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Updated March 21, 2024·

When choosing between the Dell XPS 15 and the MSI Creator M14, consider that the Dell XPS 15 typically offers robust build quality, a high-resolution display, and strong overall performance which is suitable for everyday use and some professional applications. It also has a larger screen but might be heavier, impacting portability. On the other hand, the MSI Creator M14 is aimed more at creative professionals and may provide better suitability for tasks like video editing and graphics work thanks to its color-accurate screen and potentially more powerful dedicated graphics. However, this focus on graphics might come at the cost of reduced battery life compared to the Dell. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell XPS 15
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard
Advantages of the MSI Creator M14
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.8
XPS 15
Creator M14
7.4
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
9.1/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.7/10
The MSI Creator M14 is good for gaming and AI, while the Dell XPS 15 is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.8
XPS 15
Creator M14
8.3
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The MSI Creator M14 is very good for engineering and design, while the Dell XPS 15 is good.

Screen Quality

7.4
XPS 15
Creator M14
7.5
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
606.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
The Dell XPS 15 has a better screen than the MSI Creator M14 for software development, while the MSI Creator M14 has a better screen for engineering and design.

Battery

10.0 Hours
XPS 15
Creator M14
4.5 Hours
The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life. The MSI Creator M14 has 4.5 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

8.5
XPS 15
Creator M14
7.8
The Dell XPS 15 has very good build quality, while the MSI Creator M14 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.2
XPS 15
Creator M14
8.0
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
606.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.5 Hours
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.8/10
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI Creator M14 are both very good for general use.

Content Creation

8.3
XPS 15
Creator M14
8.1
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI Creator M14 are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

8.1
XPS 15
Creator M14
7.9
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Dell XPS 15 to be very good for software development, while the MSI Creator M14 is good.

Portability

Good
XPS 15
Creator M14
Good
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
4.2 lbs
WEIGHT
3.5 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The MSI Creator M14 and Dell XPS 15 both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,425
XPS 15
Creator M14
$1,500
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

The Dell XPS 15 has a price of $1,425 and the MSI Creator M14 costs $1,500.

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How the Dell XPS 15 and the MSI Creator M14 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell XPS 15MSI Creator M14
Dell XPS 15MSI Creator M14

GENERAL

Price
$1,425
$1,500
Release Date
May 1, 2023March 1, 2024
Overall Dimensions
13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.71''12.4'' x 9.2'' x 0.88''
Weight
4.21 lbs3.53 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HIntel i7-13620H
Graphics
Arc A370M (50 W)RTX 4060 (45 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12002880 x 1800
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
606 nits350 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/107.8/10
Portability Score
7.8/107.8/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
9.1/107.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
31
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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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 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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