if you're familiar with Dell, you probably have some experience with how reliable the company's products are, how the customer service works, and the general quality of user experience those products and services deliver. It's a good way to whittle down your options while still helping you zero in on a great product. Picking a brand you trust does half the deciding for you.
Whether you're after a powerful laptop for crunching numbers at work, or a laptop for staying productive at home or on the go, there's a good chance that Dell has a model you've considered buying. When you skim through the many products we review at PCMag, you'll see that Editors' Choice logo popping up again and again, often alongside Dell systems.
Decoding Dell's Sub-Brands
For use in home or school, Dell's Inspiron brand comprises consumer laptops of every stripe. Whether you're editing photos or managing your home finances, there are plenty of options available. If you want something a little less expensive for simple tasks and browsing online, consider Dell's Chromebooks, which put basic functionality into an affordable package that works great for kids and students.
If gaming is more your style, Dell's Alienware brand delivers. The latest components combine with premium construction and design, earning Alienware a well-deserved reputation among gamers. Dell also sells some gaming laptops under the Inspiron brand.
Finally, there's business. Dell's Latitude brand has options for workers in the office or in the field, with a mix of thin yet powerful laptops and rugged systems that can take a beating. The Latitude line also carries rugged models that are designed to be used in extreme environments.
There are plenty of solid Dell systems to choose from, but don't be overwhelmed by the options. We've combed through our many reviews and singled out the best Dell systems in multiple categories. For more, check out our 10 favorite laptops overall, as well as our lists of the best chromebooks, 2-in-1s, cheap laptops, business laptops, and gaming laptops.
Bottom Line: The XPS 13, Dell's venerable ultraportable with the bezel-free screen, gets Intel's new quad-core CPU, with electrifying results in both speed and battery life.
Bottom Line: The $180 Dell Inspiron 11 (3162) is a competent performer with all the basic features and functionality you want in a budget ultraportable laptop, plus 64-bit Windows 10, long battery life, …
Bottom Line: It stumbles a bit on battery life, but Dell's value-priced Inspiron 13 7000 (7378) can still run with 2-in-1s that cost hundreds more.
Bottom Line: With its brilliant 4K screen and updated components, Dell's latest XPS 15 Touch (9560) is a powerful laptop for visual artists, graphics designers, and video enthusiasts.
Bottom Line: The Dell Chromebook 3189 is a durable convertible laptop, with a long-lasting battery, a multimode hinge, and enough processing juice to help power online and classroom learning.
Bottom Line: The Dell Latitude 14 7000 (7480) is a top-notch business laptop when configured with top-of-the-line components, though it is a bit more expensive than rivals when so equipped.
Bottom Line: The Dell Latitude 5285 is a capable business-focused 2-in-1 Windows tablet with Core i7-processor power and enough battery life to last well into overtime. It could easily replace your work …
Bottom Line: Look past the Dell Latitude 5289 2-in-1's conservative design, and you'll find a thoroughly capable convertible with strong performance, elegant pen support, and almost-two-workday battery l…
Bottom Line: Despite its bland looks, the Dell Precision 3520's excellent battery life will appeal to road warriors, and IT managers will like its upgradeability.
Bottom Line: With the XPS 13 2-in-1, Dell marries the strengths of its ultraportables with the flexibility of a convertible laptop. You'll probably need dongles, but strong performance and ultimate porta…