Surface Laptop 3 vs Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Full Comparison


The 13.5″ Surface Laptop 3 is a great premium Windows laptop, just like Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1, but which one is the better buy?
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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (Amazon) ➡

Both of these premium Windows laptops feature excellent build quality, with all-metal designs, apart from a carbon fiber composite palm rest on the XPS.

Both of these feature biometric authentication, but the Surface actually has infrared facial scanning, so you’re logged into Windows instantly!

The XPS features a hinge that can fold all the way back for tablet mode use, which is nice for viewing shows and movies.

The Surface has a large trackpad which works very well, while the XPS has an excellent keyboard that goes from one edge to the other.

The Surface also has speakers that are hidden beneath the keyboard, and they actually sound amazing!

Both of these feature Intel’s latest 10th-gen 10nm Ice Lake processors, and they perform incredibly well.

However, both of them have their own flaws, so let’s talk about them!

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  1. Both of these are great laptops, but which one would you choose and why?
    Buy this one at the low-end! ➡
    Buy this one at the High-end! (Amazon) ➡

  2. The XPS 13 also has Windows Hello, just like the Surface Laptop. Not only limited to the finger print scanner.

  3. Good comparison. My only gripe was how you mentioned all the features of thunderbolt 3 like high end storage and multiple 4k monitors, as if the usb-c port on the surface laptop can't do them. The only thing thunderbolt does that usb 3.1 can't do is an external GPU, and you REALLY shouldn't be using those anyways because they're a gigantic waste of money for the performance you'll get.

  4. I had to listen to that twice @0:41 (Alah·cant·tra)… Just for future reference it's pronounced Al·can·tar·ah.

  5. I have the xps 15. Just a warning, the xps series don't last long. After two years you might as well get a new pc. Battery is shot, fans are shot, it becomes so loud someday that it's embarrassing to use it in a class room. (I clean it regularly so thats not why).
    Paying so much money for it is not WORTH IT. Get a different laptop.

  6. Nice Comparison. I use the Dell XPS 13 2in1 and i love it. When using
    the speakers make sure the MaxxAudioSoftware is enabled and that bass
    and details are turned all the way up. The sound quality improves

  7. I'd still go for the Surface Laptop 3. The 3:2 aspect ratio is better than 16:10, the keyboard has more travel, has a better trackpad, and the design looks nicer on the SL3. Also, the XPS 2-in-1 throttles a lot more than most laptops, so you wont get the performance of a regular XPS or Surface Laptop 3. Also the 4K on laptops is nice, but it just drains battery life. The 201PPI is a good middle ground, it's sharper than 1080P, but doesn't drain as much battery. Max seems to like the keyboard on this, but I've actually heard more negative impressions of the new Dell keyboard.

  8. I just tried out the Surface 3 Laptop at Best Buy and while the Alcantara fiber was on fleek, the keyboard overall was atrocious. Thin chiclet-style keys a la Apple and the entire keyboard flexed whenever I hit a key in the middle.

  9. Take this guy's reviews with caution. I took his advice on some of the products he promoted, and the results were disastrous.
    I'm not saying don't believe a word he says or don't watch his reviews, but I swear I don't want anyone to make the same mistakes I did. Just compare what he says to other reliable reviewers and then make up your mind.

  10. stop doing the one finger open test, it is so useless (how lazy you have to be to not want to use a second finger??). A wobbling test would be much more useful to see (and here a stiffer hinge is better).

  11. Wish the Surface had Thunderbolt, just one port, it wouldbe perfect, though still might get one, need a decent laptop, and it looks so damn sexy, can get buy with just USb c, hope it can output 4k 60 lag free to my TV ?


  12. Hey could you please review a "Surface Laptop 3 vs. MacBook Air" comparison? I don't know why's everyone only doing the comparison with the MacBook Pro and not the Air!

  13. Costco has the Surface Laptop 3 $1,300 version for $950! I snagged it last night. Love it so far! Yeah, I do wish it went just a bit brighter, but it's still great.

  14. The surface laptop 3 is crap. I went through 3 brand new ones that all had dead pixels on the screen so I gave up and bought a MacBook instead.

  15. It is not fair to compare one-handed opening on the two laptops because 2 in 1s require stiffness so that you don't get lots of flex when in theater mode. Otherwise good comparison. 🙂


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