The XPS series was first introduced in 2015 to take on the then MacBook Pro series but it failed. Fast forward to 2017, and the newly launched Dell XPS 15 (2017) is a much more capable machine than the Apple’s counterpart and the XPS can easily outperform the last year’s MacBook Pro. Here are the full details.
For the XPS series, the most jaw-dropping feature has always been its display that stretches from one edge to the other. Besides giving the display an even wider look, the narrow bezels ensure that the laptop has a smaller form factor overall. Despite this, Huffington Post notes that a weight of 4.5 pounds isn’t light enough for portability, especially before 4.02 pounds of the 2016 MacBook Pro.
The publication further says “you’ll forgive the weight once you open the XPS 15 and use it”. The statement stands true when you look at the specifications and the build quality the laptop offers.
A feature-packed machine without a doubt
No one likes to always carry adapters for ports as basic as the full-sized USB Type-A port. The XPS 15 sport two USB 3.0 ports along with a USB-C port that is ThunderBolt 3 enabled, being future proof and conventional at the same time. Talking about ports, the XPS 15 also has an SD card reader, for which MacBook wants you to rely on an adapter.
Coming back to the display, the Dell XPS 15 comes with an option to choose between a 1080p display and a 4K touch-enabled display. The 4K version sports a Sharp IGZO screen that not just packs in more pixel, but also displays colours very accurately. Running at such a high resolution, the battery life is sure to get severely affected.
Shockingly enough, the XPS 15 offers a battery life that is similar to the XPS 13 that comes with a display with lower resolution and moderate specifications. This was possible because of the 97WHr battery included in the laptop. Its battery is also the reason for its weight that is a bit on the heavier side. On normal usage, you can expect a battery life of seven hours, which is still acceptable considering how powerful the machine is.
Dell has included a quad-core 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor, that is accompanied by 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and a dedicated 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. This is one of the best combinations that are available in the market as of now. Even the high-end laptops from Lenovo and HP come powered by a dual-core Intel Core i7 processors. The Dell XPS 15 easily takes on all of them and offers in almost every type of usage, be it photo editing, video editing or gaming.
Last but definitely not the least, is the keyboard and the trackpad of the XPS 15. Huffington Post claims the glass-covered trackpad to be the best one that any Windows laptop has ever had. As far as its keyboard is concerned, there is nothing special to talk about. It is fairly good enough and easy to adjust to. However, seeing the empty spaces on the sides, Dell could have made larger and more spread out keys.
Price is the major factor that defines how the product will be taken in the market. Dell has priced the highest end variant of the XPS 15 (2017) at $2,000 and you can get for even $1,800 if you hunt for a few deals. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is definitely a beautiful machine that has a lot to offer, but its base variant of the 15-inch model starts at $2,399. It simply can’t beat the value for money proposition that the XPS 15 offers.