Dell vs Lenovo – Thinkpad or XPS?

Dell and Lenovo are some of the most popular laptop brands that are currently available. Whilst they’re both extremely popular, usually people choose to go for one brand and stick with it. It can be difficult to know which one would be the right choice for your needs.

Generally speaking, Dell are the better choice if you have more cash to spare. But for those on a tighter budget, then Lenovo are the better choice, as they provide a more cost effective option. Dell can be expensive, so Lenovo might prove better for those without the same budget.

But if we’re comparing the two, then which brand is better overall? And if you’re trying to decide between the two, which one would make a better choice?

Dell vs Lenovo

Dell and Lenovo both have their benefits, so we’ll have a look at the brands and then look at the best of their models.

Pros of Dell Laptops

  • Reliability – Of all of the popular laptop brands, I think that Dell are the most reliable laptops of any brand. If you want something that’s going to last you a long time, then go for Dell as opposed to not only Lenovo, but pretty much any other brand.
  • Customer Support – Usually, I say that Lenovo have some of the best customer support around. And they do have good customer support, but it definitely isn’t as good as the customer support that you’ll get with a Dell. Dell have some of the best customer service around, which is one of the reasons why they are so popular.
  • Ease of getting spare parts – With Dell products, it’s a lot easier to find parts for your Dell laptop if you should ever need to get it fixed. This isn’t the case with Lenovo, where it can be more difficult to find spares.

Pros of Lenovo Laptops

  • Cheap option – If you’re looking for a budget choice of laptop, you’re going to really struggle to beat Lenovo. You can look at other brands like Asus and Acer for cheap laptops as well as Lenovo too, but in comparison to Dell, Lenovo provide a much cheaper alternative.
  • Voted best all round brand – Overall, in the battle between the two brands and every other brand, Lenovo won. They’re generally voted as the best brand right now as of 2019, so that speaks for itself.
  • Value for money – Specification wise, if you’re looking for the best laptop for the cash, then Lenovo usually offer a better option for the majority of people. So, it’s definitely worth looking at a variety of different Lenovo laptops if you’re looking for a new laptop.

In terms of style, there really isn’t a lot between the two. They’re made for practical use above all else, so if you’re looking for something that looks good, then you’ll want to look at a completely different brand, perhaps HP. I’ve also compared HP to Lenovo in another article.

Both of these brands are generally made for office and business use above all else, so neither are really suited to gaming. There are other brands out there that are better if you’re looking for a gaming laptop.

Thinkpad vs XPS – Direct Comparison

To compare the two, we’re going to look at two of their most popular models which are the Thinkpad X1 Carbon and the XPS 13 9370. I’ll go through each element of the models and let you know which is best – they retail at a similar price, though the Dell is actually a little cheaper in this case.

  • Screen – The screens of both of these two models are actually pretty equal and there isn’t much difference between them. So, neither of them win this one, because both screens are pretty decent.
  • Battery Life – As often with Dell products, they have a better battery life than their Lenovo equivalents. You’ll get more than an hour additional battery life with each full charge, which is pretty impressive.
  • Overheating – The Dell is much less likely to overheat than the Thinkpad, which does have issues with overheating sometimes.
  • Performance – The Dell is a better performer overall, because of the 25W TDP and dual-fan cooler which allows it to run at a faster pace. However, there really isn’t much in this one either.
  • Typing – In terms of the design of the laptop itself, the Thinkpad wins this one. Thinkpads are generally decent laptops, and they have a wide following of Thinkpad fans that think so too. Although they might be a little difficult to get used to at first, after a while you’ll get used to using a Thinkpad.
  • Price – In a direct price comparison between the two, the Lenovo comes out at a lower cost for it’s power. So, it’s a better choice for those that want the cheapest option of the two brands.

Between these two laptops, it’s clear to see that the Dell is the winner in the majority of ways. Seeing as it retails at a cheaper price than the Lenovo, this is particularly impressive.

Thinkpad X1 Carbon Review

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop, High Performance Windows Laptop, (Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro), 20KH002JUS
  • Brand Lenovo, Model 20KH002JUS
  • Product Type: Ultrabook, Processor Manufacturer: Intel, Processor Type: Core i7, Processor Generation: 8th Gen, Processor Model: i7-8650U, Processor Speed: 1.90 GHz, Processor Core: Quad-core (4 Core), Standard Memory: 16 GB, Memory Technology: LPDDR3, Solid State Drive Capacity: 512 GB, Screen Size: 14", Display Screen Type: LCD,
  • Display Screen Technology: In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Touchscreen: Yes, Graphics Controller Manufacturer: Intel, Graphics Controller Model: UHD Graphics 620, Graphics Memory Technology: LPDDR3, Graphics Memory Accessibility: Shared, Wireless LAN: Yes, Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Ethernet Technology: Ethernet, Bluetooth: Yes,

The Thinkpad X1 Carbon has consistently been thought of as one of the best laptops for office workers and business use in the last year or so. If we’re looking at some of the finer points of each laptop, here are a couple of things worth considering which stand out when using the X1 Carbon.

