2017 Dell XPS 13 vs. 2017 HP Spectre x360 Shootout: Display, Performance, Features and Pricing Compared, Which One is The Best Ultrabook

15 February 2017, 6:27 am EST By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps
The Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 are two of the best ultra light and portable laptops available today, but which one is better?  ( Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )

For the past several years, the ultrabook market has been dominated by Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line of laptops. However, things have now changed as Windows-based laptops are now becoming a more viable option for consumers. Some offerings, such as the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360, now even rival the quality and performance of Apple's best offerings.

The Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 are two of the best ultra light and portable laptops available today, which begs the question of which of the two would be a better deal. Both laptops offer the best balance between performance and portability as they both offer the same relative hardware and form factor.

Both laptops do come with the best displays on the market. Dell currently offers the XPS 13 in a non-touch Matte FHD display and a glossy QHD display. However, HP offers some better options as consumers will be able to choose between a FHD glossy display and a new 4K touch display that churns out a 3840x2160 pixel resolution.

The Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 both have similar hardware offerings as both use the seventh generation Kaby Lake Intel chips. Dell, however, does offer a cheaper Core i3 version, while HP starts off with a Core i5 chip. Both laptops come with varying amounts of RAM and solid state drives that are user replaceable.

The HP Spectre likely wins this category thanks to its ability to transform into several configurations with its 360-degree hinge. Aside from being able to turn into a tablet, the HP Spectre x360 also boast an IR camera that works with Windows Hello. Dell, on the other hand, offers an optional fingerprint scanner and a built-in card reader. However, HP comes with USB Type-C fast charge port that gets the battery to 90 percent in just 90 minutes.

Dell currently offers the cheapest starting price with the Core i3, Full HD non-touch display, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage configuration, which is priced at $799. However, the maxed-out Dell XPS 13, with the 1TB SSD, does have a $2,250 price tag. The cheapest HP Spectre on the other hand, with a Core i5 processor, is priced at $1,050. The top of the line model, with a 4K display and 512GB SSD, is sold at $1,600.

Both laptops are on par when it comes to performance, build quality, battery life, and pricing. However, due to the HP Spectre x360's additional features, it is clearly the winner of this shootout. HP's offering obviously gives more value for money in this category, most especially with its 4K touch display.

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