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DELL XPS 13 Vs XPS 15 Comparison

by Saif

Choosing the right kind of laptop for yourself often becomes a difficult task. As various brands are in the market with their laptops and are giving a toe-to-toe competition to each other. Dell laptops hold a prominent place in the computer market due to their reliable performance, characteristic sleek design, long-lasting battery and affordability.

The new Dell XPS 13 and Dell XPS 15 are not behind in carrying forward the company’s legacy to the next level. Both of these notebooks come with super-fast 11th Generation Intel processors. Plus, a slim and attractive design together with a nearly bezel-free display is here to offer you maximum immersion. However, some notable differences between these two laptops exist as well. Let’s do a face-to-face comparison of Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 to help you choose the right kind of laptop as per your needs.

Specs Face-off

  Dell XPS 13 Dell XPS 15
CPU Intel Core i5, 11th Gen Intel Core i7, 11th Gen
GPU Intel Iris Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
Processing Speed 4.2 GHz 4.6 GHz
Display 13.4-inch Infinity Edge FHD display, 1920 x 1200 15.6-inch Infinity Edge FHD display, 1920 x 1200
Storage 512GB SSD 512GB SSD
Weight 2.6 lbs. 4.5 lbs.


Design and Audio

As their names indicate, one of the biggest differences between both of these sleek laptops is their size. The XPS 13 comes with a size of 11.64 x 7.82 x 0.5 inches and weighs 2.6 lbs. while the XPS 15 measures 13.57 x 9 x 0.57 inches and carry a weight of 4.5 lbs. Both laptops are quite slim and lightweight given the power they pack inside, but the XPS 13 is the more ideal choice if portability is your first preference.

One of the remarkable differences between XPS 13 and XPS 15 is the room for ports. XPS 13 gives you two Thunderbolt 3 supported USB-C ports and a microSD card reader. While XPS 15 offers more room for ports, including three USB-C ports (two of which are Thunderbolt 3) and a full-sized SD card reader.

Talking about the display, both laptops give you an InfinityEdge truly immersive display with a nearly bezel-free screen. However, both XPS 13 and XPS 15 differ in screen size. XPS 13 comes with a 13.4-inch screen while XPS 15 features a 15.6-inch display.

Both XPS 13 and XPS 15 offer solid audio, but the XPS 15 is a little ahead of its counterpart in audio quality. While the Dell XPS 13 got muffled at higher volumes, the XPS 15 offers you rich bass and sharp vocals loud enough to fill a living room.

Performance and Battery

Both Dell’s latest notebooks support Intel’s latest 11th Gen processors, ranging from the Core i5-1035G1 on the XPS 13 to a Core i7-10750H on the XPS 15. Intel Core i5 processor included in XPS 13 is fast enough to give you a boost clock frequency up to 4.2 GHz, while XPS 15 is ahead in the race with a boost clock frequency up to 4.6 GHz.

However, both of these laptops perform reasonably good when we have played Battlefield on them. Hence, you can choose any of them if you want to have a lag-free gaming experience. With the help of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Ti GPU, Dell XPS 15 is the only notebook of the two to offer you optional discrete graphics. The XPS 15’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Ti GPU gives you two-fold more speed than the XPS 13’s Intel Iris Plus graphics card when you play battlefield. So, if you are a graphics enthusiast and want a richer in-gaming graphics experience, then XPS 15 is the way to go.

Both Dell laptops come with speedy SSD hard drives of 512GB drives which have given us a transfer speed of around 650 MBps, when we did a file transfer of 10 GB on both laptops. However, RAM capacity is again a differential component here between these two laptops. Dell XPS 13 comes with 8GB RAM, while Dell XPS 15 offers 16GB RAM. But you don’t need to scratch your head as both RAMs support speedy bootups and heavy work tasks.

Both XPS 13 and XPS 15 offer a stellar battery life. Dell XPS 13’s 52W battery has given us a power backup of more than 12 hours during our endurance test. While XPS 15’s 86W battery lasted for 8 hours which is quite a decent power backup again, considering the 4K display of the Dell XPS 15. However, if you want a superb battery life, the Dell XPS 13 is the best that we have tested.

Final Verdict

Choosing between Dell XPS 13 and Dell XPS 15 ultimately comes down to your work requirements. If you want a highly portable sleekly designed laptop for basic work tasks and for streaming multimedia, then the XPS 13 will be a better pick. You can also consider XPS 13 for its long-lasting battery life.

However, if you are a power user and a graphicDELL XPS 13s freak, then Dell XPS 15 is the laptop that you were looking for. It’s Intel i7 processor is perfect to support your heavy work tasks plus the discrete graphics powered by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Ti GPU give you a fantabulous in-game visual experience.

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