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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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Battery Life

We try to gauge battery life based on real-world scenarios, which means putting laptops through their paces with heavy usage over the course of a day. Some combination of using PC apps, web browsing with multiple browsers (Edge and Chrome) and video streaming is involved. We think this gives us a better feel for how a laptop really performs on battery life (as opposed to just seeing how long the battery lasts when looping a video). Using our method, with the brightness set to 75 percent in both cases, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon provided significantly greater battery life -- nine hours of usage after a fully charge. The XPS 13, by contrast, gave us just 6.5 hours of battery life on a charge. We expect that the FHD model of the XPS 13 would fare a lot better, though, while the WQHD model of the X1 Carbon would likely not offer as much in the way of battery life.

Clearly, this is one of the biggest trade-offs that potential buyers will have to contend with when comparing these devices: which do you value more, battery life or display quality? Generally, we tend to gravitate toward getting longer battery life rather than more pixels.

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