Choosing between these two is possibly one of the more challenging choices you could make. The Razer Book 13 and Dell XPS 13 are two of the best Windows laptops you can get right now, so while there isn’t really a right or wrong answer, choosing the one for you can be tough.
Razer Book 13 vs Dell XPS 13: Tech Specs
|Razer Book 13||Dell XPS 13|
|Processor||28W 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7
28W 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7
|11th Gen Intel
|RAM||8 or 16GB
|Storage||Up to 512GB PCIe M.2 (upgradeable to 2TB)||256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Non-Touch
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Touch
UHD+ (3840 x 2400) Touch
Gorilla Glass 6
|13.4 inches 1920×1200 (Non-touch)
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe||Integrated
Intel UHD (Core i3)
|Ports||1x microSD card reader
1x HDMI 2.0 port
2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) (power, 4 lanes of PCI Express)
1x USB-A 3.2
|Two Thunderbolt 4
microSD card reader
|Biometrics||Windows Hello (face)||Fingerprint reader
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 Intel Wireless AX 201 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
|Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
|Dimensions||0.60″ x 11.6″ x 7.8″ (15.15mm x 295.6mm x 198mm)||11.64 x 7.82 x 0.58 inches
(295.7mm x 198.7mm x 14.8mm)
|Weight||2.95 to 3.11lbs (1.34 to 1.4kg)||From 2.64 pounds (1.2kg)|
As you can see from the spec sheets, these two laptops are incredibly closely matched. Both are using the latest generation hardware from Intel, fast storage, LPDDR4X memory, and some fantastic display options.
How to choose between the two best UltrabooksSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
How exactly do you choose between the two best Ultrabooks you can currently buy? Especially when they’re so closely matched in most areas. It’s tough.
In most laptop comparisons, you can find even one or two significant reasons you’d choose one or the other, but the margins between the Razer Book 13 and the Dell XPS 13 are excellent. Honestly, whichever one you buy, you’re getting a phenomenal laptop.
There are, however, some smaller reasons you might stump for one over the other.
In the case of the Razer Book 13, you’re getting a much better port selection that includes both HDMI and USB-A alongside Thunderbolt 4. If you use an XPS 13, you’re resigned to dongles to use any legacy accessories.
The Razer Book 13 also has stronger speakers that fire upwards and uses Razer-owned THX to add spatial audio technology. The XPS 13 speakers, by contrast, fire downwards and just aren’t as good.
And the keyboard on the Razer Book 13 is also a little better to type on and has RGB, which adds a little visual flair.
What about the Dell XPS 13, then? For starters, it’s more affordable, especially at the entry-level. Dell has more configuration options than Razer and certainly has price on its side while matching its hardware offerings in the Razer Book 13.
The XPS 13 is also a little thinner, a little lighter, and while the difference isn’t enormous, years of carrying in a bag could always lean to the lightest option possible. And even though the XPS 13 has less in the way of heft and a physically smaller battery, it comes out on top for actual real-world battery life in our tests.
If any of these differences are important to you, then lean towards the laptop that favors. You won’t really lose out by going one over the other, not in any significant way, but you will ensure you optimize your own purchase decision.
No bad decisionSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
The good news is that there really isn’t a wrong decision. Set your budget and pick the one that best fits and that you like the look of the most. There are minor differences that can swing your decision either way, but they’re both good. These aren’t the top two Ultrabooks for no reason.
It’s a really great time to be buying an Ultrabook.
The new best Ultrabook
The Razer Book 13 is a tremendous first-gen Ultrabook that does everything right, especially when it comes to hardware and performance.
An outstanding Ultrabook
The XPS 13 offers strong performance and has up to a 4K touch display, and is wrapped up in a premium, light chassis. Still one of the very best you can get.
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This post was written by Richard Devine and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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