Dell XPS vs Inspiron: which is Better


If you have been out here in the wild where you can’t buy a laptop, I don’t blame you. There has been a big change as more powerful devices have started to come out, it has become one hell of a task to choose one. But narrowing it down to Dell XPS vs Inspiron, we have a discussion.

The main difference between Dell XPS and Inspiron is that Dell XPS is made for more professional usage while the Inspiron is made for general usage and more for a student purpose and less high-end work. Although it sounds simple it all comes down to the point where everything depends on the usage.

I’ll go through a detailed usage review NOT based on specs, so you toss those numbers out in the trash because reality, they matter only to the extreme. If you have one laptop with 8GB/250GB and another one with 64GB/2TB, yes, then they’d matter. The difference with devices that have almost similar specs will only be about the user experience.

I’ll discuss each component like I’m speaking of Marylin Monroe’s butler on my death bed writing a memoir of my secret crush on her. Maybe that’s too much – we’ll do Monica Bellucci next time. Anyways, if you are here to read the specs, go read a manual. Here, we’ll be talking about how to pick one laptop from Dell XPS vs Inspiron based on the feelings that these components give you.

The Unsaid Preference of Every Geek.

Testing Exterior: Dell XPS vs Inspiron

Let’s see all the differences you’d notice immediately or sometime later. Some are good, while others – are not so good.

Body ‘ody ‘ody ‘ody

The main difference you’d see at first sight is that Dell XPS has a sleeker look than Inspiron. While Inspiron has more of a dynamic look. It really depends on the preference here. Some prefer their devices to look a bit more futuristic and dynamic.

Some prefer their devices to be more mechanical looking with geometric symmetries and sturdy to any environment. Personally, from Dell XPS vs Inspiron, I’d go with a sturdy, slimmer, and mechanical look (while in women – opposite).

The Inspiron has a plastic case while on the other hand, we have XPS which is fully metallic. Carrying around a plastic laptop poses a risk of dropping and breaking the plastic (I’m now worried about Kylie Jenner). While a metallic body would deal with damage differently. And the blow, in turn, can touch the internal parts of the laptop, which can lead to the need for the replacement of Dell spare parts or the diagnosis of your Dell laptop

The surface of Inspiron has a bit of softness in it. Land a finger on the closed lid, draw it around and you’d hear that crisp ruffling, almost making you feel like you’d want to draw those fingers sitting in a rainy French balcony with a piano by the window, sipping espresso.

The curvature body of the Inspiron has your fingers slipping down the edges like rolling in mid-night sheets and flipping like you’re playing in them. While the feeling of XPS is a different sensation. Draw those fingers across the lid and you’d feel as if honey-soaked Caucasian high-school car washers are wiping those glass windows while you sit in, admiring – with your dad (just kidding, not with your dad.)


Yeah…we’ll stay gender-neutral for this part. Let’s discuss ports! Speaking strictly of Inspiron 7000 (7391) and XPS 13″ (7390) models from the series. These are the two closely related and most compared laptop brands in this series, this is why we’re taking these two bad boys.

If you have usage of showing a lot of presentations, running around with your laptop in the office or college (with the laptop still on) – pick Inspiron. It’s best with regards to ports. There are only two C-type ports on XPS 7390 while on the other hand, you have a full HDMI, two USB ports, and a C-type port. This allows you to have all those extra things plugged in.

For me, I wouldn’t mind attaching an adapter to XPS if only I could afford one dammit. I’d prefer having an extension for a C-type adapter so all those cables that I need aren’t directly going into my laptop. I can just have one cable going in and I can put the adapter and all the cables in it farther away from my sight, so I don’t look at those crumbled messy cables and reflect upon my life. Moving on.


This is something disappointing. Although none of these laptops are one-hand-open. They have great hinges, to an extent. The hinges on the XPS seem to be stronger or maybe they’re the same but the Inspiron seems to be wiggling more due to its plastic material (wiggling plastic material – nice).

Since both of these Dell XPS vs Inspiron screens are touchscreens – we might need to use the pen even when we have it in laptop mode (the other is tabloid mode). The screen of Inspiron wouldn’t be able to hold the pressure of your hand tapping on it – even if it is a lovely gentle tingling touch. The screen of XPS would be able to hold it though.

Let’s flip it backward in the tabloid mode – BAM! Jeez, what the hell was that? Oh, seems like those hinges let the screen loose when reaching the closing end of it. That would be okay with XPS, right? Since it’s a metallic body. It would be okay for XPS but not with Inspiron. Turns out, the Inspiron has early loose hinges when reaching the end than XPS. While the end of XPS has a magnet that keeps the screen sticking to the folded back. The Inspiron screen kind of looks like a flapper when you move it around. Speaking of screens.

The Screen

Okay, we’ve been keeping the specs off of the charts yet but here you go with the most prominent thing. The screen of the XPS 7390 is 1080p while the screen of the Inspiron 7391 is 4k. You can get a 4k configured in XPS 7390 for an extra $300 but nobody needs a 4k in a 13-inch laptop. It increases the CPU consumption and heats the device.

There are bezels on both screens but XPS seems to be winning with smaller bezels here. We wouldn’t want to see the huge one-inch bezel on the bottom of our screens that the Inspiron has.

Both of these screens are glossy faces which I absolutely hate (only in laptops). The glossiness can be very annoying if you are working in an office environment because you can’t change the lighting or your workstation. So, your best option is to just top it up with a matt screen protector. It would also protect it from scratches and fingerprints.

Testing Interior: Dell XPS vs Inspiron

This is going to be a short interior review. Since the specs are almost similar, you wouldn’t notice a lot of functionality changes with either device.

Don’t Screw Around with Inspiron

The main difference in the interior is about self-configuration. The Inspiron can’t be screwed from the back (but some things can – not Marylin Monroe though, she dead) to do repairs, services, or changing the memory. This gives a point to XPS since you can open the back panel and make changes as per your memory consumption needs.

The Display

You can count the software as interior here. We’ll talk about the display; although Inspiron has a 4k display, the picture quality of XPS seems to be much more pleasant than that of Inspiron. The 4k of Inspiron also causes it to use more of the CPU and you would need more of battery power, CPU usage, and memory space to complete the same task with using less of these resources in XPS.

All the other software specs are in those manuals on the internet.

Conclusion of Dell XPS vs Inspiron

The conclusion of the overall usage of these devices is a simple one. I might have a strong opinion on this but it is for all the right reasons. If you want a laptop that you can carry around and have different college, work, business, etc. things done and not breaking it or damaging it, while still having the battery – don’t buy Inspiron. If you have $300 extra; go for the XPS. Although the specs are all different from different laptops in both series I’m referring to the closest of these two series.