Summary: - Recently, Dell unveiled three new XPS laptops. The first laptop to be reviewed was the . Today, we're looking at the Dell XPS 15 for gamers who require mobility at an affordable price. The Dell XPS 15 is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and NVIDIA GT 420M graphics. The audio quality is exceptional on this laptop, gameplay is adequate, but battery life is disappointing with the base 6-cell battery.
Summary: - Dell recently updated its XPS line to include the new Intel 2nd Generation Core i processors. This refresh makes the systems faster with an economical starting price of just $799. Depending on your level of gaming, an upgrade to a full HD display and more advanced video card may be worth considering. In summary, the Dell XPS 15 is a great 15-inch notebook due to its portability, excellent audio quality, and overall value.
Summary: There is much to like about the Dell XPS 15. It is a monster of a machine that is priced lower than the predecessor it flounces. From a pure hardware perspective, we would recommend this laptop wholeheartedly without a single note of caution. It runs well, it runs cool. The Sandy Bridge processor is powerful. The Geforce graphics runs games well. The 1080p screen is gorgeous and the Blu-Ray reader allows you to watch movies in fully high definition quality.
Conclusion: Dell’s XPS 15 is a system of extremes. The display provides incredible sharpness, but its quality is well below average. The processor and video card perform well, but the fan struggles to cool them at full load. The 512GB solid state drive is massive, but contributes to the notebook’s hefty $2,349 asking price. The Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina is the XPS 15’s only direct competitor.
Pros: Attractive and well-built, Excellent performance, Good battery life, Four USB ports, Quiet at idle
Cons: Sub-par display quality, 3200x1800 display saps the GPU’s power in games, Runs hot and loud at load
Conclusion: Dell’s XPS 15 is a valiant attempt to compete with the best premium notebooks but, ultimately, it falls a bit short. The blame for this lies with the display, which pads the price but doesn’t add much to the user experience. Is it sharp? Certainly. But poor black levels sap contrast and ultimately sour the overall package.
Pros: Attractive and durable exterior, Very thin and light for a 15.6” laptop, Four USB 3.0 ports, Bright 3200 x 1800 display, Quick, well-rounded performance
Cons: Expensive, Display lacks contrast, Loud fan at load
Summary: I'm sexy and I know it. The Dell XPS 15 is a multimedia powerhouse with premium-level features. The most recent version of the notebook series, which has been around for quite a few generations, not only brings changes to the design, but also updates to the internal components.
Pros: High-end materials, Sturdy chassis and superb build quality, Upgradable by the user, High display brightness and contrast, Very sharp picture, Very high performance, Good battery life, Dell's premium notebook affirms its status without any compromises.
Cons: Frequent rendering issues due to the high resolution under Windows, Highly reflective display, High temperatures under load, Expensive, Windows 8.1 should be able to handle the high-resolution display without any issues.
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 15 is a well-rounded mainstream multimedia machine that will give you plenty of power while still being portable enough to carry around if needed. The design is attractive enough, and the machine is comfortable to use. We’re fans of the beautiful HD display; though it lacks a touchscreen, it doesn’t make Windows 8 any harder than necessary. It’s unfortunate that it gets so hot and that the line’s legendary audio quality isn’t what it used to be.
Pros: Attractive and comfortable design, Good touchpad, Beautiful full HD display, Robust performance
Cons: No dedicated number pad, Speaker placement diminishes audio quality, Gets noticeably warm