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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 vs. Dell XPS 15: 15-inch notebooks | Digital Trends Spanish

We face two of the best 15-inch teams, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 vs. Dell XPS 15. In fact, the latter would be on our list of favorites if its little sister, the XPS 13, hadn’t taken the top spot already. Microsoft entered this competitive circle with its Surface Laptop, which is currently in its fourth generation.

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Both laptops have their strengths, and Microsoft is not far behind in building hardware. But does the Surface Laptop 4 have what it takes to compete with one of the best laptops made today?


Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 Dell XPS 15 9510
Dimensions 13.4 x 9.6 x 0.58 inches 13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches
Weight 3.4 pounds 4.42 pounds
Processor Intel Core i7-1185G7
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition
Intel Core i5-11400H
Intel Core i7-11800H
Intel Core i9-11900H
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
AMD Radeon Graphics
Intel UHD graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Screen 15-inch IPS 2,256 x 1,504 pixels with 3: 2 RA 15.6-inch IPS Full HD + 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with 16:10 RA
3.5K OLED 3,456 x 2,160 15.6-inch pixels with 16:10 RA
15.6-inch IPS UHD + 3,840 x 2,400 pixels with 16:10 RA
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB SSD
Tactile Yes Optional
Ports 1 x USB-C 3.2
1 x USB-A 3.2
1 x Surface Connect
1 x 3.5mm audio
2 x USB-C 3.2 with Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
1 x 3.5mm audio
SD card slot
Wireless Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
Webcam 720p 720p
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home or Pro
Battery 47 W 56 W
86 W
Price From $ 1,000 dollars Starting at $ 1,274


Microsoft Laptop on a Table to Compare to Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 vs.  Dell XPS 15.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

The Surface Laptop 4 is built around a 15-inch panel with a 3: 2 aspect ratio, compared to the XPS 15 with its 15.6-inch 16:10 screen. That means the XPS 15 is slightly less tall than the Surface Laptop 4, although they are almost identically wide.

Microsoft made their laptop incredibly portable at just 0.58 inches wide, and it’s perhaps the thinnest 15-inch laptop out there. The XPS 15 is slightly thicker at 0.71 inches, and it’s also heavier at 4.42 pounds compared to the Surface Laptop 4’s 3.4 pounds.

Every laptop is equally well built. Both the Surface Laptop 4 with its all-aluminum chassis and the XPS 15 with its mix of aluminum and carbon or fiberglass are rock solid.

You won’t find any bending or twisting on the two laptops, and you can open both covers with one hand while the hinge keeps the screen firmly in place.

The XPS 15 is slightly more comfortable thanks to the carbon fiber on the black keyboard deck and the fiberglass on the right that gives the XPS 15 warmth and softness, compared to the metal palm rest on the Surface. Laptop 4 that has a cooler feel.

Aesthetically, both laptops are attractive. Surface Laptop 4 has a simpler design, with smaller angles and no chrome parts to stand out. It comes in two colors, platinum and matte black, and both colors can be worn throughout the laptop.

The XPS 15 is a bit sleeker, with sharper angles and a silver aluminum lid with a white or black keyboard deck. The edges use double anodized chrome that adds some shine to the look while resisting scratches.

It’s hard to pick a winner in the looks department, but if we were forced to, we’d give the Dell XPS 15 the thumbs up.

Dell XPS 15 OLED laptop on a small table.
Dell XPS 15 Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

The keyboards on these two laptops are among the best of the Windows 10 laptops. Surface Laptop 4 has more travel with a comfortable background action that is crisp and precise. The XPS 15’s keyboard has slightly less travel, but has an added touch that makes it just as accurate.

While the Surface Laptop 4 has a nice touchpad that’s big and responsive enough, the XPS 15’s is the largest you’ll find outside of a MacBook. It is as responsive as the Microsoft version, but much larger.

In terms of connectivity, no laptop is particularly strong. Surface Laptop 4 has a single USB-C port, a USB-A port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Microsoft Surface Connect that works for power and to connect to a proprietary dock.

The XPS 13 goes all-in on USB-C, with three ports and two that support Thunderbolt 4 (absent on Surface Laptop 4), a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader, a welcome addition.

Both laptops enjoy Wifi 6 and Bluetooth, 5.0 on Surface Laptop 4 and 5.1 on XPS 15. We like that Dell includes Thunderbolt 4, which is faster and more flexible than Surface Laptop 4 offerings, and the SD card reader will do happy to creatives.


Side view of Surface Laptop 4 showing the upper right of the keyboard deck and the lower right of the screen.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

You can configure the Dell XPS 15 with one of three 11th generation Intel H-series processors, ranging from the six-core Core i5 and the Core i7 to the eight-core Core i9, and the GPU options include integrated Intel UHD graphics. , the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 or RTX 3050 Ti.

