Which Laptop – Dell’s XPS 13 9300 or Latitude 9510?

18th August 2020
Dell XPS 13 £7.95 per week + VAT & Dell Latitude 9520 £23.30 per week + VAT

Which laptop is right for you? Learn about the differences between Dell’s XPS 13 9300 vs Latitude 9510 as well as the pros and cons, to help you decide.

Dell XPS 13 £7.95 per week + VAT

Picking a new laptop is never an easy feat. This is likely the computer you’re going to be using for a few years to come – it’s important to get it right! For many, the argument going through their heads right now is “XPS 13 vs. Latitude 9520”.

The XPS 13 and Latitude 9520 are both impressive laptops with a lot of similarities, they’re both high-end and so come with high-end price tags, which means leasing makes them affordable.

One must be better than the other though, right? Let’s take a look.

Specs

Dell Latitude 9520 £23.30 per week + VAT

To start, let’s look at the specs of each machine. You’ll find they’re fairly similar, but with some specific big differences.

These two offerings from Dell are nearly identical in specs. The Latitude edges out the XPS in screen size and how thin it is, while the XPS has a slight advantage in weight and processor speed. Either choice you make, you’re getting a well-equipped machine.

Considering how similar each laptop is, which one handles itself the best? Let’s take a deeper dive into each laptop.

Look

The Dell XPS 9300 is a sleek little machine, emphasis on “little.”

With a stark-white body surrounding its 13-inch screen, this machine harkens back to the days of the classic MacBook. It has a thin bezel around the screen to offer the most screen, and the keyboard and glass-coated trackpad are fit snuggly below. The machine is noticeably thin and lightweight and is small enough to slip into most bags with no issue.

The Latitude 9510, on the other hand, offers a more traditional looking PC.

The Latitude comes in a metallic silver body that feels incredibly sturdy. The keyboard is punchy and responsive, the touchpad is equally responsive and smooth. The bezel on this one is a little bit thinner than on the XPS, giving you an even better view of the great 15″ screen.

The Latitude is a little thinner, but it’s hard to tell – they’re both very thin laptops. As far as looks go, it’s of course up to personal preference. The Latitude does feel a bit sturdier though, while the XPS is more unique.

Dell Latitude 9510 front open side view
Latitude 9520

Performance

So, how does each laptop run?

The XPS 13 runs like a dream with a speedy 10th gen i7 processor. It’s a great multitasking machine, and doesn’t suffer from any slowdown when switching tabs and opening up a ton of programs at once. It can even play modern video games pretty well, although it’s certainly not made for it.

The Latitude also has a modern i7 processor, making this an equally capable multitasker. With a slightly slower processor, the XPS edges this one out just barely. For most people, you won’t notice the difference as the Latitude is just as capable of opening a bunch of programs at a time.

Essentially, they’re both very well-performing machines, with the edge going to the XPS just because of the slightly faster processor.

Battery

The battery life is one of the most impressive things about the XPS 13.

You should be able to get about 12 hours out of the XPS depending on what you’re doing. If you’re using the 4K edition, you’ll see a slightly lower 8 hours. Still, this is one of the most impressive batteries you can find on a premium laptop.

However, the Latitude might just beat the XPS out. Its 88Wh battery can last up to a whopping 20-hours and more depending on what you’re using the machine for. With the 52Wh battery, you’re looking at a battery life closer to the XPS 13.

If you can get the 88Wh battery, the Latitude blows the XPS out of the water. With the 52Wh battery, they’re both great choices.

Dell XPS 13 9300 front side open view
XPS 13 9300

Audio

The XPS 13 offers loud speakers, but they’re not the best quality. Things sound a bit blown out and muddled at full volume, despite the substantial bass. For small speakers it’s not bad, but it won’t blow you away. The XPS does have four far-field microphones, though, which are very effective and pick up your voice well.

The Latitude definitely beats the XPS out in the audio department. It’s loud, the sound comes through crisp and clear, and the bass sounds heavy through the Waves MaxxAudio system. It also has four noise-cancelling microphones, which edge out the XPS’s just a bit.

Bottom line, the Latitude edges out the XPS in audio by a small margin.

Ports

The XPS 13 is a little machine, so it suffers a little bit in port offerings.

On the XPS 13 you’ll find two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, a microSD slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The laptop also comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter just in case. It’s a bit disappointing that the machine doesn’t have a dedicated USB-A slot, and one of the laptop’s biggest downsides.

The Latitude comes with a similar two USB-C ports, a memory card reader, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB type-A port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It definitely has more offerings than the XPS thanks to it’s bigger size. If you can’t live without an HDMI or USB-A port, you’ll want the Latitude.

Laptop Leasing: Which Is the Best Laptop?

At the end of the day, both the Latitude 9520 and the XPS 13 are very capable laptops. However, Latitude seems to edge out the XPS by a small margin. It’s sturdier, it offers more ports, the sound quality is more impressive, and the battery is outstanding with the 88Wh selection.

Both the XPS 13 9300 and the Latitude 9520 are available to lease from HardSoft. Lease the XPS 13 9300 from £13.95 per week (+VAT) or the Latitude 9520 from £23.30 per week (+VAT). With our Flexi-Lease you benefit from our full 3-year warranty, including technical support and a loan device should yours need to be repaired, as well as the option to upgrade or cancel after 2 years. You can also continue until the 3 years is up and purchase the device for just £1.

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