Surface Laptop Studio vs. Dell XPS 15 9510

Here is a side by side comparison between Surface Laptop Studio and Dell XPS 15 9510 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

Surface Laptop Studio image

Surface Laptop Studio

Dell XPS 15 9510 image

Dell XPS 15 9510

Surface Laptop Studio Pros

Reasons that Surface Laptop Studio is better than Dell XPS 15 9510.

Supports faster memory

Surface Laptop Studio supports a faster memory speed than the Dell XPS 15 9510. It supports up to 4267MHz versus 3200MHz of system memory on the Dell XPS 15 9510.

Memory type and speed
Surface Laptop Studio - LPDDR4X
4,267 MHz
Dell XPS 15 9510 - DDR4
3,200 MHz
About 10% lighter

Surface Laptop Studio weighed 3.83 pounds, 10% lighter than the 4.22 pounds Dell XPS 15 9510.

WeightSurface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Pound
3.83 lbs.
4.22 lbs.
Kilogram
1.74 kg
1.91 kg

Dell XPS 15 9510 Pros

Reasons that Dell XPS 15 9510 is better than Surface Laptop Studio.

Much faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-11900H inside Dell XPS 15 9510 has a 66% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-11370H inside Surface Laptop Studio.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i9-11900H
8,121
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i7-11800H
7,908
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i5-11400H
5,592
Surface Laptop Studio - Intel Core i7-11370H
4,864
Surface Laptop Studio - Intel Core i5-11300H
4,441
Supports larger memory

Dell XPS 15 9510 supports a larger memory capacity than the Surface Laptop Studio. It supports up to 64GB versus 32GB of system memory on the Surface Laptop Studio.

Max system memory size
Dell XPS 15 9510
64 GB
Surface Laptop Studio
32 GB
Upgradable memory

Dell XPS 15 9510 comes with two SODIMM slots that allow you to replace or upgrade when needed. On the flip side, you can't upgrade RAM on the Surface Laptop Studio since it has onboard memory.

MemorySurface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Slots
Onboard
x2
TypeLPDDR4XDDR4
8% larger display

Dell XPS 15 9510 has a 15.6-inch screen size 8% larger than the 14.4-inch Surface Laptop Studio.

Display size
Dell XPS 15 9510
15.6-inch
Surface Laptop Studio
14.4-inch
Has two more ports and slots

Dell XPS 15 9510 has more ports and slots count than the Surface Laptop Studio. It has six versus four amount of ports and slots on the Surface Laptop Studio.

PortsSurface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
full-size SD card slotNoYes
headphone jackYesYes
lock slotNoYes
Surface Connect+YesNo
Thunderbolt 4Yes x2Yes x2
USB-CNoYes
Total46
More versatile connectivity

Dell XPS 15 9510 has better versatile I/O connectivity than the Surface Laptop Studio. It has four versus two commonly used ports and slots on the Surface Laptop Studio.

PortsSurface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
headphone jackYesYes
Thunderbolt 4YesYes
full-size SD card slotNoYes
USB-CNoYes

Surface Laptop Studio: Our analysis and reviews

Surface Laptop Studio image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface Laptop Studio.

Supports Windows 11

Surface Laptop Studio exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsSurface Laptop Studio
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-11300H → Intel Core i7-11370H
4GB RAM16GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
All-day battery life of up to 19-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface Laptop Studio lasts up to 19 hours of battery life.

  • Up to 19 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • Up to 18 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i7 models.
Upgradable storage

Surface Laptop Studio comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti  4GB GDDR6

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface Laptop Studio.

Non-upgradable memory

Dell XPS 15 9510: Our analysis and reviews

Dell XPS 15 9510 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Dell XPS 15 9510.

Supports Windows 11

Dell XPS 15 9510 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsDell XPS 15 9510
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-11400H → Intel Core i9-11900H
4GB RAM4GB → 64GB
64GB Drive256GB → 8TB
2 Cores CPU6 → 8 cores
Upgradable storage

Dell XPS 15 9510 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more.

Upgradable memory
Two RAM slots. Learn more.
Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to Nvidia Quadro RTX 3050Ti 4GB GDDR6 45W TGP

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-11900H inside Dell XPS 15 9510 has a 19% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i9-10885H inside Dell XPS 15 9500.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i9-11900H
8,121
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i7-11800H
7,908
Dell XPS 15 9500 - Intel Core i7-10875H
6,874
Dell XPS 15 9500 - Intel Core i9-10885H
6,788
Dell XPS 15 9510 - Intel Core i5-11400H
5,592
Dell XPS 15 9500 - Intel Core i7-10750H
5,412
Dell XPS 15 9500 - Intel Core i5-10300H
3,747
Supports faster memory

Dell XPS 15 9510 supports a faster memory speed than the Dell XPS 15 9500. It supports up to 3200MHz versus 2933MHz of system memory on the Dell XPS 15 9500.

