Dell XPS 15

Is it one of the best around

Dell's latest XPS 15 is one of the most powerful Windows laptops to date. It has managed to oust much of its competition in terms of vale especially in 4K media work. Dell's last XPS device had a 2-1 mechanism however, this has now been removed to focus all on performance. This laptop comes with Intel's brand new 6-core Core i7 processor, giving us a Windows rival to Apples new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro.

Just to give you a taste of the power this laptop can produce, the CPU has six hyper threaded cores running at a base clock of 2.2GHz, which when stressed can boost to a staggering 4.1GHz per core. You can safely say this device can work well under stressful conditions.

Pros & Cons

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Cons

What you need to know

The new Dell XPS 15 takes it up a notch over its predecessor and offers more than the 2-1 could. Housed with a 15.6inch 4K screen, Windows 10, i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1050 TI. Obviously with changes of hardware constantly happening, the new XPS is a sizable upgrade over last years model. Yet, retains the most important factor: affordability. 

This is priced at £1849 and if you're not fussed about its 4k touchscreen display, then the full HD non-touch equivalent costs just £1599. Dell also offer a cheaper £1299 model, but that'll net you a quad-core processor and GTX 1050 instead. If you really want to go out there, you can go right to the other end of the spectrum and spend over £2668 for the Intel Core i9-8950HK, which comes with a 2TB SSD and 32GB of RAM.

This puts the Dell XPS 15 between the luxury of the MacBook Pro and the value that Windows 10 laptops are known for. Overall it's an affordable Ultrabook that has a fingerprint sensor in its power button for biometric login via Windows Hello.

Comparisons 

Overall I believe the XPS to be better all round compared to the MacBook Pro. While the 15-inch MacBook Pro delivers a similar spec to what you see here, it does so at £2300 to start. This will give you the exact same processor, AMD Radeon Pro 555X graphics with 4GB of VRAM, 16GB of slower RAM and half the SSD storage space. The Retina panel also isn't as sharp as the XPS 15 4K. To match the Dell XPS including storage and RAM you will be having to spend at least £2529.

Looking at the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 this product actually does it for less. Starting out at just £1370 this will get you a 4k touch display on top of a secondary touchscreen in the touch pad. It also comes with 512GB of SSD storage, 16GB of RAM and the same processor found in the Dell XPS 15. 

It's safe to say in the market at the moment there are plenty of options.

Design

Over the years the design of the XPS hasn't really changed too much. The product still comes in a aluminum unibody shell with a carbon fiber keyboard deck. The design for the XPS 15 stands alone, thanks to the ports allowed by the greater dimensions of the Dell XPS 15, while other laptops commit to the USB-C dongle life. In comparison to the MacBook Pro which only has four Thunderbolt 3 ports the Dell XPS 15 features a full-size SD card slot, HDMI and USB 3.1. 

The touchpad is very sleek and with a matte glass tracking surface it produces a satisfying click when pressed. Along with the Windows 10 UI it allows for a accurate touchpad and responsive touchscreen. The Dell XPS 15 doesn't have a lot of room for a number pad on the keyboard, but neither do its competitors. Plus, it makes up for this by having a keyboard that is very well spaced.

Audio and Display

Like I've already mentioned the display on the Dell XPS is incredible. If you decide the product comes with a 4k UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, which makes colours and textures in films, photos and games look amazing! It also allows for editing of 4k media content if this is something you're looking to work on.

In comparison to the MacBook Pro and Asus ZenBook Pro they are still able to do the same kind of work through an external 4K display however, the XPS 15 doesn't need that - it can handle 4K work anywhere anytime without an external display getting in the way.

The speakers are actually in quite an odd spot considering the size of the XPS 15. They're on the base toward the lip, facing down. They're small, but they are definitely loud enough.

Whats your verdict?

The XPS 15 is a great product offered by Dell. It gives users some of the top hardware packed into a stunning build for a reasonable price compared to its competitors. It's a great laptop for 4K editing, design work and playing games. This all packed with a familiar OS that we're used to being Windows.

If you're looking to purchase a Dell XPS 15 and want it setting up, make sure you get in contact with us, we highly recommend this product. Call on 0114 296 0035 or email info@directcomputers.co.ukWe look forward to hearing from you.