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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Dell XPS 13, being more affordable, is a premium business laptop with great portability and longer battery life, perfect for general use and on-the-go professionals, but less suited for intensive gaming or 3D applications due to its integrated graphics. On the other hand, the MSI GF65 Thin, while more expensive, is built with a dedicated GPU for gaming, making it better for 3D and machine learning tasks as well as gaming, but it's heavier and has a shorter battery life, making it less portable. Consider your needs: if portability and battery life for business and general use are priorities, go for the Dell; if gaming or 3D tasks are more your focus and you're less concerned about weight and battery, the MSI could serve you better. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell XPS 13
  • Good for general use
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good overall display quality
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Excellent portability
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard
Advantages of the MSI GF65 Thin
  • The MSI GF65 Thin has no clear advantages over the Dell XPS 13.

Key differences

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General Use

7.7
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.5
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
442.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.5 Hours
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
9.3/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Dell XPS 13 is good for general use, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Content Creation

7.7
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.6
6.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell XPS 13 is good for content creation, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Software Development

7.5
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.2
6.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell XPS 13 is good for software development, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Screen Quality

7.2
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.8
13.4in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
442.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
The Dell XPS 13 has a better screen than the MSI GF65 Thin for general use, engineering and design, software development, and content creation, while the MSI GF65 Thin has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Battery

10.0 Hours
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
4.5 Hours
The Dell XPS 13 has 10 hours of battery life. The MSI GF65 Thin has 4.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Excellent
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
Good
13.4in
SIZE
15.6in
2.5 lbs
WEIGHT
4.1 lbs
0.5in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The Dell XPS 13 has excellent portability, while the MSI GF65 Thin has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

8.5
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.7
The Dell XPS 13 has very good build quality, while the MSI GF65 Thin has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.3
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
6.7
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The MSI GF65 Thin and Dell XPS 13 are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.2
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
7.0
6.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Dell XPS 13 and MSI GF65 Thin are both good for engineering and design.

Cost

$1,100
XPS 13
GF65 Thin
$1,100
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$1,000

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The Dell XPS 13 has a price of $1,100 and the MSI GF65 Thin costs $1,100.

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How the Dell XPS 13 and the MSI GF65 Thin compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell XPS 13MSI GF65 Thin
Dell XPS 13MSI GF65 Thin

GENERAL

Price
$1,100
$1,100
Release Date
August 1, 2022January 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
11.6'' x 7.9'' x 0.55''14.1'' x 10'' x 0.85''
Weight
2.59 lbs4.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-1250UIntel i5-10500H
Graphics
Iris Xe G7 RTX 3060 (75 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
54

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
51 Wh51 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.4"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
442 nits262 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/106.8/10
Portability Score
9.3/107.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRed
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/106.8/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Dell XPS 13

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The Verge

Monica Chen | April 2023
"In the past, the XPS 13 was a hands-down contender for the best laptop on the market. But the Apple-silicon MacBook has since barrelled onto the scene, and it wipes the floor with most of the ultraportable Windows laptops that cross my desk on a daily basis. This XPS is no exception. Compared to the M2 MacBook Air, battery life is worse."

MSI GF65 Thin

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Allen Ngo | March 2021
"The MSI GF65 Thin offers a GeForce RTX 3060 on a budget. The MSI GF65 is a relatively inexpensive RTX 3060 laptop and, perhaps not coincidentally, it also comes with a slower-than-average RTX 3060 GPU. Other laptops we've tested thus far with the same GPU are about 10 to 15 percent faster. CPU performance is also slightly slower than average unless if users decide to enable Cooler Boost mode. Colors, black-white response times, Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort are either average or completely omitted. Gamers who want to maximize performance-per-dollar without sacrificing RAM or SSD upgradeability will find the lightweight MSI GF65 attractive."

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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.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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