Summary: Overall we feel the XPS 15z is another winner from Dell. In order to pack the XPS into a smaller chassis, the 15z is louder, hotter, and less powerful than its XPS 15 and 17 counterparts. However, it is still more than enough power for 90% of the computer users out there.
Summary: How can we sum up? It's obvious to anyone that the the Dell XPS 15z is being positioned as an
. The higher end performance coupled with the aluminum design make that message loud and clear. Does it succeed?
Yes and no.
Pros: Sleek aluminum styling with latchless design, Good performance across most benchmarks, Comfortable backlit keyboard, No shortage of ports and connectivity options
Cons: Cheap feeling trackpad and mouse buttons, Less than ideal battery life, No dedicated numeric keypad, Mediocre graphics performance
Summary: May 25 2011 - Dell's latest laptop, the 15z, comes in the form of a super thin notebook PC that sports an aluminum chassis and optional full HD display. The laptop measures at only 0.97-inches thick, which is incredibly thin for a 15.6-inch notebook.
Summary: There's just no question that the XPS 15z is a beautiful laptop. Yes, it looks a bit like the MacBook Pro, but is that really a bad thing? Dell has still made this design their own, and the keyboard / trackpad experience is currently among the best available.
Pros: Truly beautiful design, Huge touchpad with gestures support, 1080p LCD panel, Comfortable, backlit keyboard, Fast for the price
Cons: Too few USB 3.0 ports, Gets warm in heavy use, Fans can get a little noisy, Can't remove the battery
Conclusion: The Dell XPS 15z is a thin, powerful, and well-priced desktop replacement laptop that won't cost you as much as the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch.
Pros: Less than one inch thick. Gorgeous aluminum design. Best-in-class screen. Great keyboard. backlights. Lightweight. Reasonably priced. Very good performance scores. Coast-to-coast battery life. Can hold its own as a gaming laptop. Nvidia Optimus present.
Excerpt: Dell's original XPS 15 rivaled the 15-inch MacBook Pro in terms of power, price, and (arguably) style, but it couldn't compete when it came to portability. Along comes the XPS 15z, which is now just under an inch thick and weighs a pound less than its predecessor, while still packing an Intel Core...