Sometimes, the easiest way to narrow your choices amidst all the attractive options is by basing your decision on what you already know. Dell’s diverse lineup of solid, high-quality laptops makes the company a strong industry leader. There’s a machine designed for every need and budget, backed by a helpful warranty.
Why This Brand May Be for You
Dell is well known for producing exceptionally solid systems. Along with an ongoing commitment to create the most reliable products with the latest technological innovations. Premium construction and relatively good performance are just some of the features you can expect across the brand.
Innovations for 2016 include incredibly lightweight designs with impossibly thin bezels. These features were introduced in the XPS 13 last year, and extended through select models this year. The use of premium materials, like carbon-fiber make some models lighter than the MacBook Air. There’s even rugged laptops designed for extreme environments for business professionals who work outdoors. But the chassis on some lines have fallen in need of a refresh. While others are way too derivative of MacBooks.
Laptops like the XPS 13 have earned the dubious reputation of setting impossible standards that may be too high for models even within the brand to reach. The XPS 13 line is an exceptional example of what a Dell laptop can be. featuring elegant design, satisfying performance, a legion of configurable options and excellent battery life. All of which positions the XPS 13 as a direct competitor to the MacBook Air.
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The Dell Inspiron series (Read Review) are a diverse family of machines configured as either convertible 2-in-1’s, or more rugged gamer-ready units. The new generation Inspirons feature many improvements and a refreshed design that’s more exciting than older models. The keyboard deck is wonderfully laid out with a keypad that offers responsive functionality. These are budget laptops, so while the Intel Core i3 processors may not be lightning fast, it’s adequate enough to help you get your daily computing tasks done efficiently.
Founded in 1984 by Michael Dell, Dell Inc. is a technology giant. Far from Silicon Valley, the company is based in Round Rock, Texas. Dell goes down in history as the first manufacturer to publicly announce a timeline for the elimination of toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their devices, launching its first products free of these chemicals in 2009. The company serves customers ranging from the world’s largest businesses and public-sector organizations, to small and medium businesses as well as individual customers.
Dell laptops offer relatively good value. Though this may come with the compromise of functionality depending on which line you’re considering. For example, on some lower-end bargain models, you’ll get acceptable performance. But this comes at the cost of a lackluster screen, and a keyboard with shallow travel.
Alienware is Dell’s first laptop series to include the new OLED screen we’ve all heard so much about this year. It arrives as an alternative option to the ubiquitous LCD screens. Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays provide high contrast saturated colors and inky blacks. Gamers, video editors and Photoshop professionals will appreciate.
Marketed as a different brand from Dell’s mainstream offerings, the Alienware line features a sleek, spaceship grey frame that still impresses. Although, the chassis is indistinguishable from previous generations. But under the hood lurks a gaming beast with a super-colorful, UHD 4k display in the 17-inch model. It looks better than anything currently out in the gaming laptop market. This is due in no small part to the NVIDIA 980M GPU. (13-inch models get the new OLED displays). Not to talk of the drool worthy performance that comes from Intel’s Core i7-6820HK CPU. It comes tricked out with 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD. Making it a system that’s more than qualified to take down everyday computing challenges.
Another sweet option Dell is offering on their laptops is a powerful new processor. Laptops with Intel’s Core i3 and i5 processors are like the Toyota Corollas of the computing world. They’ll get the job done with reliable speed at an affordable price. But let’s say you’re in the market for something with a little more pep to satisfy your particular computing needs. Intel’s new flagship, the Core i7 is just what the doctor ordered. It’s the most powerful processor that modern machines offer. Making it the Lamborghini Huracán of the computing world with high levels of RAM, and seemingly endless power to do it all.
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Not only can you find this technological computing marvel in Dell’s gaming laptops, but it’s also available in business friendly units like the XPS 13 models with touchscreen capability. Often with a state-of-the-art SSD hard drive. And like the Huracán, you may never reach the end of the Core i7’s limits on a daily basis. But when you want the power, you’ll be glad it’s there.
Keyboards on Dell laptops for 2016 are some of the best of any manufacturer. They offer an excellent experience with a fairly comfortable arrangement across the brand. Dell even offers a premium feature like backlighting to its budget models, like the ChromeBook 13.
Product and support are important considerations whether whether your talking about your first personal computer, or your replacement laptop. Dell provides live chat, email and even an online diagnostic tool as a way to get in touch with them should your system need help. We’re sorry to report that the company’s phone support has one of the most abysmal wait times of any laptop manufacturer. Expect to spend up to the better part of an hour waiting to speak with a representative. Should you manage to get a hold of someone, you may not always get the best solution to your problem.
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However, this is balanced by one of the industry’s best one-year warranties of any laptop company. Dell will pay for return shipping on any device regardless of how much you paid for it. (Alienware customers may even be able to get on-site service.) And just like Apple, performing upgrades to your laptop won’t void the warranty.
Similar to the ROG laptops from Asus, Dell’s Alienware gaming rigs ship with no bloatware… (at all!) In fact, bloatware is kept to a minimum across all models. And just like the ROG systems, Alienware ships with a host of useful software. The Alienware Command Center suite can be found on Alienware 15 and 17. AlienAdrenaline gives you the functionality of adjusting program-specific settings. AlienFusion lets you tweak power settings. AlienFX allows you to change lighting settings. And AlienRespawn helps you perform all the backups you want. Other systems in Dell’s line-up, like XPS and Inspiron lines include free storage space, like Dropbox and 20GB of free storage. Which is more than you’ll get from most competitors.