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.
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.
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 favorites overall, as well as our lists of the best chromebooks, cheap laptops, business laptops, and gaming laptops.
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Dell Precision 15 5000 Series (5510)
The Dell Precision 15 5000 Series is an impressive mobile workstation featuring premium build quality, a stellar 4K touch display, and top-notch performance. Read the full review ››
Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016)
The latest Dell XPS 13 Touch delivers the ideal combination of power and prestige, with a sturdy build, a gorgeous QHD+ touch screen, a speedy new processor, and USB-C port with Thunderbolt support. Read the full review ››
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Special Edition (3153)
The Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Special Edition (3153) is a well-built convertible-hybrid laptop, with better overall performance than its already-excellent predecessor, thanks to CPU, memory, and hard drive upgrades. Read the full review ››
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7559)
With its strong build, ample storage, and full HD display, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7559) is an excellent entry-level gaming laptop that delivers better performance than you’d expect for the price. Read the full review ››
Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7450)
The Dell Latitude 14 7000 Series (E7450) business ultrabook has plenty to keep you productive at work, including a bright 1080p HD screen, a rugged build, a fifth-generation Core i5 power, and 10+ hours of battery life. Read the full review ››
Dell XPS 15 Touch (9550)
The Dell XPS 15 Touch (9550) might cost a pretty penny, but it’s one of the best high-end desktop-replacement laptops for photo and video work, whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional. Read the full review ››
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Special Edition (7352)
The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Special Edition (7352) has premium features, like a fifth-generation Core i7 processor, sharp In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen, and an aluminum palm rest, which help the system stand out in an increasingly crowded field of convertible-hybrid laptops. Read the full review ››
Dell Latitude 14 5000 Series (E5450)
With the Latitude 14 5000 Series (E5450), Dell delivers the simple thing that most business users are looking for: a laptop that gets things done without slowing you down. Read the full review ››
Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016 Gold Edition)
The Gold Edition of the XPS 13 Touch adds faster processing to the excellent build quality, feature set, and gorgeous display of the original. But the higher price and decreased battery life means this high-end ultraportable laptop may not be for everyone. Read the full review ››
Dell Chromebook 13 (7310)
The Dell Chromebook 13 is a speedy and well-made laptop for business professionals, but its high cost for the category means you’re probably better served by a full Windows system for the same price or less.