Dell XPS 13 VS HP Spectre

It's a battle of the super-premium 13-inch laptops as these two pale riders fight to be your full-time PC. They've both got the good looks, but only has a workable webcam, while the other falls short on battery life.

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The Good

The new XPS 13 body is smaller, with better internal cooling and a sharp-looking all-white interior. The nearly bezel-free screen still looks great and there's a fingerprint reader hidden under the power button.

The Bad

The system's biggest quirk, a below-the-screen webcam, remains. Touch isn't standard, and most of the ports have been replaced by USB-C.

The Bottom Line

With a new design that catches up to the competition, Dell's XPS 13 remains one of the best all-around 13-inch laptops, but everyone's biggest gripe remains unchanged.


The Good

HP upgrades the super-slim Spectre with a fast new CPU, a much-needed touchscreen and a cool new white-and-gold design.

The Bad

Battery life isn't in the top tier, and the touchpad feels a bit off. The hinges don't allow the screen to be tilted very far back.

The Bottom Line

The new version of the HP Spectre cuts down on the compromises, adding a touchscreen and a big power boost, while staying just as thin.



Both of these highlight a trendy white design, which is a welcome change from years of black and gray laptops. The XPS 13 wins for having a slimmer bezel to accent its 4K screen, but the Spectre is overall thinner and more adventurous.


The Spectre beats the XPS 13 by keeping its webcam above the screen, rather than Dell's up-the-nose version. Both of these join the USB-C only train for ports, but at least the XPS keeps a microSD card slot.


Intel's new eighth-gen Core i-series CPUs are great performers, and both HP and Dell offer a variety of eighth-gen processor options. Performance was very close, with a slight edge to the XPS when comparing these exact configurations.


HP's Spectre doesn't have as much for a big battery as the XPS 13, so the Dell ran for about an hour longer, despite having a higher-res 4K screen.


These are both fantastic premium laptops with great performance and enviable looks. For the most all-around useful, go with the XPS 13, but if you do a lot of Skype or webcaming, or want to travel as lightly as possible, go for the Spectre.

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  • Dell XPS 13 (2018, Core i5, 128GB)
    Dell XPS 13 - 2018, Core i5, 128GB dncwy601h $979.99
  • Dell XPS 13 (2018, Core i7, 256GB)
    Dell XPS 13 - 2018, Core i7, 256GB fncwy604s $1,230

Specs / Prices

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  • HP Spectre (1PS11AV)
    HP Spectre - 1PS11AV 1PS11AV_1
  • HP Spectre (2017)
    HP Spectre - 2017 13af012dx
  • HP Spectre (2LU85UA)
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1 Packaged Quantity 1
Processor / Chipset
Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8250U / 1.6 GHz CPU Intel Core i5 (8th Gen) 8250U / 1.6 GHz
3.4 GHz Max Turbo Speed 3.4 GHz
Quad-Core Number of Cores Quad-Core
6 MB Cache 6 MB
Yes 64-bit Computing Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Cache Memory
6 MB Installed Size 6 MB
1866 MHz - 1866 MHz Speed 2133 MHz
1866 MHz Memory Speed 2133 MHz
provided memory is soldered Configuration Features provided memory is soldered
4 GB LPDDR3 1866MHz Installed Size 8 GB
Yes Widescreen Display Yes
Corning Gorilla glass 4, Infinity Edge display, anti-reflective Monitor Features Corning Gorilla glass, Micro Edge, edge-to-edge glass
IPS TFT Technology IPS
33.782 cm Diagonal Size (metric) 33.8 cm
Full HD Display Resolution Abbreviation Full HD
Audio & Video
Intel UHD Graphics 620 Graphics Processor Intel UHD Graphics 620
Stereo speakers, quad array microphone Sound Stereo speakers, dual array microphone
MaxxAudio Pro Features Bang & Olufsen Audio, HP Audio Boost
Hard Drive
M.2 2280 SSD Form Factor M.2
128 GB Solid State Drive Capacity 256 GB
keyboard, touchpad Type imagepad, keyboard
chiclet keyboard, precision touchpad Features multi-touch ImagePad
802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wireless Protocol 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Core i5 CPU Type Core i5
i5-8250U Processor Number i5-8250U
8 Generation 8
Intel Manufacturer Intel
3.4 GHz, 4 cores Clock Speed 1.6 GHz
Optical Storage
no optical drive Drive Type no optical drive
none Type none
52 Wh Capacity 43.7 Wh
lithium ion Technology lithium polymer
AC Adapter
45 Watt, 5 / 9 / 15 / 20 V Output 65 Watt
Connections & Expansion
USB-C/DisplayPort (Power Delivery) ¦ 2 x USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery) ¦ Headphone/microphone combo jack Interfaces USB-C 3.1 Gen 1/DisplayPort (Power Delivery, Sleep & Charge) ¦ 2 x Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort (Power Delivery, Sleep & Charge) ¦ Headphone/microphone combo jack
Dell Brand HP
Dell XPS Product Line HP Spectre
13 9370 Model 13t
1 Packaged Quantity 1
notebook Notebook Type thin and light
Windows Platform Windows
128 GB Hard Drive Capacity 256 GB
Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
black carbon fiber, platinum silver Color ceramic white
USB-C power adapter Included Accessories power adapter
13.3 '' FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge display Diagonal Size 13.3 in
Dimensions & Weight
11.9 in Width 12 in
7.8 in Depth 8.8 in
0.5 in Height 0.4 in
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year warranty Type 1 year warranty
Environmental Standards
Yes ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Physical Characteristics
2.8 lbs Weight 2.45 lbs
Operating System / Software
Windows 10 Home 64-bit English OS Provided: Type Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
McAfee LiveSafe (12 months subscription), Microsoft Office (30 days trial) Type McAfee LiveSafe (30 days trial)
Video Output
Intel UHD Graphics 620 Graphics Processor Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics Graphics Processor Series Intel UHD Graphics
Input Device
Yes Backlight Yes
3 USB-C Ports Qty 1
USB Power Delivery USB-C Features USB Power Delivery
Power Delivery Comment Power Delivery, Sleep & Charge
Service & Support
1 year warranty Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
limited warranty Type limited warranty, product info support, technical support
1 year Full Contract Period 1 year, 90 days

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