Memory type and speed
Dell XPS 15 9510 - DDR4
3,200 MHz
Dell XPS 15 9500 - DDR4
2,933 MHz

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

About 6% heavier

Dell XPS 15 9510 weighed 4.22 pounds, 6% heavier than the 4 pounds Dell XPS 15 9500.

WeightDell XPS 15 9510Dell XPS 15 9500
Pound
4.22 lbs.
4 lbs.
Kilogram
1.91 kg
1.81 kg

Key Features

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
3:2 2.4K
14.4”
2400p 60~120Hz
Weight
3.83 lb
1.74 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-11370H
4C/8T, 3.30 → 4.80 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,397
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,864
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1350 MHz
Configurable up to
32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X
Surface Laptop Studio Ports
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 3050 Ti 
4GB GDDR6
Released in Mid
2021
16:10 3.5K
15.6”
2160p OLED
Weight
4.22 lb
1.91 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-11900H
8C/16T, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,430
Single Core
Geekbench 5
8,121
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Upgradable up to
64GB
3200 MHz DDR4
Dell XPS 15 9510 Ports
Nvidia Quadro
RTX 3050Ti
4GB GDDR6 45W TGP

Availability

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Released20212021
Release Date
  • Introduced: September 22, 2021
  • Pre-ordered: September 22, 2021
  • Released: October 5, 2021
Announced on May 11, 2021
Pricing
  • $1,599.99
    i5-11300H 16GB 256GB Intel Iris Xe
  • $1,799.99
    i5-11300H 16GB 512GB Intel Iris Xe
  • $2,099.99
    i7-11370H 16GB 256GB RTX 3050 Ti
  • $2,699.99
    i7-11370H 16GB 1TB RTX 3050 Ti
  • $3,099.99
    i7-11370H 32GB 2TB RTX 3050 Ti
  • $1,249.99
    i5-11400H, 8GB, 256GB, Intel UHD, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $1,949.99
    i7-11800H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $2,149.99
    i9-11900H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, FHD+ Non-touch
  • $2,349.99
    i7-11800H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, UHD+ Touch
  • $2,549.99
    i9-11900H, 16GB, 512GB, RTX 3050 Ti, UHD+ Touch
Generations-
Stores

Exterior

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Size Comparison
Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Dimensions12.72” x 8.98” x 0.746” (323.28 mm x 228.32 mm x 18.94 mm)13.57” x 9.06” x 0.71” (344.72 x 230.14 x 18 mm)
Weight
  • 3.83 lb (1,742.9 grams)
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • 4.00 lb (1,820.2 grams)
    Intel Core i7 models.
  • 4.22 lb (1.92 kg)
    Non-touch with 56Wh.
  • 4.31 lb (1.96 kg)
    OLED touch with 86Wh.
  • 4.42 lb (2.01 kg)
    4K+ touch with 86Wh.
Colors
Platinum
Casing: Magnesium and Aluminum
  • Platinum Silver exterior Black interior
  • Frost exterior Arctic White interior
  • CNC machined aluminum in platinum silver with carbon fiber composite palm rest in black
  • Edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the touch panel
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12)
    • Windows key and dedicated buttons for media controls, screen brightness
    • Backlight.
  • Precision Haptic touchpad:
    • Largest surface touchpad to date.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gestures.
  • Full size, backlit chiclet keyboard.
  • 5.91 x 3.54 in (150 mm x 90 mm) touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.

Display

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Size14.4 Inches15.6 Inches
Info
  • 14.4” PixelSense™ Flow Display
  • Resolution: 2400 x 1600 (201 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
    60Hz default.
  • Inking: GPU Ink Acceleration
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
  • Dolby Vision® support
  • 15.6” FHD+ Nontouch
    1920 x 1200 145 PPI 500 nits 16:10 100% sRGB 1650:1 60Hz Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 4.41 W
  • 15.6” 3.5K OLED Touch
    3456 x 2160 261 PPI 400 nits 16:10 100% DCI-P3 100000:1 60Hz DisplayHDR™️ 500TB Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 12.13 W
  • 15.6” 4K UHD+ Touch
    3840 x 2400 290 PPI 500 nits 16:10 100% AdobeRGB 99% DCI-P3 1600:1 60Hz DisplayHDR™️ 400 Dolby Vision™️ Eyesafe®️ Anti-glare WVA 10.4 W

