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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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Price & Bottom Line

For models with 8 GB of RAM (which we recommend), the new XPS 13 is available for a lower starting price of $1,150, compared to $1,367 for the 6th gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Those prices will get you an eighth-gen Core i5 chip and FHD display in both cases. Getting the HDR WQHD display on the X1 Carbon will add $180 for a price of $1,529, while getting the 4K display on the XPS 13 will add $400 for a price of $1,600. So for users that favor the best possible display, the two laptops are actually pretty comparable on price.

As mentioned, the XPS 13 is not marketed as a business laptop but it goes a long way toward serving the needs of a highly productive user. We still would favor the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for use as a primary work device, however, due to its impressive combination of portability, battery life and performance.

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