Dell XPS 13 vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5

Last Updated & Fact Checked:  May 31, 2020

If you are looking for a compact, high performance Windows-based laptop, the Dell XPS 13 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 will already be on your radar. Both are excellent 13-inch laptops but we break down the specs to help you make the right purchasing decision.

At Product Versus, we’ve tried to make the Dell XPS 13 vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 comparison as simple as possible – and there’s a clear winner when it comes to performance.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 Comparison: Which one is better?

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Dell XPS 13 7390 Laptop 13.3 inch, 4K UHD InfinityEdge Touch, 10th Gen Intel Core i7, Intel UHD Graphics, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, XPS7390-7681SLV-PUS, 13-13.99 inches
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
CPU
Intel i5-1035G1 or Intel i7-1065G7
Intel i5-1035G7 or Intel i7-1065G7
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics or Intel Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus
Memory
8 or 16GB of DDR4
8 or 16GB of DDR4
Storage
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (replaceable)
Display
13.4-inch HD anti-reflective 500 nits (touch or non-touch) or 13.4-inch 4K anti-reflective 500 nits (touch)
13.5-inch PixelSense 2256 x 1504, 400 nits (touch and inking)
Speakers
Waves MaxxAudio stereo speakers
Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio
Aspect ratio
16:10
3:2
Ports
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 1x microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio
1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 3.5mm audio
Biometrics
Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera, Fingerprint reader
Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery
12-19 hours
10-12 hours
Weight
2.65-2.80 lbs
2.79-2.84 lbs
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Dell XPS 13 7390 Laptop 13.3 inch, 4K UHD InfinityEdge Touch, 10th Gen Intel Core i7, Intel UHD Graphics, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, XPS7390-7681SLV-PUS, 13-13.99 inches
CPU
Intel i5-1035G1 or Intel i7-1065G7
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics or Intel Iris Plus
Memory
8 or 16GB of DDR4
Storage
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
Display
13.4-inch HD anti-reflective 500 nits (touch or non-touch) or 13.4-inch 4K anti-reflective 500 nits (touch)
Speakers
Waves MaxxAudio stereo speakers
Aspect ratio
16:10
Ports
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 1x microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio
Biometrics
Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera, Fingerprint reader
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery
12-19 hours
Weight
2.65-2.80 lbs
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
CPU
Intel i5-1035G7 or Intel i7-1065G7
GPU
Intel Iris Plus
Memory
8 or 16GB of DDR4
Storage
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (replaceable)
Display
13.5-inch PixelSense 2256 x 1504, 400 nits (touch and inking)
Speakers
Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio
Aspect ratio
3:2
Ports
1x USB-C, 1x USB-A, 3.5mm audio
Biometrics
Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery
10-12 hours
Weight
2.79-2.84 lbs
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Our Winner? The Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 is simply our favorite laptop. The display quality is amazing and the performance will never let you down – it’s what the entire Product Versus website has been created on and we use it extensively every day!

As well as the superior display quality and overal performance, the Dell XPS 13 also has a far superior battery life – which can be a significant factor for some people.

If budget isn’t a major factor for you, the Dell XPS 13 is the laptop for you. However, if your laptop budget is tight, then the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5 is an excellent option until you can upgrade to the Dell XPS 13 – our favorite laptop of all time!

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Dell XPS 13 7390 Laptop 13.3 inch, 4K UHD InfinityEdge Touch, 10th Gen Intel Core i7, Intel UHD Graphics, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, XPS7390-7681SLV-PUS, 13-13.99 inches
  • Infinityedge display, enabling a 13. 3" Screen In an 11-inch form Factor with an 80. 7% screen-to-body ratio
  • Vibrant colors: by maximizing the color spectrum with 100% sRGB color and a 1500: 1 contrast ratio, every Shadow takes shape and even bright scenes gain definition
  • Beautiful from every angle: The anti-reflective screen combined with superior 400-nit brightness frees you to enjoy your entertainment outdoors. Plus, the IPS panel provides a wider viewing angle, so you can share your screen without missing a thing.
  • Stunning strength: The XPS 13 is cut from a single block of aluminum
  • Seamless PC/smartphone integration: access multiple devices without dividing your attention mobile connect pairs your iOS or Android smartphone with your laptop.
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 – 13.5" Touch-Screen – Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – Platinum with Alcantara
  • Clean, elegant design — Thin and light, starting at just 2.79 pounds, Surface Laptop 3 is easy to carry
  • Choose from rich tone-on-tone color combinations: New Sandstone, plus Matte Black, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum
  • Improved speed and performance to do what you want, with the latest processors – Surface Laptop 3 is upto two times faster than surface Laptop 2
  • More ways to connect, with USB-C and USB-A ports for connecting to displays, docking stations and more, as well as accessory charging
  • All-day power on the go, with upto 11.5 hours of battery life, plus standby time when you’re away. Go from empty to a full battery with fast charging- upto 80% in about 1 hour

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