Ports

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Surface Laptop Studio image
Surface Laptop Studio Ports
Image Source: Microsoft
Left (2)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
Right (2)
  • 1 x Surface Connect+
    Magnet Charging, Surface Dock
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Dell XPS 15 9510 image
Dell XPS 15 9510 Ports
Image Source: Dell
Left (3)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    40 Gpbs, USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x lock slot
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort, Power Delivery
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone

Internal Specs

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Processor
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 3.10 → 4.40 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 35W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 3.30 → 4.80 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 35W
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.70 → 4.50 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.60 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Surface Laptop Studio1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H1,28687.72%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H1,39795.29%
Dell XPS 15 95101
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H1,32090.04%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H1,466100.00%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H1,43097.54%
01,466

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

Surface Laptop Studio1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H4,44154.69%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H4,86459.89%
Dell XPS 15 95101
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H5,59268.86%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H7,90897.38%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H8,121100.00%
08,121
Integrated Graphics
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11300H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11370H
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1350 MHz
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    16 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11800H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB
4267 MHz LPDDR4X RAM
4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
3200 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
2 x SODIMM slots.
Discrete Graphics
  • Optional NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti  with 4GB GDDR6
    For Consumer.
  • Optional NVIDIA® RTX™ A2000 with 4GB GDDR6
    For Business.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050
    Ampere Architecture 4GB GDDR6 128-bit 2304 CUDA Cores 45W
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti
    Ampere Architecture 4GB GDDR6 128-bit 2560 CUDA Cores 45W
Storage
256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
Removable M.2 NVMe SSD
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
 M.2 2230/2280 PCIe® 3x4 NVMe™ SSD, Up to 32 Gbps.
2 x M.2 2230/2280 PCIe® 3x4 NVMe™ slots.

Connectivity

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible.Rivet Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz Up to 2400 Mbps WiFi 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
BluetoothBluetooth Wireless 5.1 technologyBluetooth 5.1

Battery

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Size
  • 58.0 Wh
    Nominal battery capacity.
  • 56.3 Wh
    Minimum battery capacity.
  • 56 Wh
    3-cell "smart" lithium-ion.
  • 86 Wh
    6-cell "smart" lithium-ion.
Battery Life
  • Up to 19 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • Up to 18 hours of typical device usage
    Intel Core i7 models.
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Power Supply
  • 60W power supply
    Intel Core i5 models.
  • 95W power supply
    Intel Core i7 models.
  • 90 W USB Type-C power adapter
    Power rated at 5VDC/3A, 9VDc/3A, 15VDC/3A, 20VDC/4.5A.
  • 130 W USB Type-C power adapter
    Power rated at 5VDC/1A, 20VDC/6.5A.

Software

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
OS
  • For Consumer: Windows 11 Home
  • For Commercial: Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • Preloaded Microsoft 365 Apps
  • Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial
  • Preloaded Xbox app
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate one month trial
  • Microsoft Office 30-days trial
  • McAfee LiveSafe™ 12 Month Subscription

Camera & Audio

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Camera
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 1080p resolution front-facing camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Top-mount front camera with fixed focus lens, 0.92 Megapixels (1280 x 720 HD) at 30 fps.
  • Infrared camera
    576 x 360 (VGA) at 30 fps for Windows Hello Facial Recognition.
Audio
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics
  • Quad Omnisonic™ speakers with Dolby Atmos®
  • Realtek ALC3281-CG
  • Studio quality tuning with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro and Waves Nx® 3D audio
  • Quad-speaker design with 2.5W x2 woofers and 1.5W x2 tweeters = 8W total peak output
  • Dual microphone array optimized with Waves MaxxVoice supporting VoIP - Microsoft Cortana capable

Misc

Surface Laptop StudioDell XPS 15 9510
Inking
  • Supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)
    4096 levels of pressure Tilt sensing Best in class latency Paper feel 0.1mm precision
  • Supports Tactile signals with Surface Slim Pen 2
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Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Windows Hello compliant fingerprint reader in the power button
  • IR Camera
Security
  • Hardware TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and BitLocker support
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Windows enhanced hardware security
  • Windows Hello with Fingerprint Sign in
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Wedge-shaped lock
In the box
  • Surface Laptop Studio
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
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Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
  • Surface for Business customers: Includes Advanced Exchange, an expedited replacement service, at no additional cost
1 Year Premium Support
MoreSupports Surface Dial
Supports off-screen interaction only.
Hinge
Dynamic Woven Hinge made of woven fabric with embedded cables that can bend 180 degrees.
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