Summary: I spent big dollars and bought the XPS15 mainly because of its solid state hard drive. This laptop would be moving around often which meant a typical hard drive would likely be a problem sooner or later. Cons: Dell wasted about 1.5" on each side of the keyboard by not including a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard; there are USB and HDMI ports, but there is no Ethernet connection or CD/DVD drive.
Pros: great bright touchscreen solid state drive operating system boots up quickly built-in wi-fi
Cons: no numeric keypad-a waste of 3" near keyboard no ethernet connection
Summary: The laptop is great, but if something goes wrong and a part needs replacing, be prepared to be presented with another problem caused by the engineer. Needed the battery replacing and when it was replaced the hard drive 'coincidentally' failed, dell don't offer any data recovery for problems that THEY cause, they only replace parts, therefore I was left with a corrupt hard drive with important information all gone, all because of a battery replacement.
Summary: was suprised how light it is - looks very good- has a looney tunes font on the key board but you get used to it. Processor seems fast, has a solid state drive so boots somewhat faster - not as fast as the macbook, but way better than windows normally does. Screen is awesome. has touch capability - not sure i like it. gts finger smudges all over the scren. Was pleased to find very little bloatware on this machine. Windows 8 installed- took a while but auto updated to 8.1.
Great screen and build quality, but bad keyboard, battery life, and lacks ethernet
6 August 2014
Summary: I bought this laptop to do scientific programming, and overall I'm quite satisfied, although there are a few small but crucial design flaws that prevent me from giving it a full five stars. I just wish they offered this exact laptop in their System 76 line so that people could get a good high-DPI display without paying the Microsoft tax.