Although Dell’s PC shipments have dropped nearly 13 percent in the last year, resulting in the brand going private, there are some bright spots on the horizon. The company’s Alienware gaming brand, for example, sports gorgeous customizable designs and strong performance for hardcore gamers. And Dell makes innovative machines like the XPS 12, with a flip-screen design that allows it to be a clamshell notebook or a tablet. From gaming rigs to business notebooks to sleek machines, these are the best Dell laptops.
Dell's Inspiron 17-3721 is a Windows 8 machine on a budget at only $449, but it doesn't look cheap. Sporting a geometric pattern on its lid and interior, the laptop has a fairly thin profile for a notebook with a DVD drive. Its 1600 x 900-pixel display shows sharp text, and viewing angles were wide.
You won't have problems typing on the Inspiron 17; its keyboard is large and spacious and its touchpad gave plenty of room. And thanks to its 1.9-GHz Intel Core i3-3227U CPU with 4GB of RAM, performance was speedy and multitasking was a breeze.