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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Dell XPS 15 is generally more expensive but offers better performance for engineering tasks with a higher-resolution display, and it is also more portable due to its lighter weight. In contrast, the MSI Cyborg 15 is less expensive and better suited for intensive gaming due to its higher refresh rate display and gaming-oriented hardware. The MSI also has an edge in 3D and machine learning tasks but is slightly heavier which may impact portability. The choice between the two depends on whether you prioritize gaming and specific computational tasks or portability and high-resolution screen for engineering and general use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell XPS 15
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Good overall display quality
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard
Advantages of the MSI Cyborg 15
  • Good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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General Use

8.2
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.3
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
606.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
234.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
7.5 Hours
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.2/10
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for general use, while the MSI Cyborg 15 is good.

Content Creation

8.3
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.4
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for content creation, while the MSI Cyborg 15 is good.

Software Development

8.1
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.1
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
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 15 is very good for software development, while the MSI Cyborg 15 is good.

Screen Quality

7.4
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
606.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
234.0 nits
The Dell XPS 15 has a better screen than the MSI Cyborg 15 for general use, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

10.0 Hours
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.5 Hours
The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life. The MSI Cyborg 15 has 7.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.2 lbs
WEIGHT
4.3 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 both have good portability, though the Dell XPS 15 has somewhat better portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

8.5
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
6.7
The Dell XPS 15 has very good build quality, while the MSI Cyborg 15 has only fair build quality.

Cost

$1,425
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
$800
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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 Cyborg 15 costs $800.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.8
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.1
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
9.1/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers MSI Cyborg 15 to be good for gaming and AI, while the Dell XPS 15 is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.8
XPS 15
Cyborg 15
7.5
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.8/10
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
6.2/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI Cyborg 15 are both good for engineering and design.

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How the Dell XPS 15 and the MSI Cyborg 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell XPS 15MSI Cyborg 15
Dell XPS 15MSI Cyborg 15

GENERAL

Price
$1,425
$800
Release Date
May 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.71''14.2'' x 9.9'' x 0.9''
Weight
4.21 lbs4.37 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HIntel i7-12650H
Graphics
Arc A370M (50 W)RTX 4060 (45 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours7.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
606 nits234 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/106.8/10
Portability Score
7.8/107.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
9.1/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteBlue
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

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

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
31
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Dell XPS 15

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PCMag

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."

MSI Cyborg 15

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NotebookCheck

Sascha Mölck | April 2023
"The focus of the MSI Cyborg 15 lies on a compromise of performance, mobility, and power consumption. Due to the reduced performance settings, the CPU and GPU perform below their capabilities. Nonetheless, their computing power is still sufficient for FHD gaming at high to maximum settings even then. The power consumption, which is low for a gaming laptop, can be translated into a good battery life. Realistic values of 7 to 8 h are still possible, despite the relatively small battery capacity of 53.5 Wh. Unfortunately the USB-C port doesn't offer any support for Power Delivery, which would be a sensible feature in the case of the Cyborg."

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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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