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The best Dell laptops 2019

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If you’re in the market for a notebook, you’re going to want to consider the best Dell laptops 2019 has to offer.
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You can’t go wrong with one of the best Dell laptops if you’re looking to replace your aging model with one that’s solid, powerful and great looking. Dell’s portable computers have come a long way from their humble origins. These laptops are built to last and boast powerful internal components that will see you through your computing needs, whether that’s immersive gaming, demanding creative tasks or a heavy day to day workload.

If you’re looking for a desktop replacement for your gaming or one of the best gaming laptops, we’ve got something on this list. If you’re looking for a thin and light laptop to take with you while traveling, we’ve got a couple of the best Ultrabooks here. Need a budget one of casual use at home? We put that one the list as well.

No matter what your budget looks like or what your computing needs are, you’ll find one on our list of the best Dell laptops on the market this 2019. And, with Black Friday rolling in soon, you should be able to score some massive discounts.

Best Dell laptops at a glance:

  1. Dell XPS 13
  2. Alienware Area-51m
  3. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
  4. Dell Latitude 7490
  5. Dell G5 15 5590
  6. Dell Alienware 17 R5
  7. Alienware m15
  8. Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 (3181) 2-in-1
  9. Dell G3 15

Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 now boasts the new Intel Whiskey Lake processors. (Image credit: Dell)

1. Dell XPS 13

The best gets better

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

Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m is a performance beast fitted with high-end processors and high-end graphics cards. (Image credit: Alienware)

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

Extremely powerful
Aesthetic
Widely user upgradeable
Very expensive
Gets hot
Loud fans

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

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a beautiful device with ample grunt for gaming. (Image credit: Dell)

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

Stunning design
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

Dell Latitude 7490

Dell Latitude 7490 has many of the makings of a great computer. (Image credit: Dell) (Image credit: Dell)

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

Reasonable price
Excellent performance
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

Dell G5 15 5590

Dell G5 15 5590 will see you through 1080p gaming and last you up to 10 hours of battery life as well. (Image credit: Dell)

5. 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

Dell Alienware 17 R5

You'll be hard pressed to find a better machine for serious gaming. (Image credit: Dell)

6. 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
Stunning display
Very heavy

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

Alienware m15

Alienware combines incredible performance, stunning display and gorgeous design in the m15. (Image credit: Dell)

7. Alienware m15

Daring to be different has a price

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7 – 9th-generation Intel Core i7 | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti – RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6" OLED UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD – 1TB SSD + 1TB SSD

Stunning 4K OLED display
Substantial power
Breathtaking price
Soft touch easily blemished

If you're willing to shell out a bit more money on your gaming laptop, then you'll be impressed by Alienware's combination of incredible performance, stunning display and gorgeous design in the Alienware m15. That's impressive considering this laptop's thin and light packaging. And, that's without mentioning its decent battery life. Plus, as far as premium gaming laptops go, this one's actually cheaper than its main rivals.

Read the full review: Alienware m15

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 (3181) 2-in-1

Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 (3181) 2-in-1 is affordable, easy to use and durable. (Image credit: Dell)

8. 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

Durable
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

Dell G3 15

Dell G3 15 (Image credit: Dell)

9. Dell G3 15

Budget gaming in style

CPU: 9th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 – 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlit Non-touch | Storage: 1TB HDD – 512GB SSD

Affordable
Great performer
Flimsy build

When it comes to gaming, more often than not, you have to invest in premium parts to get that gaming edge you want. That’s especially true if you’re going for smooth 1440p or 4K gaming. In other words, while there’s a number of budget gaming laptops out there, very few really get you to where you want to go. Among those few is the Dell G3 15 gaming laptop, Dell’s affordable answer for gamers who want solid performance without splurging. It's all thanks to those latest yet economically-priced internals it's fitted with. It's probably not going to get you competitive level, but if you want a cheaper laptop to game on for the sake of gaming, this will go a long way.

Read the full review: Dell G3 15