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Head-To-Head: Dell XPS Touch Vs. Microsoft Surface Book

How does Dell's top-of-the-line Skylake $1,650 XPS 13 Touch compare with Microsoft's $1,700 Surface Book? CRN takes a look at the two top-of-the-line laptops.

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Let's Get Ready To Rumble

Ding, ding, ding!

Welcome to the thin and light laptop smackdown between Dell and Microsoft. In one corner, from Austin, Texas, weighing in at 2.7 pounds, is Dell and its XPS Touch laptop. In the opposing corner, fighting for its first-ever "ultimate laptop" title, is Redmond, Wash.'s Microsoft and its Surface Book, weighing in at 3.34 pounds.

Microsoft set the tone for its entry into the laptop market last week when Panos Panay, Microsoft's device boss, said of the Surface Book, "Ounce for ounce, pound for pound, this is the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made anywhere on any planet." With those words, Microsoft has dared the competition to prove it wrong.

In this head-to-head matchup, we pit veteran laptop maker Dell against laptop newcomer Microsoft. For this battle, we'll focus on Dell's top-of-the-line XPS line of 13-inch laptops.

So how does Surface Book match up?

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