We tested the laptop with Core i7-11800H and RTX 3050 Ti. Surface Laptop 4 comes with a choice of 11th Gen Quad Core i7-1185G7 with Intel Iris Xe Graphics or AMD Ryzen 4980U Octa Core with Radeon Graphics. AMD is a generation back, and that’s what we based our tests on.

While the AMD Ryzen 4000 series was a fast chip for its time (about a year ago), it has been superseded by the much faster 5000 series. The Surface Laptop 4 performed well on processor-intensive tasks, especially multi-threaded where AMD shines, but it couldn’t keep up with the XPS 15.

With Cinebench R23, for example. The XPS 15 scored 1,513 points in the single-core test and 9,979 in the multi-core test, compared to the Surface Laptop 4 with 1,137 and 5,881. That is a significant gap.

In our handbrake test encoding 420MB video as H.265, the XPS 15 finished the process in 101 seconds compared to 122 seconds for the Surface Laptop 4. While 21 seconds might not sound like a lot, it’s still close to a 20 percent advantage for the XPS 15, performance that adds up to longer tasks.

Not even gaming, the XPS 15 with the RTX 3050 Ti is a decent entry-level gaming machine capable of running modern titles at its native 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution, with reasonable graphics settings. Try running them on the Surface Laptop’s built-in Radeon graphics and you’ll be watching a slideshow.

Simply put, the XPS 15 is a much faster laptop. It is suitable for creators who want to edit large photos and videos, with the option to play games when done, while the Surface Laptop 4 is better for productivity work.


Dell XPS 15 OLED laptop on a small table.
Dell XPS 15 Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

Surface Laptop 4 comes with an IPS screen with a resolution of 2,256 x 1,504 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3: 2. Its performance is average for the premium course. It’s bright enough at 378 nits, with a 970: 1 contrast ratio that’s just below our preferred 1000: 1.

Its colors were fine at 73 percent AdobeRGB and 96 percent sRGB, which we expect to see in a productivity-oriented laptop, but not good enough for creators who crave broad colors. Color accuracy was good with a DeltaE of 1.44, where 1.0 or less is considered excellent.

The XPS 15 comes with a choice of three different 16:10 aspect ratio displays, Full HD + IPS, UHD + IPS, and 3.5K OLED. We reviewed the latter and it is just awesome. It’s not too bright for a ‘only’ 381-nit OLED screen, but the contrast ratio is 381,130: 1, resulting in inky blacks.

Colors are wide at 99 percent AdobeRGB and 100 percent sRGB and are accurate with a DeltaE of 0.49. The display supports Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, making it great for combining Netflix and any other streaming service that supports HDR.

This really is one of the best screens you can find on a laptop today.

We haven’t tested the IPS Full HD + and UHD + panels, but generally the former meets the same premium segment average as the Surface Laptop 4, while the latter tends to offer wide, accurate colors and high contrast.

There is no comparison. The display on the Surface Laptop 4 is very good and will make productivity users happy, especially the tall 3: 2 aspect ratio. But Dell offers superior display options, including the OLED panel that creative types will love.


Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

We’ve already established that the Surface Laptop 4 is considerably thinner and lighter than the XPS 15. It fits comfortably in your backpack and won’t weigh you down as much. The XPS 15 is small for a 15-inch laptop, but it’s still thicker and heavier than Microsoft’s offering.

Battery life is definitely in favor of the Surface Laptop 4. It has a much smaller battery at just 47W compared to the 86W battery in the XPS 15, but its IPS screen consumes less power than Dell’s OLED screen. , and the AMD Ryzen chipset is energy efficient.

We saw 13.5 hours in our web browsing test, which is an excellent score and better than the 10.7 hours on the XPS 15. We didn’t run all the same tests on the Surface Laptop 4 as we did on the XPS 15, but we guarantee you’ll get more longevity from Microsoft’s laptop than Dell’s, at least given the configuration. The XPS 15 with a Full HD + screen will last longer, but the screen will not be as spectacular.

The XPS 15 is much more powerful, giving it an edge over the Surface Laptop 4

Surface Laptop 4 starts at $ 1,300 with the Ryzen 7 4980U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can spend up to $ 2,400 for an Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It’s a premium laptop, hands down.

The XPS 15 starts at $ 1,274 for a Core i5-11400H, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, Intel UHD graphics, and a 15.6-inch Full HD + display. The higher-end model costs $ 4,704 for a Core i9-11900H, 64GB of RAM, an 8TB SSD, the RTX 3050 Ti GPU, and the 3.5K UHD + IPS or OLED display. Fully configured, the XPS 15 is an expensive and powerful laptop.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 offers a good fight, at least for productivity users. But the Dell XPS 15 is too powerful and configurable to lose this competition. It’s the best 15-inch laptop by far.

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