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Head-to-Head: Dell vs. HP vs. Microsoft Laptop Comparison

Laptops have become an essential tool for everyone, from busy students to on-the-go executives. As their quality and capabilities have improved, they’ve become as robust as desktop solutions. They offer more choices to provide users with the exact experience and performance they need.

With additional features and options, the buying decision can become complicated. Today’s buyer needs to know what they’re looking for in a laptop and be able to define what they want it to do to ensure they purchase the right model. Speed, power, durability and comfort can vary dramatically from one model to the next, and what works best for one environment might not be useful in another.

The more specific buyers are with what they want to get out of the end-user experience, the more satisfied they will be their purchase.

Let’s break down some of the features and benefits of three of the best laptop computer brands on the market to make the purchasing process easier.


A full line of feature-rich business-class laptops makes Dell an obvious brand to consider. Gamers may be drawn to Dell’s inspired premium gaming laptops, but the company also shows it knows how to handle its business side with its Latitude and Precision machines.

Latitude comes off more as Dell’s button-down, no-nonsense workhorse, while creative professionals tend to gravitate toward Precision, which boasts a bright, vibrant display and a cushier-than-normal keyboard.

Processor Power: Intel i5 and i7 processors.

Pricing: One of Dell’s key selling points has always been affordability, and its business models start as low as $149.

Design: While Dell has a number of visually appealing laptops, its business line looks more serious. The Latitude line isn’t as eye-catching as some of its siblings, but it delivers with speed and long battery life. Dell’s stylish side shows up in models like the Precision 5520, which combines sleek looks with impressive performance. Screen sizes range from a compact 12.5” to the big-screen 17.3” display.

Innovation: Dell earns high marks for its innovation, although its most inspired features are still reserved for gaming computers. However, its business models can be configured with a range of features that give them all the firepower needed for a full workday — wherever that work may be taking place. The convertible features of the Latitude 7390 make it useful for customer-facing uses and collaboration in the workspace.

Best case for use: Dell is a good option when you have a tighter budget but still need solid performance. Whether in the office or on the road, these laptops have the capabilities of higher-priced brands and have enough of a range to suit every type of user.


Known for its focus on business with lines of professional printers, scanners and desktops, HP has been a strong player in the laptop market and continues to excel. The company combines attractive design with rugged durability to create a good workhorse for everyday use.

Long battery life makes the HP machines a great companion on the road, and the company’s newer models sport MacBook-inspired sleekness to make them easy on the eyes.

Processor Power: HP uses both Intel and AMD processors to create machines that can stay up to speed and keep productivity high.

Pricing: HP has a line of laptops for virtually every type of need and budget. If you’re on a budget and need an inexpensive model, Aventis offers a very basic laptop computer that begins at just $139 for a certified reconditioned model. Or, if you want a laptop that is both powerful and affordable, take a look at the HP ProBook 450.

Design: Although it’s what’s inside that counts, HP makes sure its laptops look as good as they perform. Its business-oriented ZBook and EliteBook lines are winners, because they provide a combination of form and function. Like Dell, there’s a good choice of screen sizes, starting at 12.5” and going up to 17.3,” with a lot of options in between the two.

Innovation: HP’s 2-in-1 laptops, such as the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2, deliver touchscreen innovation in a lightweight but sturdy convertible tablet/laptop.

Best case for use: If you’re a heavy-duty user or travel frequently, HP is known for its durability, and its business models include useful features such as the Sure View privacy screen.


Although Microsoft has fewer models to choose from, the ones it brings to the table are solid contenders for the business class. Its line of Surface products leads in the 2-in-1 space, with forward-thinking design elements and touchscreens.

Despite a smaller lineup, Microsoft’s Surface excels in versatility and has a range of solid state drive storage options to deliver both speed and power.

Processor Power: Microsoft’s Surface family features Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.

Pricing: Prices start at $909 for the 2017 Surface Pro.

Design: Each model checks a box in the design department, but the most elegant model is the sleek Surface Laptop, which has a bright, colorful display and good battery life. The 2-in-1 nature of the Surface lineup means smaller, tablet-size screens ranging from 12 to 13.5 inches.

Innovation: Flexibility is the magic word here. Whether you need a laptop, tablet or detachable, the Surface is all of the above, as well as a powerful workhorse.

Best case for use: When long battery life is a top priority, the Surface is the way to go. If you’re going to be away from a power supply while working remotely, the Surface has enough juice to get you through the day.

All business needs are not created equal, and neither are the tools that can help get results. Finding the right laptop for your business requirements and environment can help get the job done more effectively.

When it’s time for a new laptop, Aventis Systems has you covered. Regardless of which brand you go with, you’ll receive a one-year comprehensive warranty. Find out more about laptops here or call us at 1-855-AVENTIS.

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