As one of the most beloved laptops here at Digital Trends, the Dell XPS 13 is a piece of kit we prefer to treat with some reverence. That means making sure it’s comfortable and well protected during transit, which in turn means wrapping it in something we can be proud of.
It’s easy to just pick up an all-purpose laptop bag, but since it’s so popular, there are plenty of cases and sleeves that are perfect for the Dell XPS 13. One of our favorites is the incredible handmade Waterfield sleevecase, but there are plenty of other options that may work well for you instead.
Waterfield Dell Laptop Sleevecase
Waterfield’s stylish case gives you plenty of options: You can choose what specific XPS model you want the case to fit, pick your own trim (micro trim or grizzly leather), and choose whether it’s a vertical or horizontal case — plus the option to add different kinds of straps. This elevates an already great case to one of the top XPS options. The inside is cushioned with neoprene, and the outside is made of waxed canvas (although you can also choose ballistic nylon material).
Dell Premier Sleeve 13
If you would prefer to go with a sleeve endorsed and sold by the manufacturer of the laptop itself, then Dell’s own Premier Sleeve 13 might be the way to go. Built specifically to house the XPS 13 2-in-1, this sleeve is surprisingly sturdy, with tight stitching and structured sides to protect the interior, whilst remaining flexible enough to avoid the laptop rattling around inside.
The side has a dedicated pen holder so you won’t lose track of the little stylus accessory and the whole sleeve is lightweight, making it easy to transport. With a rubberized design, it can take a few knocks and wear too, without marking.
This design doesn’t have a carry strap, and so it may need to be put into another bag for complete portability, but it’s reasonably affordable and will keep your XPS 13 looking good for the foreseeable future.
Tomtoc 13 360 degree laptop shoulder bag
Tomtoc has some of the most well-reviewed laptop bags on Amazon and with good reason. The 11.6-13-inch 360 protective bag is a perfect fit for Dell XPS 13 owners as it combines a sturdy exterior with a cushioned interior.
There are a few patented technologies at play in the design, but they boil down to some additional padding at key points most notably the corners and bottom of the casing. That should mean you can put down the bag without fear of damaging the laptop inside. It also provides some protection against drop damage. The soft material on the inside wards off scratching too.
Along with the main compartment for the XPS 13 itself, this bag also comes with two side pockets which have enough space to fit all manner of accessories, including a laptop charger if needed. All compartments are sealed with sturdy zips and the bag can be worn on the shoulder using the comfortable carry strap, or carried by the sturdy handle.
Dell Professional Sleeve 13
Highly affordable and well-designed, this sleeve is made with a water resistant exterior for protecting your XPS during all kinds of weather. There’s also plenty of extra space, including a front organizer panel for accessories or personal belongings. The sleeve’s bright interior is well-padded for extra protection, while that strap on the back is ideal for attaching the sleeve to luggage or other objects. For this price, you won’t find anything better!
For some simple scratch and impact protection, the Walnew Sleeve for Dell XPS 13 laptops is an excellent choice. It’s compact, affordable, and provides great cushioning for your notebook. Compatible with both the standard XPS 13 and the XPS 13 2-in-1, it offers a dual material design with a faux-leather exterior and soft interior to avoid scratches and damage from knocks and short-height drops.
It can act as a soft desk surface too, if you’re worried about scratching your laptop when you put it down. You can even open out a flap to use it as a quick-access mouse pad in a pinch.
For added function, the sleeve also comes with pockets for books, tablets, or cellphones and accessories, meaning that this sleeve can double as a bag in its own right. That said, for ultimate protection, we’d recommend putting your sleeved XPS 13 inside a bag as well to give you a carrying strap.
Domiso Canvas Laptop Sleeve
Domiso’s incredibly versatile sleeve is an excellent fit for 13-inch Dell laptops like the XPS 13. The options for handles and straps give you plenty of choice for how you want to tote it. The external canvas cover includes a USB connection and a headphone jack for listening to music or charging devices while literally on the move. It also has a few welcome front pockets that can hold other devices or necessities. The exterior is water-resistant, while the interior is padded for some extra bump protection. The price is also very reasonable!