Father's Day is only a few days away. If you intend to make your father the best day ever, we recommend giving him a brand new premium laptop. The Dell XPS 13 and Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 are two of the best portable computers on the market and are available at a discount of up to $ 265. Place your order today to make sure it arrives before the big day.
– $ 880 was $ 900
For several years, the Dell XPS 13 with its numerous iterations remained our first choice for the best laptop that you can buy. This also applies to the latest version 2020. It is one of the most beautiful and best built Ultrabooks on the market. The sides are covered with diamond cut aluminum and offer luxury and first-class workmanship. Aside from its stunning and sturdy design, it now has a larger 16:10 screen flanked by an almost frameless bezel, lightning-fast performance, great port selection, and an exceptional combination of keyboard and touchpad. The only negative thing is that it has one less USB-C port, but that didn't stop us from giving it a perfect 5-star rating. The XPS 13 is currently available on Dell's official website for $ 880 instead of $ 900.
The 13.4-inch FHD non-touch display with 1,920 x 1,080 FHD (the 4K touchscreen version brings you back for $ 300 and is a power hog) brims with lush colors, deep contrasts and one incredible amount of details. It also gets amazingly bright with a 500-nit anti-glare display. Dell calls the InfinityEdge bezel the screen and is beautifully sparse and modern.
Another good feature of the XPS 13 is its keyboard. The keycaps are larger and have less space between the XPS 13 2-in-1. They now extend to the sides of the keyboard deck. The keyboard is very comfortable to type with a firm and tactile ground movement.
Equipped with a 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor and 4 GB RAM, this laptop offers incredibly smooth and lightning-fast performance with no signs of lag. And with its 256 GB PCIe SSD, transferring files is anything but sluggish. In terms of battery life, as we mentioned earlier, we recommend skipping the 4K touchscreen model if you want the longest life. In our light surfing test on the Internet, this device lasted more than 11.5 hours.
The Dell XPS 13 is thin, fast, durable and practically perfect. You can get it for $ 880 on the Dell official website.
– $ 1,234 was $ 1,499
The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 (also available in a smaller 13-inch model) is Microsoft's first portable flagship PC with an AMD Ryzen processor. This collaboration initially shook us with excitement, especially as the latest desktop processors and graphics cards from AMD Intel and Nvidia have faced serious competition. Aside from the incredible hardware and possibly the longest battery life we've seen on a laptop, performance is a bit lacking.
15 inch screen area is ideal for creatives such as photographers, video editors and digital artists. This means that they also need to have serious skills to deal with video rendering and programming, designing, and even a bit of gaming. The Ryzen 5 of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is reasonably powerful, but it's just a four-core processor. While it's more than enough for basic productivity tasks, it may have photography and video encoding issues. Even the Vega 11 graphics feature is a letdown.
However, we have only good things to say in terms of design and workmanship. Although this laptop is built like a tank, we were surprised at how light it is at just 3.4 pounds. That said, it's half a pound lighter than the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The keyboard is also fantastic, with keys that offer plenty of freedom of movement and are very quiet and comfortable to use. The touchpad is pretty impressive too. It feels incredibly smooth and is very accurate.
The touch display of the Surface Laptop 3 is also an unprecedented joy. While maintaining Microsoft's 3: 2 aspect ratio, it is packed with 2,496 x 1,664 pixels and sharp enough for all types of applications, including text-based work, digital content creation and media consumption. That is, if you agree with huge black bars above and below the screen due to the unconventional aspect ratio. After all, the battery life is spectacular and, despite hard work, can last the whole working day, with additional juice remaining. This is definitely the laptop that you should consider if your main concern is battery life.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 misses the mark when it comes to performance. However, if you need a sturdy machine that will last as long as you do, this is the one for you. Get it for $ 1,234 instead of $ 1,499 – a huge discount of $ 265. In addition, with approval of the Amazon Rewards Visa Card, you can immediately save another $ 50 and lower the price even further to $ 1,184.
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