Surface Book 3 or Dell XPS 15 9500? Which one to choose?

11th June 2020
Dell XPS 15 Vs Surface Book 3

The new Surface Book 3 and Dell XPS 15 9500 are both updated for 2020, so how do you choose the one for you?

Both the Dell and Surface use Windows 10 OS, the main difference being that the Surface Book 3 is, of course, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet with a detachable keyboard. The Surface Book 3 has high-performance 10th Generation Intel processors, and NVIDIA graphics, but don’t discount the XPS 15 9500, with its stunning display and a larger battery, its a great alternative. The one you choose will probably be dependent on your budget, as well as the tasks you want to use it for.

With its re-engineered chassis for 2020, the Dell XPS 15 is a great looking device. The Surface Book 3 looks just as good as the previous model Surface Book 2, but that’s no surprise because Microsoft has used the same chassis.

Dell XPS 15 front open view
Dell XPS 15 7590

As mentioned before, while the XPS 15 is a full-on performance laptop device, the Surface Book 3 has its detachable keyboard which can be removed and reattached facing the opposite way, making it a powerful laptop or tablet, whichever you need for the task at hand. Both the Surface Book 3 and the XPS 15 use IR cameras with Windows Hello for biometric security, and similar for both photos and video calls – it all comes down to whether you want a tablet option or not.

When it comes to displays, the XPS 15 9500 has the 15.6″ anti-glare 500-nit max brightness, and while the Surface Book 3’s display is by no means bad, it doesn’t quite match the top-notch Dell panels. The Dell also offers more options with 4K (non-touch and touch) and FHD+ (1920×1200) but if you’re a creative looking to use a pen, you need the Surface Book 3, which was designed with you in mind.

Surface Book 3 15" side open view
Microsoft Surface Book 3

The Surface Book 3 is designed for solid performance, with 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, but the XPS 15 has more muscular processor options up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H, but this obviously puts a fair drain on the battery life. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti in the Dell, it’s the Surface Book 3 that takes the lead on GPU. Both devices have similar storage options from 256GB SSD up to 2TB, and for RAM your Surface Book 3 can have between 8GB and 32GB, with the XPS 15 pushing up to 64GB.

If you’re looking for a versatile Windows laptop, then the Surface Book 3 is your go-to, with its 2-in-1 adaptability, powerful processors and spec options, as well as those GeForce Max-Q graphics. But, does the better graphics and detachable display really warrant the extra 20% in cost? If you’re looking for a better-priced option on a pure laptop experience, the Dell XPS 15 is one of the best all-round laptops on the market. With similar power and that superb 4K display, and at a lower starting price, this is the one for you.

If you’d like to find out more about leasing a Microsoft Surface Book 3 or Dell XPS 15 give our team a call on 020 7111 1643 and they will talk you through the options, or email

Leasing the Dell XPS 15 9500 or Surface Book 3 in Ireland

The Dell XPS 15 9500 and Surface Book 3 are both available to lease in Ireland from HardSoft. You can lease the 15″ Surface Book 3 from €23.65 per week +VAT, or lease the Dell XPS 15 9500 from €23.50 per week +VAT. You can also lease the new Dell XPS 17 from €28.20 per week +VAT. Leasing in Ireland has the same great benefits, with our 3-year no quibble warranty and telephone technical support, plus free accidental damage cover. For more details about leasing in Ireland call our team on 01 4853026 or email