Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Dell XPS 13: Is The Surface laptop Worth Waiting For?

In the recent years, we have seen some pretty great laptops. The Dell XPS 13 is one of the notebooks that we have learned to love over the years. It has all the features that one can ask for. Microsoft launched the Surface Book, a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop with a very premium price. Now, Microsoft is looking to turn the price down a bit but the Microsoft Surface Laptop is still a premium device. Is it worth it?

The Dell XPS 13 has been around for some time now and we know that it is a great product and it has a premium build as well, like the Microsoft Surface Laptop. It is something that has been tested over time and the XPS 13 is known to be a favorite for many people. The Microsoft Surface Laptop, on the other hand, is something new.

There is still some time before you can buy the Microsoft Surface Laptop and even though some people have got some hands on time it will be a while before people can use it as their daily driver. As this is a first, people will hesitate a bit before buying this new device. Here we are going to talk about the Microsoft Surface Laptop and how it compares to the Dell XP 13.

By the end of this comparison, you should be able to decide whether or not the Microsoft Surface Laptop is worth buying, whether or not this is something for you or if you should get the Dell XPS 13 instead. Let’s get into the comparison.

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Dell XPS 13: Specifications

Comparing the specifications of t both devices we see that they are very similar and that both come with decent hardware that is modern and can be used on a daily basis. You have the options of getting an i5 or i7 processor in both devices but these are dual core CPUs. That is something to keep in mind.

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Both devices feature high-speed PCIe SSDs and up to 16 GB of RAM. One thing to note here is that the base model Surface laptop only comes with 4 GB of RAM and you will need to pay extra for 8 GB. This is something that came as a surprise to me as 8 GB seems to be the standard these days.

Microsoft is targeting students with this new device, so it is possible that they think that 4 GB is more than enough but there are many that will disagree with this move and if you are even doing light tasks like running Chrome you will need at leats 8 GB.

Talking about the graphics on both devices, the Surface device features Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 while you get HD Graphics 620 on the dell. The Microsoft Surface Laptop gets a slight edge here but the difference in not a great one. You will not be running AAA titles on either laptop and you will only be able to get away with light games like DOTA2 on low settings.

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Dell XPS 13: Display

The Dell laptop features a 3200 x 1800 pixel panel and you can choose whether you want to go with touch or not. Both are great options depending on what your preference is and what you are planning to do with your device. The minimal bezels are beautiful and this is a great design that people have loved since day one.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop, on the other hand, Features a 2256 x 1504 display and is supports touch. We have seen how the touch works at the reveal and we saw that you could use the Surface Pen as well as the Surface Dial with the device. While the compatibility is there we could clearly see at the demo that it was not a pleasant experience and I doubt that people will use the pen with this device.

Microsoft Surface Laptop has a great display, it is very pretty to look at but there are some bezels and that could be a deal breaker for people that already own the Dell XPS 13.

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs Dell XPS 13: Price

If you talk about base models for both laptops then you will note that the Surface laptop is indeed cheaper than the competition but that is because Dell has decided not to got with 128GB of storage and 4GB of memory. You don’t need to be a tech-head to know that those are pretty low specs, even if you are a student and are only going to use it for work and study.

The touchscreen version of the XPS 13 configured with a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD will cost you £1299. A Surface Laptop with the same hardware specifications will cost you £1249. Looking at the numbers, the base configuration model of the Surface is cheaper and even if you get the same hardware as the base model XPS 13 the Surface is still a bit cheaper.

Microsoft Surface Laptop

That is not the end though if you do not want a touchscreen and if you are someone like me that doesn’t use a touchscreen on their laptops then you can buy the non-touch version of the XPS 13 for £1149. This is much better value for money as compared to the Surface Laptop if you are willing to live without the power of touch.

If you look at the i7 models then you will note that the Surface Laptop is very expensive as compared to the XPS 13. If you choose the Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD configuration then it will set you back £2149, the same spec XPS 13 will cost £1549. This is a massive difference.


Is the Microsoft Surface Laptop Worth the wait? It depends on which configuration you are going with. If you want the i5 versions then it is great value for money but going higher than that the Dell XPS 13 is better value for money. If you are a creator and are looking for the pen and dial integration than I recommend getting the Surface Pro instead.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop comes with Windows 10 S out of the box and you will need to pay extra for the full experience of Windows 10 Pro. This is another factor to consider when buying the Surface laptop. Microsoft has also announced other partners bringing laptops powered by Windows 10 S that will start at £189.

Let us know what you think about the Microsoft Surface Laptop and whether or not you are waiting to buy one of these laptops.