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Head-To-Head: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Vs. Dell XPS 13

The CRN Test Center compares two of the leading portable and powerful laptops for 2018.

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The first difference between the laptops in our comparison is on display size, with Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon at 14 inches compared to 13.3 inches for the Dell XPS 13 display. Our tryout model of the X1 Carbon came with an FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080) display. It looks good but isn't as stunning as the 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display that we tried out on the XPS 13. For X1 Carbon users that want better display quality, there is a WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) model that supports Dolby Vision HDR. The 4K XPS 13 supports HDR as well.

Likewise, the new XPS 13 comes with an FHD display option, too. Both laptops feature high brightness, with the X1 Carbon going up to 500 nits at the top end and the XPS 13 reaching up to 400 nits. And both have touch screen configurations, though only with FHD screens.

For users that prioritize having the best possible display quality -- though not necessarily the largest display -- the XPS 13 with 4K resolution is going to be the ideal choice.

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