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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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Both Lenovo and Dell are leaders when it comes to laptop portability for their respective devices. But there are some big differences in terms of portability attributes. In a nutshell, the XPS 13 is thinner and smaller overall, but the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is actually lighter. In terms of taking a laptop on the go, we've found that weight is usually the most important factor, and the X1 Carbon is impressive with its weight of just 2.5 pounds. The XPS 13 is still lightweight at 2.7 pounds, but given the laptop's small overall size, it "feels" heavier than it seems like it should. The X1 Carbon, by contrast, feels much lighter than you'd expect.

On overall size, the XPS 13 has a total volume of just 43 square inches -- much smaller than the X1 Carbon, which comes in at about 67 square inches in volume. The XPS 13 is also significantly thinner at 0.46 of an inch thick, versus the 0.62 of an inch thickness of the X1 Carbon.

We found both laptops to be fantastic for travel, though in our view the lighter weight of the X1 Carbon gives it a slight edge in the portability category.

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