Dell’s XPS line of laptops have been around for over a decade, offering premium features and portable designs. The company shook up the lineup in 2022 with the introduction of the Dell XPS 13 Plus featuring a new (and kind of weird) keyboard and trackpad design, as well as a cheaper, lower-performance Dell XPS 13 with 9-watt, 12th-gen Intel Core processor options.

Now Dell is shaking things up again in two big ways. The first is that Dell is going all-in on the Plus-style design. All of the company’s 2024 Dell XPS laptops feature the new keyboard and touchpad style. The second is screen size: Dell is killing off the XPS 15 and XPS 13 2-in-1 models, but introducing two new screen sizes. Say hello to the new Dell XPS 13, XPS 14, and XPS 16.

That means the 2024 Dell XPS family now comes in three screen sizes. The Dell XPS 13 (9340) is a 13.3 inch laptop with a starting weight of just 2.6 pounds, 14th-gen Intel Core Ultra 5 and Core Ultra 7 H-series processor options, and a $1300 starting price.

Dell XPS 13 (9340)

The new Dell XPS 14 (9440), meanwhile, has a 14.5 inch display, a Core Ultra 7 processor, and a starting weight of 3.7 pounds. But there’s a good reason for that extra weight: this model has a bigger battery and optional support for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 graphics. Prices start at $1700.

Dell XPS 14 (9440)

And the Dell XPS 16 (9640) is the biggest of the bunch, with support for up to a 16 inch, 4K display, up to an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics. It’s also the heaviest and most expensive, at 4.7 pounds or more, and $1900 and up.

Dell XPS 16 (9640)

All of the new laptops are available with a choice of non-touchscreen LCD displays with 120 Hz screen refresh rates or OLED displays (with resolutions and refresh rates that vary from model to model).

They also all feature quad speakers with two primary speakers and two tweeters, Dolby Atmos audio, fingerprint sensors, and 1080p IR webcams with support for Windows Hello face recognition.

Each model has at least two Thunderbolt 4 ports for charging, video output, and data… but those two Thunderbolt ports are the only ports on the new XPS 13. If you want a dedicated headphone jack or microSD card reader, you’re going to have to opt for one of the larger models. And if you want any other ports, you’re going to need a dock or hub.

But what I suspect will be the most controversial thing about these laptops is Dell’s decision to go all-in on the XPS Plus-style keyboard and touchpad, which features wide keycaps with a “zero-lattice” design and an ambient light sensor that allows for automatic backlight adjustment.

Above the physical keys are a set of capacitive touch Fn keys. The nice thing about making these capacitive buttons is that you can hit the Fn key to change the labels depending on whether you want to see the F1 – F12 keys or media control keys. The weird thing about this choice is that the keys don’t move, which could make them a little harder to press when you’re not actually looking at the keyboard.

The laptops also feature a seamless glass palm rest, which means that the glass-covered touchpad blends in with the rest of the palm rest, which could make it tricky to tell when you’re at the edge of the keyboard without looking, although Dell notes that the touchpad does support haptic feedback.

I’m sure, like any new(ish) keyboard and touchpad design, it’s the sort of thing you get used to over time. But I’m a little surprised to see Dell go all-in on this design.

Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the Dell XPS 2024 laptop lineup:

Dell XPS 13 (9340)Dell XPS 14 (9440)Dell XPS 16 (9640)
Display13.4 inches

  • 1920 x 1200, 120 Hz non-touch LCD
  • 2560 x 1600, 120 Hz touchscreen LCD
  • 2880 x 1800, 60 Hz touchscreen OLED
14.5 inches

  • 1920 x 1200, 120 Hz non-touch LCD
  • 3200 x 2000, 120 Hz touchscreen OLED
16.3 inches

  • 1920 x 1200, 120 Hz non-touch LCD
  • 3840 x 2400, 90 Hz touchscreen OLED
Processor
  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 165H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 165H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 165H
  • Intel Core Ultra 9 185H
GraphicsIntel Xe / Intel Arc
  • Intel Arc
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050M (6GB GDDR6, 30W)
  • Intel Arc
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 (6GB GDDR6, 50W)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 (8GB GDDR6, 50W)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 (8GB GDDR6, 60W)
RAM
  • 8GB LPDDR5-6400
  • 16GB / 32GB /64GB LPDDR5x-7467
16GB / 32GB / 64GB

  • LPDDR5x-6400 (Intel GPU)
  • LPDDR5x-7467 (NVIDIA GPU)
16GB / 32GB / 64GB

  • LPDDR5x-6400 (Intel, 4050, or 4060 GPU)
  • LPDDR5x-7467 (4070 GPU)
Storage512GB / 1TB / 2TB
PCIe Gen 4 SSD
WirelessIntel Killer 1750 (BE2200)
WiFi 7
BT 5.4
Intel Killer 1675
WiFi 6E
BT 5.3
Intel Killer 1750 (BE2200)
WiFi 7
BT 5.4
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort 2.1 Alt Mode)3 x Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort 2.1 Alt Mode)
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
Webcam1080p
AudioQuad speakers
2 x 2W main
2 x 2W tweeters
dual microphones
Quad speakers
2 x 3W main
2 x 2W tweeters
dual microphones
Battery55 Wh69.5 Wh99.9 Wh
Charging60W USB-C adapter
  • 60W USB-C adapter (w/integrated GPU)
  • 100W USB-C adapter (w/NVIDIA GPU)
130W USB-C adapter
InputBacklit zero-lattice keyboard w/ambient light sensor
1mm key travel
Capacitive touch function row
Glass haptic touchpad
SecurityFingerprint reader
Windows Hello IR camera
MaterialsAluminum with Gorilla Glass 3 palm rest
Dimensions295 x 199 x 15mm
11.6″ x 7.8″ x 0.6″
320 x 216 x 18mm
12.6″ x 8.5″ x 0.7″
358 x 240 x 19mm
14.1″ x 9.4″ x 0.7″
Starting Weight1.19 kg
2.6 pounds
1.68 kg
3.7 pounds
2.13 kg
4.7 pounds
Starting Price$1300$1700$1900

Dell says all three new laptops will be available in a choice of platinum silver or graphite color options, and all three should be available starting in the first quarter of 2024.

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  1. I really like my Ryzen Thinkpad. I would never buy another Dell XPS… been there done that.

  2. Completely the wrong direction, IMO. Don’t get me wrong, they look great, but man did they give up the lead to Asus for ultraportable, stylish professional PC laptops. The loss of 2 SSD bays and function keys are huge.

  3. The fact that Dell is doubling down on these horrible designs is emblematic of the fact that computer shopping has ceased to be about how much cool stuff you can get and has instead become about how much suffering and evil you can afford to avoid.
    And if not that, then at least it might indicate that they’ve paid too much for tooling and convinced themselves they can’t afford to move to a feature set that makes sense for a few years yet.