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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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We rank the new XPS 13 among the best-looking laptops we've tried out to date, with its rose gold exterior and newly added "alpine white" woven glass fiber on the palm rest, keyboard and display bezel. It's glorious -- and distinctive from anything else out there right now. (There's also a standard XPS 13 model with a silver exterior and black interior.)

Dell has also shrunk the XPS 13 bezel around the display even further from the previous model, which already sported one of the smallest laptop screen borders out there. The result is that the new XPS 13 feels even more futuristic, with the display now almost inseparable from the rest of the world.

The latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon has also shaken things up in terms of design choices, with a silver option now offered in addition to the familiar black color. It certainly doesn't look as amazing as the alpine white XPS 13, but the X1 Carbon does have the advantage of placing the webcam above the display -- which is a much better spot than the XPS 13, which has the webcam at an unflattering angle in the center beneath the display.

 
 
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