The HP Envy x360 13 vs Dell XPS 13

The HP Envy x360 13 vs Dell XPS 13 are two of the most popular 13-inch laptops on the market. In this article, we’ll compare and contrast these two products in order to help you determine which one fits your needs better. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each laptop, as well as what each laptop’s biggest competition is when it comes to the global marketplace. Plus, we’ll mention some alternatives that you might want to consider if the HP Envy x360 13 or Dell XPS 13 isn’t quite right for you.

Budget-Friendly

The more money you spend on a laptop, typically, the more performance you’ll get. That’s why it can be tough to find a good balance between features and price. At $949.99, however, both of these laptops are solidly in budget territory. If you have less than $1,000 to spend on a new laptop computer but want something with plenty of power for daily tasks such as web browsing or emailing along with some light gaming or video streaming, these two will be very competitive choices from which to choose from. The real decision will come down to size and battery life versus processing power and memory capacity—or other individual preferences like touchscreens or number-pad functionality. Don’t despair—these aren’t easy decisions!

Screen Size

The screen size is another important spec you need to take into consideration. If you’re going to be using your laptop a lot on-the-go, it’s best to get one with a slightly larger screen. 15 inches and above is perfect for productivity work like writing, designing and programming; but if you can’t use bigger laptops at home, an 11-inch or 13-inch model might be your best bet in that case. We should also mention that 17-inch laptops are often too heavy to carry around, so unless you really want a big screen, we don’t recommend them.

CPU Performance

What sets these two apart is CPU performance, with Intel edging out AMD in a very tight race. Neither of these ultraportables will leave you wanting more power—you can happily use them to multitask while working on just about anything. In fact, unless you’re into video editing or other intensive workloads, these processors should suffice for years to come. If you want even more processing power for your dollar, consider stepping up to a 15-inch model that offers Intel’s 7th Generation i7 chips or an entry-level gaming laptop like Alienware’s new R3 series. Those laptops are beefier, but they’re also far less portable and won’t last nearly as long on battery life (not to mention price).

Graphics Performance

One of these laptops has 16GB of RAM, while the other maxes out at 8GB. Both computers have solid-state drives for fast read/write speeds and processors that outperform previous versions of their line, with Intel’s 7th-generation i5 or i7 processors in each. The most notable difference between these two ultrabooks is display resolution: The HP’s screen is 1080p and has a touchscreen; meanwhile, its competitor can only reach a resolution of 1600×900 on its non-touchscreen display. If you want more pixels in your laptop screen than that, you might want to choose something else.

Maximum RAM

While both laptops are available with 8GB of RAM, you can purchase the HP envy x360 with up to 16GB. With such a large amount of RAM, you have plenty of room for memory-intensive programs and multi-tasking. The top-of-the-line Dell model only comes with up to 8GB of RAM. This may be sufficient for everyday use but if you’re planning on working in Photoshop or running other memory-heavy programs, you’ll want more than 8GB of RAM.

Battery Life

The HP has a 50 Wh battery, which is significantly larger than the 45 Wh battery in our review unit of Dell’s XPS 13. More importantly, our Verge Battery Test suggests that there are laptops with smaller batteries that offer longer runtimes.

The HP’s battery lasted 8 hours and 33 minutes — an hour less than what we got from Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. There are plenty of Core i5 configurations to choose from (including one with an integrated GPU), but they won’t give you better performance or increased endurance. Theoretically, you could drop down to a 4K screen and save some battery life, but both laptops have 1080p displays anyway.

Keyboard Quality

The Dell XPS 13 has a backlit keyboard that’s nicer to type on than many other laptops. On top of that, its keys have a 1.3mm travel distance, making them easier to type on without hitting more than one key at once and faster for those who touch-type.

The keys are also well spaced so you’re less likely to hit unintended keys when typing quickly. The Envy x360’s keyboard doesn’t quite hold up as well under closer inspection; it could be lighter and is relatively bouncy compared with some competitors’ keyboards.

Wifi Connectivity & Mouse Section: Weight & Shape

The weight of these two laptops is practically identical, with each being about 3.3 pounds. The real difference here is in their shape: The Dell XPS has a traditional clamshell design, while HP’s model comes with a 360-degree hinge that allows you to turn it into a tablet. This means that if you’re looking for something portable and versatile, it’s hard to beat what HP is offering here.

Daniel Azree
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