Positives – Display and Great Keyboard

The first thing that I noticed when using the X1 Carbon is the display on it is really second to none. The 1920×1080 resolution will be a massive step up for you if you’ve used a smaller resolution screen prior, and the color reproduction is just awesome.

Another thing that I immediately noticed when I started using the Carbon is that the keyboard is very responsive. To the average user, you might not notice this as a massive difference in comparison to other laptops out there. However, if you spend the majority of your day typing (like I do), then a responsive keyboard is going to be one of the more important things that you’ll want from your laptop. You are going to have to get used to the alternative trackpad on the X1 Carbon, but once you do get used to it, you’ll appreciate how precise it is.

Along with the great keyboard and color display, I also like decent battery life of the X1 Carbon, how lightweight it is in comparison to other laptops, and it’s generally sleek design. It’s easy to see why it’s been commended as the best laptop of it’s type the past year or so, and it will probably continue to be one of the best on the market for the next few years.

Negatives – Audio and Webcam Quality

It’s only fair that when we’re talking about all these good things that the X1 Carbon has to offer, we mention some of the negatives about it too. The main thing that I’ve noticed when using the X1 Carbon is that the audio from the device itself is just really poor. I use headphones with my laptop most of the time, and if I’m playing music, then I’ll connect it to my Google Home. So, this isn’t really much of an issue for me personally, but it’s still worth being aware of.

Another negative about the X1 Carbon is that the webcam is poor quality too – seeing as this is primarily a business laptop, you’d have thought that more effort would have been made into ensuring that business calls would be clear and crisp. However, it’s not good so if you need a high quality webcam experience, you might need to purchase an additional cam.

Overall, the Thinkpad Carbon X1 represents one of the best business laptops that’s currently available on the market, and it’s a great example of what Lenovo have to offer. If you’re looking for an office laptop, then there isn’t many better on the market at it’s current price.

Dell XPS 13 9370 Review

2018 Dell XPS 13 9370 Laptop - 13.3" Touchscreen InfinityEdge 4K UHD (3840x2160), 8th Gen Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U, 512GB PCIe SSD, 16GB RAM, Thunderbolt 3, Backlit Keys, Windows 10
  • 13. 3-Inch touch-screen infinity-edge 4K UHD (3840x2160) Display
  • 8th Gen Intel Quad Core i7-8550U 1. 80 GHz (4 Cores 8 Threads, Turbo 4. 0 GHz, 8MB Smart Cache)
  • 512GB PCIe SSD | 16GB DDR3 | Killer 1435 802. 11AC 2x2 WLAN + Bluetooth 4. 1 combo

One of Dell’s best selling laptops of recent years is the XPS 13. The XPS series was originally designed for businesses as opposed to consumer purchase, but nowadays it’s as popular for individuals as it is a business purchase. The XPS 13 9370 is one of the most acclaimed laptops of the past year, so it’s only fair that I compare it to the Carbon X1, which is another highly popular laptop in 2018/2019.

Positives – Battery Life and Good Performance

If we’re looking at things from a purely performance perspective, then the XPS 13 is one of the best performers out there. The only I’ve used is the regular model, which has a Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p non-touch screen. However, there is a premium model which has an i& processor and a 4k touchscreen if you want something a little better.

Another positive about the XPS 13 is that it has a really good battery life – the amount of battery life you’re going to get out of it will largely depends on whether you’re using a high resolution USD screen or a lower resolution FHD screen. If you’re using the UHD it will typically last around 8 hours, whilst you get a few extra hours if you use the FHD screen. However, this is decent enough for an Ultrabook and is better than the majority of others out there on the market. If we’re comparing the battery life to the X1 Carbon, then you’re going to get n extra hour of battery with this model (based on both models using a 1080p resolution screen).

As well as the performance and the battery life of the XPS 13 9370, I’m also pretty impressed with the design of the laptop itself. Some people aren’t massive fans of the thinner ultra slim design, but for me it helps to ensure it’s portability and place amongst the other top laptops that are out there.

Negatives – Lesser Keyboard

It might just be a personal preference after my years of using gaming keyboards, but I much prefer a keyboard when it is fairly responsive. One of the problems with this model is that the keyboard is fairly shallow, so when you’re using it, you can end up missing strokes quite easily and it can get pretty frustrating. This isn’t so bad for hunt and peckers, but for touch typists this will end up getting a little annoying. Aside from this, I really didn’t notice too many other things about the XPS 13 9370 that I didn’t like.

Conclusion

Overall, I like Dell a lot but it’s really difficult to argue with Lenovo being the better option for most people. Aside from being rated the best laptop brand by most people, they provide great value for money, which puts them ahead as first pick for the majority of people. For office use or for students, Lenovo provide a great cheap alternative to other more costly brands like Dell. However, as I’ve owned a few Dell’s in the past, I can say that you wouldn’t regret opting for them in the long run., but prepare to make a bigger initial investment and an overall bigger cost.

Last update on 2019-09-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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