Whether you are looking for a premium gaming laptop or a budget Chromebook, two brands that instantly jump to mind are Lenovo and Dell.
But have you ever thought of how they stack up against in each on terms of design, components, support, etc.?
If not, then you are in the right place. In this article, we cover the good, the bad and the ugly about these two giant brands so you can make a better buying decision when looking for a laptop.
With laptops like the X1 Carbon and the Yoga 920, it is no surprise to see most experts that Lenovo tops the charts.
But being top of the pack isn’t something new to Lenovo. In case you did not already know, between 2013 to 2015, Lenovo had the highest vendor-based sales (that’s the time when ThinkPads and IdeaPads blew the competition out of the water).
So what makes their ThinkPad, IdeaPad, and Chromebooks such hit amongst the users? Let’s find out.
The Components Used
First and foremost, comes the processor and Intel is the obvious choice here for almost every Lenovo laptop.
For most of the high-end laptops like the ThinkPad Carbon X1 to the Yoga 920 feature an 8th Gen i7 processor thus offering you unmatched versatility. These laptops can pretty much handle any and every task (from graphic designing, programming to gaming, these are the professional’s choice).
In mid-range laptops that cost around $600-$700, you will find i5 and i3 processors while the budget IdeaPads come with mostly Dual Core processors from both AMD or Intel.
Though if you go for the latest IdeaPads, you can find a Quad Core Processor with 2.7GHz of clock speed which ample for day to day browsing and entertainment purposes.
And what about their Chromebooks?
In case you prefer a lighter, cheaper and travel-friendly Chromebook, those come with a MediaTek Processor like the Felix 11 or C330.
If you are looking for something more powerful, the Yoga C630 is a beast of a Chromebook making it one of the best Chromebooks for 2019.
Graphics Card – Is it Powerful enough for Gaming?
The most high-end of Lenovo laptops feature an NVIDIA Quadro or NVIDIA GTX graphics card making them capable of delivering graphics worth every penny (streamers and pro gamers, these are just what you need).
For the lower-end laptops, Lenovo has stuck with Intel Integrated HD Graphics cards.
While a powerful laptop is good, a laptop designed with user comfort and convenience is mind is the icing on the cherry.
With their Yoga range of laptops and Chromebooks, Lenovo sure does redefine comfort since these can be used as laptops, tablets or in tent mode allowing you keep up with work and play anytime anywhere (the Yoga 920 is a personal favorite).
As for gaming laptops, the Legion range is your typical gaming laptop with backlit keyboards and sharp and bold angles that give gaming laptops their killer looks.
But are the cheaper laptops equally attractive?
Well, most importantly, they not have a low-quality build. The IdeaPads come with a Polycarbonate build for excellent durability.
The ThinkPads are even better as they have a carbon-fiber body with dust, vibration, shock and temperature-resistant chassis and are also available in multiple colors like silver, soft-touch finish, etc. (time to move over the boring black).
How Innovative are they?
Being the brand that Lenovo is expecting them to be innovative and come up with user-friendly tech never seen before in laptops is totally justified and they do not disappoint.
They are the mind behind the TrackPoint and though skeptical at first it has received rave reviews over the years.
In case you do not know, the Trackpoint is the Red ball in the center of the keyboard which functions as an additional mouse but that is not where the buck stops.
They also released WRITEit, a handwriting recognition software that allows you to write rather than type as long as you have a stylus.
Apart from that, they are also the first brand to deliver displays with HDR which makes the viewing experience more surreal than ever before and are also working on gaming laptops featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU.
Furthermore, they have also equipped the laptops with G-Sync display option which ensures zero screen tear and also lower lag. You can read more about this tech here.
Battery Life and Display
Lenovo laptops use 6-cell batteries capable of delivering a runtime of 6-10 hours depending on usage and even beats Dell on the front.
As for the display quality, the use of HDR will give you eye-popping display with screen sizes of varying from 11.6-inches, 15.6-inches to even as big as 17.3-inches.
Customer Care and Warranty
If you are having trouble with your Lenovo laptop you can get in touch with them in multiple ways like a live chat on their website or social media pages
Preferably, I would turn to the web support for issues that are not hardware related since they are pretty efficient.
So why not the others?
Because this is where Lenovo leaves a lot of room for improvement. Reply speed on their social media pages has improved recently but they can surely do better.
And if you happen to call them with a problem, do you really want to be hearing about other services and plans they offer? No, right?
Not just that, even long hold times can be quite annoying though thankfully, solutions offered both online and on the phone are effective and detailed.
On the bright side, all laptop comes with a 12-month warranty with the company paying for the shipping if need be.
Dell is another powerhouse in laptop markets across the globe.
With laptops like the Alienware AW17R5-7405SLV-PUS (sure to put a smile on any gamers face) and Chromebooks such as Chromebook 11, this Texas-based American Multinational sure knows their way to happy customers.
Here’s more in detail about them
Also Read: Dell VS HP – A Comprehensive Comparison
While you can find more use of AMD processors in Dell laptops, Intel is their preferred choice for processors as well which comes as no surprise.
With their Alienware range of laptops, Dell has made their way into the gaming world big-time. These laptops come with i7 processors.
If you need a laptop for programming or other graphics-intensive tasks, Dell XPS offers a power-packed performance and is capable of handling the most complex of tasks like a pro.
Their mid-range laptops come with i5 and i3 processors and make for the ideal business laptops that allow you smooth multi-tasking and even light gaming.
It is with cheaper Dell laptops that you will find more of AMD processors. Though laptops like the Inspiron or Dell i3552-3240BLK also features the Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium Quad-core processors.
So how do Dell Chromebooks compare?
Unlike Lenovo, Dell seems to stick with Intel Celeron Dual Core processors for its cheaper Chromebooks.
The more expensive Chromebooks are powered by Intel i3 processors are some of the quickest and efficient Chromebooks in the market. These can cost between $180-$250.
So is MediaTek better or Intel?
If you are going for speed and do not intend on using a lot of Android apps then yes Intel is the answer but if you are buying a Chromebook with Android apps in mind, MediaTek would be the way to go.
That is because these apps tend to stutter, have increased load times and are quite unstable in Chromebooks with Intel processors.
To give you jaw-dropping graphics Dell relies mostly on NVIDIA graphics card which is an obvious choice for most laptop brands.
Some of the high-end laptops also feature AMD Radeon Cards. So how do you pick? Luckily, these do not complicate the buying decision too much as they AMD graphics perform exceptionally well.
Though personally, for me NVIDIA is always the go-to brand for a graphics card AMD offers cheaper alternatives so you can pick one that suits your needs and budget.
In the case of cheaper laptops, you can find laptops with Integrated Intel Graphics Card just like those Lenovo models.