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Updated January 10, 2024·

The ASUS Zenbook 14X is often somewhat less expensive and offers an OLED screen with higher resolution and portable design, but its performance may be better suited for general use and lighter tasks. In contrast, the Dell XPS 15, while more expensive, provides a more powerful processor and graphics suitable for intensive engineering, 3D rendering, and machine learning tasks, with better battery life, though it is heavier and consequently less portable. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the ASUS Zenbook 14X
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Very good portability
Advantages of the Dell XPS 15
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard

Key differences

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General Use

7.6
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
8.2
2880 x 1800
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
339.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
606.0 nits
5.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
10.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
8.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.7/10
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for general use, while the ASUS Zenbook 14X is good.

Content Creation

7.6
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
8.3
7.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
2880 x 1800
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for content creation, while the ASUS Zenbook 14X is good.

Software Development

7.4
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
8.1
7.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2880 x 1800
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for software development, while the ASUS Zenbook 14X is good.

Screen Quality

8.3
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
7.4
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
2880 x 1800
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
90Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
339.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
606.0 nits
The ASUS Zenbook 14X has a better screen than the Dell XPS 15 for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design, while the Dell XPS 15 has a better screen for content creation, and software development.

Battery

5.5 Hours
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
10.0 Hours
The ASUS Zenbook 14X has 5.5 hours of battery life. The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
Good
14.0in
SIZE
15.6in
3.0 lbs
WEIGHT
4.2 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The ASUS Zenbook 14X has very good portability, while the Dell XPS 15 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.8
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
8.5
The Dell XPS 15 has very good build quality, while the ASUS Zenbook 14X has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.6
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
6.8
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.7/10
2880 x 1800
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200
90Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
6.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
9.1/10
The Dell XPS 15 and ASUS Zenbook 14X are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.5
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
7.8
7.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Dell XPS 15 and ASUS Zenbook 14X are both good for engineering and design.

Cost

$1,400
Zenbook 14X
XPS 15
$1,477
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

The ASUS Zenbook 14X has a price of $1,400 and the Dell XPS 15 costs $1,477.

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How the ASUS Zenbook 14X and the Dell XPS 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS Zenbook 14XDell XPS 15
ASUS Zenbook 14XDell XPS 15

GENERAL

Price
$1,400
$1,477
Release Date
April 1, 2022May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12.3'' x 8.7'' x 0.67''13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.71''
Weight
3.09 lbs4.21 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1260PIntel i7-13700H
Graphics
MX550 (25 W)Arc A370M (50 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.5 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
63 Wh86 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"15.6"
Display Technology
OLEDIPS
Resolution
2880 x 18001920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
90Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
339 nits606 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.8/108.5/10
Portability Score
8.6/107.8/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
6.5/109.1/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/1010/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
10
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Version
44

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ASUS Zenbook 14X

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Sebastian Jentsch | April 2022
"With the Zenbook 14X, Asus has a 14-incher in its range that is - mostly - a joy to use. First, there is the colorful OLED panel with 3K resolution that displays the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces. The Zenbook is also at the forefront in terms of workmanship, input devices and connections with 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports and a generous keyboard layout. A pleasure to use, the Zenbook 14X is a solid, very well-built subnotebook that sits well on the table. A runtime of five hours, however, is below average for a high-end subnotebook nowadays. The OLED screensaver causes increased power consumption when in idle mode."

Dell XPS 15

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Matthew Buzzi | May 2023
"The 2023 Dell XPS 15 is more or less exactly what you'd expect from the company flagship. Its fresh components deliver measurably superior power and longevity, while the machine's premium build and design remain intact. It may not be overly exciting, but XPS loyalists and upgraders should be more than happy."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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