Whether you want to watch movies, play games or just get some work done, Dell and its Alienware brand of gaming PC’s has a comprehensive laptop lineup that offers something for everyone.
Take the Inspiron 11 3000, a 2-in-1 hybrid with a flip display that easily converts from laptop to tablet. Pixel pushing fanatics will love the Alienware 17 for its GTX 880M graphics and awesome lighting, while the Dell Chromebook 11 offers a simple and affordable solution for everyday computing. With systems ranging from $300 to $1600 and more, there’s a laptop fit for any budget.
There was once a time when PC owners had to sacrifice portability for power. That time is over. The Alienware 13 (starting at $999) packs a 13-inch 2560 x 1440 display, GeForce GTX 860M GPU and one of the longest-lasting batteries in a gaming laptop (over 6 hours) into a svelte 4.4-pound chassis. And that’s before you add Alienware’s secret weapon. When set up at home, a separate graphical amplifier pairs a full-fledged desktop graphics card with the laptop, boosting the system’s gaming prowess above other portable rigs while simultaneously future-proofing your purchase.
For those on a budget who mostly need to get online, a Chromebook like the Dell Chromebook 11 is an excellent choice. Students will appreciate its sleek design, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, as well as the booming speakers. The 14.5 hours of battery life is also a major selling point. The $299 price tag is steeper than some Chromebooks, but overall this is a winner.
You won’t find a more versatile convertible for the money in Dell’s lineup. Starting at $399 ($479 as reviewed), the Inspiron 11 3000 sports a vibrant touch screen that you can easily flip into tent or tablet mode. We also like the comfortable keyboard and fairly loud speakers. The Pentium CPU provides decent performance, while the 500GB hard drive gives you plenty of storage. We just wish the touchpad were less stiff.
Gamers will slobber all over themselves at the prospect of owning this rig. The Alienware 17 combines a sexy chassis and colorful 1080p display with customizable lighting and big and rich audio. But it’s the sheer power of this laptop that will keep you coming back for more, which is due to the state-of-the-art Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M GPU and 8GB of video memory and blazing 2.9-GHz Intel Core i7 CPU with 16GB of RAM.
Somehow, Dell packed a 13-inch machine into an 11-inch body with the Dell XPS 13 (2015). The company accomplished this impressive feat by putting the smallest bezel (5-mm thick) humanly possible around the 2560 x 1440-pixel display. Under the hood, this laptop sports an Intel 5th Generation Core series CPU, a 128GB SSD and Windows 8.1. We particularly like the soft-touch keyboard deck and carbon-fiber bottom.
Built for business, the attractive and comfortable Dell Latitude E7440 is one of our favorite work-minded notebooks around. This 14-inch laptop's Tri-Metal chassis makes the machine tough enough to handle the rigors of the road. Another plus: the soft-touch deck kept our wrists cozy through long hours of typing. The Latitude E7440 is equally impressive on the inside, with a fast Core i5 CPU and a bright and colorful full HD touch display.
Windows 7 is alive and well, and it's living on the Dell Precision M2800. This 15-inch beast can be outfitted with an Intel Core i7 CPU and AMD FirePro graphics. The crisp 1920 x 1080-pixel display offers a sharp picture, while the comfy, soft-touch deck and keyboard make getting work done a breeze. Plus, the military-tested chassis and robust security software make sure this workhorse will last.
Built to withstand whatever you throw at it, the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme is military-certified to handle extreme temperatures, shock, radiation, rain, sand, dust and water. That's thanks to the magnesium-alloy backbone, shock-absorbent ultra-polymer materials and protected ports. In addition to its rugged construction, this 14-inch laptop offers a resistive touch screen, 8 hours of battery life and discrete Nvidia graphics.
Not only does the Dell Inspiron 15 look great with its gorgeous aluminum design and diamond-cut edges, but it also packs plenty of power. Inside this 15-inch laptop, you can get a 1080p display, Nvidia graphics with Optimus Technology and an Intel Core i7 CPU for a robust multimedia experience. This system has the muscle to run many of your favorite games.