Dell XPS 15 vs Surface Book 3

If you’re looking for a new laptop, then the likelihood is that you’re looking at models like both the Dell XPS 15 and the Surface Book 2. They’re two well designed laptops, and they both offer pretty different experiences to one another. This means that depending on what you’re looking for, one of them is far more likely to suit your needs than the other.

But what are the differences between these laptops, and which one would be best for you? Well, let’s look at some of the differences between the two.

Dell XPS 15 vs Surface Book 3

The main difference between these two laptops is that the Surface Book 3 is the better choice for those looking for a high quality 2-in-1 laptop, whereas the XPS 15 is better for those looking for something more serious for work. They’re both pretty expensive in comparison to the rest of the laptop market.

But this is only scratching the surface when it comes to the analysis of these two different laptop models. So, let’s look at them both a little bit closer to find out more about them.

Dell XPS 15 7590

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Dell XPS 15 7590 15.6 inch 4K UHD Touchscreen, Intel Core i7-9750H, InfinityEdge IPS 2019 Laptop (Silver) 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5, FINGERPRINT READER, W10 Home
Stay powered longer with amazing battery life for your life on the go; The world's smallest HD webcam housed in the top of the display-now top front and centre

The Dell XPS 15 7590 is one of the most popular laptops on the market, and it’s well known that this series is pretty highly regarded. It’s often referred to as one of the best Dell laptops.

As you’d expect, it uses the best parts, which is one of the reasons why it’s pretty expensive. For starters, it can come fitted with a i9-9980HK processor at it’s highest spec – this is an 8 core, 16 thread processor that is good enough for well, anything. At a minimum spec, it comes with an i7 processor, which should speak volumes about who this laptop is designed with in mind.

It also comes with 16GB of RAM, and a good amount of storage as well. But, the most impressive part of this laptop is undoubtedly the display, with the 4K resolution being a major selling point. Combining this with a well laid out touchpad and responsive keyboard do make this laptop difficult to beat.


The 4K display that this laptop has is one of the best around, and it’s perfect for those who want the very best in terms of quality.
It’s not only the design of the display that’s impressive, but the entire chassis, keyboard and touchpad are top tier.
This laptop only comes with premium parts, so you know it’s going to last for a long time.


Both of these laptops are expensive, with Dell XPS having a reputation for being amongst the most expensive laptops in the market (and some say overpriced, too).
For a high spec laptop, the fan sound is noticeable, and it probably shouldn’t be when you’re paying this much.
As you might expect with this model, it doesn’t have enough connective ports, likely due to it’s slim design trying to minimize this.

Microsoft Surface Book 3

SaleBestseller No. 1
Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-Inch Notebook (Silver) - (Intel i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1660Ti NVIDIA Graphics, Windows 10 Home, 2020 Model)
Most powerful Surface laptop yet, with quad-core powered, 10th Gen Intel Core processors.; Best graphics on any Surface laptop, powered by NVIDIA GTX GeForce GPU.

The Surface Book 3 is one of the most recently released laptops from Microsoft, and they claim it to be one of their best too. And if the past Surface Books are anything to go by, it should be pretty hard to beat.

They’re undoubtedly one of the top options for people looking for a 2-in-1 laptop, and the screen is easily detachable from the keyboard and touchpad. The touchscreen is one of the most responsive touchscreens around, which is why this laptop comes highly recommended to designers and those looking to make use of the Microsoft Stylus. Bear in mind that it doesn’t come with any extra accessories, and they can cost a fair bit themselves.

It’s a significant improvement on the Surface Book 2, with a newer processor, a better quality graphics card and a stringer battery life. It is a bit more expensive, so it’s not a good option for those on a tight budget.


For those looking for something sleek and lightweight, there’s no better option out there than the Surface Book 3.
The Surface Book 3 has one of the best battery lives of any laptop out there, with it having the ability to last 2 days of full use pretty easily.
Although i wouldn’t advise this laptop if you’re looking for something purely for gaming, it still has the capability to run games pretty well.


The base model for the Surface Book 3 costs a lot, and in many cases, it might be worth upgrading to a better spec laptop to ensure it lasts 5 years or more without becoming outdated.
There’s no Thunderbolt 3 connection with the Surface Book, which might frustrate some people.
The accessories for the Surface Book are ludicrously expensive. But then, is that any worse than Dell? Probably not.


All in all, this is definitely one of the harder decisions to make between the two laptops, as they’re both pretty impressive. Out of the two, I think that I’d opt for the Microsoft Surface Book 3, purely due to it’s flexibility. Aside from this, there very similar in terms of quality and performance.

Even if we were to compare the Surface Book 3 to a more similar model, like the Dell 13 7390 (which is also a convertible 2-in-1 laptop), then I’d be more inclined to go with the Surface Book. The new model has an amazing battery life, and it’s an awesome choice for anyone who will make the most of it’s touchscreen – it can also double up as a gaming laptop, too.

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