Dell’s XPS series are considered the gold standard when it comes to premium notebooks. Dell XPS 15 is one of the most powerful laptops available on the market. They are slim, sleek, lightweight and are Dell’s most desirable laptops. The latest XPS 15 looks pretty similar to its predecessors, with its clean silver aluminum lid and undercarriage sandwiching a soft -touch black interior accentuated by smooth, rounded corners. The laptop’s interior is just as familiar as its exterior, down to the power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader in the top-right corner. There is an Infinity Edge bezel surrounding the 15.6-inch display, giving way to the large bottom bezel housing the webcam.
Dell XPS 15 is one of the slimmer notebooks in its class. It has enough ports to allow for a solid work or gaming battle station. There is a USB 3.1 Type-A port, an SD card reader, a Noble lock slot and a battery status indicator flanked by five lights on the right side. On the left side there’s another Type-A port, a thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headset jack and a port for the AC adapter. XPS 15 comes in both a 4K, Ultra HD touch screen and 1080p non-touch screen. The 1920 x 1080 display is capable of producing rich color and sharp detail. The optional 4K screen is a bit brighter than the default 1080p model. It features a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels which ensures very vivid and sharp images. The XPS 15 is a multimedia laptop and capable for occasional gaming sessions, but in modern games the highest details cannot be used. The resolution is usually also limited to 1080p, because the performance is just not sufficient for the native 4K resolution.
The 1080p XPS 15 packs a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of RAM. While 16GB seems standard on all models, the frequency is an improvement over the 2400MHz of previous model. More frequency means that the RAM can handle more data. The Dell XPS 15 is a very fast and responsive system. Outfitted with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM, the XPS 15 can crunch numbers with the best of them and play a game. The GTX 1050 is the middle of the line graphics performer when it comes to gaming. The Ti is slightly better but, this one is a Max-Q which is built for more power efficiency. So, it doesn’t perform quite as well as the standard 1050 Ti. Though it works better than the 1050 found in the previous XPS model.
Since the XPS laptops are very thin, they heat up a lot faster. Due to its thin form factor, ventilation is not really good. Even though it has the capacity to be one, the laptop is not meant to be a gaming machine. It is meant to be a work-horse that can handle considerable amount of loads, mostly used for heavy applications like video editing. The laptop has a good 97 watt-hour battery, which gives over 10 hours of battery backup on regular usage and about 7 hours while grinding it to heavy tasks.
Dell XPS 15 key specifications
|Design and Build||Aluminum chassis with carbon fiber coating, 35.7 x 23.5 x 1.7 cm, 2 kg|
|Display||15.6″ Full HD matte panel (1920 x 1080), 100% sRGB & 98% Adobe RGB, 94% NTSC Color Gamut, 390 nits peak brightness|
|Keyboard||Chiclet Keyboard, White backlighting, 1.3 mm key travel|
|Processor||Hexa-core 8th gen i7-8750H processor, Base-Clock @ 2.2 GHz, Turbo Boost Clock up to 4.1 GHz|
|RAM||DDR4 16 GB @ 2666 MHz (2x slots, upgradeable up to 32 GB)|
|Graphics||4 GB NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q|
|Battery||6-cell 97 Watt-hours (up to 10 hours of backup)|
|Storage||256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Webcam||Widescreen HD 720p Web-cam|
|Connectivity||Killer Gb Wireless AC-1535 (802.11ac, 2×2), Bluetooth 4.1, on-button Fingerprint Scanner|
|Ports||2 x USB A 3.1, 1 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 support with 4 PCIe lanes), 1 x 3.5 mm head-phone jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SDcard slot|
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